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Foodie Agenda: Giants Sausages, Dinner With Dave Eggers, and More

The stir-fry Black Pepper Rib-Eye Beef at Hakkasan. Photo: John Storey, via SF Gate

The most enticing culinary happenings going down this week. Bon Appetit! 

Chinese Lunch Items at Hakkasan

A new affordable lunch option has just been announced for those in the Financial District. This week Hakkasan debuted an authentic Chinese lunch menu with items priced at only $5.50 each. Created by Executive Chef Ho Chee Boon, your savory options range from Stir-fry roasted duck with dried chili in Szechuan sauce; Crispy pork skin and fish ball soup; Braised pork trotters in ginger and superior soya sauce; and Homemade steamed taro cake. And I repeat – only $5.50! So toss that $11 salad and go get yourself some real food. They’re open for lunch Monday - Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 1 Kearny Street. 

Sausage + Beer Combos for Baseball Season 

Celebrate the season opener with a special sausage and beer combo at Slow Club. The restaurant is partnering with Show Dogs and Magnolia Brewery for Giants-inspired lunch, dinner, and happy hour menus available this Thursday and Friday only. Head there at lunch time for jerk pork sausage with red peas and rice and pineapple salsa ($13.50), and paired with Magnolia Blue Bell British Bitter Ale for $16. During happy hour opt for mini-maple bacon corn dogs with honey mustard and spicy ketchup ($2.50 each, or 4 for $8), and all the craft beers will be $5 per pint. Finally, dinnertime brings a charcuterie plate including Show Dogs' pâté and basturma as well as Chef Matt's duck liver mousse ($14.50), or Slow Club cassoulet with duck confit, cranberry beans, smoked ham hock and wild boar sausage from Show Dogs ($25.50). Lunch: 11:30 - 2:30, Happy Hour: 5:00 - 6:00, Dinner: 6:00 - 10:00 on Thursdays, 6:00 - 11:00 on Friday. 2501 Mariposa Street

Healdsburg Food and Wine Tour

If you’re looking for a foodie adventure outside of the city, small-town gem Healdsburg just launched a new culinary walking tour featuring bites, sites, and sips. You'll get tastes from local artisans, nationally acclaimed restaurants and world-class wineries alike in a three-hour culinary experience; plus, along the way you’ll learn about the history, culture, and personality of the foodie haven. Stops include: Brava’s, Campo Fina, SHED, The Wurst, Catograph, Spoonbar, Costeaux, Stark Wines, Bear Republic, Mateo’s Cocina Latina, and Portalupi among others. Two tours are available Wednesday - Sunday at 11:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. for $85.  Make reservations here. And don't hesitate! Get 15 percent off on all tours booked and redeemed through April 30. Enter promo code LOVE14 when you purchase.

Jazz Brunch at Campton Place 

There’s a jazzy new brunch option premiering downtown at Campton Place from Executive Chef Srijith Gopinathan. The new Jazz Brunch, which launches this weekend, includes malted waffles and butter roasted stone fruit with walnuts and whipped vanilla cream; Crab cake benedict with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce; Lobster knuckle frittata with roasted mushrooms, arugula, and goat cheese; and traditional corned beef hash with poached eggs. Want a little bit of everything? Opt for the Three-Course Brunch, which includes your choice of an appetizer, a brunch or main course item, and dessert for $50. They’re open for brunch Sunday from 11:30 - 2:00 p.m. 340 Stockton Street. 

Chef's Table with Matt Greco

At this edition of Chef’s Table, Matt Greco of Wente Vineyards will demonstrate his spin on California Cuisine and how he uses fresh ingredients – plucked right from the garden at Wente – to make his meals. Greco will share recipes, provide tips on seasonal items, and prepare an entire meal in front of guests – and then you'll get to eat it, of course. On the menu: House made charcuterie and crostinis; Almond risotto with peas, leeks, preserve lemon, garden pea tendrils and grans padano; Walu with sunflower seed, carrot, orange blossom and garden chive; Roasted duck with smoked pistachio, garden red flint corn, grilled radish, lavender and honey; and Chèvre cheesecake with rhubarb and garden herbs. The event takes place in Williams-Sonoma Union Square from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. and entrance is $150. Get tickets here340 Post Street. 

DeBartolo Dinner for South Sudan

After publication of Dave Egger's novel What is the What: an Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng —the devastating story of Deng’s experiences as a Lost Boy of Sudan—Dave and Valentino started the VAD foundation to rebuild and educate South Sudanese communities. Now you can support this important project at the DeBartolo Dinner for South Sudan. The benefit includes a 4-course dinner designed by the chefs at The Battery, as well as a silent and not-so-silent auction, with the opportunity to bid on a celebrity guest for your table. Famous options include: Football Hall of Famers Dwight Clarke, Ronnie Lott, and Jerry Rice, as well as Huey Lewis. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the foundation, specifically to fund an agricultural program that will create sustainable food sources for the local population, teach necessary farming skills to the community, support a biology and science curricula for the students, and supplement a nutrition program that provides meals for all students and staff during the school year. 6:30 - 10:00 p.m., $1000 per seat. Event is limited to 50 seats. 717 Battery Street.