A city is a place of incredible culinary diversity, usually constructed upon rock ‘n’ roll. Plumb the edible depths of San Rafael with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a wristband for use at A Taste of Downtown San Rafael on Wednesday, September 21, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. (a $25 value). Bring this Groupon to the ticket booth in the downtown plaza on the day of the event to receive a wristband, optional wine glass, and map. Participants must be at least 21 years old.
Located throughout downtown San Rafael, the Taste brings together talented chefs from local restaurants to celebrate a symphony of culinary delights. Although this event is free to the public, a wristband grants participants access to hors d'oeuvres and wine tastings from more than a dozen local businesses, saving them the trouble of fumbling with billfolds and retina scanners. Participating restaurants include Cafe Arrivederci, Vin Antico, and Broken Drum Brewery, and myriad merchants—including artists, jewelers, and clothing stores—punctuate the noshing with opportunities for bountiful browsing. Although parking is available downtown, a free cable-car shuttle service is available to pick up and drop off attendees at designated stops over the course of the event, ensuring that you can leave cars, trucks, and saddled walruses at home.
Union Street Has a Crush on You Valentine Wine Walk
Backdropped by Union Street's romantic sights, from Gough to Steiner, and Fillmore Street's illustrious shops, from Union to Lombard, the third annual Union Street Has a Crush on You Valentine Wine Walk fills glasses with vine-ripened flavors from around the state and across the world. Although this event is free to the public, pass holders enjoy free access to wine tastings, saving them the trouble of fumbling with billfolds and retina scanners. Participating wineries include Cresten’s Eden Canyon Vineyards, Rosa d’Oro Vineyards, and Terra Sávia, a champion of organic wine. Myriad merchants complement the wine sipping with opportunities for singles or couples to browse such bountiful commodities as organic food and lingerie. Although parking is available downtown, attendants are encouraged to consider public-transportation options so they can leave their cars, trucks, and saddled walruses at home.