This Week in Food: Wine Pairing, Potrero Marketplace, Indian Street Food, and Chocolate Politics
Friday, March 11: Bi-Rite’s Trac Le and Linh Phu pair wine and classic Chinese fare, like whole steamed fish. The fun kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now through Brown Paper Tickets. 18 Reasons, 593 Guerrero St., 415-252-9816
Saturday, March 12: The fifth monthly Potrero food market is up to a dozen different vendors. This upcoming weekend, newcomers Bike Basket Pies and Old Skool Café make their debut at noon. St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro
Tuesday, March 15: Season six Top Chef contender Preeti Mistry launches a new SoMa lunch spot called Juhu Beach Club, across from Bar Agricole and Slim’s. Inspired by a recent trip to Mumbai, Mistry's $10 a la carte Indian street food menu includes pay bahji, a kind of vegetarian Sloppy Joe, as well as samosas and house-made pickles. Juhu Beach Club, inside Garage Cafe, 320 11thStreet, between Folsom and Harrison, 415-298-0471.
Wednesday, March 16: Self-proclaimed “vanilla queen” Patricia Rain, “saffron king” Juan San Mames, and Divine Chocolates’ Mark Magers lead a panel on the politically unstable countries that produce these foods. Moderated by SF Chronicle cheese guru and cookbook author Janet Fletcher, the discussion starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco. Tickets are $40; $10 for students with ID. Universalist Church of SF, 1187 Franklin St., 415-776-4580