See’s Candies Exclusive Tour, Anthony Bourdain Comes to Town & More

See's Candies summer-time suckers in root beer flavor. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

Win a Chance to Visit the See’s Candies Factory

See’s Candies will celebrate National Lollipop Day on July 20 in a big way.

First, stop in at any one of more than 200 See’s locations that day to get a free See’s lollypop.

Second, for an entire week, July 16–23, See’s will be putting all its lollypops on sale at 30 percent off. A box of 30 will sell for $12 (regularly $15.80) and a box of 12 will be $5.75 (regularly $7.15). The cube-shaped lollys come in chocolate, vanilla, cafe latte, butterscotch and the special summer flavor of root beer.

Lastly, you and a guest can win a VIP tour of See’s South San Francisco candy factory, which is not normally open to the public. As one who has had the sweet pleasure of going on such a tour, take my word that it’s an unforgettable experience. Included in this prize package is round-trip airfare for two, four nights at a San Francisco hotel, ground transportation and a $100 per diem per day. Entrants also will have a chance to vie for $50 See’s gift cards. Contest is open through July 23. Winners will be selected in a random drawing.

The one and only Anthony Bourdain comes to Oakland. (Photo courtesy of the Travel Channel)

Anthony Bourdain Comes to Oakland

Culinary bad boy and host of the popular, award-winning show, “No Reservations,” Anthony Bourdain will be making a one-night appearance at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland at 8 p.m. Oct. 21, in which he’ll be lobbing his trademark barbs and thought-provoking insights in a lecture-style setting.

Tickets, which start at $37 a piece, go on sale 11 a.m. July 15 at or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Additionally, beginning 11 a.m. July 15, folks can bid on premium seats in the first several rows, as well as an exclusive meet-and-greet with Bourdain at a private reception. The auction bidding will conclude at 10 p.m. July 29.

Sake Tasting Benefit for Japan

Meet sake expert Philip Harper. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Harper)Enjoy award-winning sakes from Kyoto paired with Peruvian empanadas, ceviches and more tonight at La Mar Cebicheria in San Francisco.

Philip Harper, author of “The Connoisseur’s Guide to Sake” and brewmaster of Kinoshita Sake Brewery in Kyoto Prefecture is visiting San Francisco for the first time to host this special tasting tonight.

A Q&A reception begins at 6 p.m., with tastings commencing at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Call (415) 397-8880 for more information. Proceeds will benefit Japan Earthquake Relief.

More: My Private Tour of the See’s Candies Factory

And: My Q&A with Gaston Acurio of La Mar in San Francisco

Plus: Scenes from a Winery Dinner at La Mar

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  • let’s see: sake and See’s? ok i’m in! lol

  • Carolyn, Did you know I have a secret crush on Anthony Bordain;) I need to get seats to that show!

  • Yummy Supper: I don’t think it’s a SECRET any more. Hah!

  • My hubby and I watch No Reservations religiously! Can’t wait to see him in person!

  • Oh Carolyn, thank you so much for posting about Anthony Bourdain – I adore him! I am going to be buying my tickets at 11 SHARP on Friday – woo-hoo!

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  • When I was a little girl, I toured the Sees candy factory and it was the highlight of my existence! Sees is our favorite; scotchmallows, california brittle, scotch kisses, caramel patties – all so good. And if you gave me a box of chocolates, I can tell you what each one is without biting in to them(I cannot believe I just admitted that!).

  • Susan: I bow to you. I can recognize most of the chocolates by sight, but not all. My fave is “nuts and chews.” And the piece I always go for first whenever a fresh box is opened is the rectangular one that’s topped with caramel walnuts. It’s THE best. 😉

  • Wow would I love to visit See’s candy factory! Must be fascinating! I once received a box of chocolate caramels topped with sea salt and it may have been the best chocs I ever ate!

  • Ooh I’ve heard so much about See’s candies on Oprah! And as for Anthony Bourdain, what a fabulous sounding event! 😀

  • What fun, every bit of it.

    See’s candy factory would be a blast to check out, I’d love to be able to do that with my niece. What an experience.

    I love the La Mar cervishe and sake tasting idea. That would have been marvelous.

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