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Food and drink goings on

Uploaded: Jan 20, 2014
A few local food-and-drink events in the coming weeks:

Avoiding gluten store tour
Whole Foods Market in Palo Alto is hosting a store tour to help teach people how to shop, eat and cook gluten-free. Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Reserve a space online at eventbrite.com. Event is free.
Info: Whole Foods, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto; www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Coffee Tasting 101 at Red Rock
Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View will be hosting a coffee tasting class Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $20 for four tastings and one bag of your favorite beans to take home. Sign up at the café or by calling 650-967-4473.
Info: Red Rock Coffee, 210 Castro St., Mountain View; www.redrockcoffee.org

'Basics of Serving Wine' seminar
Shoreline Lake in Mountain View is hosting this wine seminar (part of a larger series that will continue in the coming months) on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. Learn the basics of decanting, fundamentals of serving wine, dealing with corked wine and more. (Read a feature on the wine series, written by yours truly.) Cost: $25. Register online here or call 650-965-3779.
Info: Shoreline Aquatic Center, 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

La Fete de la Biere at Left Bank
Left Bank in Menlo Park is hosting a two-day "Fete de la Biere" (beer festival) on Feb. 1 and 2. Each course of special lunch and dinner prix fixe menus will be paired with a beer sample from San Diego-based Karl Strauss Brewing Company. The restaurant is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: $30. Call 650-473-6543 or email Khephra Molloy at kmolloy@leftbank.com for more information.
Info: Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park; www.leftbank.com

Big Basin Vineyards dinner
For the deep-pocketed wine-and-food aficionados: The Village Pub Executive Chef Dmitry Elperin has put together a special three-course menu to pair with wines from Big Basin, a Santa Cruz Mountains winery. The dinner is on Monday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $155. View the menu here. To reserve a spot, call 650-851-9888 or email events@thevillagepub.net.
Info: The Village Pub, 2967 Woodside Road, Woodside; www.thevillagepub.net

Festa Regionale at Il Fornaio: Umbria
From Feb. 3-16, Il Fornaio in Palo Alto will feature food and wine from Umbria, a region in modern Italy (the only area that borders neither the ocean nor another country). View the menu here. Cost: $35 for a three-course tasting menu; $14.99 for a wine flight.
Info: Il Fornaio, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto; www.ilfornaio.com

21st Amendment Brewery brewmaster dinner
On Saturday, Feb. 8, 6-9 p.m., Left Bank in Menlo Park will be serving four-course prix fixe menu paired with 21st Amendment beer samples. The San Francisco brewery's brewmaster, Shaun O?Sullivan, will be in attendance. Cost: $55. Call 650-473-6543 or email Khephra Molloy at kmolloy@leftbank.com for more information.
Info: Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park; www.leftbank.com
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