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Eat Drink SF Saturday Grand Tasting celebrates restaurants, distilleries + winemakers old and new

entrance into Eat Drink SF
The always stunning entrance into Eat Drink SF.

Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez

In case you missed it, Eat Drink SF is back at it this weekend showing off some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, along with some amazing wine and spirit makers. The Fort Mason Pavilion was dressed up to the nines, offering space for rows of restaurants, cooking demos, giveaways, and so much more.

Check out some of the photos from Saturday’s Grand Tasting event.

Panna Cotta from Bluestem Brasserie
Pork loin from Causwells
Pure deliciousness from Rose Pistola
Bright and fresh ceviche
Definitely came back for seconds at the Bix table
Pabu serving up hand rolls
Adorable and delicious cheesecakes with roasted peaches and a ginger crust
Chicken meatball skewers from Delarosa
Kale salad and steak from Fogo de Chao

Irish Coffees galore from The Buena Vista at Eat Drink SF 2016 from nadia ibanez on Vimeo.

Just one of the many bites from Eat Drink SF 2016 from nadia ibanez on Vimeo.

One of the reasons that I love going to Eat Drink SF every year is because of the people — chefs, mixologists, wine makers, and event attendees. San Francisco is undoubtedly a foodie city and people here love celebrating the legacy of our old restaurants, as well as the new kids on the block making waves in the industry. No matter how you slice it, this event brings people together to celebrate our crazy bubble and all of the personalities within.

Hudson Valley serving up foie gras milkshakes and duck and cheese grilled sandwiches
So much love in the room 🙂
Uno Dos tacos serving up their delicious bites
My favorite man of the evening

There’s still time to get tickets for the Sunday After Grand Tasting. Get ’em while you can!

And a huge thank you to the folks at EDSF for letting me attend again this year. I definitely see this event becoming part of my SF tradition. See you again next year!

Are you ready for Eat Drink SF 2016?

Eat Drink SF 2015
A photo from Eat Drink SF 2015

Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez

It’s that time of year when Bay Area foodies come out in droves to spend the weekend rubbing elbows with the city’s finest chefs, wine/beer/booze makers and mixologists. Eat Drink SF is in its eighth year and will be held once again at the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason Center. Eat Drink SF was the first food festival I went to in the City and still is one of my favorites.

Crab Cakes from One Market
Crab Cakes from One Market

Check out my coverage of last year’s event here.

Founded by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) back in 2009, Eat Drink SF brings together 160+ restaurants offering unlimited bite-sized versions of their claim-to-fame dishes while attendees walk around with their drink of choice or check out demos and classes. (And trust that you’ll find a new favorite drink from one of the 70 bars, distilleries, wineries and breweries in attendance.) If you’ve ever wanted to be under the same roof with all of your favorite restaurants, this is your event.

This year’s event starts August 25 with everyone’s favorite, the Taco Knockdown, and goes into the weekend with four Grand Tasting events. And if you’ve never been to an SF food festival, expect a lot of wandering through rows trying to figure out what to eat or drink next. No wallets, no fuss…just pure culinary fun.

New this year at Eat Drink SF 2016:

  • A Sunday Grand Tasting event will celebrate GGRA’s 80th anniversary and honor Bay Area bars and restaurants that have been open for at least 20 years.
  • A personal favorite, Buena Vista CafĂ© will be pouring their famous Irish Coffees at all four Grand Tastings.
  • The SF Brewers Guild will be in attendance and pouring local brews in the Backyard Bites section.
  • A new “Bay Bar” will feature cocktails from the city’s hottest cocktails bars, like Hard Water, The Treasury, Whitechapel, and more.
  • Look out for a Milagro Margarita Mix Off added to the Thursday Taco Knockdown event.
Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern
Tyler Florence serving up a Corn and Prawn soup at the Wayfare Tavern booth.
Executive Chef, Danny Kou, of La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Executive Chef, Danny Kou, of La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Eat Drink SF Souvla
Souvla serves up their AMAZING lamb

Ready for an indulgent weekend? Get your tickets now at www.eatdrink-sf.com. See you there!

