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

An Exhibit on the History of Food in the Bay Area

On May 15 and 16 (and every weekend in May thereafter), the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society will present an exhibit entitled “From Earth to 5 Star: the Bay Area’s Innovations in Food and Farming.” The exhibit will highlight some of the area’s most important culinary contributions, as well as predictions for the future of food. Tickets are $10; the exhibit is open both Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 p.m.

Bean-Out at a Temporary Restaurant Happening

For one night only, chef Mark Andrew Gravel will be preparing a vegetarian feast at Gravel and Gold in the Mission. The menu will include homemade cheese on toast, salad, bean soup, grits and greens and cake and cream and the cost is $20. Supplement your meal with something from your private stock—the event is BYOB. To reserve a space (at either the 6 or 8 p.m. seating, visit bouwerie.eventbrite.com

Kim Severson Reads At Omnivore Books

On May 17 Kim Severson, food writer for The New York Times, will read from her memoir Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life” at Omnivore Books. The event runs from 6-7 p.m. and is free.

Culinary Legends Discuss “The Way We Eat Now”

On May 18 Thomas Keller, Traci des Jardins, Michael Mina and Times writer Kim Severson join former Times critic Frank Bruni in a discussion about the state of the plate. Head to the Sundance Kabuki to hear these legends discuss the state of the plate in America. Tickets are $20; to purchase, visit timestalks.com or call 888-NYT-1870.

Sample Spring Farmers Market Cocktails


At this benefit for CUESA, sip and sample your way through 10 cocktails prepared by some of the city’s best bartenders, complimented by hors d’oeuvres from 15 Romolo, Il Cane Rosso, Wexler’s, Absinthe and Plant Café Organic. The event runs from 5:30-7:30 and tickets are $30; to purchase, visit farmersmarketcocktails.eventbrite.com