The old East Coast versus West Coast debate gets a new twist tonight at this comparative beer-and-cheese tasting, run by master cicerone Rich Higgins and beer expert Heather Castro. As part of their ongoing From Ales to Fromage series, tonight’s brouhaha, held at Public House near AT&T Park will pit Brooklyn’s best against Russian River rivals (Thursday, 6 - 8 PM at Public House, 24 Willie Mayes Plaza, $60 per person, advanced tickets available online).
We told you about this last month, but the Omnivore World Tour finally touches ground in San Francisco this week and its slate of visiting chef dinners, master cooking classes from the world’s rising chefs, wine seminars from top somms and parties are definitely the place to be. Tickets are still available for many of them. Check out the website for more complete details (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, events held all around the Bay Area and at the Observation Post at the Presidio, 211 Lincoln Blvd.).
Bravo TV judge and Saveur magazine editor-in-chief James Oseland will be making two stops in the Bay Area this weekend to promote his new book, "The Way We Cook: Portraits from Around the World." On Friday, he’ll be in conversation with Tori Ritche at the San Francisco Cooking School from 7- 9 PM ($15), during which he promises not only to talk about the food ways described in his book but also to dish about Top Chef Masters. On Saturday, he’ll be the guest of honor at Camino in Oakland, where he’ll be signing books during a cocktail reception followed by a sit-down to a three-course lunch prepared in the restaurant’s fireplace featuring menu items inspired by his book (Friday at San Francisco Cooking School, 7- 9 PM, $15 admission, RSVP online; Saturday book signing and luncheon at Camino, 11:30 AM- 3 PM, $50 including wine, tickets online).
Local Dungeness crab season is almost upon us so brush up on your crustacean cred this Sunday up at Nick’s Cove in Marshall, which will be hosting its first-ever Crab Catch. Highlights of the day will be a crab-catching competition (BYO supplies, crab-catching license required), a crab cooking demo by new chef Austin Perkins and a three-course Dungeness crab tasting menu with some proceeds going to support the Petaluma Educational Foundation. ((Sunday, 10 AM -5 PM, $45 for cooking demo and luncheon, $50 for crab catch participants, more info online 23240 Highway One, Marshall).