Food and wine galore at SF Chefs
More than 100 of the Bay Area's top chefs, brewers and mixologists will cram into Union Square for what promises to be an epic gastronomic celebration.
SF Chefs, a festival of food and wine, takes place today and resumes Thursday through next Sunday. Taste distinctive Portuguese wines with a famous sommelier. Watch four esteemed chefs vie for judges' praise in a live cooking battle. Learn to make a global array of breads, including fenugreek-flecked Indian roti and scallion-studded Chinese cong you bing.
Most events take place in and around Union Square Park, at the intersection of Powell and Post streets. Most start at 10 a.m. or later through next Sunday.
Classes, samplings and shows range from $35 to $50. For a real taste bud and pocketbook splurge, dine in the Grand Tasting Tent for $140. Tickets should be purchased in advance, with Visa Signature cardholders receiving a 20 percent discount. Call (415) 781-5348 or visit www.sfchefsfoodwine.com for more information.
Batty moonlit hike
What: Hike under a nearly full moon to the hoots of owls and squeaks of bats. Liz Watson from the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association leads the three-hour, 3-mile tour that will leave you loving night critters or quaking in your boots. Reservations required.
When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 17
Where: Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center, Clayton
Cost: $6 per car
What: Strut to live jazz in a historic district in the Sierra foothills. Adults can enjoy a wine garden and vintage cars on display, while kids can paint their faces or play in a bounce house.
When: 6-9:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Nevada City historic district, around the intersection of Broad and Pine streets
Information: Call (530) 265-2692 or visit www.nevadacitychamber.com
Cutting-edge tech from 1834
What: Come for more than 1,100 vintage gadgets on display at the Computer History Museum. You'll leave with a new understanding of microprocessors and the Internet, and you'll realize that computer history started 2,000 years ago.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday weekly
Where: Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View
Cost: $15 general admission; $12 for students, seniors and active military
Information: (650) 810-1010; www.computerhistory.org
Redwoods and canoes
What: Paddle leisurely down a 10-mile stretch of the Russian River with one to two friends at Burke's Canoe Trips. Pause to picnic and appreciate redwoods, mountains and beaches. A complimentary shuttle returns your group back to Burke's headquarters.
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every weekend; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every weekday
Where: Burke's Canoe Trips, 8600 River Road, Forestville
Cost: $65 per canoe
Information: Reserve at (707) 887-1222; www.burkescanoetrips.com