Chocolate for Charity – Feel Good Indulging at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival – Sept 14-15, 2013






Hunger is no joke and neither is the tens of thousands of dollars Ghirardelli Chocolate and its partners raise annually to help Project Open Hand prepare and deliver thousands of meals and hundreds of grocery bags daily to San Francisco’s food-challenged. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival is your chance to do good while indulging! From sundaes […]

Best Food Shops in the Bay






Every year, (for 16 years if you can believe it!), I’ve visited all the best new food shops in the Bay and penned the “Bites by the Bay” column including my favorite picks for “Specialty Food” magazine.  Locals know (as do the Fancy Food Show visitors), that we have a vibrant and influential culinary retail […]

Fair Trade Baking Ingredients Forum at CIA at Greystone on Oct 6






Tracking down and understanding Fair Trade baking ingredients is a challenge for many commercial and cottage industry bakers. This forum at the CIA in Napa for food professionals and enthusiasts will address issue with a line up including author Kelsey Timmerman (Where am I Eating?, Where am I Wearing?), celebrity chef Malika Ameen (Top Chef: […]

Cochon 555’s Heritage BBQ Cooks in Memphis, Louisville & St. Louis






Do you love great BBQ like we do? From Korean to Asado, Japanese to American, today’s gastrognomes love globally-influenced BBQ. The folks behind Cochon 555 launched a Heritage BBQ series to feature some of the hottest talents in the kitchen and heritage breed meats, cooked over hardwood, charcoal and smoke. The BBQ series is traveling […]

Craft Brewery Tours, Tastings & Classes in San Francisco – Updated with New Breweries Opening this Fall






We’re in a golden age for craft beer in San Francisco Bay Area –and many of our established and new brewers are leading the way to inspire a national passion for artisan craft beers – be they kegged, bottled, growlered or casked. There’s so many ways to learn about beer around here — so get […]

Macarons at Bouchon Bakery – When in Wine Country…






The two-person-deep line at Bouchon Bakery steadily streamed through the door one recent foggy-then-sunny morning in Yountville: It’s the almond chocolate croissants. The bread. No, it’s the macarons. Say yes to all…and make Bouchon Bakery your destination for epicuring bliss. Who eats 25,000 macarons every month? After an incredible Sunday brunch at Bouchon Bistro, Laiko […]

Good Eating at SF Chefs 2013






Another summer another great SF Chefs event, full of tastes from 200 or so from great San Francisco chefs, coffee roasters, distilleries, and wine makers from around the world. Full, yes, oh so full were we. I’ll dub Campari the “most creative” liquor presentation with shaved ices in all sorts of flavors including roasted canteloupe. […]

Get Your Farmhouse Style On at the Marin Country Mart






I’d heard about the farmers market at the Marin Country Mart by Larkspur Landing. But what a surprise to discover a little bastion of country farmhouse style, Pottery Barn meets Restoration Hardware with a Bay Area twist. Dining options range from Bel Campo Meats (a farm up north that raises their own cattle) to El […]

Shanghai Cooking Classes: A Letter from Lindsay






In China, it’s said that Beijing is the best destination for sight-seeing while Shanghai is best for eating. Since I build my agenda around my appetite, Shanghai has been the perfect home base for me over the past several months. This modern metropolis lives up to its reputation as a culinary hotspot, with access to cuisines from […]

Epicuring Guide to Daily Food Events and Tours






Based on our experiences as California Epicurators we’ve compiled a guide of our favorite ongoing experiences for travelers on the go. Need advice on the go? Ask us! We’re “Epicuring” on Twitter & Facebook or we can create a special tour just for you. Just email us at info (at) epicuring (dot) com.  Daily (Check […]