Now's the time to make plans to attend San Francisco's premier food-and-wine festival, SFChefs, Aug. 9-15 on Union Square and in the Westin St. Francis Hotel. The event "celebrates the unique flavor, diversity and bounty of Northern California."
It's all about tasting and learning. Among the highlights: chefs from 25 area restaurants creating specialty dishes and leading cooking demonstrations; 30 winemakers offering samples; interactive food and wine classes and seminars; dessert-and-port pairings; and celebrity-chef cook-offs, including the "Chef's Challenge" battle between Food Network star Tyler Florence and restaurant chefs Elizabeth Falkner (Citizen Cake), Jamie Lauren (Absinthe) and Chris Cosentino (Incanto).
The Westin St. Francis is the "exclusive hotel partner" with SFChefs for the extravaganza, and as such has numerous package deals for lodging-events combinations. For details: www.westinstfrancis.com/SF_Chefs_2010.
For a complete list of SFChef events, chefs, winemakers and distillers, and to purchase tickets: www.sfchefsfoodwine.com.