From The Zinfandel Experience to SFJAZZ’s Gala, Here Are 8 Things To Do In January

Japanese wagyu
Japanese wagyu

Photo Credit: Roka Akor

Wondering what we will be up to in the next month? Here is what’s on our January agenda.

Now through the January 31, Japanese steakhouse Roka Akor is hosting a special beef flight in honor of National Meat Month. Wa means ‘Japanese’ and gyu means ‘cow,’ and wagyu is the name of the game for this unique tasting. Carnivores are invited to enjoy a meal that includes three different types of wagyu imported from Japan. Reservations are recommended for this experience that is going down at the Jackson Square restaurant.

2018's female-centric bartending competition
2018’s female-centric bartending competition

Photo Credit: Speed Rack

The all-female bartending competition, Speed Rack, is coming to SF on Sunday, January 13. From 3 to 7 p.m., spirits aficionados are invited to mingle with the bartenders and taste their creations. Twenty of the Bay’s top mixologists will duke it out for the chance to compete at nationals in Chicago in May.

A booth at last year's fair
A booth at last year’s fair

Photo Credit: Fog Design+Art

From January 17-20, 53 art, design, and decor exhibits will be on display at the 6th-annual Fog Design + Art Fair at Fort Mason. The opening night preview gala, which takes place on Wednesday, January 16, benefits SFMOMA. Stay tuned for Haute Living’s more in-depth preview of the not-to-be-missed fair.

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The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers are hosting their annual bacchanal, the Zinfandel Experience, January 17-19. The red-wine lover’s extravaganza is a series of wine-centric events including a winemakers auction and dinner and a grand walk-around tasting. The festivities are in a variety of locations throughout the city, from One Market restaurant to Pier 27.

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Get a sneak peek of what’s to come at the San Francisco Symphony when future director Esa Pekka Salonen conducts the orchestra January 18-20. Pieces include compositions by Sibelius, R. Strauss, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir. It’s San Francisco’s first chance to get to know the Finnish composer who will take over from Michael Tilson Thomas come September 2020.

Black truffles
Black truffles

Photo Credit: Napa Truffle Festival

The 9th-annual Napa Truffle Festival is taking place January 18-21. The event, which is put on by the American Truffle Company, is your chance to learn all about truffles. Get to know how dogs are trained to sniff out black truffles or take a cooking class and master the art of cooking with the expensive ingredient.

Last year's parade from the gala dinner to the performance at the ballet opening
Last year’s parade from the gala dinner to the performance at the ballet opening

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

San Francisco Ballet celebrates its 86th season with an opening night gala and performance on January 23. ‘This is Passion’ is the theme of the evening which includes a reception, seated dinner, performance, and after party. Fans of the ballet can look forward to two world premieres: a pas de deux by choreographer Danielle Rowe featuring principal dancers Sofiane Sylve and Aaron Robison and another pas de deux from Yuri Possokhov with principals Yuan Yuan Tan and Carlo Di Lanno.

The 2018 gala
The 2018 gala

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Cultural and political leaders will join top musicians at SFJazz’s annual gala on January 31. The 2019 event honors Chucho Valdés and includes dinner, the concert celebration, and an after party. Various ticket packages are available.