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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.)

Food In Parks: It Can Work!

One of the happiest discoveries during my time in New York last week was the harvest market at Madison Square park, which I stumbled onto after convincing myself that a Shake Shack burger wasn't a good breakfast option (I still sort of regret talking myself out of one).

Eat It: Farmers Market Cocktails, Chez Panisse Chefs and Pig Pickin'!

Monk's Kettle Hosts Abita Brewing

Tonight, when you're ready to get your drink on, head over to Monk's Kettle. The brewpub is hosting Louisiana's Abita Brewing Company in a benefit for the Gulf Coast. The more you drink the more you help—75 cents of every bottle sold will go towards a charitable foundation to aid people affected by the oil spill, and in addition the restaurant will donate half the day's sales of Abita to the charity. The kitchen is getting in on the act with gumbo and crawfish and andouille pot pies.

Cheap Date: Tony’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Slice House

Some people have it in their blood,” says Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach. “Other people are just making pizza.” Suffice it to say, Gemignani—who resembles a pizzaiolo sent straight from Central Casting—considers himself in the former category. His pizza career spans nearly two decades (he and his brother own Pyzano’s in Castro Valley). He’s won the World Pizza Cup in Naples (slaying his Italian competitors) and he can toss dough with the best of them. At the year-and-a-half-old San Francisco flagship restaurant, he serves pizza in all its permutations—thick Sicilian, thin-crusted Romana (sold by the meter), classic American, classic Italian, and a very special margherita, of which he makes 73 a day.

Paul's Picks: 5 Sommeliers That Kick Ass

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. Follow him on Twitter@pauleinbund.

San Francisco is lucky in that we have such an amazing dining community.  On any given night, sommeliers will be gathering at one of many of our great restaurants, tasting wine and sharing bottles.  

What NY Restaurants Can Teach You About SF

As you might know, I was in NYC last week on an eating binge. My hit list:

Liquor.com's Bourbon Grand Tasting @ Bourbon & Branch Will Get You In the Spirit Of Fall

Bourbon may be just the thing you need to get into the spirit of fall. Join Liquor.com at Tenderloin speakeasy Bourbon & Branch this Sunday, October 17th from 6 - 9 pm for a celebration of all things bourbon, where you will drink and learn about America's native spirit.

The entire place will be yours to taste over ten of the best varieties in the world, like Basil Hayden's, Bulleit, Elijah Craig, Maker's 46, as well as creative bourbon cocktails and gourmet snacks!

Grab tickets here.

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