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Weekend Planner: February 12


Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.


Friday, February 12



Terri Glass & Friends Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Copperfield’s Books, San Rafael

7 PM, All Ages


Terri Glass, Claire Blotter, Prartho Sereno, Michele Rivers, Kathy Evans,

Brian Kirven, Linden Berry

What’s more romantic than a love poem? How about a celebration of the international day of love with a poetry reading? Come celebrate Valentine’s Day by hearing Marin poet teachers Terri Glass, Claire Blotter, Prartho Sereno, Michele Rivers, Kathy Evans, Brian Kirven and Linden Berry read their poetry as well as love poetry from other poets.



Garden East Gallery, Lodi

6 PM, Ages: 18+


Come on down to Garden East Gallery with your “love bird” and enjoy creating a couples painting (2 canvas’) masterpiece.  This is a great date night idea, as you’ll be led step by step while you paint (so no experience or artistic ability is required)!  We also have the option of a single painting (maybe you’ll meet you’re lovebird)!  Snacks and drinks included.


Saturday, February 13



Port, Wine, and Chocolate Lover’s Weekend

Old Sugar Mill Wineries, Clarksburg

All Weekend, Ages: 21+


Wine, Port, Sweet, Savory Heaven @ Old Sugar Mill Wineries for Port, Wine & Chocolate Weekend! Eleven Wineries showcasing the best wine & port pairings in the Region!

Bring your Valentine & Galentines to taste delicious wine, port and chocolates from Eleven Award Winning Wineries, just 15 minutes south of Downtown Sacramento.

$50 Weekend Pass ( Both Saturday & Sunday Access – $80 Value!)

$40 General Admission Price as of 2/12

$10 Designated Driver

$120 Group rates for 6 (Includes 6 regular tickets + 1 SafeDriver Ticket) ($250 Value)

$25 Early OnLine Purchase – Early Purchase Sold Out!

Admission includes wine tastings at all ELEVEN wineries (two to three complimentary wines per winery), barrel tasting, chocolate tastings, live demos, port/ barrel tastings, sweet & savory pairings, live music & entertainment-All Day Rain or Shine! Valet parking will be available for your ultimate Port, Wine & Chocolate Lover’s Weekend experience!

Special Access to:

$25 Breedlove’s Bayou Bistro Buffet  – 12pm & 2pm – Purchase on Site/WalkUps OK

* Sweet Treat Demo! Learn how to make a chocolate filled cookie box – Chef Brandy West – FREE

* Cigar Lounge (separate fee)

* Bottle Your Own Port (separate fee)

Additional Food Vendors will have items to purchase for your enjoyment.

The Historic Old Sugar Mill is home to a unique community of ELEVEN Award Winning California wineries and their signature wines: Todd Taylor Wines, Three Wine Company, Merlo Family Vineyards, Perry Creek Winery, Rendez-Vous Winery,  Elevation Ten Winery,  Due Vigne di Famiglia, Draconis Wines, Heringer Estates, Clarksburg Wine Company, and Carvalho Family Wines.

The Old Sugar Mill is located in the Clarksburg AVA (American Viticulture Area), an area where vineyards share the same cool breezes from the San Francisco Bay that shape the growing seasons in the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma.  The 11 wineries at Old Sugar Mill are a bridge to the rich agricultural heritage of the region dating to the 1800’s. More information available by visiting our web site at

*Designated Driver Tickets $10/per person per day

*This is a 21&over event

*Absolutely no outside icechests, food, alcohol or beverages will be permitted

* No Refunds/No Exchanges



The 7th Annual Masquerade Ball

The Payne Mansion Hotel, San Francisco

9 PM, Ages: 21+


View Pictures from The 1st Annual ” MASQUERADE BALL” @ Ana Mandara on February 13, 2010

View Pictures from The 2nd Annual “MASQUERADE BALL” @ Ana Mandara on February 26, 2011

View Pictures from the 3rd Annual “MASQUERADE BALL” @ Ana Mandara on February 25, 2012

View Pictures from the 4th Annual “MASQUERADE BALL” at The Clift Hotel on February 2, 2013

View Pictures from the 5th Annual “MASQUERADE BALL” @ The Clift Hotel on February 22, 2014 View Pictures from the 6th Annual “MASQUERADE BALL” @ Payne Mansion on February 28, 2015


One of San Francisco’s most famous annual traditions is Donovan’s debaucherous Venetian masked event, in the spirit of Stanley Kubrick’s “EYES WIDE SHUT” film w/ Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman (PG-13 for this event, of course).  Many playfully call it an elegant Halloween party in February.  Due to the tremendous success of the past 6 years of amazing events, the famous “MASQUERADE BALL: A Sexy Venetian Carnival Affair” returns this year better than ever at its new elegant home: a 135-year-old historic San Francisco landmark that survived the 1906 earthquake:

The Payne Mansion

The Payne Mansion is considered one of the most beautiful locations of domestic and Victorian-era architecture in the United States.  It just recently underwent a magnificent $3,000,000 renovation, transforming it into a high-end boutique hotel with modern, high-end amenities, while retaining its original charm, beauty and exquisite craftsmanship that makes this 135 year old building one of San Francisco’s most prized gems.


