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Bar Agricole: How Many Artisans Does it Take to Build a Modern Tavern?

Chefs get all the glory these days, but anyone in the business can assure you that opening a restaurant is anything but a single-handed endeavor. Nowhere is that more true than at Bar Agricole, SoMa’s new LEED gold-certified, eco-perfect tavern. Headed by Thaddeus Vogler, a preeminent and devoted spirits master (or bartender—call him what you will), the modern but casual bar and restaurant opened in late summer after three years of planning. It’s hardly all about Vogler though. He willingly shares the spotlight with a cadre of other talented participants, including visionary architects, urban farmers, woodworkers, textile designers, and glassblowers—even a concrete craftsman. “I knew I wanted the food, beverage and design to be as amazing as possible, to sort of battle each other for center stage,” says Vogler.

Eat It: Halloween, Day of the Dead, Artisan Butchery

Day of the Dead Bread
Chaac Mool chef-owner Luis Vazquez will teach the art of making Mexican-style Day of the Dead breads at this hands-on class at La Cocina on October 27. The evening includes the class, plus dinner, drinks and bread to take home. The cost is $65, and tickets can be purchased here.

Natural Wine, Yes. But Not Too Natural.

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday.

The hippest trend in wine these days is to be associated with the natural wine movement. I love it! Go green, baby, in every way that you can.

But part of the honor of using that term now requires low to no sulfur dioxide additions to your wine. You know sulfur dioxide—that thing that causes all those headaches out there, the one that can cause a nose bleed or at least hurt a little if used with too heavy a hand?

World Series Countdown! Spots to Watch, Deals to be Had

Post up at one of these places and get ready to scream "Go Giants!" all night long.

Hog & Rocks 3431 19th St. (415) 550-8627
They're really throwing out the (orange) welcome mat for Giants fans during World Series games. Sip on $3 Sam Adams lager in orange plastic cups and $6 beer and shot combos. There will be plenty to eat, from $5 artisanal ham plates, $1 oysters for the first three innings and $1.50 for innings 4-6, free Crackerjacks, plus wings drenched in Youk's hot sauce, duck nachos, and housemade jalapeno sausage corndogs and mustard. They're even opening early at 4:30pm for Wednesday's game!

Halloween: Five Ways to Eat, Drink and Be Scary

1. Mission Treat The Bold Italic is throwing a microhood party down on Shotwell and 24th Street, what looks to be a dreadfully good time. Art and fashion as well as of course food and drink will be on offer, including Local Mission Eatery ($3 craft beers, oysters with apple gelle and pate with mustard and greens—yum) and La Victoria Bakery's Soul Cocina Kitchen, a pop-up headed by chef Roger Feeley. Thursday, October 28, 7 to 9 pm

Locked & Loaded: The Blue Bottle Debacle, A Reflection of the City at its Worst

"Wow, that is not going to be charming and innocuous." With that revelation from Blue Bottle founder and co-owner James Freeman, there will be no Blue Bottle in Dolores Park. Freeman told us on the phone that he had decided to pull the plug given the fierce opposition he faced. Threats to bring thousands of people out to spit on employees (see the comments) on opening day, apparently, were more than he felt like dealing with. His investment in a trailer and new employees, he says, will go elsewhere. "We'll find somewhere else to park it and find room for my crew."

Pop-Up Pear Orchard in Union Square to Benefit Meals On Wheels Tonight

We San Franciscans love our fresh produce fiercely. Seeing that this city is more bustling concrete jungle than quiet countryside, the pear gurus Harry & David are growing an amazing pop-up orchard near Union Square to benefit Meals On Wheels of San Francisco.

All-You-Can-Eat Curry & All-You-Can-Drink Wine For A Great Cause

I can think of few meals more perfect for foggy, peacoat weather than a steaming bowl of Indian curry with rice. Add a few glasses of wine to that and it's hard for me to remember what I'd been worrying about all day. Enter, today's 2nd Annual Curry Cook-Off at the Women's Building on 18th Street in the Mission, like a vision out of my dreams.

Glamour Shots: Two SF Bartenders' Harlem Concoctions

If you've been out and about in local bars of late, you've probably seen a bottle or two of Harlem, a liqueur manufactured by the Dutch distiller Nolet (best known in the States as the maker of Ketel One). Dark and herbal, with a hint of anise, the liqueur has both taste and consumption similarities with Jagermeister-- it's meant to be served ice-cold, in shot form. 

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. Laszlo's 10th Anniversary: Foreign Cinema's sister bar is celebrating a decade in business this Thursday, with DJs, dancing, and a brand-new cocktail menu. Show up in the first hour to sample three selections from the new menu for free, or come later on to swig a $2 Trumer Pils. Either way, there'll be plenty of bites streaming in from the kitchen next door. (Thursday, October 21, 8 pm-1 am, at Laszlo, 2526 Mission St., Mission.)

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