The Tastemakers Are Coming! The Tastemakers Are Coming!

San Francisco culinary extravaganza to feature chefs Dominique Crenn, Sven Chartier, Daniel Patterson, Mandy Aftel, Evan Rich, Matt Abergel more. Plus: San Francisco's first nightclub for food lovers at Fort Mason.

If Paul Revere was a foodie he’d surely be sounding the call for the upcoming Tastemaker Collective being held in San Francisco, September 26 – October 1.

This culinary extravaganza is the latest creation from Taste Festivals. Also known as “The World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival” the first event was held in London in 2004 before they started hop-scotching their way around the world to popular food-centric destinations ranging from Dubai to Dublin.

Dominique Crenn and Sven Chartier

After a very long wait, the Tastemaker Collective has finally landed in the U.S., holding their “coming-out” party in San Francisco, the eatingest city in the country!

I’d strongly suggest you clear your schedule for this two-part event, starting with a mind-blowing Dinner Series running September 26-October 1, featuring five of San Francisco’s most celebrated chefs: Daniel Patterson, Gabriela Cámara, Evan Rich, Chad Robertson and Dominique Crenn, who will be partnering up with an international culinary superstar to bring you a dining experience that previously existed only in your dreams!

Local fave Tartine Manufactory’s Chad Robertson

It’s almost impossible to pick from this embarrassment of riches, but after some serious soul-searching (and also because I was busy the other nights) I opted for the Tartine Manufactory dinner where baker extraordinaire, Chad Robertson, will be joined by one of London’s most exciting Michelin-starred chefs, James Lowe of restaurant Lyle’s ranked #54 of the World’s Best.

Acclaimed Chef  James Lowe, Lyle’s in London

Mums mostly the word on what this dynamic duo will be serving for their delectable dinner except I did manage to scope out one course which will be a twist on a dish from his sell-out London Game series at Lyle’s. James Lowe revealed that “Chad has already sourced some stunning quail, which we have ageing in hay and herbs, ready to be grilled for the dinners. I’m really looking forward to all the stone fruit, we’re going to have peaches and plums alongside the savory dishes and I’m also going to be making black pudding when I get there.” Yummers!

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These exclusive dinners are selling out faster than Mr. Holmes cruffins, so you’d better hurry and buy your tickets if you want to take part in this unforgettable experience.

Part two is a Nightclub for Food Lovers, an uber-cool, creative gourmet food & cocktail party held at San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason, on Saturday, September 30, 9:00PM-1:00 AM.

Mouthwatering scenes from Tastemaker Collective

We’re talking the party to end all parties, featuring “mini-me” signature dishes from celeb chefs, paired with hand-crafted cocktails created by World Class mixologists, an interactive Bartender Battle, live music, interactive Master chef demos with special guest appearances by Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, SF), Mark Rosati (Shake Shack, NYC), Matt Abergel, (Birdyard, Hong Kong), James Lowe (Lyle’s, London) Rafael Gomes (Grand Coeur, Paris) and many others.

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San Francisco

September 26 – October 1. 2017

Dining Series

  • Tuesday September 26th
    • Daniel Patterson with Mandy Aftel at COI
  • Wednesday September 27th
    • Gabriela Cámara with Rafael Gomes & Juan Arbelaez at Cala
  • Thursday September 28th
    • Evan Rich with Matt Abergel at Rich Table
  • Friday September 29th
    • Chad Robertson with James Lowe at Tartine Manufactory
  • Sunday October 1st
    • Dominique Crenn with Sven Chartier at Atelier Crenn

Nightclub for Food Lovers

  • Saturday, September 30th from 9PM – 1AM
    • Festival Pavillion, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd. San Francisco, CA

To learn more and get your tickets for all the events head straight to Tastemaker Collective.

Janice Nieder could be the love child of Indiana Jones and Julia Child. Previously a specialty food consultant in NYC, Janice is currently a San Francisco-based culinary tourism writer who has wined & dined her way through 80 countries. To keep things in balance, Janice also enjoys writing about her Girlfriend Getaways which include spa visits, soft-core adventure, cultural events, shopping, boutique hotels, and chef interviews.