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Overdose on Cheese at the Artisan Cheese Festival; Sample Sassy Sparkling Wine at Bay Grape

Plus: behold the winner of an all-female bartending competition and check out the amazing menu Quince prepared for legendary chefs.

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JACKSON SQUARE— Cooking for legends like French chefs Michel Bras and Olivier Roellinger is kind of a big deal a really big deal. Luckily, the team at Quince took this monumentally daunting honor in stride, as evidenced by this video of the incredible and intricate meal they prepared for the pair of Michelin's three-starred chefs on their recent visit. No pressure or anything. [EaterWire]

MISSION— Speed Rack, the all-female speed bartending competition, rolled through San Francisco over the weekend for a lady-style throwdown. From a group of eight finalists, Jacquelyn Goldstein (ABV) defeated Alicia Walton (Bloodhound, Brass Tacks, Momo's) in the final round to become Miss Speed Rack San Francisco. Cheer her on from afar, as she competes in the national finals in NYC, on June 14. [EaterWire]

PETALUMA— The 9th Annual California's Artisan Cheese Festival is gearing up for another year of cheese-filled activities. Visitors will be able to taste a variety of cheeses, check out chef demos and pairings, attend sessions with cheese-loving chefs and more. The festival takes place March 20-22 at the Sheraton Sonoma County in Petaluma; a full schedule of events and tickets can be found here. [EaterWire]

OAKLAND— The sassy folks behind Bay Grape are hosting a wild party featuring a style of winemaking called pétillant natural. These sparkling wines are made by trapping the bubbles created by primary fermentation inside the bottle, resulting in an off-dry wine with a boisterously bubbly personality. Six California winemakers, including Donkey and Goat and Scholium Project, will be on hand to pour, taste and talk about their versions of this unique style of winemaking. Stop by Saturday, March 21 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $25 at the door. [EaterWire]

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