Mark Your Calendars! June SF Chef Pre-Parties Have Begun

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The fourth annual SF Chefs 2012 is less than two short months away, and tickets are now available for general admission to the festival taking place June 30 through August 5.

San Francisco’s largest food, wine and spirits festival has already started with pre-party festivities leading up to big event.  The fun began this weekend with a new series of cooking demos from the city’s most talented chefs. Throughout the month of June, the Williams-Sonoma Unique Square store will host the fun-filled cooking demos, where guests will get insider tips and techniques from San Francisco’s Hottest Chefs.



WHO: Hoss Zaré (Zaré at Fly Trap) and Chris Thompson (A16)
WHEN: Saturday, June 9, 12:00PM – 2:00PM
WHERE: Union Square Williams-Sonoma Demo Kitchen
WHAT: Let acclaimed chef Hoss Zaré (Zaré at Fly Trap) take you on a meatball journey. With stops in Italy, Iran and beyond you’ll leave inspired to explore the flavors and foods of different cultures. Tastes of each dish will be offered to guests. Ticket Price: $20 / $15 (Visa Signature).
WHO: Michelle Hernandez (Le Dix-Sept Patisserie) and Jessica Entzel (Morimoto Napa)
WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 12:00PM – 2:00PM
WHERE: Union Square Williams-Sonoma Demo Kitchen
WHAT: Macarons are the latest dessert craze and offer complex tastes in a deliciously compact package. Watch Michelle Hernandez (Le Dix-Sept Patisserie) transform classic (and unusual) dessert flavor combinations into beautiful macarons. These jewel-like treats will be paired alongside full-sized, decadent creations demonstrated by pastry chef Jessica Entzel (Morimoto Napa). Guests will taste samples of all the desserts demonstrated. Ticket Price:$20 / $15 (Visa Signature).
WHO: Jason Berthold (RN74) and Omri Aflalo (Bourbon Steak)
WHEN: Saturday, June 30, 12:00PM – 2:00PM
WHERE: Union Square Williams-Sonoma Demo Kitchen
WHAT: Get on the road with chefs Jason Berthold (RN74) and Omri Aflalo (Bourbon Steak) as they share simple, satisfying recipes (and wine pairings!) for your next summer picnic. These innovative chefs put a modern twist on the classics, developing robust and refined flavors from the bounty of seasonal ingredients available in Northern California. Samples of each dish, along with wine pairings, will be offered. Ticket Price: $20 / $15 (Visa Signature).

Pre-Parties continue with  the Dinner Party Project, a series of pop-up dinners showcasing groups of chef friends collaborating for one night to bring guests an exclusive dining experience.


WHO: Thomas McNaughton (Flour + Water), Brandon Jew (Bar Agricole) and Belinda Leong (Manresa and Flour +Water)
WHEN: Monday, June 11, 7:30PM
WHERE: Dough Room at Flour + Water
WHAT: Thomas McNaughton (Flour + Water) and Pastry Chef Belinda Leong (Manresa and Flour +Water) met during their time at Gary Danko—and they later became roommates. Thomas and Chef Brandon Jew (Bar Agricole) got to know each other in the kitchen of Quince. When these three get together to prepare an intimate multicourse feast in the Dough Room at Flour + Water you’ll find out what happens when chefs live together, have late-night adventures and occasionally get into trouble. While cooking tableside the three friends will regale guests with tales of late-night meals and mischief in San Francisco and beyond. Ticket Price: $275 / $265 (Visa Signature). All prices are inclusive of wine and gratuity.
WHO: Jan Birnbaum (EPIC Roasthouse), Mark Franz, Parke Ulrich and Emily Luchetti (Waterbar) with Pat Kuleto and Special Guest Chef Jeremiah Tower (Stars)
WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 6:00PM
WHERE: Waterbar and EPIC Roasthouse
WHAT: Join SF Chefs for a meal that’s been 30 years in the making.  The teams behind EPIC Roasthouse and Waterbar restaurants are coming together with one of the founders of California cuisine, Jeremiah Tower, for a dinner dedicated to sharing the group’s collaborative culinary history and close bond.  This epic evening will feature restaurateur Pat Kuleto and chefs Mark Franz, Jan Birnbaum, Emily Luchetti, Parke Ulrich and the now-retired Tower, back for one night only.  Tower made a name for himself as the founder of the renowned restaurant Stars, where he worked alongside Franz and Luchetti.  This group of culinary talents, including Birnbaum and Ulrich, not only share professional ties but are close friends.  This dinner will celebrate their remarkable careers as well as Tower’s and Stars’ seminal roles in California culinary history. The event will begin with hors d’oeuvres, Champagne and a Campari aperitif at Waterbar and will move to EPIC Roasthouse, where guests will enjoy a six-course meal in the Roman intimate setting of EPIC’s private dining space. Narsai David, food and wine editor of KCBS radio and famed restaurateur Cecilia Chiang (Mandarin) will be on hand to coax stories, both hilarious and touching, from this group of friends.  Join them as they share an evening of memories, friendship and, of course, great food and wine.  $350 / $340 (Visa Signature). Table of 10: $4,000 / $3990 (Visa Signature). All prices are inclusive of wine and gratuity.
WHO: Mark Dommen (One Market), Staffan Terje (Perbacco Ristorante)
WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 6:00PM
WHERE: One Market
WHAT: Mark Dommen and Staffan Terje aren’t just friends, they’re neighbors—their restaurants are a few blocks from each other in San Francisco’s Financial district. Their friendship was forged through farmers—they share a local and seasonal philosophy and often source produce and whole animals from the same vendors. In fact, the two have been known to harbor a friendly rivalry over who takes back the best product to their kitchens. For their dinner at One Market, Mark and Staffan will be making a special trip to one of their favorite farms, Rossotti Ranch, to source the whole goat they’ll be using. Each chef will prepare their interpretation of various cuts from the animal—allowing diners to explore the versatility of both goat and these masterful chefs. Two chefs, one beast, infinite delicious possibilities. $125 / $115 (Visa Signature). All prices are inclusive of wine and gratuity.

Tickets to all of these dinners and demos are limited, and are sure to sell out quickly. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from our city’s tastemakers. Get your tickets today!

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