FOODSEEKR: Top December Food Events in the SF Bay Area

Fifth Floor Holiday Guest Chef Series | December 5-10 | Fifth Floor Restaurant

Having grown up in a pretty traditional Chinese household, I always wondered what other families ate over the holidays. Since I’m pretty sure they wondered what was going on behind the closed doors of my home as well, I’m glad Fifth Floor has decided to put a fine dining twist on this idea for their Holiday Dinners this week. Each night, a different chef from a renowned San Francisco restaurant hosts a five course holiday meal at David Bazirgan’s Fifth Floor that’s inspired by his/her unique cultural heritage, with part of the proceeds going to charity. Though it’s already Thursday, there are still  two guest chefs left for tonight and Friday night, as well as Chef David Bazirgan’s own Armenian holiday dinner on Saturday. Tonight’s dinner features Hoss Zare from Zare at Fly Trap, while tomorrow’s features Matt Accarino from SPQR. Call the restaurant at 415.348.1555 to make reservations. Holiday dinners are $95 per person.

Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk | December 9, 6pm-9:30pm | 400-700 Blocks of Haight Street

The Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk brings together shopping, drinking, eating and live music in a way that only The Haight could. Of course, I’d be focused on the food more than anything. Some of the vendors that will be there include Sour Flour Breads (they also occasionally host baking classes at La Victoria), Kara’s Cupcakes, Wing Wings and Chili Cha Cha.

Epicuring’s Behind-the-Scenes Holiday Sweets Crawl | December 14, 6pm-9pm | 1198 Illinois Street, San Francisco

Oh, shopping and food! Susie and Laiko of 7×7 Magazine have made it dangerously easy for you to OD on sugar this holiday season. This sweets crawl takes place in the Dogpatch, and features treats from three wonderful vendors (Mr & Mrs. Miscellaneous, Au Coeur des Chocolats and Kika’s Treats). At each vendor, you’ll be treated to a tour from the resident chef in charge, samples of their delicious wares, and a take-home goodie bag full of treats. Buy tickets here.

Midnight in Paris | December 15, 6:30pm-9:30pm | General’s Residence, Fort Mason

San Francisco is home to some amazing bars, and Midnight in Paris will give you a chance to sample French cocktails shaken and stirred by San Francisco’s best. Sōsh has brought together bartenders from Comstock Saloon, Rye, 15 Romolo and Bourbon & Branch for this gorgeous event at the General’s Residence in Fort Mason. Based on the movie of the same name, Midnight in Paris has a 1920s theme, so be sure to rustle up a flapper dress or top hat to get the attention of the event photographers! Buy tickets here.

Food Social San Francisco | December 17, 6pm-10pm | Wix Lounge

Food Social, an incubator for street food entrepreneurs, is hosting its first SF event at the Wix Lounge. This free event features food vendors, drink specials and music courtesy of DJ SketchMoney. Also, don’t forget to bring some canned food to donate to the SF Food Bank. Go out there and show them some support!

Feast of Words, A Literary Potluck | December 20, 7pm | SOMArts Cultural Center

Irina Zadov and Lex Leifheit host literary potlucks on the third Tuesday of each month at the SOMArts Cultural Center. At these events, participants can choose to bring a dish to share with the group for a reduced ticket price, or purchase a full-priced ticket and just go enjoy. Old Skool Cafe, a violence prevention group that educates at-risk youth, will also be supplying food for the event, as well. This month’s event features a reading by Arisa White, a celebrated poet and playwright. Reserve your spot here!


Fifth Floor Restaurant

Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk

Midnight in Paris Ticketing Site / Sosh Official Website

Epicuring’s Behind-the-Scenes Holiday Sweets Crawl

Food Social Official Website

Feast of Words Official Website

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About Lucia Chung
When Lucia Chung isn't at a Muni stop waiting for a bus that in all likelihood isn't coming, she's sprinting to a Caltrain station so as not to miss a train that will probably be late. Otherwise, you'll find her, tall and hungry, looking for food and fun all over the bay.

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