SF Chefs 2011 Makes Drinking in Union Square Legal

SF Chefs, the week-long celebration of San Francisco food and drink, has taken up residence again in Union Square. The white tent draped over an entire city block won't officially open until Friday night, but then there will be plenty of cocktail-related events in bars and restaurants. To plan accordingly, here's our guide for classes and demos in and around the tasting tent.

Gin Blossoms

Where: The Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell (at Geary), 397-7000

When: Sat., Aug. 6, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Cost: $30, tickets online

The rundown: Bartenders Jon Santer, of Bourbon & Branch fame, and Charlotte Voisey lead this seminar about gin, told through cocktails. That's our kind of learning.

Mix It Up with a Master

Where: Union Square Grand Tasting Tent, main stage

When: Sat., Aug. 6, 1:10 p.m.

Cost: Included with Saturday afternoon tasting ticket ($125)

The rundown: H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir takes the stage to demonstrate mixing up your own specialty cocktails.

Punches & Other Easy Cocktails

Where: Union Square Grand Tasting Tent, main stage

When: Sat., Aug. 6, 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Included with Saturday afternoon tasting ticket ($125)

The rundown: Duggan McDonnell of Cantina shows you how to make entertaining at home easier by making simple cocktails and punches.

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