Win 2 VIP Tickets to SF Chefs Brunch by the Bay on 8/4 — Plus Exclusive Demo Stage Access

Brunch-by-the-BayDo you love the San Francisco food scene? Are you going to be in town on Sunday, August 4th? Then enter for a chance to score two VIP tickets to SF Chefs Brunch by the Bay event on Sunday afternoon! The winner and a guest* will join Chef Martin Yan along with emcees Liam Mayclem and Brian Boitano at Brunch by the Bay on the Grand Tasting Tent demo stage. You’ll get an up-close look as Chef Yan prepares dim sum — and you’ll even get to taste what he’s preparing!

To enter for a chance to win, share what you love the most about the Bay Area’s food and dining culture in the comments below. Maybe it’s the Ferry Terminal Market or the lobster pot pie at Michael Mina. Or Blue Bottle Coffee. Or cheesy English muffins from the Cheese Board. Whatever it is, post it here for a chance to attend the best brunch the Bay Area has ever seen.

Brunch by the Bay, which starts at 11AM, is brunch like it has never ever been done before. SF Chefs is taking the Bay Area’s favorite meal to a whole new level of lavishness. A roster of trend-setting chefs — some who are known for creating the area’s most exclusive spreads and others who will serve this meal for the first time — will come together to create one unforgettable experience. This culinary wonderland will feature a diverse sampling of cuisine – from traditional French pastry to Dim Sum. Our winemakers, brewers and mixologists will serve their favorite creations: morning cocktails galore, a host of elegant wines, and local brews. Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem and Olympian Brian Boitano will emcee our demo stage where chefs including Martin Yan and Laura Cronin will share their secrets. Let the tunes of the The Glide Ensemble and the Change Band ease you through Sunday afternoon. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association will donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit Meals on Wheels of San Francisco. For more information and a full list of participants, click here.

*Attendees must be over 21

OpenTable Brunch By the Bay Giveaway: TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Introduction: OpenTable, Inc. (“OpenTable”) is offering two V.I.P. tickets and  exclusive demo stage access to 2013 SF Chefs Grand Tasting: Brunch by the Bay (“Giveaway”). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2. Eligibility: The Giveaway is open to U.S. residents twenty-one (21) years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of OpenTable and its affiliated and subsidiary companies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to enter the Giveaway.

3. Giveaway Period: The Giveaway begins at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on Monday, July 29, 2013, and ends at 5:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 (the “Giveaway Period”).

4. How to Enter: During the Giveaway Period, visit and comment per the instruction at to complete and submit the registration.  Registration is free. Limit: one (1) registration per person and per email address during the Giveaway Period.

5. Winning: One (1) winner will be randomly selected by OpenTable from among all eligible entries received. OpenTable’s decision is final and binding in all matters relating to the Giveaway. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Giveaway Period. Winner will be notified by email.

6. Prize: One (1) winner (“Winner”) will be awarded two VIP tickets and exclusive demo stage access to “2013 SF Chefs: Brunch by the Bay” brunch party on Sunday, August 4, 2013, (“Prize”), valued at $700. OpenTable will not be responsible for any loss, liability or damage arising out of any Winner’s acceptance or use of any Prize. Prize is non-transferable. Winner will not receive the difference between actual and approximate retail value. No cash, alternative prize or other substitution is permitted except by OpenTable in the event of Prize unavailability. All federal, state, and/or local taxes, fees and surcharges on any Prize, and all other expenses and costs, not expressly listed above, including but not limited to, ground transportation, meals, incidental expenses and gratuities, are the responsibility of the Winner. No refunds or credit for changes are allowed.

