Taste San Francisco Offers Celebs and Food

Got $350 and an overwhelming desire to eat food cooked by celebrity chefs? That's the cheapest ticket for this year's Taste San Francisco, one of ten national events being organized as part of the James Beard Foundation's Taste of America, featuring “a night of culinary stars” benefiting the foundation and its scholarship programs.

[jump] The Oct. 23-24 San Francisco event is being held at Bimbo's 365 Club and includes cocktails and a tasting reception featuring the work of James Beard Foundation award winner Craig Stoll (Delfina), Suzette Gresham (Acquerello), Chris Marchino (Cotogna), Rocky Moselli (A16), and Staffan Terje (Perbacco). Dinner itself is a menu created by chefs Tony Mantuano of Chicago's Spiaggia, Quince's Michael Tusk, and Rich Table's Sarah Rich.

Still not enough celebrity happening there for you? Let's toss in Food Network personality Brian Boitano as guest emcee.

Itching to spend more? While that $350 gets you into the cocktail party, reception, and dinner, $425 adds the magic acronym “VIP” to your ticket and also gets you “a photo op and meet and greet with the evening’s chefs and a special gift.”

If you have to pick between paying your rent and being photographed with a celebrity chef, there are plenty of free activities the following day, Saturday, Oct. 24, at Sur La Table in the Marina. Cooking and product demos, in addition to a demo and book signing by Mantuano. Tickets and additional information are available online

Taste San FranciscoFriday, Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m., cocktails and reception, 7 p.m. dinner, at Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave.

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