You gotta love a free event and this weekend there are no fewer than three good ones. Each present an opportunity for you to reacquaint yourself with a San Francisco original.


Crushpad is do-it-yourself (with a lot of help) winery. Designed for non-traditional winemakers you work hand-in-hand with Crushpad staff and consulting winemakers to define and create your very own wine. You can choose from among their excellent grape sources or identify your own. The end result is a world class wine with your own brand. Custom Wine customers are encouraged to visit Crushpad frequently and actively participate to gain the full experience – education is a key part of Crushpad.

Cost varies depending upon vineyard with most barrels (25 cases) ranging from $5700 to $10,900 ($36/bottle).

What: Crushpad Open House
Where: 2573 Third St, San Francisco
When: 2 – 6 pm Saturday, June 21, 2008
How: RSVP to attend
Why: This is a fantastic opportunity to meet with participating winemakers, explore the spectrum of wines made at Crushpad and start planning for the 2008 harvest. You can also taste the wines, nibble on cheese and chocolate and perhaps even a taco or two.

Savour the Square

If you haven’t been to Ghirardelli Square in a while, now is a great time to check out this historic spot. Celebrate the new spirit of Ghirardelli Square with entertainment, wine tasting, chocolate, cupcakes and shopping. Enjoy eco-friendly chef demonstrations by From the Garden to the Table and even a doggie fashion show.

What: Savour the Square
Where: 900 North Point St St, San Francisco
When: 12 – 6 pm Saturday & Sunday, June 21 & 22, 2008
Why: Food and wine tasting, chef demos, classes and free Ice Cream Sundaes from Ghirardelli Chocolate from 4-5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Check out the full schedule before you go.

Summer Solstice Food Festival

Cheese Plus is a great spot to find local and artisanal gourmet products. At the Summer Solstice Food Festival more than 20 local Bay Area artisan food vendors will sample their handmade foods throughout the day.

This year’s line up includes: Paul Bertolli’s delicious sausages and salami from Fra’Mani, LaLoo’s Legendary Goat Milk Ice Cream, Bellwether Farms Farmstead Sheep Cheese, Allison McQuade’s tasty Chutney’s, Redwood Hill Sonoma Goat Cheese, and more

What: Cheese Plus 3rd Anniversary Summer Solstice Food Festival
Where: 2001 Polk St St, San Francisco
When: 11 am – 6 pm Saturday, June 21, 2008
Why: Meet directly with the artisanal producers and enjoy samples of fine foods of the Bay Area and beyond.

Events: Sip, Savour & Solstice 18 June,2008Amy Sherman


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 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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