Save the Date: CUESA’s 2008 Sunday Supper to be Held October 5

Every year, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), the folks responsible for the wondrous Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s home at the Ferry Building, holds a bountiful benefit dinner dubbed "the Sunday Supper."

Featuring 50+ of the Bay Area’s best chefs, a dozen regional wineries, two local distilleries, and sustainable farmers from across the state, diners enjoy an hors d’oeuvre reception with 20 hors d’oeuvres stations and a wide variety of cocktails , followed by a four-course meal that highlights the region’s delicious artisan-produced foods.

One of these years I am going to brave the crowds for this.

A Delicious Obsession: The Work of M.F.K. Fisher

The Book Club of California celebrates what would have been M.F.K. Fisher’s 100th birthday with "A Delicious Obsession: The Work of M.F.K. Fisher." The exhibition runs September 8 – October 27 with over 50 works on display, including first editions of "The Gastronomical Me" and her translation of Brillat-Savarin’s "The Physiology of Taste" with illustrations by Wayne Thiebaud.

In conjunction with the exhibit, culinary historian Joan Reardon will speak on M.F.K.Fischer on September 8, at 6:30 p.m. Her books on Fisher include M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table (1994), Poet of the Appetites: The Life of M. F.K. Fisher (2004), and M.F.K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans (2008).

Exhibit and lecture are free, held at the Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St., Suite 510, San Francisco; (415) 781-7532;

Family Winemakers 2008 San Francisco tasting event

Fw2008 It’s time for my favorite San Francisco wine tasting event of the year — Family Winemakers of California Taste 2008.

Not as overwhelming as the ZAP! zinfandel tasting, and with varietals ranging from marsanne to sangiovese, to viogner and back again. This is the place where I have found all sorts of new lovse — like the Heidrun sparkling mead at the 2005 tasting.

My only constructive criticism about this event every year is I wish for more non-trade tasting hours. Take a look at the printer-friendly version of the participating wineries list and start planning your limited time now.

Personally, my hit list would include:

Sunday, August 24
12:30-2:00 p.m. open to the trade only
2:00-6:00 p.m. open to the public and the trade
Monday, August 25

1:00-6:00 p.m. open to the trade only
Fort Mason Center
TICKETS: Ticket price is $45 in advance, $40 for groups of 10 or more, $55 day of the event, plus ticket fees.

SF Cocktail Week

It's been cold and gray in the City off and on for the past few days. But news of the upcoming SF Cocktail week certainly warms my cold, libations-loving heart.

Held May 13-19, and ranging from the free cocktail at the "opening gala", to the cocktail-themed dinners around town on the 15th, it's enough to get me to pull no a sweater and venture out on a weeknight. I'm most tempted by the $15 demonstration of cocktail techniques at the Ferry Building on Wednesday the 14th. Get your tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.