7. Conditions: OpenTable is not responsible for lost, late or unintelligible entries, lost connections, miscommunications, failed transmissions, other technical difficulties or failures. If, in OpenTable’s opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering with any portion of the Giveaway, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Giveaway, OpenTable reserves the right in its sole discretion to void any entries at issue (including disqualifying any individual who tampers with the entry process), and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Giveaway, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. In the event of such cancellation, OpenTable reserves the right to award prizes in a random drawing from all eligible entries received before the time of cancellation. By entering, participants release and hold harmless OpenTable and its subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents, from any liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Giveaway or receipt or use and/or misuse of any prize. Entrants agree to indemnify OpenTable and its subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and liabilities arising out of or in connection with this Giveaway. By entering this Giveaway you agree to the use and publishing of your name, photo, opinions, biographical information, state of residence and likeness and entry for promotional purposes, without payment or compensation to you (except where prohibited by law).

8. Governing Law: This Giveaway shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of California, U.S.A. without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions. The Federal and State courts located in the county of San Francisco, California will be the exclusive venue for any disputes under this Giveaway, and all entrants hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of those courts for such purposes.

9. Winner List: To view the winner name send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by August 30, 2013, to: OpenTable, Inc., Attn: Marketing Department — 2013 SF Chefs Brunch by the Bay Giveaway, 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104.

10. Sponsor: The sponsor of this Giveaway is OpenTable, Inc., 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104.



  1. Deb Behan says

    I love that I can have Vietnamese food for lunch and Pakistani food for dinner. My favorite restaurants are Cha Cha Cha in the Haight and Half Moon Bay Brewery in HMB.

  2. Kim Phan says

    I love the food truck culture that started and cumulated here in the bay and became a huge thing. Off the Grid and SOMA food events are just the start for local small foodie businesses that are trying to get off the ground. I’ve seen wonderful vendor that eventually open up their own small place thanks to dedicated places like OTG that got them started!

  3. Bong Phan says

    I love that dessert is its own meal in SF! With ice cream and dessert places such as Candybar and Mr and Mrs. Misc. ice cream, as well as great ice cream that becomes a household name like Three Twins Ice Cream, it starts and open up the idea of fusion ice cream! Its more than just ice cream, its also frozen khustard, to cool new varietal of ice cream sandwiches. You just never know!

  4. Nhung Phan says

    I love access to foodie places like the Ferry Building, that has a multitude of food and open air vendor. I love coming there to grab a quick sandwich and eat it by the bay, or sit down places like Slated Door which is also located in the same building.

  5. Joanthan Sorenson says

    I love San Pedro Square in San Jose. Gives a reason to goto downtown San Jose and have a fun open market to hang out with friends eat drink and be merry.

  6. Precious Sorenson says

    <3 going to SF Ferry Building! Tons of various foods/vendors to try from appetizers to desserts. Farmer's Market day is also a plus!

  7. B. Phan says

    I love the diversity of food options and many sub options in the city. Only in SF can you get buns in one block then fine american dining in the next and a pub the next.

  8. Nancy Torpey says

    Its great that there is a lot of variety of food in the same area. Downtown SF has such a diversity of food, from salad to mexican to chinese, all so close by. I really enjoy going to the Ferry Building on Thursday for their Farmers Market! Fresh and local **

  9. says

    The Bay Area, SF in particular, is built on around an infrastructure for an amazing food culture. I mean, with amazing farms to source local ingredients from, to incredibly talented chefs that cover basically every known cuisine, its impossible to not love the Bay Area food scene. I think my favorite spots in SF are Citrus Club in the Haight and SliderBar in the Castro. The food is delicious and ridiculously affordable!

  10. Alina says

    My favorite aspect of the Bay Area food culture is by far the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmer’s Market – home to some of the best artisan gastronome – it resembles what is best about the Bay Area food culture: our devotion to producing and consuming delicious, local and great quality foods. You can’t go wrong with the local olive oil, jams, pickles, herbs, fresh seafood, homemade kombucha, fresh fruit and veggies, homemade pastas, and dozens of delectable food stands!

  11. Karen Yee says

    San Francisco is the epitome of a melting pot for various cuisines and I love how everything is so diverse. There are affordable options for all types of food too which is awesome especially with the food truck phenomenon. Some of my favorites are the morning bun at Tartine, salted caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite, and Mexican food at El Farolito!

