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This Week’s Events: Turkey Troops, A Pumpkin Throwdown and Bunny Suppers

A Peruvian Primer
Slow Food San Francisco members eager for a Peruvian primer might want to consider snagging at ticket for the “Polishing the Peruvian Palate” dinner at La Mar on November 18. Enjoy the five-course meal in the company of chef Rodolfo Reyes, who will demystify the unusual ingredients. Tickets are $79 (plus $30 more for optional wine pairings) but you must be a member to attend. For tickets and more information, click here.

Nouveau Beaujolais Arrivé!
Celebrate the annual release of easy drinking Beaujolais at the Grand Café's party on November 19th. You'll be greeted with a glass of the new release 2009 wine, complimentary Burgundian hors d'oeuvres, followed by a three-course set menu ($39, $54 with wine pairings).

Rascally Rabbit
Members of 18 Reasons are invited to attend an intimate five-course Producer’s Dinner on November 20th showcasing the products from Devils Gulch Ranch in Nicasio, where they grow and raise wine grapes, rabbits, eggs, poultry, lamb, pork, quail and asparagus. This meal will highlight the rabbits raised by rancher Mark Pasternak, who will be at the dinner to answer questions, talk shop and enjoy the fruits of his labor. Become an 18 Reasons member now so you can attend this intimate meal.

Pumpkin Pay Off
Think your pumpkin cheesecake is worthy of note? Got a pumpkin gnocchi recipe you can’t wait to show off? Enter your creation in the pumpkin cookoff contest at Omnivore Books on November 21. The event runs from 4-5 p.m. and tasting and judging is open to the public for a $5 fee—winner takes the pot!

Turkey Troops
This year instead of thinking about volunteering, why don’t you actually do it? Chef Ryan Scott is looking for volunteers to help him provide, prepare and distribute bag lunches to needy San Franciscans on Thanksgiving day. If you can donate (food, time, printing, transportation), Scott wants you to join his Turkey Troop. For more information, email turkeytroops@gmail.com or call 415-823-6085