Eat + Drink
Whatever you may think about the mixology movement, it's here to stay, and has blessed our town with some pretty stellar drinks. It's time to celebrate the cocktail with SF Cocktail Week, a seven-day libation bonanza that kicks off next Tuesday with the debut of the Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, an exciting new “beverage lab" (this makes me think about Beaker from the Muppets) and community center for drink circles. Scope the full schedule of SF Cocktail Week events here.
Roll fanatics, take note. ICHI Sushi, the brainchild of Tim and Erin Archuleta, is opening its Outer Mission brick-and-mortar restaurant tonight! Though the restaurant is a first for the duo, they cut their teeth first with a catering venture before later opening Lucky Cat Deli at 331 Cortland. Insiders know Ichi is also responsible for the Monday night sushi at Bender's.
Franks For the Memories: The Owners of Frankies Spuntino and Their Brand New Italian-American Cookbook
You know how it seems like all of a sudden the chefs from fancy, fine-dining restaurants are leaving their high-pressure, high-performance kitchens to start small, casual ventures, trucks, sandwich shops. It's a new trend, right? Well, no.
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Set your Gmail calendar on alert: On Friday, October 8, the city's top restaurants, from Benu to Delfina, Bar Jules to SPQR, are participating in a sort of Brown Bag Lunch mob. The SFC Brown Bag Lunch Project is a fundraiser for San Francisco Community School (7x7 editor Sara Deseran's a committee member as well as parent)—a progressive K–8 public school in the Excelsior—and its functioning as online auction.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. SFMOMA: Now Playing: The occasional Now Playing events at the SFMOMA should be circled in red in every cheap boozer's datebook, thanks to their combination of cool art, free beer and wine, and cheap, tasty small plates. Your half-price museum admission (members get in free) includes gratis Trumer Pils and Scribe wines, and edibles go for $5. (Thursday, September 16, 6-8 pm, at SFMOMA, 151 3rd St., SOMA.)
CUESA's Sunday Supper (which I blogged about yesterday) will feature the talents of scores of local chefs. For the main event—a sit-down, family-style dinner, six chef teams will be cooking a whole beast, which will then be served tableside. Two of the major talents cooking that night are Ryan Farr, owner of 4505 Meats (and creator of the justly famous 'zilla dog) and Taylor Boetticher, owner of the Fatted Calf.
As far as big-name roasters in San Francisco go, none are bigger than Blue Bottle. Locals love it, and tourists flock to it like gulls to an untended ham sandwich. The company has been on an expansionist tear in the last couple of years. Since 2008, it has opened new locations at Mint Plaza, the Ferry Building, Jack London Square in Oakland and, perhaps most famously, Brooklyn. But for years, there's been one notable part of town where Blue Bottle has been eclipsed by other roasters: The Mission. No more. Thanks to one gorgeous new cafe and restaurant that's just opening, and another coffee cart site on the way, the Mission is about to enter a new blue phase.
Urban Food Foraging
This Sunday, September 19, lace up your walking shoes and prepare for some urban gleaning. 18 Reasons, together with the AIA, Forage Oakland, Neighborhood Fruit and FARM, is leading a food foraging tour. You'll visit (and harvest from) 3-4 different sites, then return to 18 Reasons for a light lunch and a tasting of (legally) pilfered produce. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tickets cost $10 for members of the AIA or 18 Reasons, $20 for the general public.