SF Chefs Savor San Francisco's Signature Culinary Style

Festival celebrates California cuisine with parties, classes, and tastings

Discover the flavors of signature San Franciscan cuisine at the SF Chefs festival in Union Square in San Francisco from July 30 to Aug. 5. SF Chefs features chefs and mixologists from around the U.S. who are delivering a delicious range of tastings, classes, and demonstrations that celebrate the region's local ingredients and culinary techniques.

A series of preview events before July 30, like the Dinner Party Project, give guests an exclusive tasting of what to look forward to during the festival.

For $95, guests can attend the Dinner Party Project on July 19, where participating chefs Antelmo Faria, Ryan Farr, and Alex Ong are cooking up a three-course meal. Dishes on the menu include local halibut, sashimi with peaches, Fijian ceviches, chicken stuffed with pork belly and mushrooms, watermelon ice, and honey-ginger ice cream.

The SF Chefs festival's schedule include daily grand tasting events, where guests can sample plates from the city's local restaurants and sip a range of specialty cocktails, wines, and beers.

Chef Traci Des Jardins of Mijita and Faria are hosting a Celebration of Contemporary Mexican Restaurants August 1, which gives guests the chance to sample gourmet twists on regional Mexican cuisine paired with Espolón tequila cocktails and live performances from a mariachi band.

At the Steam, Fried and Shanghai'd culinary after party at E&O, late-night Asian snacks will be served from host chefs Arnold Eric Wong and Sharon Nahm. Celebrity chef and DJ Hubert Keller will be spinning beats at the venue's turn tables.

Other notable events include an Ethiopian coffee ceremony with chef Marcus Samuelsson and a chef eater challenge, where chefs are paired up to out-cook and out-plate each other in a culinary contest.

Classes at SF Chefs include demonstrations on molecular gastronomy and Scandinavian cuisine, and lectures on restaurant service, and the use of corn as an upscale ingredient.

Tickets for each SF Chefs event must be purchased separately, with both VIP and general admission options available.