Craft Chocolate Experience, La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, and More
Inaugural Craft Chocolate Experience
Attention all chocoholics, don’t miss the first ever Craft Chocolate Experience at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, March 6 to 8.
This sweet extravaganza will bring bean-to-bar makers, chocolatiers, pastry chefs, and cacao bean farmers from around the world for panel discussions, cooking demos, and a chocolate marketplace with more than 85 artisans sampling and selling their creations.
There’s also an opening night party on March 6, featuring a dazzling array of chocolates, pastries and cocktails.
The renowned participants include: Jordi Roca from El Celler de Can Roca in Spain; Francisco Migoya, head chef at Modernist Cuisine; John Scharffenberger, founder of Scharffen Berger Chocolate; Kenji Lopez-Alt, chief culinary consultant for Serious Eats and author of “The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science” (W.W. Norton); and founder Todd Masonis of San Francisco’s Dandelion Chocolate.
Tickets for the opening night party are $95 each; a weekend pass to the event is $145 per person.
Celebrate A Milestone For La Cocina
La Cocina, San Francisco’s pioneering kitchen incubator for women, people of color, and immigrants wanting to start food ventures, expects to open its much-anticipated food hall this spring.
To celebrate the impending debut of La Cocina Marketplace, a landmark all-women operated food hall, the organization is hosting a Week of Women in Food, March 2 to 8. It’s a series of prix fixe dinners spotlighting the seven La Cocina chefs who will make the new food hall their home. For these special dinners, each La Cocina chef will cook alongside a well-known, established Bay Area chef.
The La Cocina chefs who will be cooking at the marketplace when it opens are: Estrellita Gonzalez of Estrellita’s Snacks; Tiffany Carter of Boug Cali; Binita Pradhan of Bini’s Kitchen; Dilsa Lugo of Los Cilantros; Nafy Flatley of Teranga; Wafa and Mounir Bahloul of Kayma; and Guadalupe Moreno of Mi Morena.
Some of the Week of Women dinners have already sold out, so don’t dawdle if you want to attend one. Prices start at $30 per person.
Bistro Boudin’s Special Save The Bay Kids Menu
Bistro Boudin’s newest offering is not only adorable but admirable.
The creator of San Francisco’s original sourdough loaf is partnering with Save the Bay, a non-profit dedicated to restoring the San Francisco Bay with a special kids menu that features a turtle-shaped bread bowl filled with clam chowder ($12.95).
The kids menu at the San Francisco waterfront restaurant also features pictures of sea creatures to color in with crayons.
Five percent of proceeds from anything ordered from the kids menu — including cheese pizza, grilled chicken and a sundae — will be donated to Save the Bay.