Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit!
Blue Bottle Brings Their Goods to Berkeley
Blue Bottle is in the middle of a major expansion—cafes are planned everywhere from Miami to D.C.—and their newest cafe opens in Downtown Berkeley on Saturday, October 15! The first brick-and-mortar in Berkeley (and third in the East Bay) is located on the corner of University and Shattuck (2118 Shattuck Ave) and offers both indoor and outdoor seating for Cal students and work-from-homers alike. It's also the first cafe to feature a full Modbar, where most of the machinery is tucked beneath the counter, so make sure to say hi to your barista.—Sarah Medina // 2118 Shattuck Ave. (Berkeley), bluebottlecoffee.com
The Duchess, a New Pub Opens in Rockridge
For the next time you need a breakfast sandwich before catching BART, The Duchess brings all-day California-inspired pub fare to Rockridge. Grab and go breakfast offerings include a sausage & egg duch-muffin, cinnamon rolls, banana praline muffins and plum brown sugar coffee cake made from scratch daily. After work, belly up to the bar for craft cocktails, craft beer and an unpretentious wine list. Highlights include The Duchess (Botanica Gin, Rancio Banyuls, Orgeat Syrup, lemon juice and Orleans Bitters) Sunrise Over the Glen (Scotch lemon, grapefruit, honey and bitters) and the Bitter & Twisted (Yuu Baal Mezcal, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Salers Gentiane Apéritif). —Sarah Medina // Open Sunday–Wednesday 7am-12am and Thursday–Saturday 7am-2am, 5422 College Ave. (Oakland), duchessoakland.com
Rambler Opens This Thursday
A new restaurant and bar from Hat Trick Hospitality (Sabrosa, Redford, and The Brixton) opens this Thursday in Hotel Zeppelin, which previously housed Wolfgang Puck's famed Postrio. At the helm is chef Robert Leva (Salt House, Redd), churning out Italian-inspired small plates and wood-fired pizzas. For the mains, expect short rib with marrow crust, a burger, and California king salmon with shelling beans and basil. // Open daily, 545 Post (Union Square), ramblersf.com
A New Lunch Option: Sweetgreen Opens in SoMa
LA-based salad chain Sweetgreens opened its doors Tuesday on 2nd Street in SoMa. Though there are 56 locations nationwide, this is the first in San Francisco. Needless to say, the menu is salad-focused with the addition of warm bowls (ontaining grains and other toppings) for the winter nights ahead. Look out for the Pesto Portobello bowl with spicy broccoli or the Bay Bowl with grapes and goat cheese—Because sometimes you need to be healthy. // Open Monday-Saturday, 10:30am–9pm, 171 2nd St. (SoMa), sweetgreen.com
Mark Bittman Lecture at JCCSF
Longtime New York Times columnist and author of How to Cook Everything, Mark Bittman heads to the JCCSF on Thursday to discuss his new book, How to Bake Everything. The new book breaks down the baking process, making baking simple and fun for first-time chefs and masters alike. Recipes include everything from classic cookies to global goodies like Nordic Ruis and Afghan Snowshoe Naan. // $28, Thursday, Oct. 13, 7pm, 3200 California St. (Presidio Heights), Get tickets here.
Kerna Keg Party at The Perennial
The Perennial is hosting a keg party on Monday to celebrate the release of Long Root Ale, a new beer from Patagonia Provisions made of Kernza, a long-rooted grain that pulls carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and promotes healthy soil (The Perennial also makes their delicious bread out of it). Along with kernza bread and beer, there'll be a screening of Patagonia Provisions' films on the connection between food and the environment. // $16, Tuesday Oct. 18, 5:30pm-10pm, 59 9th St. (SoMa), Get tickets here.
Cochon Heritage BBQ at Magnolia Brewery
Heritage BBQ is a culinary competition where five chefs cook up their unique versions of heritage breed pigs. They'll each create six dishes, which guests can sample to determine the winner. In addition to the 30 dishes, there'll also be bites from other notable chefs such as Robin Song of Junju and Mark Dommen of One Market. To help wash it all down, will be also be plenty of beers on hand from Sierra Nevada, Speakeasy, Triple Voodoo, and more. // $100, Sunday Oct. 16, 4pm-6pm, 2505 3rd St. (Dogpatch), Get tickets here.