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Eat It: Oysters, Pork and Sake Galore

Swap Cookbooks at 18 Reasons
If your shelves are groaning under the weight of cookbooks you never use, head to the cookbook swap at 18 Reasons on Thursday, February 25, between 7 and 9 p.m., and trade the old for the new. You can take as many as you bring, and admission is only $5.

Oyster Fest at Piccino
From noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, you can get your fill of fresh, pristine NorCal oysters at Piccino’s Oyster Fest. Drop by any time (rain or shine!) for some bivalves and a signature pizza.

Chocolate Experts Share Their Secrets
Join famed chocolate pros Michael Recchiuti and Fran Gage at a book signing for their new book, Chocolate Obsession, at Omnivore Books on February 28 from 3 to 4 p.m.. We have it on good authority that samples will be provided, and the event is free!

Pig Out at Cochon 555
If you haven’t already bought your ticket for this weekend’s porkapalooza, Cochon 555, go do it right now. The event feature 5 chefs, 5 pigs, and one shot at being crowned the “Prince of Porc.” Should you want to make a night of it, Silverado Resort is offering room deals starting at $99.

Sake Madness at La Mar
To ward off winter boredom, the good people at La Mar have organized a sake tasting for March 2. Thirty-nine sakes (including some medal winners) will be yours for the sampling, complemented by some of the more Japanese-inflected dishes from the La Mar menu, all for $39 bucks (including tax and tip). To reserve your space, click here.