“SF Chefs Food Wine” Festival Coming to Union Square August 6-9, 2009

Step right up and get your tickets, cause the Golden Gate Restaurant Association will soon put on their big August festival.

San Francisco is abuzz. Check it:

SF Chefs. Food. Wine is a four day food and wine event celebrating the unique flavor, diversity and bounty of Northern California. The main tasting tent will be in Union Square, where chefs, wine makers and distillers will offer an exploration of taste featuring local products. Classes and seminars will offer interactive opportunities for the public to participate with local farmers, ranchers, chefs, winemakers, distillers, media, luminaries, authors, vintners, mixologists and culinary experts in an entertaining forum.

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Event Dates: August 6-9, 2009
Location: Union Square and surrounding hotel and retail spaces as well as restaurants throughout the city.
Guests: 1500 attendees per day
Tickets: Go on sale Friday, May 22nd. Click on the ticket icon about for more information. Children free at Sunday family activities.

The Cause. The event supports four charities. San Francisco Food Bank (a member of Feeding America) provides food to over 133,000 people every year through more than 600 community programs. Meals on Wheels provides food and meal delivery especially to seniors and others with mobility issues. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation provides funding for culinary and hospitality students based upon economic need. Project Open Hand provides Meals with Love to people living with HIV/Aids in San Francisco. All four charities will receive funding from the weekend’s activities.

And all your favorite  celebrities will be there, like Thomas Keller, Chris Cosentino,  Martin Yan, Hubert Keller, Cindy PawlcynMichael Chiarello, Joanne Weir and Top Chef-ers Jamie Lauren, Jennifer Biesty, Elizabeth Falkner and Ryan Scott.

See you there!


Thursday Night Opening Reception Rising Star Reunion

Thursday Night Opening Dinner
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Friday Morning Sessions

Friday Grand Tasting

Friday Afternoon Sessions

Friday Night
Party at Orson

Friday Night
America’s Culinary Pioneer Award Dinner

Saturday Morning Sessions

Saturday Grand Tasting

Saturday Afternoon Sessions

Sommelier Luncheon

Saturday Night Urban BBQ on the Square

Saturday Chocolate Enchantment

Sunday Morning Sessions

Sunday Grand Tasting:
Industry Focus

Sunday Afternoon Sessions


Chef Chair and Advisory Committee:Joey Altman
Chris Cosentino
Gary Danko
Traci Des Jardins
Elizabeth Falkner
Tyler Florence
David Gingrass
Robert Helstrom
Bruce Hill
Adrian Hoffman
Hubert Keller
Jamie Lauren
Emily Luchetti
Michael Mina
Roland Passot
Charles Phan
Daniel Scherotter
Craig Stoll
Joanne Weir
Laura Werlin
Arnold Eric Wong
Martin Yan

Participating Chefs & Speakers


Paul Arenstam
Robert Barker
Bridget Batson
Sophiane Benaouda
Jason Berthold
Jennifer Biesty
Jan Birnbaum
Patty Blecha
Flo Braker
George Chen
Marisa Churchill
Steven Connolly
Richard Corbo
Rodrigo De Silva
Patti Dellamonica-Bauler
Ranjan Dey
Mark Dommen
Pablo Estrada
Thom Fox
Andrea Froncillo
Ruggero Gadaldi
Fran Gage
Joyce Goldstein
Mark Gordon
Jessica Gorin
Damon Hall
Gerald Hirigoyen
Richard Hodge
Perry Hoffman
Scott Howard
Joseph Humphrey
Adam Jones
Chris L’Hommedieu
Mourad Lahlou
David Lawrence
John Ledbetter
Corey Lee
Brian Leitner
Randy Lewis
Jesse Llapitan
Jennie Lorenzo
Tim Luym
Louis Maldonado
Joseph Manzare
Peter McNee
Brian O’Connell
Nancy Oakes
Alexander Ong
Bruce Paton
Daniel Patterson
Craig Patzer
Cindy Pawlcyn
Gerardo Perez
Scott Peterson
Paul Piscopo
Juan Sandoval
Manoon Sanghad
Toi Sawatdee
Steve Scarabosio
Ryan Scott
Michel Suas
Parke Ulrich
Kevin Weber
Tanya Wenman Steel
Scott Youkilis

Cookbook Participants

Angelo Auriana
David Bazirgan
Ron Boyd
Nicole Burke
Chris Cehr
Cecelia Chiang
Melissa Chou
Dominique Crenn
Jacob Des Voignes
Greg Dunmore
Khai Duong
Lisa Eyherabide
Janine Falvo
Ryan Farr
John Finger
Shirley Fong-Torres
Laura Garrone
Umberto Gibin
Charlie Hallowell
Malachi Harland
Kris Hoogerhyde
Eric Hopfinger
Jean-Francois Houdre
Laurence Jossel
Shotaro Kamio
Douglas Keane
Lauren Kiino
Eric Korsh
Pat Kuleto
Senthil Kumar
Robert Lam
Steven Levine
Michelle Mah
Alice Medrich
Justine Miner
Luca Minna
Sean O’Brian
Patrick O’Connell
Sean O’Toole
Peter Osborne
Melissa Perello
William Pilz
Robert Pincus
Michelle Polzine
Jenn Puccio
Michael Recchiuti
Judy Rodgers
Xavier Salomon
Soyoung Scanlan
Victor Scargle
Amaryll Schwertner
Liza Shaw
Gregory Short
Michael Siegel
Justin Simoneaux
Josiah Slone
Annie Somerville
Anthony Strong
Luke Sung
Jim Suzuki
Jason Tallent
Staffan Terje
Andy Tonozuka
John Toulze
Eric Tucker
Michael Tuohy
Patricia Unterman
Ed Vigil
Annie Walker
William Werner
Darren Whitcher
Jim Winborough
Paula Wolfert
Rob Zaborney
Hoss Zare

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