What to do in and around San Francisco this week
It’s all about the food in San Francisco this week. (When is it never?) Warm up with a tot or two of rum at the second California Rum Festival and then enjoy the confluence of pancakes, booze, and mixed media art at (where else?!) the Pancakes & Booze art show. Your main course should certainly be a day or two at the epic Eat Drink SF, but leave some room for a visit to the new Tartine Bakery space—there’s a lot more going on there! Finally, make a note to escape the city at some point to go grape-stomping in Napa at Grgich Hills Estate winery.
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August 25–28 | Food festival
Eat Drink SF
Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s annual culinary festival Eat Drink SF is back with four days of indulgent events to sample, including an opening night chef competition called the Taco Knockdown, which will be paired with the Margarita Mix-Off bartender battle. Friday through Sunday, take in a Grand Tasting that features bites and drinks from new and established restaurants, from Aatxe to Zero Zero.
Times vary | Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco | From $85 | website
August 26–27 | Festival
California Rum Festival
Whether you love the occasional tiki drink or are a serious rum connoisseur, the second annual California Rum Festival has something for your level of interest. Saturday’s activities center more on straight rum tastings, while Sunday focuses on cocktails, each accompanied by a surf/retro soundtrack. There’s also an industry-specific component with training panels, but both those in the restaurant industry and the general public are invited to attend any of several brand seminars.
Times vary | SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco | From $5 | website
August 27 | Art show
Pancakes & Booze Art Show
The long-running temporary art show Pancakes & Booze started in Los Angeles and has stumbled across the country, but it really loves being in San Francisco. Enjoy a hot pancake bar for dinner and watch live body-painting while perusing the works of more than 100 artists (from paintings and sculptures to graffiti and other mixed media pieces). It’s come to be a local tradition.
8 p.m. | Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., San Francisco | From $10 | website
Through October 31 | Escape the city
If you’re looking for a fun and quintessentially Napa Valley experience between now and Halloween, consider stopping off at the family-owned Grgich Hills Estate. Pick any day to join winemakers in their 39-year-old tradition of stomping grapes. You’ll be able to put your own personal blessings on the fruits of the season. Make sure to head to the website first to make an online reservation.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily | Grgich Hills Estate, 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford | $30 | website
Now open | Restaurant
The team behind Mission District mainstay Tartine Bakery has just debuted a massive multipurpose facility. Queues for the new place, Tartine Manufactory, have been out the door at peak hours, but as any patron of their daily bread lines knows, all Tartine baked goods are worth the wait. The Manufactory offers the new perk of enabling you to acquire a coveted loaf of fresh Tartine bread any time of day, instead of just in the late afternoon. There’s also a small list of salads and warm sandwiches, plus a bakery, restaurant, bar, coffee spot, and, soon, an ice cream counter. The Tartine empire finally has a large space that can truly showcase its wide range of culinary talent.
595 Alabama St., San Francisco | (415) 487-2600 | Tartine website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.