  12. Lauren says

    The farmers market. It makes me feel super San Franciscan to traipse over with my reusable shopping bags, Square purchase seasonal organic veggies and free range meats from local farmers, see photos of the goats whom I am to thank for my afternoon cheese snack, and wash it all down with a mason jar of fresh beet juice. Love you, Bay Area!

  13. Tara King says

    To come from humble beginnings in a sea-side town in Australia (read fish and chips), to living in a truely Metropolitan Mecca, a city that undoubtedly coined the term “foodie”, I have such an appreciation for simple, classic, understated yet decadent food. From the Porchini Doughnuts at Rich Table, Millionaires Bacon at Sweet Maple, the Widow-Maker at a16, to the sneakiest of all off menu items (*the foie gras sliders*) at the Presidio Social Club… I’m not sure my taste buds will survive outside of San Francisco!!!

  14. Jane Stroud says

    Our travels take us to many US cities and foreign countries, but we are always very happy to get back to San Francisco for the diverse and excellent restaurants. 25 years living in the Bay area has provided us with wonderful cuisine and lovely ambience.

  15. Emily Yong says

    Can’t pigeonhole the cooking, where the chef is from, defies
    locale: Asian inspired, Cal-Med, fusion Cuban-Viking? Something
    for everyone from 2-92, beyond the looking, such as—the apricot scented quail, roasted, stuffed in kale, down the block, or go farther north, the duck lasagna, layered with Santa Rosa plums. Not fussy, just good old comfort food, soul food– perfected, only just this summer, for your liking. Farm to table, that’s the fabled Bay Area vibe, casual, making you feel like, whether you live here or visiting, you just dropped in.

  16. Robin says

    There is nothing like getting to know your city better than exploring the food scene by neighborhood with great friends. Some of my favorite memories in San Francisco have been made over exploring new restaurants or food trucks across the city or going back to one of our favorite spots that we have been to countless times. Whether it is beignets for brunch at Elite Cafe or pizza at Tonys, there is nothing like food in SF!

  17. says

    When I come home to SF, there is no place like the Ferry Building and farmers market to welcome me back. A coffee and pastry to start my morning of shopping for a bag full of beautiful fresh produce by the Bay is my idea of a great day!

  18. Randy Fong says

    You can do a dining staycation right here in San Francisco and eat like you would anywhere in the world. Just about any meal I’ve had in my various travels around the world, I’ve been able to find in a restaurant or grocery store in the Bay Area. What a great place!

  19. Linda says

    Choices, lots of choices. Think about any country, any cousin, and most definitely you’ll find it in SF.

  20. Mary says

    I love the fact that in the San Francisco area not only is there a wide rang of choices, all easily accessible, but you practically have to go out of your way to find food that is not delicious no matter the culinary origins.

  21. shailykgupta says

    i personally love how tech has even made it’s way into the foodie scene! from bots battling for online reservations at 4am to apps that showcase which restaurants sf chefs frequent to start-ups tailored to bringing sous-vide cooking to homes.

    sf does it best–technology meets food meets heaven!

  22. Roddy says

    SF is a unique dining town for the vast selection of and access to ethnic and unique cuisine. Ramen DoJo in San Mateo to Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen and Tartine Bakery Bakery, to Wayfare Tavern in FiDi, to Outerlands in the Outer Sunset, this is home to some of the most talked about foodie culture in the country.

  23. JoMay Chan says

    We made a reservation to Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion on Mission St to celebrate my son’s high school graduation. Upon opening our menu, we each had a printed note of congratulations! We were very pleasantly surprised and appreciated this note and my son was served a special dessert! Dinner and service was wonderful!

  24. Elisa B. says

    Born and raised in Berkeley, I have been spoiled by the access to fresh and fabulous cuisines, representing every part of the world. I love food!

    If you’ve never been to the Juice Bar Collective in Berkeley, make a point to go and try the Black Bean Polenta, with salsa and/or sharp cheddar cheese. In-cred-i-ble!

