Peet’s Coffee Tasting, Wednesday, March 30
Celebrate the middle of the week with a comparative coffee tasting event where you can experience Peet’s Anniversary Coffee Blend 2011. Participants will learn about and taste the blend alongside coffees from different countries of origin. In addition, you will receive a 15 percent discount on purchases of the special blend and other featured coffees. Please visit your local Peet’s for specific tasting times.

Shop for a Good Cause, Thursday, March 31
Shop and Dine at Santana Row retailers and restaurants on Thursday, March 31, 2011 and 10 percent of all proceeds will go to the relief efforts in Japan through The American Red Cross. Federal Realty will also match this donation dollar for dollar to help make a difference and lend a hand to help the people of Japan during their time of crises.

Poisson D’Avril at Left Bank, Friday, April 1
Left Bank & Clean Fish partner to celebrate a traditional French holiday, while donating to a great cause on April 1st.In France, April 1st is called Poisson d’ Avril, or April Fish. To mark the day, children stick a paper fish to the backs of their friends and when the prank is discovered, the prankster yells…“Poisson d’ Avril!” Left Bank celebrates the holiday by offering a delicious and sustainable Mauritius Redfish from CleanFish as the “Poisson du Jour.” When you order the “Poisson du Jour” on Friday, April 1st, Left Bank will donate part of the proceeds to the Watershed Project, a non-profit organization working to restore the natural wonder of San Francisco Bay, one creek, marsh and watershed at a time.


Taste of Home Cooking Show & Expo, Saturday April 2
Bay Area News Group brings you Taste of Home Cooking School and Expo On April 2, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. In addition to the 2 hour cooking school taught by the professional cooks at Taste of Home Magazine, you will have the opportunity to check out local businesses whose products and services are geared toward attendees interested in improving their life and home. Don’t miss the Recipe Contest – details in the Food & Wine Section of Mercury News, Contra Costa Time, Oakland Tribune and San Mateo County Times. Fabulous door prizes and more!

Italian Wine Appreciation Class, Monday, April 4
Italian wines and Italian wine culture are incredible, but with over 2000 indigenous wine varieties and 20 Italian wine regions, learning enough about Italian wines to appreciate them can be overwhelming. From Pinot Grigio to Trebbiano and Sangiovese to Nebbiolo, this Italian wine class at Savvy Cellar will explore Italy’s most famous wine varietals from the most storied wine regions. This is an opportunity to learn the Italian wine quality classification systems and which Italian wines are making a splash on the international wine scene. And of course delicious examples of Italian wine will be sipped along the way.