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Foodie Agenda: Eat Real Fest, Nojo with Beer Pairings, and More

Eat Real Fest

Butchery contest at Oakland's Eat Real Fest. Photo courtesy of East Bay Express.

Friday, September 21

The Del Popolo pizza truck will be participating in PARK(ing) Day today, a worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens temporarily occupy metered parking spaces. They’ll be dishing out pizzas in the Financial District. 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m

Hop over to where the sun will probably be shining for Oakland’s Eat Real Fest. Starting, like, right now and continuing through the whole weekend (until the last keg is kicked on Sunday), this is your chance to indulge in all-you-can-eat-meat, 60 street food vendors, cooking demos, live entertainment, and loads of booze. Full details here. Free. Through Sunday 9/23.

Saturday, September 22

San Francisco residents love an open air party (fog be gone!) and Alt:Pod is the newest curated space to host one. This weekend’s event provides a glimpse into the future of mobile vending with fashion trucks (Topshelf Boutique, Jasy B), SF’s first beauty truck (Pretty Parlor a GoGo), a skeeball trailer and, of course, a yet-to-be-announced food truck. Brewtruc will collaborate with Churchill to pour delicious local craft beer. Tunes provided by the M.O.M. DJs. No cover, $5 pints, 1-6 p.m., 160 Church Street.

Plate by Plate, a fundraiser for Project by Project, is back for another year—and bigger then ever as this celebration marks the 15th anniversary of the national nonprofit. The annual tasting benefit focuses on raising public awareness for issues related to the Asian American community. This year’s Plate by Plate will feature bites from over 25 different acclaimed San Francisco restaurants including Chaya Brasserie, 25 Lusk, and Piperade. Wash down the nosh with wine poured by sommeliers from top California wineries as you mix and mingle with the rest of the city’s philanthropists and bid on an extensive silent auction. Held at the historic Bentley Reserve, be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., 301 Battery Street, San Francisco.

Monday, September 24

Nojo SF has partnered with San Francisco farm-to-bottle brewer, Almanac Beer Co. for one special evening to showcase the unique pairings of farm-to-table Japanese cuisine with farm-to-bottle craft beers. The five-course menu will include dishes typically not seen on Nojo’s regular daily and Almanac will be pouring select special edition releases. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Nojo SF Executive Chef and Almanac's co-founders. $75 per person, reserve here, 5:30 – 10 p.m. 231 Franklin St.

Watching Monday night football on the couch is great, but if you are more of a social being, head to one of the many Bay Area Patxi’s Pizza. If you do, you’ll be rewarded with many flat screen tv’s, half-off select draft beers (that means $2.68), and yummy Chicago-style and Italian pizzas. 822 Irving St or 511 Hayes St.

Tuesday, September 25

Ever wanted to know what it takes to make it in San Francisco's competitive food and beverage scene? Four entrepreneur panelists share their experiences and answer your questions at an evening of drinks, small bites, and conversation moderated by Aida Mollenkamp, author and Food Network host. Panelists include Off the Grid founder Matt Cohen and Nopa/Nopalito owner Jeff Hanak. RSVP required$40 advance tickets, $50 at the door. 6pm to 8:30 p.m., SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street.

Friday, September 28

Taverna Aventine is throwing its 4th anniversary alley party with food trucks, a champagne bar, drink specials, and music by DJ Cams and DJ Kool Karlo. 582 Washington Street, 4 – 11 p.m.