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Foodie Agenda: Mystery Meet, Celebrity Cruise Line Pop-Up Restaurant, and more!

Herb Caen

The late Herb Caen. Photo courtesy of Inside Scoop/SFGate.

Saturday, November 10

Ringing in their 24th anniversary, the National Kidney Foundation will host their annual San Francisco Author's Luncheon. Guests will six back, relax and be captivated by the compelling stories and humor of six world-renowned best-selling authors including Emma Donogue, Chef Hubert Keller and Tom Lichtenheld. After their readings, attendees will have the opportunity to meet each author and eat in their presence. Individual ticket are $125 with tables at 1,100. 10 am-3 pm at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco, 55 4th St. 

Tuesday, November 13

Interested in a blind date… with a restaurant? Mystery Meet, the social dining experience that unites food lovers on a journey to discover new restaurants, is back for its second dinner in SF. Here's the deal. You are invited to attend a dinner with other friendly strangers who share your immense love for all things food. But, there's one catch: you won't find out about the location of the restaurant until 24 hours before, adding to the mystery of the event! The dinner doesn't focus on networking or dating, so don't worry, you can put on your stretchiest pair of pants, throw your hair in the messiest bun and get ready to stuff your face! Tickets are $39, location TBA! 

The 2nd Annual Martini Competition back in Herb Caen's old stomping grounds: San Francisco. Four of North Beach's best and most up-in-coming bartenders will compete to make an original martini with 3 Olives Vodka. The best part, you're the judge! Each attendee will be given a bottle cap upon entering, and the cocktail that receives the most caps by the end of the night reigns supreme. Sounds like a rough job, we know! Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Bottle Cap, 1707 Powell St. 

Wednesday, November 14

What's the best part of a cruise? We all know its not the sea-sickness or the dirty pools, it's the food of course! So, how can you get the perks of a cruise ship on land? Celebrity Cruises invites you to a special tasting of their award-winning luxury cruise ship restaurant. Head chef John Suley and his team will prepare an elegant menu made with fresh and local San Francisco ingredients. Even better, all proceeds from your ticket go to the Celebrity Cruises Scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America. Reservations required, lunch and dinner options available. 

Thursday, November 15

Head over to Berkeley this week for a five-course dinner at the awe-inspiring Claremont Hotel. The dinner will showcase the celebrated Napa Valley Winery Domaine Carneros and feature their CEO/Founding winemaker, Eileen Crane. Each of chef Scott Quinn's courses will be paired with award-winning sparkling wine to make your mouth tingle. Here's a preview of the menu: Cauliflower salad with curried sultana raisins, macron almonds, and a Pinot Clair vinaigrette matched with a Pinot Clair. $109 per person. 

What event has gourmet food, an extravagant silent auction, delectable dessert and is all for a good cause? It's the 5th Annual Sugar Rush Wine and Dessert Party. Come celebrate the charitable event—aimed at raising money to provide apprenticeships to middle school students in undeserved communities—and indulge in a few treats for yourself. Their silent auction promises items such as weekend escapes, private flights and exclusive parties, just to name a few. If that isn't enough for you, make your mouth water with treats from top Bay Area restaurants Oola, Chez Panisse, Millennium and so many more. Advance tickets are $75 for general admission and $125 for VIP. Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St.