San Francisco's public markets offer fresh, local food

San Francisco's farmers markets offer fresh, local food

Don’t miss out!  If you’ll be attending the 7th International Public Markets Conference, or live in or near the Bay Area, you’ll want to attend our Best of the Bay Tasting Event, featuring fresh food from some of San Francisco’s top chefs.  Additionally, attendees will be able to sample beverages from a selection of local wineries, breweries and distilleries.

The evening will feature San Francisco’s best-loved chefs preparing direct-from-the-farmers-market delicacies, as well as samples of the region’s best organic beers, local vodka cocktails and some of Napa Valley’s finest wines.  This celebration of fresh, local foods is open to the public, and will take place on April 25th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Grand Hall of the Ferry Building Marketplace.  “We are pleased we can highlight the diversity of our California spring harvest, and showcase the local chefs and farmers markets vendors that celebrate these ingredients,” said Dave Stockdale, CUESA executive director and Best of the Bay co-host.

“We are hosting this tasting event early in the evening so that chefs from 13 of the area’s best restaurants* can showcase their freshest takes on local offerings in person,” added Jane Connors, event co-host and manager of the Ferry Building Marketplace.  They will be joined by 14 Napa Valley Wineries*, 2 organic brewing companies* and Square One Organic Vodka, all sampling their finest wine, beer and cocktails. The tasting will also feature treats direct from several Bay Area farmers markets vendors, such as oysters on the half shell, empanadas, sorbets, and more.

PPS, CUESA and the Ferry Building Marketplace will play host to the event, coinciding with the 7th International Public Markets Conference taking place in San Francisco from April 24-26th.   The Conference will highlight the many ways local markets help reconnect local economies to communities, and will host market leaders from around the world including London, Barcelona, Budapest, New York, Seattle, New Orleans, and more.

“We hope to highlight the best of what public markets have to offer,” said PPS Senior Vice President Steven Davies, “and connect our conference attendees with the local community at this exciting celebration of the Bay Area.

Tickets are $65 for conference attendees (please purchase tickets through the conference website) and $75 each for non-conference attendees (available online at

*See below for list of chefs, restaurants, wineries, brewing companies and distilleries

Chefs and Restaurants
Paul Arenstam, Americano
Alexander Ong, Betelnut
Bruce Hill, Bix
Craig Stoll, Delfina
Jake DesVoignes, Fish & Farm
Nate Keller, Gastronaut
Annie Somerville, Greens
Ronnie New, Magnolia Pub & Brewery
Daniel Clayton, Nibblers Eatery & Wine Bar
Staffan Terje, Perbacco
Bruce Hill, Picco
Chris L’Hommedieu, Restaurant Michael Mina
Erica Holland-Toll, The Lark Creek Inn

*Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries
Butte Creek Brewing
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Company
Square One Vodka
Cain Vineyard and Winery
Cuvaison Estate Wines
Ehlers Estate
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Merryvale Vineyards
Parry Celars
St. Clement Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards
Tres Sabores

The Best of the Bay Tasting Event to Feature Unforgettable Local Food and Drink was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by Robin Lester