There is never a shortage of cool foodie events in the Bay Area, and April is no exception. Here are my top picks for the month and then it’s back to recipes, reviews and a super awesome giveaway later this week that you won't want to miss...
On Thursday April 16 Carlo Middione cooks what promises to be a memorable dinner with Chef Daniel Corey at Luce. If you’ve lived in Bay Area for a while, you probably recognize the name Carlo Middione as a groundbreaking chef and restaurateur of Vivande. He’s been out of the limelight for a few years but the event which is a tribute to Carlo and his wife Lisa features an incredible sounding five course dinner with dishes like antipasti of poached squid stuffed with prawns and garnished with squid ink, cannellini beans and California osetra caviar, homemade tagliatelle and Calabrian style lamb chops and baby artichokes. I asked Carlo how this dinner came about and this is what he told me:
"Peter Koehler, (the general manager at the Intercontinental) who runs the best hotels in the West, was a decades long customer of mine and my wife Lisa's. Peter has become our valued friend, and he thought we should be remembered for our contributions to the food scene, and for "hanging in there.”
Carlo will be cooking what promises to be a memorable dinner with Chef Daniel Corey, tickets for the cocktail reception, book signing and 5 course dinner with wine pairings and live entertainment are $150 (does not include tax or tip). Call the restaurant to reserve, 415-616-6566
Friday April 17 - Sunday April 19 this film festival takes place at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, in partnership with Bi-Rite Market. All proceeds go to 18 Reasons program Cooking Matters (a great program that teaches people in low-income communities how to cook). There are classics like Tampopo, the best ramen movie ever, and movies I’ve reviewed and recommended like The Search for General Tso and finally film festival award winning films such as East Side Sushi.
Tickets are only $15 and include a food snack that is chosen to go with the movie. Yes, even ramen to go with Tampopo!
Saturday April 25 you'll have the opportunity to try artisanal ciders from around the country and the world at The Presidio. Over half of the ciders are from California including Common Cider from Auburn. Their Lemon Saison was my winning pick for summer sipper at the recent Beer and Bacon Classic where I was a judge. If you don't trust me, it was also Pete Slosberg's choice (that's the Pete of Pete's Wicked Ale). Come discover the world of cider!
Tickets are $35 in advance and include 10 drink tickets and a souvenir glass.