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Foodie Agenda: Local Chef on Knife Fight, Dinner at Fox Den, & More!

Hopscotch fare. photo: amy lynne vogel 

Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit! 

Hopscotch Chef in a Knife Fight 

Chef Kyle Itani of Hopscotch is gearing up for his cooking competition debut on Esquire's Knife Fight next week. Itani will compete against Jason Paluska (The Lark in Santa Barbara) in a head-to-head cooking battle held at host Ilan Hall’s restaurant in downtown LA. The clock stops for nothing. During Chef Kyle’s episode taping, the producers wouldn’t even stop the clock after realizing there was no fryer oil in the place. Someone had to run out and buy enough to fill the fryer! Plus, the pantry is sparse. Itani snuck a few of his key Japanese ingredients past TSA on the flight to LA. Chef Kyle is one of three Bay Area chefs to compete in this season of Knife Fight, along with Charles Phan (Slanted Door) and Traci Des Jardins (Jardiniere). After next week’s episode, locals will have the opportunity to experience one of the dishes from the show all month at Hopscotch. 

Airs Tuesday, August 19: 10 pm, Esquire.  

A Walrus and a Carpenter Walk Into a Bar

Lucky Peach will be hosting a night of readings, oysters, and martinis at Williams-Sonoma Union Square next week to celebrate the launch of their Seashore issue. The event is hosted by editors Chris Ying and Rachel Khong, and will feature Art Director Walter Green, along with Lucky Peach contributors Tienlon Ho and Heidi Hermann, plus an oyster demo by Swan Oyster Depot with Danny Bowien and Chris Ying. Tickets include a copy of the Seashore issue as well as martinis and oysters. 

Monday, August 18: 6:30-8:30pm, $12, Williams-Sonoma Union Square. 340 Post St. Get tickets here. 

Aperol Spritz Brunch at SF Street Food Festival 

Start off your Street Food Fest weekend the right way with an exclusive aperol spritz brunch on Folsom St. Guests will not only enjoy complimentary Aperol Spritzes made by Rye on the Road, but food runners will also take your food order and go out and wait in line for you! A sit-down brunch menu will also be available. Now that's service! 

Saturday, August 16: 11am –1pm, $25.The corner of Folsom and 20th Street. Get tickets here

I'm on a (Boozy) Boat

I'm on a Boat features 30 breweries and distilleries from around the Bay Area— including a VIP whiskey lounge from local distillery Seven Stills—pouring unlimited samples on a three hour cruise around the Bay. Talk about luxury. This extremely exclusive event will have room for only 370 guests—so don't miss your chance to spend three hours aboard a 140 foot yacht cruising around the San Francisco Bay.

Saturday, August 23: 3:15-6:15 pm, $100, Get tickets here
Local Fare at the Fox Den 

The Luke's Local team—you know, the people who deliver fresh ingredients and a recipe at your door every week—are hosting a dinner at their kitchen, affectionately known as the Fox Den. The four-course meal, showcasing fresh produce from Free Spirit and Mariquita Farms, includes beer pairings from Fort Point Beer Co.

Friday, August 15: 7 - 9:30pm, $75, 1750 Cesar Chavez St. Suite E. Get tickets here.