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August 2009 Hotel Manager's Picks | Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

August marks the end of summer and is ushered in this year with the SF Chefs | Food | Wine event from August 6-9th at various locations throughout San Francisco. Enjoy this important new four-day urban food and wine festival culminating with America's Culinary Pioneer Awards Gala Dinner at our sister hotel, the Westin St. Francis on August 7th. The gala event includes a reception and dinner featuring creations by Loretta Keller, Ron Siegel, Gary Danko, Traci Des Jardins, and Terri Wu with all courses paired with aged California wines.

SF Chefs | Food | Wine will highlight regional ingredients and Northern Californian flair during four days of tastings, classes, dinners and events with acclaimed experts, including winemakers, mixologists, farmers, artisans and visionaries. A tented tasting pavilion featuring top restaurants and wineries will be housed on historic Union Square.

Craig Schwan

While the dog days of summer feature a continuation of our renowned mild climate here in the Bay area, plan on a picture-perfect end to the season by taking the ferry across the bay to attend the Sausalito Art Festival.

Billed as America's #1 Outdoor Fine Art Festival, every Labor Day weekend, stars of the contemporary art scene are showcased on the sparkling bay shores of Sausalito, California's Mediterranean-like seaside village, directly across the bay from Fisherman's Wharf. The best local, American, and International Artists bring their combined perspectives, virtuoso skills, and more than 20,000 original works of art - including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.

Enjoy the opportunity to meet the Artists one-on-one or stretch out on the lawn in the scenic bayside park.  Enjoy nonstop entertainment on three stages or gourmet delights with champagne and fine wines. The Sausalito Art Festival is the #1 Event of its kind and the perfect way to celebrate your Labor Day Weekend.

The Local Events page on our website provides details for some of the more interesting events that are happening in San Francisco this month, however try not to miss a couple of great family events including August Movie Nights Festival at The Cannery and Shark Week Family Sleepover at Aquarium of the Bay, both at Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy the rest of the summer.

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Happy Travels ... Craig Schwan, General Manager

City Pick

The Boy King, Tutankhamun Returns to the de Young Museum
More than 3,000 years after his reign, and 30 years after the original exhibition opened in San Francisco, Tutankhamun, ancient Egypt's celebrated "boy king," returns to the de Young Museum.

This summer the de Young Museum at Golden Gate Park presents Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, a glorious exhibition of over 130 outstanding works from the tomb of Tutankhamun, as well as those of his royal predecessors, his family, and court officials.


Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs includes many new and exciting elements not seen in previous versions of the exhibition, including a revised version of the catalogue, a new audio tour, and additional artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb. The exhibition is scheduled to run from June, 2009 through March, 2010.

Dining Pick

Waterbar, under the tutelage of Farallon chef-owner Mark Franz and designed by Pat Kuleto, casts its net over seafood while providing floor to celining aquariums filled with fish and large windows overlooking San Francisco Bay and Oakland.

Waterbar's interior is spectacular - at least in the main dining room - but the dramatic design pales in comparison to what's outside. Kuleto does his best to pull the focus back to the interior.


The large menu, executed by chef and partner Parke Ulrich, is based on local and sustainable seafood, some of which is bought directly off the boat.

With the restaurant's watery vistas, the shellfish platter is the thing to order. It looks like edible art, and features a cascade of lobster, crab, five shrimp, three clams, six oysters, Florida stone crab claws and a small ramekin of scallop ceviche. It's impressive in its scope, however if If diners don't want the traditional chilled platter, they can choose a wood-oven-roasted platter that includes some of the same ingredients.

Perhaps the best appetizer is the oysters baked with sauerkraut ($13 for four). Plump and just warm, they're served on a bed of house-made kraut with a dollop of cream.

Another signature is the rock cod Colbert ($29), Waterbar's version of fish and chips. The whole fish is fried and arranged as if swimming across the plate, enrobed in batter the color of graham crackers. The tail and head are left on, but the bones are removed and a remoulade and a tuft of fried parsley fill the cavity.

Relax Pick

Sunday Streets
Bring San Francisco's streets to life and enjoy a relaxing stroll along the city's famed Ocean Beach.

Sunday Streets creates a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods. This year, the event has been expanded to open streets to explore four different neighborhoods and allow participants to enjoy a wide variety of activities, including: dancing, biking, skating, walking, hula hooping, yoga, and just people watching.

Sunday Streets

Bike, walk and play next to the Pacific Ocean on August 9th and again on September 6th. Travel from Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach from 10 am to 2pm.

Romantic Pick

Ride a Cable Car
What could be more romantic ... climbing halfway to the stars and all?

Starting this summer a new Cable Car debuts. Car 15 was launched on the Powell-Mason line, one of three cable car lines still active in San Francisco. Each year more than 7.4 million people board these hardworking National Historic Landmarks. Using original blueprints artisans from four shops within the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) built the new cable car from the ground up over the course of four years.

Cable Car

Cable Car 15 features a bright yellow Powell-Mason color scheme that originated in the 1890s. The Powell-Mason line, which opened in 1888, is the oldest transit line in the United States still operating on its original route with its original type of motive power and its original type of vehicles. Pick up the Powell-Mason line two blocks away from the hotel at the corner of Bay and Taylor streets.

Show Pick

Teatro ZinZanni: Sultry Summer Magic
Teatro ZinZanni opens an exciting new show for summer starring Melba Moore, Sally Kellerman and Darlene Love, sharing the stage through the end of August.

Set along San Francisco's historic waterfront only minutes from the hotel via a short stroll or the MUNI Street Car F-line, Teatro ZinZanni is a bewitching evening of European Cabaret and Cirque, Divas and Madmen, Spectacle and Sensuality with Live Music and a Gourmet Five-Course Dinner, all in a magical nightclub setting under the big top!


The show takes place is an actual tent, where tables and booths circle the stage. Before going to this show, I told friends that Teatro Zinzanni was cirque du soleil with dinner, however after experiencing the show recently, I realized the experience is completely different ... more intimate, where you actually feel as though you're a part of the show rather than simply watching it. The experience is magical.

There is NEVER a dull moment during this show, and sometimes there is just too much going on to take it all in! I don't want to give it all away but I'll just say the show is "interactive" with the audience and I saw trapeze routines and acrobatics that I've never seen before that are just amazing. This show will not disappoint.

Family Pick

Shark Week Family Sleepover at Aquarium of the Bay
Here's a unique family fun opportunity you won't find anywhere else ... just make sure you keep your eyes shut!

In celebration of the Discover Channel's Shark Week, Aquarium of the Bay is giving an unforgettable opportunity to sleep in the Aquarium's crystal clear tunnels as mighty sevengill, leopard, spiny dogfish, brown smoothhound and angel sharks swim overhead, along with more than 200 species of other aquatic animals.


The sleepover on August 7th will also feature guided tours of the Aquarium, lots of shark-related activities and trivia from the Aquarium naturalists, hands-on meeting and greeting with select animals, evening snacks, paid overnight parking and a continental breakfast. The sleepover is part of the full Shark Week lineup of activities and fun at Aquarium of the Bay. If the kids get scared, don't worry, the Sheraton is right down the street.

For further information and additional available sleepover dates, visit


To make reservations or for more activity ideas, please contact the Concierge at (415) 627-6525 or

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