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Foodie Agenda: a Literary Potluck, Thanksgiving Dinner Out, and More

Nora Paella

Paella from food vendor Nora will feed the Black Friday masses in Uptown Oakland

Tuesday, November 20

Foodies and writers come together to eat, write, and share at Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck. Guests can bring a dish, take part in a writing exercise and share the work they have created for a chance to win literary and culinary prizes. Writer Mariah K. Young will share the story of a critical evening in which a Delhian restaurant worker manages an American wedding event for the first time. Culinary artist-in-residence, Yasmin Golan, anchors the evening’s potluck. 6:30pm, tickets $10 in advance, $5 with a potluck dish, or $12 at the door, cash bar. Purchase tickets here.

Thanksgiving Thursday, November 22

Is your refrigerator the same size as the one you had in college? Do you pay way too much for have a 300 square foot studio apartment? Is your oven electric? Then, you must live in San Francisco! Best that you and your pals and family head out to eat for Thanksgiving dinner. Your comprehensive list of where to gobble your turkey and stuffing in San Francisco can be found here.

Friday, November 23

The Grand Café starts serving a wintery prix fixe lunch today that’s perfect for fortifying you after a round of Black Friday shopping in Union Square. So what’s available for your noshing pleasure? A winter salad, savory bread pudding, and roasted organic chicken, plus an added bonus - choose a glass of rosé or a steamed persimmon pudding for dessert. It’s all a steal at $15 (plus tax and tip)! Served through Dec. 31, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 501 Geary St.

If you’re in the East Bay (or need a reason to head that direction), finish your shopping and head to the New Parish for eats, treats, and soulful beats. Food Social and FunCheapSF present local street food, awesome giveaways (including an iPad Mini for one of the first 200 people) and live DJ sets all night long. Entrance includes one sample from any food vendor you want,  a complimentary Pyramid Brew, and a raffle ticket to win a prize. $5, 5 – 9 p.m., 579 18th St, Oakland.