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Foodie Agenda: A Taste of Potrero, a Talk by Michael Pollan and Foodie Photos

Image Courtesy Bi-Rite

Image Courtesy Bi-Rite

The Foodie Agenda: Our list of this week's culinary to-do's. Take our advice and check out one of these mouthwatering events, your taste buds can thank us later.   

Sunday, May 5

These days, Cinco de Mayo seems to be less about history and more about tequila. Embrace the day at Rosa Mexicano where there will be snacks, sombreros and cervezas to get you through the day. @ 30 Mission St.

Monday, May 6

All hail Michael Pollan! Local rock star professor and author Pollan will be discussing his newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Insightful and endearing, Pollan is sure to please and enlighten. The event starts at 7:30 and tickets are $35 here (book included!). @ First Unitarian, 1187 Franklin St.

Tuesday, May 7

Celebrate SFMade week with a special behind-the-scenes look at Bi-Rite. The Bi-Rite Family of Businesses Tour takes you down 18th street stopping at the market that started it all, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at the creamery and ending with wine and cheese tasting at 18 Reasons, Bi-Rite’s art and community division. The tour starts at 10 am and is $10 here. @ Bi-Rite, 3639 18th St.

Hungry to learn a little something new? New York Times food columnist and author Mark Bittman will in the city sharing his foodie insight. Bittman will discuss his newly released book VB6 (short for Vegan Before 6) and will bring humor and kitchen secrets to the evening’s event. Tickets start at $25 here. @ Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St.

Thursday, May 9

The stars have aligned for Taste of Portrero 2013. With San Francisco favorites like Lolinda, Commonwealth, Smitten, State Bird and Trick Dog serving up food and drinks, this event puts too many great things in one place. Even better, the proceeds go to Daniel Webster elementary school, a struggling school where 50% of students are economically disadvantaged and 60% are on the school lunch program. This is a night of fun that will do serious good. The event is from 6 pm to 12 am and tickets start at $100 here. @ SOMArts, 934 Brannan St.

A celebration of food, photography and female artists, Sip. Savor. Share! highlights the best SF has to offer. The art show focuses on the food and cocktail culture of our vibrant city, and includes the work of some of the area’s top food and culture photographers. The opening reception is from 6-9 pm. @ Public Works, 161 Erie St.