|17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival|It's a total chocolate weekend in store, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 8-9, when the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival rolls into San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square.
Take part in an ice cream eating contest, in which contestants will have to down a famous Ghirardelli "Earthquake Sundae." Join the chocolate scavenger hunt. Watch chef demonstrations. And enjoy the first ever festival bake-off with treats made from Ghirardelli products.
The chocolate extravaganza is a benefit for Project Open Hand, which provides meals to those who are homebound.
Last year, $63,000 was raised.
Tickets are $20 each, which will get you 15 samples.
Click here for more fun things to do, including the Second Annual Chefs of Compassion: Cooking for a Cause on Sept. 14 at West Valley Community Services in Los Gatos.
Tabouleh with a Twist
In summer, I can practically live on tabouleh, that Middle Eastern bulgar salad tossed with copious amounts of parsley, mint, oregano, onion, lemon juice and tomatoes.
But even when playing favorites, you sometimes need to mix it up a little for a change of pace.
Such was the case when I spotted this recipe for "Tabouleh with Quinoa, Corn, Scallion and Goat Cheese" in the cookbook, "Home Made" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), of which I received a review copy.
Click here for the recipe and my cooking notes.
Here's another recipe for late summer produce, this time it's for nectarines.