9/07/2012 05:04:00 PM

San Francisco Weekend Planner: Rib Smackdown, Chocolate Fest and Wine

SF Forage's Night Market Returns Tonight
We’re not sure if anyone found a pot of gold at the end of Wednesday’s majestic double rainbow, but there surely is a treasure trove of great food and wine events happening this weekend.


Forage SF’s Night Market at Public Works
Back and fully legal, Forage SF will host another Night Market tonight bringing together a slew of independent food vendors (including Bacon Crack pusher Nosh This), live musical acts (including a headlining ukelele player) and die-hard foodies (5-9 PM at Public Works, entrance fee at the door, 21+ only.)


Tout Sweet Patisserie Opening Day
Top Dessert's Yigit Pura’s fancypants sweet shop Tout Sweet Patisserie and Cafe finally opens tomorrow at Macy’s Union Square. The shop opens at 10 AM and the first 100 groupies in the door will receive a special gift.

Sauced: Rib Throwdown and Barista Latte Battle at Coffee Bar
Showcasing the two most important food groups-coffee and ribs, the Mission’s Coffee Bar will be throwing a block party that pits four of the city’s top barbecue specialists (Cathead’s BBQ, Good Foods Catering, The Jet Set Chef and Gator’s Back Porch BBQ) challenged to incorporate the mighty coffee bean in their ribs and signature sides. Guests get to sample and vote on all contest entries whilst grabbing a beer at the pop-up biergarten or watch the baristas inside battling in a latte tournament. (3 PM, $25 per person, more info and tickets online).

“It’s Complicated” Panel: Grass-Fed Beef
Taking a page from Denise Richards, good food authorities such as journalist Michael Pollan, rancher Mac Magruder, chef Jonah Rhodehamel (Oliveto) and Kathryn Quanbeck (Mendocino County EDFC) will converge at Oliveto Restaurant in Oakland to discuss the complicated hurdles faced by ranchers, butchers, chefs, and consumers in establishing a local, small-producer, beef economy with conscientious animal-welfare protocols here in Northern California. In conjunction, the restaurant has added some traditional Italian cuts of grass-fed beef prepared in classical Italian preparation onto its regular a la carte dinner menus of Friday and Saturday night. (Panel discussion from 2- 3:30 PM, tickets are $10 per person and selling out fast so reserve ahead either by calling the restaurant or going online). 

Saturday and Sunday

17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
San Francisco’s iconic chocolate maker hosts its annual two-day Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival this weekend. The kid-friendly event features two days of demos, lots of chocolate and an ice-cream sundae eating contest. (12 PM- 5 PM, tickets are $20 that gets you 15 chocolate samples. Get your tickets ahead to avoid the crowds.) 


Family Winemakers of California Tasting 
Oenophiles can get their wine on, Cali-style, at this annual Family Winemakers of California Tasting event at Fort Mason showcasing 250 wineries from over 30 California appellations pouring over 50 varietals and 750 different wines. (3-6 PM; tickets are $55 for general admission which includes commemorative glass and lots of complementary cheese, $75 for general entry plus access to the iSipLounge, a reserved tasting area featuring guided tastings lead by sommelier Courtney Cochran. Tickets and details online). 


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