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New Sourdough Specialities, McEvoy Ranch Garden Walk, Wine Crawl & More

Posted By foodgal On July 20, 2011 @ 5:25 am In Bakeries,Cheese,Enticing Events,General,Restaurants,Wine | 5 Comments

San Francisco’s Bistro Boudin Offers New Sourdough Dishes

Bistro Boudin at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf has upped the sourdough factor on its summer menu.

A variety of new dishes highlight the tangy, wonderful bread made by the cafe’s Gold Rush-era bakery.

Look for Bistro Shrimp Salad ($14.95) with grilled avocado, tangerines, chopped romaine and cilantro vinaigrette piled into a crispy sourdough cup; Grilled Salmon Al Tagine ($25.95) with clams, spinach, cherry tomatoes, Moroccan olives and capers served with sourdough crostini; and Sourdough Gnocchi ($23.95) with decadent chunks of lobster in a creamy pesto sauce.

San Francisco Wine Crawl

Sure, you’ve heard of food truck crawls, where those culinary four-wheelers gather in one spot to ply their delicious wares. Now, get ready for a wine version of that.

SF Wine Crawl, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 24, affords you the chance to taste wines from 10 of San Francisco’s urban wineries.

Treasure Island is the location for this unique event — only appropriate since several wineries already make their home there. Sip wine, meet the winemakers and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Bay.

The event is accessible by car and #108 Muni bus.

Tickets are $40 per person; $60 VIP tickets include a VIP shuttle to ferry you around to each winery.

Garden Tour and Lunch at McEvoy Ranch in Marin County

McEvoy Ranch — producers of spectacular estate-grown, certified organic extra virgin olive oils — is opening up its 550-acre property in the hills west of Petaluma for a garden walk plus lunch, 10 a.m. to noon July 22.

You’ll get to see the ranch’s certified organic kitchen garden, vegetable beds and fruit orchards. That will be followed by a tasting of olive oils, then lunch featuring home-grown produce.

Tickets are $90 per person and advance reservations are required.

Livermore’s Taste of Terroir

Join in the fun when16 Livermore Valley wineries team with restaurants to come up with top wine-food pairings at “Taste of Terroir,” 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 21, at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton.

A panel of judges will weigh in with their choices for the winners. But the public will have a chance to taste every pairing and to cast a vote for the “People’s Choice Award.”

The event also includes a silent auction of Wine Country gift baskets and vacation getaways. Be sure to save room for the dessert and cheese spread afterward, too.

Tickets are $75 per person.  Proceeds benefit the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.

Wine & Cheese at Santana Row in San Jose

The Hotel Valencia at San Jose’s Santana Row invites you to partake in wine and cheese al fresco-style at its rooftop Cielo wine terrace and bar.

Enjoy the wine and cheese pairings one Wednesday a month, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting with July 20. If you can’t make that one, there also will be ones on Aug. 17 and Sept. 21.

Price is $20 per person. For reservations, call (408) 423-5405.

More: My Q&A with Executive Chef Robert Sapirman of Citrus Restaurant in the Hotel Valencia in San Jose

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