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SF Chefs. Food. Wine. (Cocktails.) This Weekend!

With the SF Chefs.Food.Wine event it's another big weekend for San Francisco, as the Union Square area will be invaded by the hungry, the thirsty, and the people trying to feed them. Hopefully, it all goes down smoothly and happily.

There's a ton of great seminars happening throughout the weekend, so if you haven't examined the program, you should take a look. For instance, you might consider attending my Pinot Noir tasting and discussion tomorrow morning. Got winemakers/reps from some of the best Pinot producers in the state on my panel: Flowers, Tandem, Goldeneye, and Patz & Hall. At 10:30 AM, a little Pinot talk just the right way to ease into your day.

The Eater Wrap: The Non-Anon Newspaper Critic, Carte415 and Yelp

It's Friday, which means time for the Eater Wrap, the weekly recap from Eater SF on all the happenings from the local restaurant scene.

1) In the restaurant and media world, the earth-shattering news of the week was the coronation of Sam Sifton as the next dining critic for the New York Times. The move is a significant one because Sifton's mug is already plastered all over the interwebs, which spurred some musings on SF's own lovable, not-so-anonymous critic.

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

Each week, former sf.myopenbar.com editor Allie Pape brings you her picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF. This week: Pitchers of margaritas, fifty-cent oysters, and a taste of Amsterdam. Have an event coming up? Want to share a tip? E-mail her.

World's Top Wine Writer Gives SF a High Grade on Her West Coast Swing

Two weeks ago, I ran into British wine writer Jancis Robinson on consecutive nights here in San Francisco, first at Spruce and the next night at RN74. I've never been introduced to her, so, yes, I was a little thrilled to see her. (Still never been introduced to her--I left her alone.) If you don't know who she is, she's one of the most important living wine writers.

Market Watch: Gypsy Peppers, Gravensteins and the "Sexiest Things"

If anyone has the inside scoop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping.

The Thursday market is open for lunch! Come and get it.

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Magnolia's Got the Look

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

MAGNOLIA PUB AND BREWERY

When Strawberries Meet Bourbon: A Summer Cocktail

Even though we tend to think of whiskey as a sort of winter, warm-me-up-from-the-inside kind of spirit, there's actually a nice tradition of drinking it in the summer, as well.  After all, what else are you going to sip as you while away a sultry summer's eve sitting on your porch watching the world slowly drift by? Then there's also the mint julep to consider along those lines. The fact is that whiskey can make as refreshing and satisfying a summer cocktail as any light spirit like vodka or gin. This quality is only heightened by exloiting the bounty of fresh summer produce available to us.

The No-Fail Guide to San Francisco Street Food

Now that street food mania has reached a fevered pitch, we thought it time to offer this comprehensive guide to the city’s best street eats—a map shows you where to find it, our Twitter-feed guide gives your the tools to track the vendors, our Flickr group allows you to upload your own pictures of street food, taken anywhere in the world and our Resource Guide gives all the hard-core street food enthusiasts some more ways to geek out. Plus, a guide to the best bars in the closest proximity to the best mobile food vendors.

Bar and Street Food Pairings

Drink here: One of the city's best-loved wine bars, SOMA's Terroir specializes in unique and interesting organic vintages, served in a warm, rustic setting.

Eat this: For a perfect pairing with that glass of Côtes du Rhone, Chez Spencer's Spencer on the Go! truck offers French food—ranging from frogs legs to vol-au-vents—right across the street from Terroir. It's open Thursday-Saturday, 6 p.m. to close, and you can bring your food into Terroir (provided you're drinking wine).

Drink here: The hip hop-heavy nightclub 330 Ritch has a more sedate feel on Friday afternoons, when a live jazz combo plays and numerous $6 drink specials are on offer.

The Irresistibility of Cane Rosso

I like to consider myself somewhat hard to get, at least culinarily speaking. But at Cane Rosso, the collaboration between Coi's Daniel Patterson and Lauren Kiino, formerly of Delfina, I turned to putty. Because this little Italian-style rotisserie/sandwich shop just gets it all right. First of all, the Ferry Building space—formerly occupied by Mistral—is beautiful and breezy, and while you're ordering you can watch meat turning on slowly on a spit, see cooks assembling salads and otherwise geek out by looking at dishes of cherry tomato conserva, spouted copper cans of olive oil and bountiful displays of farm-fresh peaches. You know, if you're into that kind of thing.

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