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3 Superbowl Parties

I won’t be in town this coming Sunday when the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots for the biggest football game of the year. But if I were, I’d put my bet on one of these food-and-drink-oriented Superbowl parties. Why go to any old sports bar when you can go to a real restaurant or a nice hotel?


Enrico's patio lets you watch the game outside.

A Number's Game

Recently, I went to a Hurry Date speed dating party as part of the “field research” portion of my job. Truth be told, this was the first time I'd ever attended an actual event or activity around dating.

How it works: A maximum of 25 men and 25 women (in your age range) show up at the party, which is held at different restaurants and bars around town. The night warms up with a half hour of drinking and mingling. This also happens to be a good time to size up your competition and potential matches, if you’re so inclined.

Women are then placed at separate tables, where they stay put as the men circle around and sit with them, one at a time, through the evening.

ENCORE! Opening Gala

photography by Heather Wiley & Vasna Wilson for Drew Altizer

ENCORE! celebrated the opening of the ballet season with a fun and festive gala comprising cocktails, dinner, dancing and a special performance.

Tracy Huebner_Christian Huebner Michelle Curtis Alyson Yamada_Lauren Hawkins

An Epic Training

As you probably know, Epic Roasthouse, the new meat restaurant from Pat Kuleto and Co. down on the Embarcadero, opens today down on the Embarcadero. While resolved to eat less meat, I still have a great interest in it, especially how animals are raised, killed and prepared. So when Epic’s executive chef Jan Birnbaum invited me about a week and a half ago to sit in with the entire restaurant staff for their training on their meats, I went.


SF Ballet Auxiliary Diamond Gala

The SF Ballet launched its 75th anniversary season with an opening night shindig called "The Diamond Gala Celebration." The Ballet Auxiliary's black-tie event and fundraiser included dinner at City Hall, a ballet performance and an after-party with food, drink and multiple dance venues.

Zachary Bogue_Marissa Mayer O.J. Shansby Pamela Joyner_Alfred Guiffrida

Top 7 A+E Picks

Bad Moon Rising
courtesy of Silverman Gallery

Here are 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.

1.    “Bad Moon Rising” at the Silverman Gallery
This arresting group exhibition delves into the dark side of American culture through multiple artistic mediums.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. at the W Hotel

photography by Aubrie Pick for Drew Altizer

SF's National Resources Defence Council presented "a retrospect on the environmental movement and policies created" featuring Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., NRDC's senior attorney, at the W San Francisco.

7 Food Finds

Check out these 7 things—all happening this week.

1. A tailgating touchdown: Impress your pals by ordering Luna Park’s Tailgate Platter for Superbowl Sunday (the restaurant will take orders this Friday through the end of the game on Sunday). For some of us, it’s not about who wins or loses; it’s about the food—Niman Ranch BBQ chicken and ribs, coleslaw, French fries, beans and mashed potatoes.

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