If you are going to be in the Bay area from August 9-15, I encourage you to check out the SFChefs 2010 event -- lots of food celebrities, lots of food and lots of spirit (including the alcoholic kind) centered around Union Square in San Francisco. There will be workshops and discussions, demonstrations, classes, tasting opportunities and more.
Proceeds from the event will support the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation. The foundation grants financial scholarships to students from the Bay Area entering culinary and hospitality programs.
Here's a schedule for all the events. Spaces are limited. To buy tickets in advance, click here. Prices start at $20 to attend a panel discussion. To volunteer for the event, go here.