Eat + Drink List: Battle of the Chefs and $1 Oysters


1. Kid’s Menu
If you’re a parent trying to get your kids to eat something other than chicken nuggets and cheese pizza, then you may want to join author Stephanie Rosenbaum for a book signing of her book, Fun Food, which includes healthy and fun recipes for kids. Join her at Omnivore Books on February 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.

2. Soul to Soul

On March 3 Bryant Terry will be celebrating the launch of his cookbook, Vegan Soul Kitchen, with a party at MOAD featuring snacks (spicy goobers, anyone?) and live music. The event begins at 6:30; tickets are $10.

3. Northern Exposure
On Sunday, March 1, Bar Bambino and wine boutique Biondivino will be teaming up for the first of many wine dinners, this one devoted to the food of Northern Italy paired with wines from Georgia, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary. Expand your horizons at this four-course meal. The cost is $85, and reservations can be made between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. To book your table, call 415-701-VINO or email

3. Flirty Thirty
Hayes Street Grill continues its 30th anniversary celebration with a ’90s-themed dinner on March 4. Head to the classic spot and enjoy warm spinach salad, Pinot Noir cioppino with grilled sourdough and Meyer lemon mousse—plus a chance to see the old-timing waiters, many of whom have been there since the beginning—in action.

4. Chef Cagematch

Watch two of SF’s celebrated female chefs go head-to-head on March 4 in a Macy’s Battle of the Chefs. Scala’s Bistro chef Jennifer Biesty will compete against Dominique Crenn of Luce in an Iron Chef-esque battle MC’d by former Top Chef hopeful Marisa Churchill, complete with a secret ingredient. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is likely to sell out—visit to purchase your $10 ticket.

5. Milk Maid
Love cheese? Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Andante Dairy owner and cheesemaker Soyoung Scanlan, who makes all of her award-winning cheeses by hand (and has a fan in Thomas Keller). Scanlan will be in residence at 18 Reasons on March 5 from 7 to 9 p.m.; tickets are $10, $5 for members.

6. Order Up

Ever wondered about a life spent slinging hash? Candacy Taylor wondered—and then set out to shoot photographs and collect oral histories from dozens of career waitresses (including five from the Bay Area). The fruits of her labor are currently on display at the San Francisco Public Library’s Jewett Gallery through April 26—for more information visit

7. The Happiest of Hours
Here’s one good reason to knock off work a little early. From 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, Waterbar is serving all oysters for only $1. A dozen for a dozen? That’s a pretty sweet deal.

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