Eat Drink SF Returns Saturday

This year, the city’s pre-eminent upscale food festival consists of two tastings on a single-day, at The Midway.

As caviar has gradually reconquered the food-scape and come back roughly to where it was in 1988 — if not 1888 — we must accept that San Francisco is finally well and truly fancy. Plenty of street-food festivals keep us grounded, but Eat Drink SF is there to embrace the opulence. Formerly known as SF Chefs, formerly taking place at Fort Mason, and formerly occurring over two-days, Eat Drink SF 2019 will be at The Midway this Saturday, Aug. 24, with two Grand Tasting sessions to show you and 4,000 other people a fine, zero-waste time.

And you bet Tsar Nicoulai Caviar will be there to supply you with all the bumps you can handle.

Because the Midway is gigantic and contains many rooms, expect lots of surprises, including an oven on the patio for Gioia Pizzeria to bake New York-inspired pies and a cigar lounge in VIP. Borrowing from faux-museum selfie palaces for its 11th year, Eat Drink now has interactive themed rooms that include tropical dishes from Palm House, sake from Ozumo, and ice cream from RE:THINK. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey even has a dedicated bar with 3D-printed cocktails.

For the Saturday afternoon Grand Tasting (noon to 3:30 p.m.), none other than China Live, Trader Vic’s, E&O Kitchen and Bar, and Dirty Habit will be among the 25 restaurants and bars serving sips and bites. That evening, from 7-10:30 p.m., join heavy-hitters like Ayala, Cockscomb, Serpentine, Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, and Mission Bowling Club for an even more decadent affair. See for the full list of participants.

As the preeminent annual event from the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Eat Drink SF is one of the best ways to connect with the movers and shakers behind the industry in America’s most gastronomically inclined city. Special guests this year include James Beard Award-winning chef Charlie Palmer and Spruce chef and Top Chef Season 15 contestant Rogelio Garcia, with live cooking demos by Bacchus Management Group executive pastry chef Janina O’Leary.

If you’re savvy about it and even moderately determined, you can easily make the $129 price of admission into a deal, but the VIP experience ($229) gets you early access, plus top-tier cocktails — and, of course, more caviar.

Eat Drink SF

Saturday, Aug. 24, with two Grand Tastings, noon-3:30 and 7-10:30, $129-$229, at The Midway, 900 Marin St.,


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