Gambero Rosso and Slow Food Nation are showcasing wine producers honored with the Tre Bicchieri award. Tickets are available through K&L Wine Merchants at $50, which includes a complimentary copy of Gambero Rosso’s "Italian Wines 2009" (a $40 value and guide to all things Italian wine). Sounds reasonable for the added bonus of being able to taste more than 100 wines at the event.
Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion
Cafe Maritime impresses your date with free champagne and cream pie
Cafe Maritime is one of those underrated gems that's been around for years but many locals still don't know about. One reason: it’s tucked in the midst of cheap motels and chain restaurants on Lombard Street, where a few unexpected spots reside (hello, the ultimate, Zushi Puzzle ?) Maritime is one of those cozy New England seafood houses serving buttery lobster rolls, crispy fish and chips and creamy chowders. Wednesday nights are now "Date Night Special" with a free glass of champagne with dinner and a free coconut cream pie to share afterwards. On top of that, there’s a new prix-fixe every night with three courses for $33, starting with New England Seafood Chowder or a salad, moving on to your choice of four entrees, ending with dessert.
2417 Lombard Street
Go whole hog with Meatpaper mag's butchery class at UC Berkeley
The Society for Agriculture and Food Ecology starts the series, "Meet your Meat," with "The Art of the Butcher," a class at UC Berkeley hosted by Meatpaper magazine. The meat panel is all-star: Ryan Farr, formerly of Orson, now Ivy Elegance, A16/SPQR/Urbino's Nate Appleman, Avedano's Melanie Eisemann and David Budworth, Mark Pasternak of Devil's Gulch Ranch and moderator, Marissa Guggiana of Sonoma Direct and Meatpaper. Ryan Farr demonstrates how to break down an entire carcass into cuts of meat, while the panel discusses getting whole animals from local slaughterhouses to more humanely, economically use all meat instead of buying plastic-wrapped grocery store meats.
UC Berkeley Campus, 105 North Gate Hall