Sure, today may be nothing but dark skies and gloomy forecasts, but that’s no reason to stay cooped up indoors all week long. And to help you start the month off right and beat those post-weekend woes, we’ve rounded up a bevy of activities to keep you solidly entertained. From a cocktail contest to a food-truck frenzy — peep what's hot on our agenda this week.
Round-Table Lunch With Bi-Rite's Sam Mogannam
Just thirty five minutes outside the city, you'll find the gorgeous Ram's Gate Winery. Join Sam Mogannam who helms Mission fave Bi-Rite Market in this Sonoma spot for an outdoor lunch, walking tour, and Q&A session. He'll cover hot topics on everything from responsible and organic cooking to local food shopping. Each ticket comes with a garden tour of Ram's Gate Winery, a lunch reception, two glasses of wine, and a copy of Mogannam's new book, Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food: A Grocer’s Guide to Shopping, Cooking, & Creating Community through Food. Bon appétit!
When: Saturday, June 9, noon to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Ram's Gate Winery, 28700 Arnold Drive (at Mangel Ranch Road), Sonoma; 707-721-8700.
Price: $75; Buy tickets here.
Food Truck Frenzy 6: The Return of Neptune Beach
Alameda Flea Market may be over, but there's another reason to return to the lovely East Bay stomping grounds. Three words: Monster food trucks. Taking place at Rock Wall Wine’s 40,000-square-foot winery, the best Bay Area food trucks will all come together for a festive vintage-carnival-themed bash! Just remember to hit up the ATM on your way, as most trucks only accept cold, hard cash.
When: Saturday, June 9, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch Street (at West Tower Avenue), Alameda; No phone.
West Shore Café 2nd Annual Cocktail Contest
The West Shore Café in Tahoe is on the hunt for a new signature mojito. Could you have the winning concoction? If so, submit your go-to recipe (you have until tomorrow). The top ten cocktail mixtures will have a big taste test by everyone who attends the event Saturday. We'll take any excuse to head to Lake Tahoe for a getaway! And with the promise of sampling some never-before-tried mojitos, we're so game!
When: Saturday, June 9, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: West Shore Café, 5160 West Lake Boulevard (near Sacramento Avenue), Homewood; 530-525-5200.
Dior, Chanel, Schiaparelli, and Lanvin Jewelry Trunk Show
If the names above don't make your heart race at all, we don't know what else will! This Thursday, peep all the vintage statement pieces featured in The Factory's Dior: A Life in Pictures, curated by local dealer Sasha Maks Vintage. You'll also get to shop all baubles and clothing while sipping on tasty libations. Score!
When: Thursday, June 7, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: The Factory, 370 4th Street (between Folsom and Harrison streets); No phone.
A'Bout Design Corp Meet and Greet At Carrots
If sleek, streamlined threads are your forte, then don’t miss your chance to rub elbows with designers Dean Hutchinson and Yunchieh Chang of a'bout design corp. The duo will be at Carrots this Wednesday through Friday as they preview the summer and pre-fall '12 collections.
When: Wednesday, June 6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,Thursday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Carrots, 843 Montgomery Street (between Gold and Jackson streets); 415-834-9040.
Photo: Courtesy Of Bi-Rite