Kick Off Party For SF Restaurant Week January 21st-30th, 2015
As a Foodie, I get pretty excited when I hear the words, Restaurant Week. This is a tradition for me that goes back to my days living and dining in fabulous New York City. Whatever city you live and dine in, Restaurant Week is a wonderful way to dine out and support your local restaurants and community. For San Francisco’s upcoming SF Restaurant Week (Formerly Known As Dine About Town SF) not only are you dining out and enjoying yourself, you’re also able to help others since Open Table is generously donating $.25 per diner to the SF-Marin Food Bank. Thank you Open Table for the amazing support of the SF-Marin Food Bank. As someone who passionately volunteers in the community with Sprouts Cooking Club I love seeing generous companies such as Open Table partnering with local non-profits to give back. A few important facts:
Who’s participating in SF Restaurant week: Over 100 of Bay Area’s top restaurants.
What is included: Back and better than ever, the new 2015 SF Restaurant Week features….
$25 – 2 Course Lunch Menu
$40 – 3 Course Dinner Menu
$85 – NEW Multi-course Tasting Menu with Beverage Pairings
Interactive Diner Activity as in WIN 12 – $100 dining gift certificates, total value $1200:
The most enthusiastic diners (those that eat at least 4 or more participating restaurants during Restaurant Week) will be eligible to be rewarded with 12 – $100 gift certificates (yes, $1,200 in dining gift certificates). We’ll be collecting entries here. To enter do the following:
1) Make your reservations (yes, we’ll check). If you are part of a group that eats, but you don’t make the reservation, you’ll have to tell us the name the reservation was made under.
2) Visit the places where you have reservations and order from the restaurant week menu(s).
3) Take a photo inside each of the places you visit, photos should include a featured restaurant week menu from that participating dining establishment next to your food (and your smiling face, if you can fit it all in.)
4) When you have at least four photos from restaurants you’ve eaten at during restaurant week, create ONE post on our Facebook page that includes the photos and lists the restaurants you ate at with the hashtag #SFRW.
You may be wondering, how I learned all about the upcoming SF Restaurant week? Well, I was fortunate to be invited to an SF Restaurant Week Kick Off Party at Chino SF. I was pretty pumped since I’d never been to Chino and had heard awesome things. As a huge fan of Tacolicious (owned by the same team as Chino) I suspected it would be fabulous. Keep reading and I’ll share my thoughts on the cuisine and the great job the Golden Gate Restaurant Association did planning this event they co-hosted with the culinary and mixologist experts at Chino SF.
As you probably guessed, I loved everything I enjoyed at Chino. The event included a great menu of passed appetizers and assorted cocktails. I tried most of the menu in between chatting and a few of my favorites were the Laughing Bird Shrimp Wontons, Shrimp Fried Rice and the Cucumbers All Busted Up. I also tried one of their well-known “Edible Cocktails” aka a Jello Shot called the Charlie Chaplin which was tasty. It wasn’t your typical jello shot, probably why I liked it so definitely a must try when at Chino. So if you’re looking for a great new Asian Fusion Restaurant with a lively, fun scene I recommend Chino. And, during the week of January 21st – January 30th please dine out and support SF Restaurant week. Don’t forget to book through open table (Donating $.25 per reservation with SF-Marin’s Food Bank). 3198 16th Street. San Francisco, CA. 94103. 415.552.5771.
Open Table’s SF Restaurant Week page. Be sure to book your reservation with Open Table as $.25 is donated to SF-Marin Food Bank
Hostess Gwyneth Borden speaking about the upcoming SF Restaurant Week with Scott from Open Table
The fabulous Edible Cocktails” aka a Jello Shot called the Charlie Chaplin. I can confirm they are fabulous!
The Cucumbers “All Busted Up”
The delicious Laughing Bird Shrimp Wontons…. Hands down my favorite appetizer, also the spiciest!
Nick Balla’s Dope Ass Japan-O-Mission Wings
Chino Chef Telmo Faria & Chino & Tacolicious Director of Catering & Special Events Erin
Mingling with some new friends Sarah, Erin, me, Rebecca and another guestSo fun running into one of my favorite PR gals Jennifer!!
So fun seeing fellow SF blogger Kelly of A Side of Sweet and her husband Pat mingling with Jorge and Gloria
Me, Rebecca & Erin
Cheers to Gwyneth and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Team. Such a great event kicking off a fabulous week of dining in SF!
Select photo’s courtesy of Alex Lexson Photography
What do you think?