Looking for something to do this weekend? I’ve got you covered. I’ll be at the following events, supporting great organizations and you can too.

The Golden Glass
supporting Slow Food San Francisco
at Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
2 – 6 pm Tasting
Selected San Francisco Bay Area restaurants, artisanal producers, and local farmers will provide savory delights and sweet treats for attendees to sample with wines from Italy. Who’ll be there? A16, Boulevard, Eatwell Farm, Picco, Swanton Berry and many more.
For more information and tickets visit the The Golden Glass website.

Guest Chef Program with Saman Javid
supporting The Bread Project
at “B” Restaurant 499 Ninth St., Oakland
5:30 pm Dinner
$39 (additional $15 for wine pairing)
A three course gourmet dinner will be prepared with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients by The Bread Project students under the guidance of the Project’s supervising chef, Saman Javid (Fork, Scott Howard, MC2).

The Bread Project trains low-income and unemployed people in the skills needed for entry-level commercial baking and cooking positions. In addition, staff helps students find and retain jobs in the food service industry. For reservations or further information, please call Lucie Buchbinder, (510) 835-2683 or (510) 207-1713

What do I REALLY think about Slow Food? Check out my post today, at Cooking with Amy.

Weekend Wine & Dine 5 June,2007Amy Sherman

  • Tana Butler

    I had plenty to say about Carlo Petrini, including some later-modified and heated comments to him by the “Surfing Farmer” that Petrini outright libeled in the book.

    As far as this event goes, I think it’s a sacrilege and a crime to serve only Italian wines (think “carbon footprint”) when San Francisco is surrounded for hundred of miles with some of the best vineyards and wineries in the world. I can’t get behind that.

    I know Carlo Petrini has done a world of good bringing people’s attention to the problems with fast food consciousness, but I am not renewing my membership to Slow Food because no one in that organization has taken responsibility for his libel, and to my knowledge, no one has apologized to Surfing Farmer for the lies.

  • Amy Sherman

    I think Slow and Local are two different things. It is a mistake to think that all Slow food must be local. I just don’t believe that’s sustainable. Do you want wine makers to only make enough to sell in their region? Do you never want to drink Champagne unless you are in the Champagne region of France? Never eat Parmigiano Reggiano unless you are in Parma? Some may choose to live that way, but not me!

  • Tana

    Amy: I wasn’t saying never to eat or drink anything local. Not at all. I drink tea with sugar every morning of my life, and neither come from around here.

    I just think that for Slow Food to produce such a lavish event, and ONLY serve Italian wines, is a little doo-wacka-doo, given the high quality of local wines available in your beautiful city.

    That’s all I meant. I’m sure a good time will be had by all.


Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman began blogging in 2003, because all her
friends and family were constantly asking her where
and what to eat. Three months after it launched,
Forbes chose her blog, Cooking with Amy, as one of the
top five best food blogs, praising her writing as
“smart, cozy and witty”. Since then her blog has been
featured and recipes reprinted in many newspapers and
magazines in the U.S. and the world.

In addition to regularly updating her blog, Amy is a
guest contributor to the Epicurious.com blog, and
Contributing Editor of Glam Dish. She also writes
restaurant reviews for SF Station.

Her focus on Bay Area Bites is primarily cookbook
reviews along with some interviews and current events.

Amy is a recipe developer and freelance food writer.
She is author of WinePassport: Portugal and wrote the new introduction to the classic cookbook, Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, published by the University of Nebraska Press. She recently completed 45 recipes for a Williams-Sonoma cookbook and wrote her first piece for VIA magazine.

She is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, tech journalist Lee Sherman.

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