 

Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern

ICYMI: Eat Drink SF 2015 Grand Tasting

Eat Drink SF 2015
Welcome to Eat Drink SF 2015!

Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez

Eat Drink SF really knows how to attract the masses to Fort Mason. With the promise of unlimited food and drinks, celeb chef demos, music and giveaways, why wouldn’t you spend your afternoon and/or evening in complete indulgence? Each of the three Grand Tasting events put the spotlight on more than 30 of the city’s top restaurants, along with spirits purveyors, wine makers and craft beers.

Top Chef Ryan Scott and Olympian Brian Boitano
Top Chef Ryan Scott and Olympian Brian Boitano talk shop on the Main Stage.
Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern
Tyler Florence serving up a Corn and Prawn soup at the Wayfare Tavern booth.
Tony Gemignani Eat Drink SF
Local pizza legend Tony Gemignani shows off his Purple Potato Sicilian Pizza.
Executive Chef, Danny Kou, of La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Executive Chef, Danny Kou, of La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Chef Joanne Weir of Copita Tequileria y Comida
Chef Joanne Weir of Copita Tequileria y Comida
Chef Michael Chiarello
Chef Michael Chiarello shares the secrets of his risotto on the Main Stage

I was lucky enough to attend both Grand Tasting events on Saturday afternoon and evening and finally got to meet the minds behind some of the restaurants I’ve been dying to try — and not to mention taste a menu item or two. I can’t tell you how many people I talked to at both events who kept saying that the event was so fun. I tend to forget that there’s a massive amount of San Francisco restaurants and chefs who have really made a name for themselves in the culinary world on a global scale. We’re all so lucky to have such easy access to these places and people. Eat Drink SF is just one of several food-centric events in the city that shows off local stars, produce, spirits, wine, food non-profits and more. 

Here are my picks for some of the best bites from Eat Drink SF 2015. (You may not want to look through these photos on an empty stomach.)

Eat Drink SF Tony's Pizza
The crew from Tony’s Pizza in North Beach serving up their famous meatballs and sausage.
Eat Drink SF Souvla
Souvla serves up their AMAZING lamb
Noodles and Shrimp from Slanted Door
Noodles and Shrimp from Slanted Door
Eat Drink SF Scoma
A super fresh Crab Louis Salad from Scoma’s
Handmade pasta from Ristobar
Handmade pasta from Ristobar
Eat Drink SF Ramen Bar
Deviled Ramen Eggs from the Ramen Bar
Eat Drink SF Tony's Pizza
Tony’s delicious Purple Potato Sicilian Pizza
Eat Drink SF Poggio
Poggio served up Rock Shrimp, Burrata, Corn and Pesto
Cafe Madeleine's Panna Cotta
Cafe Madeleine’s Panna Cotta
Crab Cakes from One Market
Crab Cakes from One Market
Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak
Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak
Emporio Rulli's Lemoncocco
Emporio Rulli’s Lemoncocco
Hops & Hominy's Pulled Pork Sandwich
Hops & Hominy’s Pulled Pork Sandwich
Butterscotch Pudding from Hopscotch in Oakland
Butterscotch Pudding from Hopscotch in Oakland
Desserts from Ca'Momi
Desserts from Ca’Momi
Copita's Tuna Crudo Tostaditas
Copita’s Tuna Crudo Tostaditas
Whole Food's cheeseplate
Whole Food’s cheeseplate
The dessert spread from Cafe Madeleine
The dessert spread from Cafe Madeleine
Tomato tarts from the brand new Bon Marché
Tomato tarts from the brand new Bon Marché
Craft beers in the Backyard
Craft beers in the Backyard

If you’re looking for the best way to try out dozens of SF restaurants all under the same roof and in just a few hours, Eat Drink SF is how to do it. While we’re counting down until next year’s event, we can all salivate over these guys and their restaurant friends on their Instagram account @EatDrinkSF.

For more information, visit http://eatdrink-sf.com.

