Five Fabulous Foodie Events
In San Francisco:
Chaya Brasserie San Francisco celebrates its 10th anniversary with a “10-10-10” promotion that runs Oct. 1-10.
Now’s the time to kick back with Japanese-French creations as you take a load off at this beautiful restaurant with its Bay Bridge views. Each day, enjoy a different price cut on some of the restaurant’s most popular items in the bar and lounge. For instance, on Day 1 (Oct. 1), enjoy a $14 regularly priced Red Dragon Roll for only $10. On Day 2, sip a Takara Nigori Unfiltered sake for $9 (regularly $15). Day 10 will feature oysters for $1 each (regularly $3 each).
A special $20.10 three-course lunch also will be offered during the promotion. Options will include the likes of herbed Monterey calamari salad; King salmon with grilled fennel, white corn, and Swiss chard; and blueberry custard torte.
The restaurant also will be launching a new menu, which will include new items such as a selection of crudo; a starter of sauteed foie gras with pear compote ($18); and entrees such as an artichoke and pearl barley ragout with spinach, edamame, tomato, wild mushrooms and Parmigiano-Reggiano ($20).
Proceeds will benefit StreetSmart4Kids, a non-profit that works in partnership with San Francisco restaurants to help homeless children.
Tickets are $50 at the door.
The event tonight kicks off a six-week “Dine Out & Donate” program, Oct. 1 through Nov. 15, with more than 50 San Francisco restaurants participating. When dining at one of those restaurants during that time, you’ll be asked to leave $3 or more per table in a StreetSmart4Kids envelope. The funds will go to local youth programs supported by StreetSmart4Kids. Among the restaurants participating are Acquerello, Fleur de Lys, Betelnut, and Piperade.
Oct. 9, noon to 4 p.m., San Francisco magazine hosts its annual FallFest, a celebration of the best in Bay Area food and wine at Justin Herman Plaza.
The theme is “Eat Local,” with participants asked to use ingredients grown or produced within three hours of their final destination. The plaza will be transformed into an open-air marketplace with chef demos and panel discussions.
Tickets are $95 in advance or $110 a the door. Food Gal readers, though, get a special $15 savings on advance tickets. Pay only $80 when using the discount code: FOODGAL.
The event benefits Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, which provides meals and other services for home-bound seniors.
Revel in a whole beast feast at CUESA’s 8th annual Sunday Supper, a gala fund-raiser Oct. 3 that will feature Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats and Mourad Lahlou of Aziza doing tableside carvings of sustainably raised meats — from steer to duck to lamb.
The event, which benefits the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture that operates the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, also will feature 60 other chefs, including Chris Cosentino of Incanto, Craig Stoll of Delfina and Annie Sommerville of Greens.
Guests will enjoy a reception with artisan cocktails and regional wines, along with hors d’oeuvres. A four-course dinner will follow, along with a live auction featuring enticing goodies up for bid like a private dinner for 14 prepared by Charles Phan of the Slanted Door.
Tickets for the reception are $75. Tickets for the reception plus the dinner are $200.
In San Francisco, San Jose and Nationwide:
In this tech-savvy age, the restaurant is hosting a virtual wine dinner that will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Second, third and fourth-generation members of the Mondavi family will be on hand at the Carriage House at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, where they will be broadcast live by satellite to private dining rooms at 53 Morton’s nationwide.
The multi-course dinner at each Morton’s will kick off with an online auction of the first-ever red wine produced by the extended Mondavi family — a 27-liter bottling called “Siamo Insieme” (which translates as “We are together” in Italian). The bottle will be auctioned off, Oct. 7 through Oct. 30, on the Davis Hart Wine. Co. site.
Proceeds from the auction, as well as the dinners, will benefit the organization, which helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
Tickets to the dinner are $175. For reservations at the Morton’s in San Francisco, call (415) 986-5830; for the one in San Jose, call (408) 947-7000.