Eat Drink SF (fka SF Chefs) was founded by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association in 2009 to celebrate the Bay Area’s world-class restaurant community.
Each year, more than 150 restaurants and 70+ beverage purveyors participate in Eat Drink SF’s four signature Grand Tasting sessions throughout the weekend. With more than 8,500 attendees, Eat Drink SF provides an opportunity for top area chefs to connect directly with enthusiastic food lovers. Guest tickets include all food and beverage tastes from more than 30 different restaurants featured at each Grand Tasting (restaurants change at every session) as well as bars, distilleries, breweries, and wineries. Interactive activations, a main culinary stage, and wine education programming enhance the indulgent experience.
Four signature Grand Tasting sessions—two evening and two afternoon sessions—follow throughout the weekend (August 24-26) at Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason Center.
● Friday Evening Grand Tasting (August 24 from 7:15-10:00pm):
Each Grand Tasting features more than 30 top Bay Area restaurants rotating by session. Friday evening will showcase bites from favorites like Impossible Foods albondigas with shelling beans from The Commissary, clam chowder soup ravioli with squid ink pasta and spicy tomato sauce from Half Moon Bay Brewery Company, and caviar puffs from Comstock Saloon. In VIP, The Conservatory at The Ritz-Carlton will feature Harley Farms goat cheese panna cotta, with heirloom tomato marmalade, and candied tomatoes.
● Saturday Afternoon Grand Tasting (August 25 from 12:45-3:30pm):
Saturday afternoon talent includes participants from past years like Souvla slinging their spit-roasted Superior Farms whole lamb, Vive La Tarte serving their Instagrammable jackfruit Tacro, and fan-favorite M.Y. China with a pork and shrimp shumai. In VIP, International Smoke will serve red curry tom kha, and guests may snack on foie gras potstickers from high-end Chinatown restaurant Eight Tables.
● Saturday Evening Grand Tasting (August 25 from 7:45-10:30pm):
As one of the biggest nights of the weekend, guests will experience Hawaiian-inspired fare from ‘āina, chopped chicken mini pitas with authentic Israeli hummus from Oren’s Hummus, and kombu braised pork tostadas from Son’s Addition. In VIP, newcomer Sorrel will serve yellowfin tuna crudo with white soy and green coriander.
● Sunday Afternoon Grand Tasting (August 26 from 12:45-3:30pm):
To conclude the weekend of indulgences, the final Grand Tasting will feature brunch fare from soon-to-open ALX Gastropub, popular Cole Valley market Luke’s Local, Mezcalito, ROOH, and Marin favorite Sol Food. In VIP, Frances will serve charred fennel, guajillo chili, pepita dukkah with a cured egg yolk.