San Francisco’s Third Annual Premier Food, Wine & Spirits Week to Take Place August 1-7, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The country’s favorite urban West Coast food, wine and spirits festival returns to San Francisco’s Union Square for its third year on August 1-7, 2011.  The weeklong celebration is set to highlight Northern California’s bounty of ingredients, chefs and restaurants, winemakers and wineries, bartenders and bars, spirits professionals, breweries, farmers, artisans and producers.

Produced by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) and presenting sponsor Visa Signature®, the culinary festival will be centered around the Grand Tasting Tent, set in San Francisco’s legendary Union Square with events hosted at the city’s participating restaurants.  In addition, The Westin St. Francis Hotel will host a series of classes, demonstrations, seminars, and industry-only events throughout the week.

Taste. Mix. Pair. Engage.

In anticipation of the main event, throughout the month of July SF Chefs 2011 will be hosting cooking classes, demonstrations, and tastings at the Ferry Building and around the city to celebrate the four pillars of the festival – taste, mix, pair, and engage.  Beginning on Monday, August 1st is SF Chefs Restaurant Week and leading up to the grand opening of the Grand Tasting Tent, attendees can participate in cooking demonstrations and spirits classes and listen to panel discussions hosted by notable industry professionals.  On Thursday, August 4th, the Sugar & Spice Party will be held to showcase the use of spices in sweet, savory and liquid applications at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

From Friday, August 5th to Sunday, August 7th, attendees can enjoy the Grand Tasting Tent and savor tastes from acclaimed Bay Area chefs, restaurants and premium wines from Sonoma County Vintners, Russian River Valley wineries and many more at each of the signature tent experiences.  Over 100 Bay Area chefs and restaurants have already committed to the event with notables such as Matthew Accarrino of SPQR, Gary Danko of Restaurant Gary Danko, Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake, Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern, Emily Luchetti of Farallon and Waterbar, Craig Stoll of Delfina, Joanne Weir and Martin Yan.

In addition to the abundance of delectable bites, attendees can enjoy specialty cocktails mixed with fresh, local ingredients by some of the city’s best bartenders, wine tastings from local and international wineries, and mingling with restaurateurs, wine makers, acclaimed chefs, bartenders, artisans, and fellow foodies.  There are a number of new and exciting events planned for 2011 that are not to be missed. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit  Ticket prices range from $25 – $150 and will be available in May.

SOURCE Andrew Freeman & Co.


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