Celebratory Matt Cain Cocktail, Taste of Italian Coffee at Santana Row & More

A cocktail to honor Giants pitcher Matt Cain. (Photo courtesy of Chef Hiro Sone)

Giants Fever at the St. Regis in San Francisco

Look for the bell hops and front desk staff at the St. Regis to sport black and orange baseball caps in honor of the San Francisco Giants incredible World Series sweep.

But that’s just the start. Step inside to toast the team’s victory with “The Perfect Cain” ($14), an ode to Giants pitcher Matt Cain.

The cocktail, available at the bar or at restaurant Ame, is a frothy blend of Breaking and Entering Bourbon, Campari, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, orange water flower and egg white.

First Lavazza Cafe On the West Coast to Open in Santana Row

Italy’s famed coffee roaster Lavazza will open its first West Coast cafe on Oct. 30 in San Jose’s Santana Row.

The Bay Area already may be saturated with coffee outlets, but Lavazza hopes to distinguish itself with its quality, innovation, and integration with high fashion, sleek design and contemporary cuisine, including its collaboration with revolutionary Chef Ferran Adria.

Ferran Adria's liquid-to-solid coffee concoction. (Photo courtesy of Lavazza)

The 35-seat cafe, which will feature stunning artwork, will serve coffee in every preparation imaginable, including the signature Èspesso, Adrià’s ingenious liquid-to-solid coffee creation served playfully with a spoon that sports a hole in it.

The menu also will feature salads, sandwiches and many gluten-free choices, along with gelatos and house-made desserts.

More Lavazza cafes are expected to open in the coming months in the Bay Area, including in San Francisco, the East Bay, the North Bay and the Peninsula.

Tibetan Aid Project Gala Dinner

Join a bevy of acclaimed chefs on Nov. 16, when they team to create a magical dinner for the 12th annual “Taste & Tribute San Francisco” to benefit the Tibetan Aid Project in its efforts to preserve and protect Tibetan heritage.

Take a seat at one of 11 tables at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, where a different team of two chefs will prepare your dinner before you.

Elizabeth Falkner and crew plate dishes at Taste & Tribute last year. (Photo courtesy of the Tibetan Aid Project)

Among chef duos will be: Matthew Accarrino of SPQR with Robert Petzold of Bocadillos; Sean Baker of Gather in Berkeley with Mark Dommen of One Market in San Francisco; and Preston Dishman of Viognier in San Mateo with Joseph Humphrey of Dixie in San Francisco.

Tickets are $350 per person.

Greek Cooking Expert Diane Kochilas To Visit the Bay Area

Noted Greek food authority, Diane Kochilas, will be signing copies of her new cookbook at two upcoming events.

The Country Cooking of Greece (Chronicle Books) features more than 200 recipes for Greek country cooking, which incorporates whole grains, hearty greens, and luscious seafood.

Cookbook author Diane Kochilas. (Photo by Yiorgos Vitsaras)

Kochilas will give a talk at Annunciation Cathedral, 245 Valencia St. in San Francisco, at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 4.

The next day, Nov. 5, she’ll do a cooking demo at Draeger’s in San Mateo. Price is $55 per person.

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