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This Week's Events: Pumpkins, Culinary Crawls and Burger Bar Beginnings

Between the Buns
This Friday, after a wait that at times seemed interminable, Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar opens! Beginning at 10:30 a.m. (really) you can crowd into the space and check out the buffalo, kobe, salmon and vegetarian burgers. But please note: you can only make reservations for parties of 13 or more.

Whiskyfest This Week: More than a Wee Dram

It's October, it's cool and wet. No better time for a wee nip of whisky—or maybe 200 nips of whisky, if you're planning to attend Whiskyfest this Friday. It's the biggest blow-out whisky tasting in the US, and it only happens in three cities: New York, Chicago, and SF.

Absinthe's Baker Shops His Wares at the Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

We all know what this first big rain storm of the season means: more are on their way. I'm ready, actually, for soup and for roasted root vegetables and for an end to tomatoes. It's OK. I think I'll feel even better about the change of seasons once I get my hands on a butter pecan scone with Rittenhouse whiskey glaze, or a fig-fromage blanc scone with honey glaze. Where to purchase such goodies?

Bringing War to Food Lovers. One Mini Cupcake at a Time

Tickets for this coming weekend’s SF Food Wars sold out in one hour and 3 minute.

And that's not just because this month’s food war is called the “The Mini Cupcake Clash" and the 170 ticket-holders are the designated eaters. Last month, tickets for Mac and Cheese competition sold out in 20 hours.

And that’s not just because Mac and Cheese is the savory comfort food equivalent to the cup cake.

Food warfare is just plain fun -- whether it’s a high school cafeteria food fight with edible projectiles or an Iron Chef culinary show-down.

The Michelin Guide's Unlikely "Bib Gourmand" Picks

In a continuing effort to get a little more down to earth and recession friendly, the 2010 Bay Area Michelin Guide just released its "Bib Gourmand" picks, adding an extra 18 selections (Flour + Water and Dosa from SF) , for a total of 62. (The starred restaurant picks will be released on Monday.) In order to qualify to be considered for this Bib Gourmand selection, a restaurant must be able to get a customer out the door with two dishes and one glass of wine or dessert in their belly for under $40.

The 10 Best Burgers in the City

There are approximately 600 restaurants in SF that have a burger on the menu. But who makes the ultimate gourmet burger, the pièce de résistance, the gold standard by which all others should be measured? To narrow it down, we set some standards (burgers must be high-end, include all-beef patties and be served for dinner), then we tasted, pondered and scrutinized 20 of the city’s best. Here they are, ranked in order, from 10 to one. The victor? It’s not who you think it is.

Photography by Ed Anderson.

Wine Survivor: Reality Show "The Winemakers" Debuts This Weekend

I must admit that I haven't been much of a fan of reality tv. I prefer my entertainment to be of the made-up variety. As much as I love food and cooking, the cheftality tv shows have been pretty horrendous. Watching Gordon Ramsay turn red while yelling at idiots is fun for about five seconds. And witnessing Padma and Tom Collichio's eternal scowls and disapproving head shaking is as inviting as cold oatmeal.

The Eater Wrap: Burger Bar Nears, Gourmet's Demise, and the Usual Yelp Shenanigans

The Eater Wrap returns after a week off to bring you all the best and brightest local restaurant news of the last seven days or so at Eater SF. Oh, and did everyone notice the newest member of the Eater family, Eater National? It's your new source for celebrity chef doings, Top Chef gossip, and much much more. Please do give it a whirl!

It's Not Over Yet! Transitional Rosés for Fall.

The first chill of fall finally touched us the other day: the air tightens, and the breeze hits your cheek, letting you know, this is as warm as it's going to get today.

When it comes to wine, people will say that, now that there's a chill in the air, the season of blowsy summer whites and rosés is over. I say, in a gutteral Vin-Diesel-esque growl, "It ain't over until I say it's over." And, with that, I put on a sweater and crack yet another bottle of pink wine and pour it into another tumbler.

Hairy But Tasty, The "It" Pig Comes To SF

In the game of pig one-upmansship, Heath Putnam—the owner of Wooly Pigs—just pushed in all his chips. Not your obvious hog guy, the former software and financial analyst has become the first breeder of the burly (and yes, hairy) Austro-Hungarian Mangalitsa pig in the Western Hemisphere, a hog classified as an "extreme lard-type" versus the usual "meat-type." Two years since bringing the pigs over to the US, his work is paying off. Of course, King Keller got first Mangalitsa dibs a year back. But this Saturday, you can experience the rich, fatty pork at (no, not Incanto) … Frascati! Michael Mina is up next.

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