This Week in Food: Top Chef Masters party, Taste of the Nation, Liberty Cafe lobster dinner, and Flour+Water reopens
Wednesday, April 6
Public House is holding a Top Chef Masters viewing party to cheer on Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniére. As the only SF chef participating this season, Des Jardins competes her way through the show in support of nonprofit La Cocina. Starting at 8:00 p.m., the bar will feature a La Cocina-prepared appetizer plate and three tequila cocktails (Mijita Margarita, Paloma, and Diablo). Proceeds from sales benefit La Cocina. 24 Willie Mays Plaza
Thursday, April 7
Taste of the Nation is playing host to more than 30 Bay Area star chefs and mixologists raising money for Share Our Strength’s fight to end child hunger in America by 2015. The event is being held at the swanky Bently Reserve, and all ticket sales ($95-500) go toward grants for local food organizations. 301 Battery St.
The Liberty Café in Bernal Heights is hosting a six-course dinner ($70) with wine pairings ($100) by chef Matthew Marcus in the cozy cottage/wine bar behind the cafe. Menu highlights include butter-poached Maine lobster with handmade ricotta gnocchi and a duo of Kobe beef with an herb roasted sirloin and cabernet braised short rib ravioli. 410 Cortland Ave., 415-695-8777
Not into long-stemmed roses and prix-fixe dinners for two? Stop trying to “define your relationship” this weekend and head down to Lower Haight to get all kinds of buzzed.