LIMITED TICKETS Due to the limited capacity of The Payne Mansion, this is a much more intimate experience and highly exclusive event.  Tickets are extremely limited.  We sold out last year far in advance.  It is strongly recommended you purchase your tickets as soon as possible to secure your spot.


See Party Pictures from Past Masquerade Balls

What Happens Behind the Mask Stays Behind the Mask…

This is a Venetian “mask” party, in the spirit of Carnival of Venice which commences in Italy every February.  Back in 1292, the original purpose of the Carnival of Venice was to serve as an excuse for people of different social classes to mingle and indulge in behaviors that might be otherwise deemed questionable, if not downright salacious.  The custom of wearing masks developed to protect the identity of the Carnival participants and empowering them anonymous freedom to partake in their most intimate of fantasies and desires.

The point of THE MASQUERADE BALL is to provide a sexy evening of ‘mystique’ & ‘playfulness’ for you and your friends to experience the freedom of anonymity behind the mask, leaving your inhibitions behind, and setting your wildest fantasies free.  So get in the playful, adventurous Venetian spirit and prepare for what is sure to be one of the most unforgettable & most tantalizing experiences of your lives…



Pictures of Complimentary Venetian Masks Provided at Last Year's Party

HOWEVER… We highly encourage you to purchase your own unique mask so you “stand out” from everyone else and that expresses your own one-of-a-kind “alter-ego”.  There are plenty of wonderful costume shops on Haight Street in San Francisco as well as many wonderful online retailers that sell a wide assortment of Venetian masks for very economical prices ($10-$25).  See list of recommended Venetian mask stores at bottom of page.


LADIES Cocktail Dresses Required

GENTLEMEN Dress Shirts & Slacks Required (Suits or Tuxedos preferred)

Absolutely no jeans, t-shirts, or tennis shoes No Exceptions.



Jazz Band Room featuring BLACK OLIVE JAZZ

Dance Music Room featuring DJs DONOVAN * HANIK * JOHN ANDREW

________________________________________________________________ VENUE CAPACITY IS EXTREMELY LIMITED.   PURCHASE TICKETS EARLY TO SECURE ADMISSION.

________________________________________________________________ DON’T DRINK & DRIVE. TAKE THE ELEVATOR HOME


(2 complimentary Masquerade Ball tickets with room reservation) Call 415.213.2746

For pictures and detailed information on Payne Mansion’s $3,000,000 renovated hotel rooms, visit:

Reference “Masquerade Ball” for special discounted rate & complimentary tickets. (Note: Website will say rooms not available for 2/13.  You need to call.)









Fantastico: 559 6th St., San Francisco

Piedmont: 1452 Haight St., San Francisco

SF Party: 939 Post St., San Francisco

Costumes on Haight:: 735 Haight St., San Francisco

Pier 1: 555 9th St, Suite B-4, San Francisco,

Prevues: 2417 K St, Sacramento

Evangeline’s, 113 K St, Sacramento



Wanda’s Cooking Loves New Orleans Food

Bonjour Pattisserie, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


Wanda’s Cooking “Loves New Orleans Food” – come to the table and share the love for “Naw’leans” on Valentine’s Day weekend. There were too many fabulous dishes of New Orleans foods too select – we hope you enjoy the selection and don’t worry, you will see more dishes from New Orleans in the future. Let’s head on down to the “Big Easy”. Click on “Attend Event” to purchase your tickets. Feel free to book an entire seating with 14 of your loved ones — send me an email if you have any food questions.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

“Let the good times roll”


Smoke Chicken Gumbo (GF)


Choose One:

Shrimp or Catfish PoBoy – fully dressed

(GF option available)

Camellia’s Red Beans, Sausage and Rice

(Veg option available)

Pan Seared Catfish and Pecan Dirty Rice

(Veg option available)


Bananas Foster Bread Pudding (picture)

(GF option available)

Choose One:

Coffee, Tea, Ice Tea or Hurricane Punch (NA)

$28 plus Eventbrite Fee

Service staff work for food and tips……cash tips appreciated

Side Dish

Red Beans and Rice

Pecan Dirty Rice

GF – Gluten Free – we use Sweet Rice Flour/Gluten Free Bread

Veg – Vegetarian/Vegan

NA – Non-Alcohol – no liquor license on site

#wandascookingloveneworleansfood  #wandascooking


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Each reservations is assigned a seat — if you don’t make a reservation for a child – they will have to sit in your “lap”. We have “14” chairs.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Muni Bus and plenty of street parking — watch the signs – No parking means No parking

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

No Alcohol on site — bring as many loved ones as you can – we can seat 14 of them at a seating

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

See link on site –

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

You can send someone in your place – they should bring copy of your registration

Can I update my registration information?

