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Eat It: T-Giving, Pisco and the Kings of Pastry

One of the Kings of Pastry at work. Catch the film this week at the Balboa.

Kings of Pastry at Balboa Theater
Looking for some pie-baking inspiration? Maybe you'll be tempted to take up your rolling pin after watching Kings of Pastry. The documentary follows three French pastry chefs on their journey to try and win an award from the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (a very high distinction). Thrills! Spills! Chocolate! Sugar! The movie opens tonight at the Balboa.

Turkeys and Pies
If you haven't already ordered your turkey and pies, get on it! Here are our handy guides to selecting the very best gobbler and the finest desserts to be had in our fair city. Consult them, then pick up the phone--the big feast is but a week away!

Sunset Cookbook at Omnivore Books
Should you need some recipes to help you with the rest of the meal, you may want to pick up a copy of The Sunset Cookbook, 1,000 recipes strong. Potatoes? Side dish vegetables? Pie recipes? Turkey suggestions. Yup, they're in there. Pick up a copy--and meet Sunset food editor Margo True--at Omnivore Books on Thursday, November 18, from 6-7 p.m.

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving How-To
Erik Gower, who authors the Chronicle column Breakaway Cook, will be at Macy's in Union Square on November 20 at 2 p.m., serving up a free demonstration on how to make the perfect, crowd-pleasing vegetarian Thanksgiving, without the aid of Tofurkey. The event is free.

Pisco Tasting at 18 Reasons
One way to complete your holiday table? With a giant punch bowl filled with Pisco Punch. On November 19th at 18 Reasons, sample your way through a range of fiery piscos, then learn how to pair pisco cocktails with snacks and how to whip up a seasonal pisco punch, sure to delight your Thanksgiving compatriots. The cost is $15 for the general public (which includes food and drink) and is drop-in from 7-9 p.m.