5 Best Things to Do This Week: January 20 – 26
Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
Curious about how bubbles get inside sparkling wines? Or how to make your own tortillas? Learn all about that and more this weekend during the first ever Healdsburg Tastemaker Weekend. From Friday to Sunday the town will boom with an assortment of events ranging from hands-on classes, seminars, walks, a foray, and tastings (of course) among others. Whether you frequent Healdsburg or are new to its charms, the fete promises something for everyone. The weekend starts with several caffeinated events to get the ball rolling — the Wolf Coffee Roasting Workshop will teach guests about the origins of coffee and brewing techniques to make the perfect cup, and there will be a High Tea at Jordan Vineyard and Winery. The recently remodeled Jordan Dining Room will serve as a warm and stately backdrop for wine tasting with an array of tea sandwiches and petit fours, along with Jordan Executive Chef Todd Knoll’s beautiful foraged tea service. Some of the other items on Friday’s lineup include the A. Rafanelli and Baci Wine Cave Dinner and an opportunity to cook alongside talented Healdsburg winemakers at Relish. Shake off the wine haze Saturday morning with a scenic, guided trail run to the top of Fitch Mountain with local legend Skip Brand — the run is free and open to all. Following the exertion, attend Chef Mateo’s South of the Border Class and Lunch and learn to make masa tortillas, followed by a lesson on slow-braised French Poulet and aromatic baked rice. For an non-food related artistic outlet, try out the Dragonfly Foraged Winter Floral Design Class. Hunt for garden treasures, gather materials, and bring them back to the barn for a whimsical and unpredictable journey into the unknown, of natural design. Wrap things up on Sunday with a Wild Mushroom Foray and Lunch or Painting and Pizzas course at the Haydon Street Inn. And whatever you do, you can feel good about — a portion of each ticket price will go to the Healdsburg High School’s culinary program to support Healdsburg’s future Tastemakers.
Eat your way through more than 100 of San Francisco’s best restaurants from January 22 to January 31 at SF Restaurant Week. With specially priced, multi-course lunch and dinner menus offered, Restaurant Week is the perfect time to visit an old favorite or discover something new. SF Restaurant Week is an annual celebration of San Francisco’s world-class dining community. Participating restaurants around San Francisco offer special prix-fixe menus to showcase their passion for sharing great food with diners. Restaurants and bars joining San Francisco Restaurant Week for the first time in 2020 include Trick Dog, Bon Voyage!, Palette, Tacos CALA, Great Gold, In Situ, and SSAL, as well as returning favorites, such as One Market, Blue Plate, August (1) Five, and Bluestem Brasserie. Menu highlights include a four-course dinner at In Situ for $65.65, a three-course dinner with a choice of cocktail for $40.40 at Basil Canteen, a two-course lunch at China Live, including a choice of tea or beer and a jar of house-made chili sauce to go for $25.25. Restaurants throughout the city are offering special menu options, including lunch (2+ courses) for $15.15 or $25 and/or dinner (3+ courses) for $40.40 or $65.65.
The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey. Set in a re-imagined “Edwardian Era,” this multi-city, multimedia extravaganza has grown over the past twenty years from an underground club party into an internationally recognized festival of the arts, now operating with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust. Attendees traveling from across the nation and from all corners of the globe flock to this West Coast celebration for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, stage shows, DJs and dancing, fine art installations, an award-winning vendor bazaar, mystical and nonsensical oddities, sideshows, and much more.
Get up close and personal and meet the best of breeds as 1,000 dogs from over 100 breeds from around the world compete at the largest benched dog show in the West. It’s your chance to ask questions from owners, breeders and adoption groups on how to select and care for the right dog for you and your family. Watch as seven groups of dogs: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding breeds compete to win First in Group and then compete for Best In Show. Bring the family and watch daily fly ball demonstrations, Saturday’s Dog Fashion Show and find unique dog products and services from hundreds of vendors. Tickets are available at the door for $19 general admission and $16 seniors and children 4-12. There is a Family Plan (2 adults, 2 children) for $59 and children 3 and under are free.
Coming up this Friday, January 24, one of the Bay Area’s premier rappers Lyrics Born will perform music from his latest album, Quite A Life. As the first Asian-American to release a greatest hits compilation, he’s pumped out multiple smash singles across four official studio albums. From “Stop Complaining” to “Callin’ Out” and “I Like It, I Love It” and “I Changed My Mind,” his material has always retained a musically eclectic feel. Following recent film appearances in Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You and the Netflix film Always Be My Maybe starring comedian Ali Wong, Lyrics Born headlines a special North Bay concert to showcase music from Quite A Life, a record of funk and soul woven into classic, boom-bap hip-hop.
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