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Does the thought of spending the evening undercover with Michael Bauer, The San Francisco Chronicle’s esteemed restaurant critic, where you’ll learn what goes into critiquing a dining experience and writing an award winning restaurant review, get your culinary juices flowing?

And bet you can’t say no to the chance of winning a dinner package for two (with sommelier wine pairings) at SIX award-winning Bay Area restaurants — Gary Danko, Aziza, Chez TJ, Spruce, Fifth Floor, and Benu.

Would the Chef’s Holiday culinary adventure at the acclaimed Ahwahnee in Yosemite (which includes two nights lodging, an intimate Meet the Chefs reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres, cooking demonstrations followed by tastings, behind-the-scenes kitchen tours and a five-course Chefs’ Holidays Gala Dinner paired with wines) make the perfect present you and your sig-foodie other?

These are just a few of the awesome auction items that you can bid on during the eighth annual Summertini event. And the very best part is that while you’re busy enjoying an evening of live music, signature martinis, great wines, and delicious hors d’oeuvres from two dozen of San Francisco’s top chefs, you’re also doing your part to help end homelessness.

Summertini helps ensure that CHEFS, the unique culinary training program that intensively trains and finds employment in the food industry for homeless adults, and the Skills Center (both programs of Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco) remain strong and continue to provide education and support to homeless adults in San Francisco.

All the details:

WHEN: SummerTini 2012 will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 8

WHERE: The Galleria at The San Francisco Design Center
101 Henry Adams Street, San Francisco

WHAT: The event features signature martinis and specialty hors d’oeuvres from AQ, 4505 Meats, E & O Trading Company, Millennium, Hayes Street Grill, Plant Café Organic, Thirsty Bear, Home of Chicken and Waffles, McQuade’s Celtic Chutneys, Slanted Door, Zare at Fly Trap, and other restaurants in the city. There will be music by San Francisco’s premiere jazz band, 8 Legged Monster.

WHO: Join this year’s special Master of Ceremonies: Chef Martin Yan

HOW: Tickets are $125

(415) 487-3736.

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