Eat Drink SF is where you want to be this weekend in San Francisco

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Written by Nadia Ibanez, photos courtesy of Eat Drink SF

If you know anything about me, I love a great food festival. And living in San Francisco lends itself to some amazing festivals and award-winning restaurants — just a short bus ride away. I first found out about Eat Drink SF on Instagram and little did I know that they were the brains behind one of the City’s best food, wine and spirits festival.

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In its seventh year, Eat Drink SF offers four days (from August 20-23) of food and booze filled events, competitions, private parties and more. This year will be the second time the main Grand Tasting event convenes at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, with smaller events taking place across the City.

From a local chef Taco Knockdown and a Super Duper Celeb Chef guest series, to three Grand Tasting events and the Ultimate Brunch Party, Eat Drink SF will surely help locals pack on a couple pounds this weekend — in the best way possible. The event also supports two local food-centric organizations, Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation (GGRASF).

I’ll be at the Saturday afternoon and evening Grand Tasting events this weekend so stay tuned for photos on our social media pages. (And yes, I’m fasting now so that I can completely indulge this weekend.) With more than 30 different restaurants at each event and 70+ wines, beers and cocktails, I’m in for it.

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Celebrity chefs will be demoing and emceeing and there’s a huge list of restaurants that I’ve been meaning to try offering some of their best nibbles. I’m especially salivating over tastings offered by restaurants like Bon MarchĂ© Brasserie & Bar, Huxley, Gaspar Brasserie, Gitane, ICHI Sushi, La Mar Cebicheria, Nick’s Cove, Palm House, Slanted Door, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, Twenty Five Lusk, Park Tavern and Zero Zero.

For more information and tickets, visit http://eatdrink-sf.com/. I’ll see you there!

 

 

Wander’s First Giveaway! Win Tickets to Westfield UTC’s Uncasked event

The Wander crew is happy to announce our first giveaway!

Congratulations to Tiffany A, who has been selected as our winner! We hope you enjoy yourself this Saturday!

Don’t fret if you weren’t chosen; there is still plenty of time to buy tickets to the event at https://ticketsauce.com/e/uncasked15. The event is expected to sell out again this year, so purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Each $20 ticket includes a branded tasting mug, 10 tickets for pours, unlimited food and beach games.

 

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We are teaming up with Bay Bird Inc. to give away a pair of passes to Westfield UTC’s 2nd Uncasked event coming up on Saturday, August 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Westfield UTC (4545 La Jolla Village Drive).

If you’re looking for an amazing opportunity to enjoy the great San Diego backdrop, combining Westfield UTC’s beautiful outdoor setting with San Diego’s favorite craft breweries, including Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Rough Draft Brewing Company, Groundswell Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company & Mother Earth Brew Co., then this is the contest for you!

Guests can try ten local brews while sampling unlimited bites from some of Westfield UTC’s favorite restaurants, including fresh California cuisine from Lemonade, savory grill items from Seasons 52 and comfort food from Tender Greens. To round out the afternoon’s festivities, guests will enjoy live music from Casey Turner and Nathan and Jessie, plus play fun beach games while they sip their suds.

To win: 

It’s simple really:

  1. Follow our Wander Facebook page and the Westfield UTC Facebook page. Your odds are better increased if you share the post with your friends about the contest!
  2. Comment with your name and the name of your favorite local brew by 4 p.m. Wednesday.
  3. Check our Facebook page at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 18. 

If you want to guarantee that you get to go to Uncasked, tickets can be purchased at: https://ticketsauce.com/e/uncasked15. The event is expected to sell out again this year, so purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Each $20 ticket includes a branded tasting mug, 10 tickets for pours, unlimited food and beach games.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from Uncasked will benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild, the local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and increasing visibility of fresh, locally brewed beer. The SDBG is responsible for maintaining San Diego’s reputation as the “Capital of Craft,” and does this through its core annual events and public education. The proceeds from this tournament will help to sustain these initiatives, including San Diego Beer Week, and the Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival.

Good luck, and we’ll see you at Uncasked!