Bay Area Food: Weekend Warrior Edition

What’s a foodie to do now that Slow Food Nation has left the building? Apparently quite a bit!


Party on Block 18: There’s a big ol’ foodie block party going down on 18th Street between Dolores and Guerrero. Tartine, Craig’s Place, Delfia, Bi-Rite Grocerry, Dolores Park Café and Bi-Rte Creamery are keepin’ it real and hosting what may be one of the best block parties in the city. You can purchase a $15 ticket for one of three meals—spit-roast Niman Ranch pork shoulder, Fulton Valley brick grilled chicken, and vegetarian paella and corn on the cob—or get sweets, sides, and sandwiches ranging from $2.50 to $5. Better yet, if you’re of age you can also enjoy the wine and beer garden. The party runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m and all proceeds will go to the Women’s Building. Want advance tickets? You can buy them from 18th street businesses.

• Of course, the 18th Street block party has a little friendly competition from the Inner Richmond. The Hukilau is hosting the 7th Annual Sam Choy Poke Festival . There’s going to be an outdoor stage and a Poke Receipe contest.


2008 Ghiradelli Chocolate Festival The 2008 Ghiradelli Chocolate Festival is getting things done on Sunday. The festivals runs the entire weekend, but we think the Tea and Chocolate “Pair and Share” workshop from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. sounds interesting. Here’s a blurb about the Iyemon Cha Green Tea that will be used for the paring:

Be among the first in the country to savor an authentic and organic green tea experience. Steeped in two centuries of Japanese green tea tradition, Iyemon Cha recently made its US debut in San Francisco. It is the world’s only bottled green tea made at the esteemed 200-year-old Fukujuen tea house in Kyoto, where master green tea blender Ryozo Taniguchi hand selects the finest tea leaves to create a beverage of unsurpassed quality.

That’s all she wrote ladies and gentlemen. Thanks to a labor-free Monday it was a short week. No complaints from us.

[Photo via Brett L./Flickr]

Bay Area Food: Weekend Warrior Edition