No – email me your update and we can discuss


Sunday, February 14



Valentine’s Dinner

Mochica Puruvian, San Francisco

5:30 PM, All Ages


Join us on February 14th at Mochica Peruvian Kitchen and Bar for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner experience! The evening will be hosted by Winemaker David James and his wife, Carrie Hunt, Owners of DEFINE Wines.

DEFINE Wines is a boutique winery specializing in Premuim Vineryard Designated Rose from Sonoma & Napa Valley.

Mochica SF Chef has designed an impeccable Course Dinner to compliment the two unique vintages of DEFINE Wines Rose, we cannot wait to share it with you!!!

Valentine’s Day Dinner 02/14/2016 will start @ 5:30 pm, call 415-278-0480 or e-mail to reserve your table for this special day, and we have something special for single ladies at the bar.

One ticket if for one person

Don’t forget to bring with you your ticket

Remeber to call us or @ us to make your reservation complete

Hurry up the space is limited!!!!



East Bay Grain Lover’s Tour

Ferry Building, San Francisco

9:45 AM, All Ages


Looking for a fellow gluten-lover to call your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Join CUESA for a behind-the-scenes view of some fantastic East Bay grain-based businesses, including Acme BreadBaia Pasta, and The Pasta Shop.

Tickets include an early lunch at Steel Rail Cafe featuring Baia Pasta, as well as round-trip transportation from the Ferry Building in a comfortable bus. Tickets are nonrefundable but transferable.

In the late 1970s, Steve Sullivan began baking bread in his dorm room at UC Berkeley. He was working as a busboy in the then-fledgling Chez Panisse restaurant when chef Alice Waters tasted and enjoyed his well-crafted bread and gave him a job as a baker. Steve left Chez Panisse a few years later and opened Acme Bread Company with his wife in 1983. At their commercial bakery in Berkeley, Acme’s bakers use modern German-made deck ovens as well as a 1930s Spanish brick oven in three production shifts, baking their hand-formed loaves and pastries throughout the day and night.

Both Renato and Dario of Baia Pasta hail from the northern Italian region of Piemonte, where eating quality, seasonal food is a way of life. In a combined retail and production space in Oakland, they make around 300 pounds of pasta per day, using traditional Italian techniques to transform high-quality American grains, such as durum wheat and spelt, into a variety of short cuts of pasta. Dario and Renato are intimately involved in every step of the pasta-making process, from the creation of each batch of dough to the maintenance of the Italian machine that extrudes each pasta shape. The dough is kept cool when mixed then passed through brass dies, which help create a rough surface that is perfect for holding sauce, and it is dried slowly at low temperatures to preserve protein and gluten content and flavor.

The Pasta Shop has been an established business since 1983. In 1978, siblings Sara, Tony, and Peter Wilson bought it and moved it to the Rockridge Market Hall in Oakland. All pasta, fillings, and sauces are prepared daily. The Pasta Shop uses Italian-made pasta machines. The sheet pasta is hand-rolled, and bronze dies are used for the pasta shapes, ensuring a rustic texture that is perfect for holding sauce.

Where to meet: Meet in front of the Ferry Building on the south side. Please arrive by 9:45 am; we leave at 10:00 am. Please be prompt! We cannot wait for stragglers.

Things to know: The weather will be unpredictable. Please dress in layers and wear waterproof shoes and bring umbrellas or rain jackets.

The tour is geared toward adults and is not suitable for young children. Older children who are likely to appreciate an adult-level tour are welcome to come with their guardians. Please call if you have questions.

Bring: A water bottle, layers. Optional: snacks, a camera, a book or other entertainment for the bus, and cash for purchases.

We will do our best to return by 3:15 pm, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can’t guarantee punctual arrival.

This tour is organized by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), as part of our mission to cultivate a sustainable food system. CUESA organizes six tours each year to Ferry Plaza Farmers Market farms and artisan food businesses in order to give eaters a first-hand look at where their food comes from and how it is produced. For more information or to sign up for our weekly email newsletter, visit

We sincerely thank our farm tour sponsor,  First National Bank of Northern California, for underwriting tour costs and  Coach 21 for providing a discount on the bus charter fee.

* A note about price: CUESA is committed to providing accessible food system education to all. If you are interested in a scholarship for one of our farm tours, please email Carrie Sullivan ( for a scholarship application.

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