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Chocolate/Gourmet Food/Wine events in S.F. Bay Area?

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lindariedman Jan 2, 2007 05:16 PM

I'm new to the area. What are best events to attend to experience gourmet food/wine/chocolate? I've heard of Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival. Anything else?

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    Ruby Louise Jan 3, 2007 05:47 PM

    Later this month Copia in Napa is hosting an Artisan Wine, Food & Art event. For this event, only wineries producing less than 5000 cases are invited to pour their wines, so it's a great opportunity to discover some under the radar wineries.

    Next month Copia is hosting a Death by Chocolate Festival with walk around chocolate & wine tastings, demos, discussions and a book signing.

    http://www.copia.org/

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      lindariedman Jan 4, 2007 10:35 PM

      Thank you for this suggestion. I think this Death by Chocolate Festival is just the thing we are looking for. I'll check out the Copia site.

    2. foodiegrl Jan 2, 2007 11:51 PM

      Check out this site:
      http://www.localwineevents.com/

      You should also subscribe to opentable.com, as their newsletter rounds up local food & wine events for you, often with discounts for being a member.

      Recent events included the SF Magazine fall fest, Inside the Kitchen at the Ritz, and the Star Chefs Gala on Nob Hill. I just checked, and this week's issue has an invitation to this event with a $15 discount:
      http://makewish.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=203408

      Fort Mason is a very popular venue for the big events like ZAP. You can keep an eye on their calendar here, as well.
      http://www.fortmason.org/calendar/2007/01/ataglance.shtml

      One last resource is the charitable events registry. They post all sorts of events, with food & wine as the major focus of many. They have not yet released the 2007 calendar, but you can browse the 2006 events to pick annual events that pique your interest:
      http://www.sanfran.com/charitable_events

      Welcome to the Bay Area, and enjoy!

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        DavidT Jan 2, 2007 07:39 PM

        If you can swing an entry pass, the Fancy Foods trade show that is held in mid-January each year at the Moscone Center in SF is THE food event of the year. It is 2-day event (maybe 3 days) and is open for members of the food trade only. If you know someone who works in the business, they may be able to get a pass for you.

        There are also many wine & food events held during the course of the year at Ft. Mason in SF. The biggest is the ZAP Festival, a big wine tasting of zinfandel held in late January each year. Do a web search for Fort Mason and see if they have a website that has a calendar of events.

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          DavidT Jan 2, 2007 07:43 PM

          You will also find a calendar of events in the Food Section of the SF Chronicle on Wednesdays and the Wine Section on Fridays.

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          nutmeg Jan 2, 2007 06:28 PM

          K&L Wine Merchants put together some really nice events - though can be pricey. Check out:

          http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp

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            lindariedman Jan 3, 2007 04:24 PM

            Thank you everyone for all the great suggestions. I will explore and I'm sure I will have many fun events to choose from!

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