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San Francisco’s Culinary News for 2016

San Francisco’s culinary excellence continues to shine on a global scale. Here’s a roundup of events, accolades and ideas for eating and drinking in 2016.


SF Restaurant Week returns Jan. 20 - 31, 2016  
SF Restaurant Week is a celebration of San Francisco's world-class dining community. More than 100 restaurants across the city representing diverse cuisines will offer special prix-fix, lunch and dinner menus. Lunch menus (2 or more courses) are offered for $15 or $25 and dinner menus (3 or more courses) are offered for $40 or $65. SF Restaurant Week - part of California Restaurant Month -  gives diners an opportunity to visit an old favorite restaurant or discover some place new. Dining out during SF Restaurant Week also raises money to support local community organizations; this year’s official charity partner is the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee's legacy fund, the 50 Fund. To date, the 50 Fund has given more than $5 million to outstanding local community organizations; the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee has the goal of making this the most giving Super Bowl ever. Visit to find participating restaurants, make reservations and view special menus.

Media contact: Jenais Zarlan, [email protected], 415-781-5348

San Francisco Brewers Guild Debuts Two New Brews for SF Beer Week, Jan. 22-31, 2016
The San Francisco Brewers Guild's annual collaboration beer, traditionally rolled out during SF Beer Week, Jan. 22-31, 2016, will involve two brews as part of a playful competition pitting San Francisco craft brewers from north and south of Market Street, a well-known dividing line that cuts through the heart of the city. Each team of San Francisco brewers have brewed a standout collaboration beer to be released at the official SFBW Opening Gala at Pier 35 (1454 Embarcadero, San Francisco) on Jan. 22, 2016, and will also be available a select venues throughout SF Beer Week. Ingredients for the beers have been donated by Whole Foods Market, and base ingredients (malts, hops, yeast) have been provided by Brewers Supply Group. 

In alignment with SF Beer Week 2016's football theme, itself coinciding with Super Bowl 50, the SF Beer Week 2016 collaboration beers from the two teams, Team NOMA and Team SOMA, are as follows:

Team NOMA: "Spring Training" - As winter is ushered out by a flurry of football, the NOMA brewers set their sights on the future - bocks, saisons, and Spring Training. Yuzu peel, sea salt, and local Patwin wheat create a bright, citrus-forward beer that's refreshingly tart and dry.
Style:  Saison, ABV 6.2, IBU 18 
Grains: Weyermann Floor-Malted Bohemian Pilsner, Weyermann Pale Wheat, Weyermann Acidulated, Unmalted Patwin Wheat
Hops: Sterling
Yeast: WLP590 French Saison
Other: Yuzu Peel, Sea Salt

Team SOMA: "100 Vara" - El Nino is causing a stir this winter and you need to have a beer that keeps you warm, alert and full. 100 Vara offers an inviting coffee aroma and envelops your palate with roasted notes, toffee, and grounds you with the earthiness of chicory.
Style:  Coffee Porter, ABV 5.9, IBU 35
Grains: Maris Otter, Pale Chocolate Malt, Crystal 60, Roasted Barley, Biscuit, Carafa II, Flaked Rye
Hops: UK Fuggles & Challenger
Yeast: WLP002 English Ale
Other: ACR Sulawesi Toarco Peaberry coffee beans, chicory

Media contact: Jesse P. Cutler, 510-338-0881, 415-318-9663, [email protected]      

Top Chef Returns to the City Where It All Began – San Francisco
Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning “Top Chef” continues its epic gastronomic road trip up the coast of California.   With nearly 1,000 miles traveled, the unprecedented six-city expedition challenged the “cheftestants’” culinary skills like never before as they journeyed across the Golden State, stopping in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area and finally ending in San Francisco where the series first began.

The chefs go knife-to-knife in iconic destinations and agricultural regions across the state to prove they have what it takes to out-cook their competition.  Along with the return of the Sudden Death Quickfire challenge, the culinary showdown ups the ante this season with the most daunting Restaurant Wars ever.  Additional pressure-filled challenges include a final California elimination paying homage to Hubert Keller’s San Francisco institution, Fleur De Lys. 

Throughout the season, the chefs will be tasked with serving up food for culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including San Francisco culinary luminaries Martin Yan, Traci Des Jardins and Keller.  

Learn more at   Media contacts: Elizabeth Schmidt, 212-664-5276, [email protected],  Rebecca Boswell, 323-965-6709, [email protected].  

Bon Appétit Names San Francisco “The Best Food City in the Country Right Now” with Best New Restaurant
Bon Appétit, America's food and entertaining magazine since 1956, named San Francisco “The Best Food City in the Country Right Now” and placed AL’s Place at the top of the list of “The Hot 10: America's Best New Restaurants”.   San Francisco had more entries than any other city on the magazine’s list of “The 50 Nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants 2015.”

Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit’s deputy editor, wrote that “Over four days and 15 meals, San Francisco proved itself on culinary fire in 2015…I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a concentration of exciting and invigorating restaurants in a single year, in a single season. Not even in New York…Yep, the city’s eating scene is having a great year. I’d say it’s time to pay it a visit.”

In naming AL’s Place (1499 Valencia St.) America’s best new restaurant, Knowlton advises, “To fully appreciate our restaurant of the year, step inside the obsessive, fanatical, and wildly creative world of Chef Aaron London. Trust us, it's worth the trip.”  Rintaro (82 14th St.) is also on the list in the number eight spot.  Knowlton writes of Sylvan Mishima Brackett’s izakaya, “Brackett melds traditional Japanese technique with an almost maniacal dedication to California produce.”   

The Taste Awards Return to San Francisco on Feb. 11, 2016, at the Castro Theatre
The Taste Awards are coming to San Francisco for the first time in years on Feb. 11, 2016.  The event will be held at the Castro Theatre.  The Annual Taste Awards (also known as the TASTY Awards) celebrate the year's best in food, fashion, and lifestyle programs on television, in film, online, in apps and on radio.

The Taste Awards show features a star-studded lineup of food and fashion TV celebrities and has included appearances by stars, celebrities, producers and executives from networks and platforms such as the Food Network, the Style Network, Bravo, the Cooking Channel, TLC, Discovery, Lifetime, E! Entertainment Television, PBS, APT, Create TV, NBC, ABC, the CW, HGTV, the Travel Channel, HD Net, Hulu, YouTube, Sony Pictures, Dreamworks, The History Channel, Bio, iHeart Radio, MyxTV and more. 

Award winners will be honored and feted at the Taste Awards Red Carpet ceremony and show in San Francisco on Feb. 11, followed by an after-party reception. Celebrity presenters include P. Allen Smith (PBS, nationally syndicated stations), Brian Boitano (Food Network), Bobby Bognar (History), Jolene Sugarbaker (YouTube), and more to be announced.

As part of its long term concept, the awards rotate regularly between Hollywood and San Francisco, with the next event planned in the City by the Bay. With its strong leading-edge culture of both culinary and technological innovation, the Bay Area community is embracing the event with open arms.

A full list of previous award winners, honorees and nominees plus event photos and coverage can be seen on the site,

Media contact: A.K. Crump, [email protected]

Eat Drink SF Returns for the Fourth Year, Aug. 25-28, 2016
Eat Drink SF is San Francisco’s premier annual food, wine, and spirits festival that celebrates the Bay Area’s leading chefs and restaurants.   Chefs, wine and spirits are center stage in this interactive urban festival featuring local talent and regional ingredients in four days of tastings, classes, dinners and events at Fort Mason Center.   Learn more at or call 415-782-2071.

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