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Week in Food: Lucky Peach Launch Party, Mission Chinese Food Reopens and an Iron Chef Demos Downtown

Ma Po Tofu from Mission Chinese Food

Today, June 22

Lucky Peach magazine from McSweeney’s, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind the Momofuku David Chang, and writer Peter Meehan is having its launch party to celebrate its first issue. Starting at 7 p.m., the food quarterly will have Chang and the McSweeney’s crew at the Make-Out Room. For $10, you get a copy of Lucky Peach, free Black Star beer, and live music. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Japanese Earthquake Relief. 3225 22nd St. (at Mission)

Thursday, June 23

Bluestem Brasserie opens its dining room, made up of a main floor and mezzanine, plus outdoor seating, a bar, and lounge. Executive chef Sean Canavan promises a classic brasserie menu with grass-fed beef and a California-focused wine list (including 12 wines on tap and some French bottles). 1 Yerba Buena Lane (at Market)

Friday, June 24

After a brief vacay in China with the owners of Lung Shan, Danny Bowien reopens Mission Chinese Food. 2234 Mission St. (at 19th)

Saturday, June 25

Iron Chef winner Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn will be at Macy's Cellar Kitchen for an interview, demo, and  sampling of her food, starting at 2 p.m. 170 O Farrell St. (at Stockton) 

Sunday, June 26

El Buen Comer, a La Cocina startup, takes over Heart with a Mexico City-style Sunday supper from chef Isabel Caudillo, who is making from scratch guisados, chile rellenos, chipotle meatballs, from her hometown. Seating starts at 5 p.m., and $1 from every glass of wine goes to support La Cocina. 1270 Valencia (at 24th)