  25. Christina says

    What I love most about SF dining is how it gives a new meaning to “comfort food.” Now when I think about what comforts me, it’s a healthy glass of juice from Pressed Juicery at the Ferry Building, a heaping bowl of black bean noodles from So or San Tung, a refreshing scoop of ice cream from Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous. All this with a view and gorgeous weather…you really can’t beat it!

  26. Emmalie Buena says

    I love that the whole world of food is right here in the Bay Area. We have all many choices and now even in food trucks! I love it! Whenever I travel, I truly appreciate how fortunate I am to live here and good food is usually right around the corner

  27. Kelly Yu says

    I love going to the Ferry Building on Thursdays for lunch to get the amazing porchetta sandwich from Roli Roti.

  28. April Diaz says

    I love how there are restaurants in San Francisco that can prepare dishes just as good or even better than their country of origin. This city is filled with a mix of classic foreign dishes to fusion cuisine in holes in walls, food trucks, bars, diners, fancy restaurants, and more. Not only is my heart in love, but my stomach and my taste buds cannot imagine a life without the city.

  29. Josh Gold says

    What makes the Bay Area special is its diversity. The Bay Area is so diverse that it allows for such a personal experience for everyone. Each section of the Bay Area has its own style that gravitates to its own unique culture. This creates an amazing dining culture as you can experience so much at many different types of places. Where else can you eat at the Bacon Bacon food truck for lunch and then the new Saizon for dinner? Or grab your house made caramel latte at Coffee Bar before having the famous Custard French toast at Nopa? And this is just San Francisco! From San Francisco to Wakuriya, Sushi Sams, and Baume in the Peninsula. To Manresa, Gochi, and Boiling Crab in the South Bay. To Brown Sugar Kitchen, Koi Palace Dublin, and Commis in the East Bay. The list can go on and on. No matter where you are at, there is something for everyone. And it’s all delicious! 🙂

  30. KNP says

    What I love most about the dining culture in SF is how big and diverse it is. Each neighborhood has its own flavor and we have so many big name chefs who not only open 5 star restaurants, but easy access cafes so everyone can afford a taste! Even our malls has fancy/cool restaurant – every nook and cranie has food bursting from it (food trucks, cart, chai carts, etc)

  31. Bo says

    Of course I love the availability of fine dining in the Bay Area such as Chez Panisse and Gary Danko but really I love all of the great ethnic food! One of my favorites is getting Dim Sum in Chinatown!

  32. says

    Diverse food options has always intrigued me. I love trying things from everywhere. When I go to SF next month I think I’ll have to look around!

  33. Kaluwa DoBosu says

    I’ve been to San Francisco one time in my life and loved it there. I love to be able to go back. it would be a blessing. I also love the food out there.

  34. bill says

    I love the outdoor tables, any and everywhere in San Francisco. Eating, enjoying our special weather, checking out the passersby, chatting up the friends and associates that happen to be passing by, brings a special experience to the meal.

    It’s like you’re back home in your own back yard, enjoying the lazy days with good food and good friends. If you’re not from San Francisco, and your’e home sick, with no place to go, dining at an out door table will do the trick.

  35. Daphne says

    How can you go wrong in SF trying to find ANY kind of good food? From The Embarcadero all the way across the city to Ocean Beach, and everything in between can lead to a foodie “tastegasim”! Fresh oysters and crab; local cheeses and chocolates; well rounded Ferry Building Market, plus prized items like abalone and the oh-so-controversial foie gras can even be found “off menu” in some spots. VegHeads to MeatHeads can all satisfy their cravings in San Francisco. We are lucky to have world renowned chefs, family owned spots, and longtime established luxury restaurants all in one, easy-to-get-to place. I *HEART* SAN FRANCISCO FOOD!

  36. es rourk says

    I love the farm to table approach that many restaurants in SF commit to. I also enjoy the quality, the ambience, and the taste combinations that many chefs fearlessly create for those of us with complex taste buds.

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