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Big Sweet, Ramen Guide, Burger Bonanza Now on Foodspotting 2.0!

Those of you who have been busy spotting Big Eat items on Foodspotting now have some more lists to get through! We're excited to announce that we're part of Foodspotting's 2.0 iPhone app and website launch, and now have our Big Sweet 2010, our Ramen Guide and our SF Burger Bonanza available for the hunt. So renew those gym memberships and get busy  making plans to spot Fish & Farm burgers, Hapa ramen and Humphry Slocombe's Secret Breakfast ice cream. You can find all of 7x7's lists here.

Taste Catering's Chris Borges Plans His Thursday Market Menu Around the Taste Tomato

Last week at the Thursday market we added a special seasonal addition to the line up of street food vendors. Now through September 2nd, San Francisco-based Taste Catering will join us with a menu that is centered around their namesake “Taste” tomato.

Eat It: Street Food, Sake and Natural Wine

Special Sake Dinner at Nombe

Lovers of sake should book a seat at Nombe's special dinner on August 18th. The restaurant will be serving four different sakes from the Miyasaka family of Suwa, Nagano, a tenth generation sake clan, accompanied by dishes prepared by chef Balla, including grilled rib-eye and squid and heirloom tomatoes with shiso. All-inclusive tickets are $50; for more information visit

Pickles and More at the Jewish Contemporary Museum

On August 19 the Jewish Contemporary Museum is hosting a special evening--for the $5 cost of admission, visitors can stock up at the gourmet pickle bar (and pick up tips from expert picklers onsite), enjoy snacks from Bi-Rite Market and hear Jane Ziegelman, author of 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement, read from her book. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. (the reading is at 7:30 p.m.)

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. 7x7 Nightlife Party at Infusion Lounge: Our annual Nightlife Guide is almost here, and to celebrate, we're throwing a party at Infusion Lounge with plenty of luminaries from the local entertainment scene. $3 rum cocktails and $2 beers will be on offer, with complimentary tastings and bites. The food and drink deals end at 8 pm, with a DJ keeping the party going until 10. RSVP here. (Thursday, August 19th, 7-10 pm, at Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis St., Union Square.)

Mission Street Changing One Restaurant at a Time

I've been walking the streets of the Mission District for years now and while the long stretch of Valencia Street—and, of course, the 18th Street gourmet ghetto—has become nationally recognized as a dining destination, Mission Street itself has held tight to its collision of dollar stores, taquerias, cheap furniture stores and generally cheerful, Latin-influenced funk.

Ultimate Date? Dinner at Luce, a Martini at the Top of the Mark for $80

We've written before about the city's best 1-2 date combos, but this one brings out the big guns.

Mojo Bicycle Cafe Monday Night Supper Club Continues Tonight

Mojo Bicycle Cafe, the Divisadero bike shop and cafe known for awesome coffee (they serve De La Paz and Ritual) and great outdoor seating (they were a Best of the Day 2010 pick), has been venturing into the dinner arena for the past few weeks now with a Monday Night Supper Club, featuring local chefs cooking up prix fixe dinners on their nights off. Tonight, the Supper Club continues with guests chefs James Lalonde and Joe McColgan, vets of Pizzeria Delfina, Town Hall, Fish & Farm and Bacar kitchens.

The Best Bay Area Food, By Subscription Only

The CSA model has long been championed as the sustainable food lovers best way to get a piece of the action. Beginning with vegetable boxes, this direct-to-consumer approach eliminates the middle-man, putting consumers directly in touch with producers and ensuring that farmers have a home for the crops they raise.

And while vegetable CSA boxes are old news, the subscription model has since been extended to meat, cheese and, now, pastries, preserves, confections and savory breads. That's right—Tell Tale Preserve Company, the latest project from pastry chef extraordinaire William Werner (last seen at Quince) is launching the "Tell Tale Society," a monthly sack of goodies, to change with the seasons. Your $35 subscription entitles you to a monthly haul, which can be picked up or delivered to your door.

7x7's fans chose chef Kory Stewart to be the winner of our first-ever "Your City, Your Chef" contest!



by Riley Manlapaz

Photography by Joe Budd

One of our most exciting and rewarding readers' contests this year determined San Francisco's next culinary star. After thousands of votes were cast in two rounds of voting, Kory Stewart—the young chef of Americano Restaurant & Bar at Hotel Vitale—was chosen as the brightest new talent* on our city's much-ballyhooed food scene.

The Blended Cocktail is Back

Frozen drinks have been suffering a reputation as "cheesy" for a while. The last 50 years saw blenders (which used to be ubiquitous at bars) go out of style  in favor of smoother cocktails. With the resurgence of tiki bars and the help of a few brave bartenders, the blended drink is now back and better than ever.

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