10/3 CUESA 8th Annual Sunday Supper Fundraiser -- CUESA (The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), which runs the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, is throwing its 8th Annual Sunday Supper on October 3. It's a CUESA fundraiser, whole animal feast, chef gala and drink event all rolled into one. Not to mention a night where local farmers and purveyors mingle to enjoy a meal made from local ingredients and sustainably raised meats.
The chef lineup is pretty killer: there's Chris Cosentino of Incanto, Craig Stoll of Delfina, Annie Somerville of Greens, Thomas McNaughton of Flour+Water, Mourad Lahlou of Aziza, and so on. Over 60 chefs represent with tableside carvings at each communal table, offering a range of meats from steer to lamb. It's sure to be one raucous feast.
For those who can't swing the $200 whole-package night, there's the $75 reception, which will still fund CUESA’s worthy endeavors in local sustainable food education. The reception includes over 30 different hors d’oeuvres and five artisan cocktails made with local spirits, like the great Charbay and St. George Sprits. There's also regional wines like Benziger and Hahn. In other words, a little something for everyone.
10/3, 5:30pm reception ($75), 7pm dinner ($200, includes reception)
One Ferry Building
Get a load of the chef line-up and buy tickets here: cuesasundaysupper.eventbrite.com
9/25 PRIMAL NAPA - "Celebrating Fire Cooking, Meat and the Art of Butchering" -- Yes, butchery is an art and PRIMAL Napa throws its second annual shindig to highlight and celebrate that art. Many of the country's best butchers and chefs will be butchering and grilling using hardwood fire cooking methods, local foods from responsible farms, and whole animal utilization. Held at Chase Cellars, wines and spirits will flow among breakdown demos of every kind of animal from lamb to cow. Locals like Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats and Peter McNee from Poggio will be there, but so will the likes of Joshua Applestone from Fleisher's in New York, John Sundstrom from Seattle's Lark, and Dave Varley from Bourbon Steak DC (he was 2010's Grand Cochon winner).
Some of your ticket costs benefit the City of Napa Fire Explorers program, while Friday night there's a special Chef & Butcher Dinner at Farmstead, one of my favorite restaurant additions to Napa County this year. There's only a handful of seats at $150 each so hurry and reserve by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's all-you-can-eat (and drink) and it all sounds mouth-watering, though if it were me, I'd make a run straight for Magnolia's Beer & Sausage Bar. They'll be featuring a special Magnolia Meaty Brew beer and The Alembic's Daniel Hyatt is mixing spirits. Don't forget all afternoon wine tastings (everything from CADE Winery to Rubicon Estate), and the Bacon Hall of Fame (2-5pm) featuring killer hams like Tennessee's Benton's and local Hobb's Applewood Smoked.