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

Sourdough gnocchi with lovely lobster. (Photo courtesy of Boudin Bistro)

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.

Grilled salmon tagine with sourdough crostini. (Photo courtesy of Bistro Boudin)

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.

Enjoy a visit to McEvoy Ranch -- complete with lunch. (Photo courtesy of the ranch)

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.

Last year's team of Wente Vineyards and the Restaurant at Wente Vineyards hard at work on their food-wine pairing. (Photo courtesy of Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association)

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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