Workin’ for the Weekend – eventseekr’s Top Picks for 11/11/2011-11/13/2011

It’s Wednesday, which means we’re already halfway through the work week. A.K.A.: 2 days until the weekend officially begins! As usual, San Francisco is offering a bunch of fun events this weekend, and eventseekr has the scope on the best, including the top five art exhibits opening in November. If you’re not feeling too artsy, here’s the down-low details on our top five picks for other events this weekend.

Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon

The Luxury Chocolate Salon is a seasonal chocolate show taking place at the Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco this Sunday, November 13th. This is a must-attend event for any serious chocolate enthusiast. The Salon will feature over 30 participants, which include not only confectioners, but also local wineries and culinary artisans. Festival highlights include chef and author talks, television interviews and of course the opportunity to taste many different wines and chocolates.

Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble @ Rickshaw Stop

This German trio creates wonderfully unique sounds by combining classical instruments, jazz and electronic dance music. After wowing listeners with this beautiful fusion on their debut album, Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble has transitioned away from laptop production and expanded to a ten-piece live band. They will play at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco this Friday, November 11th. Expect to hear the compelling texture of many layered instruments that come together to create a live performance that is unique and surprisingly dance-able.

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16th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival 9/10/11-9/11/11 [Preview]

When I need something to lift my spirits, I’ll take a  mug of hot chocolate over a pint of beer, a mound of mac and cheese, or even a bowl of my mom’s oxtail soup any day. Velvety, decadent, luxurious and positively sinful, chocolate is just about the only thing that makes me forget all my worries. Knowing this, you can safely assume that I’ll be at the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival this weekend. In addition to being a glorious venue for tasting chocolate creations by some of the most popular vendors in the area, the festival also gathers people together for a good cause. Proceeds from the event benefit Project Open Hand, an organization that provides meals for seniors and people who are home-bound due to illness.

Photo Credit: James Hall Photography

Quick Guide to the Chocolate Hoedown

Time: Saturday, September 10 to Sunday, September 11, from 12pm to 5pm.

Location: Ghirardelli Square at 900 North Point Street.

Prices: A 20-dollar ticket must be purchased in order to sample chocolate at the fair. Each ticket gets you 15 samples. Alternatively, those who are 21+ and don’t want to wait in line can purchase a VIP ticket for 50 dollars and also get samples from VIP-specific vendors. The VIP ticket also gets you into the VIP event on Saturday, which takes place from 12pm to 4pm.

Event Highlights: Look forward to live music, a sundae-eating competition, live cooking demonstrations, and of course, CHOCOLATE.

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