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Cochon 555 – Porkiest of Pork Fests is coming to a city near you

Cochon 555 Bacon

 

Hello, California pork lovers! COCHON 555 US TOUR will be in Los Angeles on March 29 and San Francisco on April 12.

“I’m excited about all the new partners in 2015 who support family farming, independent business and heritage breed pigs. Each event aims to lessen the burden on the small farmers to hold surplus inventory and streamline the sales process. This year we continue to expand with a guest chef and winemaker dinner series over the course of each weekend, a revamped welcome reception, and a flavorful lineup of experiences that support a more natural, sustainable food system,”- Brady Lowe, Cochon 555 founder 

Take a look at the participating chefs plus all other details including nationwide tour dates at: COCHON 555.

Eat Drink SF 365 – Join the Club

Eat Drink SF

In this work hard, work-harder culture of San Francisco, it’s nice to be able to enjoy some well-deserved play once in a while (or more often than that!). In addition to being surrounded by tech, tech and more tech in this neck of the woods, we are blessed to have the vastness of California farms and vineyards providing us with a high-quality level of local food and wine to satiate our appetites and days year round. Non-stop restaurant visits, trips to the farmers’ market, and informative classes and lectures centered around a culinary aspect are always available here in the Bay Area.

Offering a year-round extension of San Francisco proper’s biggest food and wine event of the year: Eat Drink SF is a new Eat Drink SF 365 club that will host fun and flavorful events throughout the year. With this membership, you’ll also gain invites and discounts to festivities including exclusive Wine Spectator magazine wine class(es), CUESA’s Cocktails of the Farmers Markets , Summer Celebration  plus a whole lot more.

If you want to be a part of the local food community and meet other like-minded diners and imbibers, this club may be for you. I’m not only a member, but happy to be on the advisory board as well.

Eat Drink SFAnd best of all, proceeds from Eat Drink SF support two local Bay Area food-related charities: the Center for Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s own Scholarship Foundation.

Learn more and sign up for club Eat Drink SF 365 HERE 

 

Second Annual Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest March 5-8, 2015

Relaix & Chateau GourmetFest

Coming soon to Northern California’s picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea is an intimate gastronomic festival that you won’t want to miss. Headlining the  second  annual  Relais   &  Châteaux  GourmetFest will be domestic and globally renowned Chefs Michel  Bras  (Bras  -­‐  Sébastien  et  Michel), Olivier   Roellinger   (Les   Maisons   de   Bricourt,   France)  Féolde  (Ristorante  Enoteca  Pinchiorri,  Italy),  Tetsuya Wakuda (Tetsuya’s), Colin   Bedford   (The   Fearrington   House   Inn,   Restaurant   & Spa,   North   Carolina),   Diego   Muñoz  (Astrid & Gastón,   Perú),   Gary   Danko   (Gary   Danko,   California),   Justin   Cogley   (Aubergine   at   L’Auberge  Carmel,  California) and Lanshu  Chen  (Le  Moût  Restaurant,  Taiwan).

Relaix & Chateau GourmetFest

A sampling of the eighteen featured  events during the 2015 GourmetFest include:

Welcome  Party   -­‐  March  5,  2015:  Watch  the  talented  Relais  & Châteaux  Chefs   in  action.  Chefs  will  be  paired  with  wine  estates  to  welcome  and  kick-­‐off  the  festival

Grand   Women   Chefs  & Winemakers   -­‐   March   6,   2015:   Discover   dishes   and   wine   pairings  prepared  by  an  all  star  team  of  renowned  international  female  chefs  and  winemakers

Rarities   Dinner   -­‐   March   6,   2014:   Experience   one-­‐of-­‐a-­‐kind   dinner   with   Michel   Bras,   Olivier  Roellinger,   Tetsuya,   and   Justin   Cogley   while   exploring   rare   wines   and   champagnes   from   the  around  the  world

Aubergine Chef Justin Cogley

Wild   Mushroom   Hunt   &   Lunch   -­‐   March   7,   2015:   Partake   in   the   ultimate   hunt   for   wild  mushrooms   with   Ranger   Chuck   Bancroft   amidst   2o,000   acres   of   the   beautiful   Santa   Lucia  Preserve

Dom  Pérignon  &  Black  River   Caviar   Lunch  –  March   7,   2015:   Dine   in   an   intimate   setting  with  winemaker  Richard  Geoffroy  and  Black  River  Caviar’s  Graham  Gaspard

Relaix & Chateau GourmetFest

For more information and full schedule of events, visit GourmetFestCarmel.com

See photos from last year’s Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest HERE.

Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff Raises Thousands for Charity

Ca' Momi Pizza at Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Ca’ Momi Pizza at Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Is there anything better than indulging in good food and wine out in the fresh open air under the warm California sun? I can’t think of too many things, but one situation that could definitely top that off would be if all of the above were going to benefit those in need. So, that’s exactly what happened on a recent luminous Sunday afternoon in the picturesque Napa Valley wine country when tens of thousands of dollars were raised to help local charities. It was a well-deserved reason for 600 attendees to clink their wine glasses.

Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

The fifth annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff featured 15 All-Star San Francisco and Napa Valley-based Chef teams who were presented a task to create a personal dish to pair with 2011 HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and compete for a local charity of their choice. Although it was a “competition”, the wine and food-filled affair was fun, friendly and indeed festive.

Hall Winery Tasting Room

This year’s event marked the first at HALL St. Helena’s new tasting room. The bright, naturally-lit, contemporary space was open throughout the Cabernet Cookoff, allowing guests to taste the entire portfolio of HALL Wines. Four recently released vintages were served including 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and 2011 “Jack’s Masterpiece” Cabernet Sauvignon. Proceeds from wine sales as well as HALL merchandise benefitted the Cabernet Cookoff as well.

Hall is more than a winery, it's an art gallery.

Hall is more than a winery, it’s an art gallery.

Since inception, the Cabernet Cookoff has raised $75,000 for charities in and around the Bay Area. The 2013 HALL Cabernet Cookoff drew more than 480 culinary and wine lovers and raised $30,000 for the top four winning team’s sponsored charities.

Hall Winery Cookoff - One Market

Team One Market at Hall Cabernet Cookoff

San Francisco Chef Mark Dommen from One Market restaurant took the coveted ‘Judge’s Choice’ first place for his charity, Napa Hospice & Adult Day Service, with his Potato Gnocchi dish. The ‘People’s Choice’ winner was a dish of Crispy Oxtail Tacos by Chef Daniel Capra of Paula Le Duc Catering. Their charity partner was the St. Helena Hospital Foundation.

Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Judges and Winners at Hall Cabernet Cookoff

“The Cabernet Cookoff is a fun way to help our community. Everyone involved with this event – including our generous sponsors,  the incredible Bay Area chef teams, enthusiastic non-profit organizations and the entire HALL staff – all donated their time, joining forces to create a spectacular day full of opportunities learn about various philanthropic missions. Today, everyone came out a winner.” –  Kathryn Hall 

Thirsty at Hall Winery

Come Thirsty to Hall Winery

See all who participated by visiting the Chefs teams’ page on the Cabernet Cookoff website for a complete list of winners, participants, and featured non-profit organizations.

Learn more about HALL Winery and the HALL Cabernet Cookoff at hallwines.com

Pop-Up Dinner with Atelier Crenn Sous Chef Brian Limoges

Summer Pop Up Dinner Atelier Crenn Sous Chef Brian LimogesThere are so many pop-up dinners these days that they come, they pop, they’re gone, and you’ve already missed it, Well, here is one you don’t want to skip out on. Atelier Crenn’s talented Sous Chef Brian Limoges will be doing an intimate intro to summer meal at Naked Kitchen in the Mission this month, It’s also quite the meal deal at $75/person including tax and gratuity. BYOB and start the summer off on a good note…

See the five-course menu below and get tickets at: http://bit.ly/1pQ0lkk

  • First Course
    Hors d’Ouvres (banana, coconut, trout roe tartar, radishes and butter)
  • Second Course
    Market Vegetables (couscous, celery root, and herbs)
  • Third Course
    Geoduck with avocado and buttermilk flowers
  • Fourth Course
    Veal cheek with tamarind and plum
  • Fifth Course
    Charred and candied carrots with white chocolate and brown butter