There’s a new tradition at Union Square every August. It’s called SF Chefs and it officially kicks off tonight right here in the heart of the city.
A must-attend foodie event, SF Chefs has quickly climbed my personal what’s hot charts, and ranks alongside other high profile, well-run events in the SF Bay Area including Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Montalvo Food & Wine Classic, and the annual Star Chefs and Vintners Gala.
Team Stark will be on location in San Francisco again this year to cover the mega-event which includes gourmet food tastings, seminars, classes, cooking demos, grand food/wine soirees, after-parties, and so much more.
Besides all the spectacular gastronomy, there’s even a pragmatic aspect that hasn’t escaped my notice in previous years. And that is: trendspotting. What you see here — whether whimsical plating, emphasis on pork, unique ice cream flavors, varying portion sizes — usually makes its way into restaurants and kitchens across the country. In other words, we be trailblazers. Well, “we” in the greater food community of San Francisco sense, that is.
WATCH: Scenes from SF Chefs
Organizer and co-producer Andrew Freeman told me, “I think you’re going to see a lot of what you’re tasting today popping up on tasting plates in their restaurants.”
If you’re around San Francisco this weekend, definitely consider adding SF Chefs to your itin. Meantime, I’ll leave you with these photos, plus some SI TV segments we shot. And don’t miss the weekend schedule also included below for your quick reference.
I hope to see you there, salut!
WATCH: SF Chefs Challenge: Crenn & Jackson VS. Cosentino & Faulkner
FRIDAY AUG. 3
Friday Night Opening Celebration and Grand Tasting
Steamed, Fried and Shanghai’d: The After Party at E&O
SATURDAY AUG. 4
Rhône Valley Spotlight on Côte Rôtie (sold out)
MonoArabica Coffee Cooking with Marcus Samuelsson & Chris Consentino
100 Years Of Chardonnay
Gary Danko & Joanne Weir: Summer Corn Sensations
What is Northern California Cuisine?
Test Your Wine Knowledge: Blind Tasting with Top SF Sommeliers & You!
Saturday Afternoon Grand Tasting
The Inside Scoop with Michael Bauer
An Afternoon of Tea & Peculiarities
The Eater Chef Challenge: Round 2
Saturday Night Grand Tasting: Decadence after Dark
Late Night Cocktail Adventure
SUNDAY AUG. 5
The Eater Chef Challenge: Final Faceoff
Go Nuts for Donuts
Discover Portugal with Tom Pizzica & Eugenio Jardim
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony with Marcus Samuelsson
Prime Your Palate
An Exploration of Cabernet Sauvignon
Sunday Afternoon Grand Tasting
WATCH: Interview with SF Chefs co-producer Andrew Freeman
IN PHOTOS: SF Chefs