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Pumk'd! Pumpkin Ales Hit SF

We looked at pumpkin cocktails the other day, so it's only right to look at a more, shall we say, serious way of drinking your October pumpkin, in the form of beer. Pumpkin ales are a popular sort of post-Octoberfest seasonal beer, and there are lots around to choose from.

The freshest and most exciting is probably the one that was actually brewed here in SF, Magnolia Brewpub's Barking Pumpkin, which is made with baked pumpkins and pumpkin seeds with barley and baking spices. Try it on tap at the pub.

This Week's Events: We Bring You Momofuku's David Chang

Peach vs. Fig

Mark your calendars: Next Wednesday, November 4, 7x7 has arranged what promises to be a very illuminating, interesting panel discussion—David Chang, of Momofuku fame, Momofuku cookbook co-author (and NY Times writer) Peter Meehan, Chris Cosentino and Meadowood chef Chris Kostow will discuss food, art and—well, who knows what else. It promises to be one hell of an evening at Café du Nord, beginning at 7 p.m. Best of all, it’s free—just RSVP to events@7x7.com with "Changtastic" in the subject line.

Don't Call It Minerally: Geologists Call Bull On Terroir

Last week I talked about the wine concept of terroir in this post (noting that the wine bar of the same name is closed for a month).

First Bite: Burger Bar Comes From LV to SF

The first thing that you might notice about SF chef Hubert Keller's new Burger Bar, situated directly below the Cheesecake Factory in Macy's, is the merchandise. There, behind the bar, a headless, legless, busty mannequin sports a tank top and bikini underwear, both emblazoned with a sparkly martini glass and the Burger Bar logo. Upon seeing that, I remembered that the first—the original—Burger Bar is located at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (there's a second in St. Louis).

Drink or Treat? Halloween Cocktails, Both Good and Bad.

Not that anyone needs and excuse to party on Halloween, but when it falls on a Saturday, as it does this year, I can sense trouble. Pretty much every bar is going to be revving up its party atmosphere this weekend, so there's no need to list them all.

But all manner of Halloween cocktail suggestions have been landing in my inbox over the last week or so, so I thought I share a few of them with you--both the tasty-sounding and the gruesome.

The Eater Wrap: Michelin 2010, MomoGate, Keane's Adventures and Ashless Chaps

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. Grab some popcorn.

1) The big news of the week was that the Asia Society nixed its David Chang appearance after some local chefs didn't appreciate Chang's fig jokes. The decision prompted Anthony Bourdain to speak up, calling the Chang Ban "absolutely shameful," among other harsh words for the "gutless" Asia Society.

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

1. That Takes the Cake: We've opined in the past on the girl-magnet powers of cupcakes and champagne, but this fact doubles when they're free and doubles again when they're close to the Marina. Women looking for an estrogen bump or guys looking for an estrogen-crazed girl would do well to attend That Takes the Cake's second anniversary party, where fall-flavored cupcakes and bubbly will be gratis. Oh, and congratulations to That Takes the Cake for outliving the tsunami of trend-- two years in business is pretty amazing for a bakery these days. RSVP here. (Thursday, October 22nd, 6-8 pm, at That Takes the Cake, 2271 Union St., Cow Hollow.)

Gastro-Genius Heston Blumenthal Shills for the SousVide Supreme

If Obama is doing whirlwind tours around the US in the name of health care reform, then the affable three-Michelin-star, molecular gastro-chef Heston Blumenthal of England's The Fat Duck is going city to city with a similar, singular passion for tender meat. Specifically, he's shilling for the SousVide Supreme, a new appliance intended to bring the gentle art of sous vide cooking to the home cook. Blumenthal—along with the American founders of the company, Dr. Mary Dan and Michael Eades—spent Tuesday at the CCA in SF, touting the merits of water oven cooking for everyone from professional chefs to Suzy Homemaker.

This Week’s Events: Tequila, Mezcal, Beer and Tacos

In celebration of their fourth anniversary (and a recent article in Playboy that named the spot among American’s top tequila lounges), Tres Agaves will be throwing a party on Sunday, October 25, beginning at 8 p.m.. Expect food specials, a DJ, and plenty of tequila.

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