Culinary tour to Osaka, half-priced wines

Those who work in the multifaceted Bay Area food industry can apply to attend a culinary tour to Osaka organized by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center celebrating the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco-Osaka Sister City relationship.

Osaka is known as a food city in Japan. In addition to nonstop eating at local restaurants that specialize in the distinctive cooking of the Kansai region, the tour will visit sake, beer and shoyu factories, wholesale fish and vegetable markets, department-store food halls, gyoza (dumpling) palaces and the wholesale restaurant supply district. This is a rare opportunity to get inside Japanese culinary culture — and also to represent San Francisco as a great food destination in its own right. I’m going as a culinary ambassador. I wouldn’t miss it!

The tour takes place Oct. 15-22. The cost of the trip is $2,665 double occupancy, which includes airfare, is subsidized and a bargain. Deadline for applications is July 10.

For information, contact Paul Osaki or Teresa Ono at JCCCNC, (415) 567-5505 or e-mail posaki@jcccnc.org.

WINES AT HALF PRICE

For the fifth year, every bottle on every wine list at each of Lark Creek Restaurant Group’s Bay Area restaurants — including One Market in dowtown San Francisco — will be offered at half price throughout the entire month of July. These restaurants are known for their deep, high end, all American wine lists, so this is an opportunity to drink some classy wines affordably.

Visit www.larkcreek.com for locations.

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