Bay Area Food Events: Weekend Warrior Edition

So we know that the The Outside Lands Music festival in Golden Gate Park is getting most of the weekend’s attention and don’t get us wrong, we dig music festivals. But this sure-to-be-packed event is taking place in our ‘hood and we know it’s going to be just lousy with festival goers so we’ve made a point to see what else was going on this weekend.

SATURDAY

• Gravity is hosting Around The World in 80 Beers, a Belgian Beer tasting party from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 and since we love Belgian beer this seems like a good way to start a Saturday night.

• The San Francisco Food Bank is offering a series of classes to support its effort. One of the classes in the San Francisco Cooks For A Cause series will be taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will begin “with a cooking demonstration with Chef Patrick Farjas of the California Culinary Academy, and then participants prepare the dishes themselves.” This session is $150 per person and takes place at the California Culinary Academy at 350 Rhode Island Street.

SUNDAY

Family Winemakersof California is hosting their 18th Annual Tasting at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion from 2 p.m to 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. There will be hundreds of wineries present for tasting so it might be a good idea to eat before hand. Greens is nearby.

• If you want to get out of the city, Charles Chocolates will be having their first ever chocolate making class hosted by Chuck Siegel himself. The class is from 1 p.m to 6 p.m. and it’s $300 per person, which is pretty steep, but here’s what you get:

You will not only learn the basics of chocolate making such as how to make ganaches and rolled truffles, but you will also learn more advanced chocolate making techniques, including chocolate tempering and making molded chocolates. At the end of each class, you’ll be able to take home all your creations and you will receive a gift bag of supplies to help you make chocolates at home using the techniques you’ve learned. Each gift bag will contain a chocolate mold, an offset spatula, sheet pans and recipes.

•Personally, while everyone else is listening to M. Ward quietly strum his guitar, we’ll be at the Little Mermaid Sing-Along at the Castro Theater Saturday afternoon and we really couldn’t be happier.

Happy Friday!

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Bay Area Food Events: Weekend Warrior Edition