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Market Watch: How To Use Green Garlic

Since taking the position of Executive Chef for Prather Ranch Meat Company, Erica Holland Toll has been busy.

Erica is working on revamping and creating some new sausage recipes for the company to sell at Prather’s shop inside the Ferry Building. She’s also developing a menu for the new restaurant and retail space they will be launching sometime later this year

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. SF Weekly's DRINK Party: This city loves its booze, and SF Weekly is celebrating that fact with its first-ever drinking bash, benefiting the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail and the United States Bartender's Guild. Magnolia, St. George Spirits, Cask, 21st Amendment, Toronado, The Wine Club, and Distillery No. 209 are among the 30+ participants-- and it's an open bar. But wait, there's more! LTB readers get a $20 discount on admission, bringing the cost of a regular ticket to $30 and a VIP pass to $55. Just use the code 7x7 at the event website. (Saturday, March 12, 6-9 pm VIP, 7-9 pm general admission, at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., Nob Hill.)

2. Johnnie Walker Tasting: Like Scotch? You'll want to get in on Johnnie Walker's series of private tastings, which they're offering gratis multiple times over the course of the weekend. Sign up on their website to get in on the action, but be sure to show up early-- an RSVP doesn't guarantee entry, and spots are limited. (Wednesday, March 9- Saturday, March 12, various times, at Fort Mason Center, Landmark Building A.)

The First Supper: Hayes Valley Farm Hosts 30 Project's Kickoff Dinner Series

This past Sunday, in the minutes leading up to Hayes Valley Farm’s first dinner party, volunteers from Columbia University’s think tank C-Lab were still assembling a long dining table for 30 inside the farm’s new greenhouse—a clear, plastic structure built that day by nonprofit Architecture for Humanity.

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.

The Brixton: If Walls Could Talk

Around summertime last year, three local restaurant and nightclub industry vets: Andy Wasserman (Otis Lounge), Hugo Gamboa (Mas Sake) and Adam Snyder (Taverna Aventine, The Ambassador), started working on an "English Tavern with an old world feel and a rock n' roll edge" for the shuttered Left at Albuquerque digs in Cow Hollow. For the life of them, they couldn't come up with a name. After months of brainstorms and "friendly" nudges from their publicist, the gents almost used the "Tar and Feathers" moniker that graced the location back in the 70s when it was a bar and live music venue. Then Wasserman threw out The Brixton, a shortened version of famous London rock venue, The Brixton Academy; and the tavern's fate was sealed.

Four Authentic Mardi Gras Cocktail Recipes

Make those Mardi Gras beads sparkle a little brighter tomorrow with some authentic cocktails. To do the Mardi Gras libations up right, we're looking to's arsenal of recipes, taken straight from hotspots in NOLA and Rio de Janerio.

First Bite: Chotto

Ask the average San Franciscan, “What’s an izakaya?” and bet on a blank stare as your response. The word is about as common as “bar” in Japan, but we’re just starting to crack the surface of the notion around here. In its original form, an izakaya is built around alcohol, consumed ad nauseum, and flanked with the necessary protein-heavy small plates to keep peace. Sure there’s sashimi, but skewered meats are the pulse-quickener: hearts, intestines and even chicken feet often steal the show. The protein-heavy barrage ends with a judicious rice bomb of onigiri. Oyaji and Izakaya Sozai have done this forever in the Richmond. And with the past year’s advent of Berkeley’s Ippuku and the Mission’s Nombe, I’d dare say izakayas are a trend.

Everything and the Moo: Sunset's Margo True on Urban Farming

Until recently, Margo True, food editor for Sunset magazine, hadn’t done more gardening than tend to a pot of basil in New York when she worked at Saveur. Today, she’s got a year-and-a-half of vegetable and fruit gardening, chicken rearing, bee-hive caring and even cow milking under her belt and is the author of the new book The One-Block Feast: An Adventure in Food from Yard to Table (Ten Speed, $25). Sunset is currently holding the One Block Party contest, inviting people to live as local as they can get.

Winning Piggie Haiku Announced!

The holy grail of porcine worship, Cochon 555, is a hot ticket around these parts, so we asked you to submit your best piggie-inspired haiku for a chance to win two tickets to the Napa fest. After quite the poetry throwdown involving many an ode to pig parts, we've chosen a winner:

Stay Warm At the Snuggie Pub Crawl Down Polk Street This Weekend

Don't lie––we know you've been dying to wear your Snuggie out in public! And what better time than this cold, rainy weekend, when the 2011 Snuggie Pub Crawl snakes its way along Polk Street hitting up every bar along the way?

This Saturday, March 5th at 4 pm, commit to an evening of boozing with fellow Snuggie (or knockoff Snuggie) enthusiasts. There's no need to feel ridiculous; that'll be the last thing on your mind after you get a taste of all the drink specials on deck for the night, from $4 Snuggie Shots and $2 beers at McTeague's Saloon, $3 house wine and $4 PBR and whiskey shots at Lush Lounge and much, much more to be had at R Bar, Aces, and Vertigo.

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