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Week in Food: Dessert First, Book Signings, Full Moon Barn Dance, and Bagel Workshop

Project Open Hand's Eleventh Annual Dessert First: Don't Delay Pleasure

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Today, August 10

Here's a good excuse to celebrate hump day. The Royal Exchange is on for an all-you-can-drink Pacifico beer bonanza. Proceeds from the $10 wristbands go toward Make-A-Wish Foundation. The guilt-free gluttony begins at 4 p.m., and goes on until 7 p.m. 301 Sacramento St (at Front)

Also, Jessica and Joshua Applestone, owners of Fleisher's Grass-fed & Organic Meats, will be at Omnivore Books at 6 p.m., clearing up all questions on how to choose, prepare, cook, and eat good meat at home. They'll be showing off their new book The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised Meat: How to Buy, Cut, and Cook Great Beef, Lamb, Poultry, and More, and rumor has it that they will be bringing some meaty treats as well. 3885a Cesar Chavez St. (at Church) 

Thursday, August 11

Learn all about oyster farming and its culinary takeover at Gwendolyn Meyer's Oyster Culture book talk at the Book Passage in the Ferry Building starting at 6 p.m. 1 Ferry Building (at Embarcadero)

Saturday, August 13

Time to bust out the flannel and practice your do-si-do because 18 Reasons is throwing a Full Moon Barn Dance. Bi-Rite Market has the food covered, SodaCraft and Kenwood Vineyards are providing drinks, and there will be live bluegrass tunes, a lasso contest, square dancing, and farm camping. Make sure to bring your own Mason jars, plates, and utensils, as the festivities are trying to be as eco-friendly as possible. It all goes down Saturday at 4 p.m.- Sunday morning. Tickets available online. Circle JR Ranch, 22661 South Central Ave., Sonoma

Sunday, August 14

Sweet teeth, indulge in Project Open Hand's Eleventh Annual Dessert First: Don't Delay Pleasure at the InterContinental San Francisco. Locally loved pastry chefs such as American Cupcake's Devin Alper, Fifth Floor's Francis Ang, and Perbacco's Suzanne LaFleur will be preparing mouthwatering delicacies. Starting at 5 p.m., wine, port, and signature cocktails will be on hand, as well as hors d'oeuvres, auctions, and a VIP reception. 888 Howard St. (at 5th)

Sour Flour's Bagel Monday at La Victoria Bakery always seems to make the dull beginning of another week seem suddenly a whole lot brighter. Well now they're divulging some of their bagel secrets at their Bagel Workshop 3:30-5:30 p.m. Don't forget to bring a plate or a board to bring your newly made bagels home, or you can leave them at the bakery overnight so they'll be freshly baked for you the next morning.  Get your tickets here. 2937 24th St (at Alabama)