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Jessica Battilana

Write a Hog Haiku, Win Tickets to Cochon 555

Who wouldn't like two free tickets to the porcine event of the summer season?  Cochon 555’s road show concludes this Sunday, June 6, at the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, where the final batch of five chefs will compete for the coveted “Prince of Porc” title. Staffan Terje (Perbacco), Anthony Strong (Pizzeria Delfina), Dennis Lee (Namu), Thomas McNaughton (Flour and Water) and Morgan Maki (Bi-Rite) will go snout to snout, each using an entire pig to create the winning gastronomic spread.

Eat It: Scotch, Stir-fry and a Spring Spread

Scotch Lovers, Take Note: Tasting Tonight!

Public House and Mijita Spice Up AT&T Park

Acme Chophouse is dead: Long live Public House and Mijita! Chef Traci Des Jardins proves that two restaurants are better than one.

First Bite: Pica Pica Maize Kitchen

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen is far more exuberant than the usual Mission joint.

Eat It: A Prospect Preview, Container Gardening and a Microhood Party

Uncorked! Wine Festival at Ghirardelli Square

Spend a lazy Saturday sampling wines from over 50 of California’s best producers at the fifth annual Uncorked! Wine Festival, presented by Ghirardelli Square and La Cocina. The $50 ticket price includes unlimited tastes, live music, snacks and chef demos; the event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. on May 22. To purchase tickets, visit ghirardellisq.com

Prospect Preview

Farm Film Night Series at Hayes Valley Farm

I've been walking my dog past Hayes Valley Farm these last few months, watching the formerly abandoned lot (once the site of the freeway onramp) undergo a miraculous transformation. What's that you smell on the breeze? Compost, my friends. The farm won't be completed until later this summer, but the group spearheading the work has decided it's a fine time to launch the Farm Night Film Series, beginning next Tuesday, May 18.

EAT IT: Pop-up Bean Suppers, Culinary Legends and Market Cocktails

An Exhibit on the History of Food in the Bay Area

Eat It: Bacon Camp, Urban Farming, Flour + Water 101

The Flammenküche Fête at Grand Café

Chef Fergus Henderson Comes to SF

I must admit it: I have a bit of a love affair with Fergus Henderson, the chef of London's St. John restaurant. I've never eaten at his restaurant--which is something of a canteen for the London art set--but I warmed immediately to his cheeky approach to food, as demonstrated in his terrific cookbooks and this series of funny videos on the St.

How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Downtown L.A.'s New Scene

Travel writers would have you believe that downtown L.A. is having its moment. But when you’re there, staying at the new JW Marriott or the even newer Ritz-Carlton adjacent, you’ll soon realize that no one has yet told the denizens of downtown. Over a too-sweet guava collins enjoyed in the shared poolside lounge between the sister hotels, I told the bartender of my itinerary: two days of drinking and eating in the heart of the city. “I’m going to Church & State,” I announced. “And last night, we had some great drinks at The Varnish.” No flicker of recognition.

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