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It’s More Than a Wine Tasting!

The Il Fornaio Wine and Food Show, a special wine and food tasting, has been added to this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting.

A special section in the back of Herbst Pavilion has been reserved for this event within an event that will feature a special collection of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition’s gold medal wines paired with hors d’oeuveres prepared by Il Fornaio, the acclaimed Italian restaurant and bakery.

Il Fornaio’s creations are based on authentic Italian recipes. Emphasis is placed on simple, fresh ingredients and traditional Italian cooking methods. Offered at this wine and food tasting will be tasty antipasti, such as a selection of Italian cured meats and cheeses, stuffed artichokes and Italian stuffed eggs served with fresh baked panini and grissini; succulent pasta dishes like Gnocchi alla Fruilana (potato dumplings, sausage, caramelized onions, mushrooms, tomato-cream sauce, white wine); a fresh sliced fruit display; vegetable crudite; and dolci assortiti (assorted sweets).

The California Raison Chef Demonstration Show and music by John Reese with the Open Hearts Band add to the festivities of the afternoon.

Tickets to the Il Fornaio Wine and Food Show are $80 in advance, available here, and $90 at the door (if available). Space is limited, so don’t delay in securing your ticket.

  The tasting of the competition’s medal winners at Fort Mason includes the chance to sample the creations of local food artisans, including meats, cheeses, breads, olive oils, chocolate and more. As of publication, the following gourmet gurus have committed to join the wine tasting on March 12.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 on the day of the tasting, if available. Tasting times: 1-5 p.m.
LAGUNA TUNA Featuring Laguna Tuna Gourmet Spread, an all-natural blend of the freshest white tuna, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and other special seasonings.
ROUND POND OLIVE OIL Producers of extraordinary artisan olive oils and vinegars, estate grown in the Napa Valley.
JIMTOWN STORE Gourmet country store nestled in the heart of Alexander Valley will be sampling from their gourmet line of spreads, including Jimtown Artichoke, Olive and Caper Spread, Jimtown Chopped Olive Spread and Jimtown Fig and Olive Spread.
LODESTAR OLIVE OIL CO. Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California, Lodestar Farms invite you to taste the true taste of California olive oils.
PETALUMA POULTRY Home of the sustainably farmed chicken — delicious free-range organic chicken raised on a vegetarian diet.
WAAZUU BBQ SAUCE Made in Oakland — the BBQ sauce with a kick!
BR COHN OLIVE OIL CO. Award-winning, artisan-quality California extra virgin olive oils and wine-inspired vinegars presented in gorgeous Italian glass bottles.
LA TEMPESTA Bakers of award-winning biscotti
MONTIBELLA SAUSAGE CO. Delicious sausages produced in the Bay Area from locally grown signature chicken and turkey.
PORKY’S ORIGINAL BBQ STYLE ONIONS A mouth-watering original from Sonoma County.
CLOVER STORNETTA FARMS Producers of quality dairy products serving the North Bay and coastal areas.
MARCEL & HENRI Specializing in fresh patés and French-style sausages
Premium chocolate bars in “moan-inducing” flavors.
ETRURIA Gourmet Italian imports specializing in Denominazione di Origine Controllata extra virgin olive oil.
SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE CULINARY STUDENTS Showing off their skills with gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

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