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Today's Hot Links: Rickhouse Opens Tonight and Organics Get Taken To Task

The new television show “Food Party” makes us all realize how lame programming on the Food Network can be.

Listen to the complete Five Farms series, which follows five American farm families.

Ready for a tipple? According to this nice lady, Rickhouse, the latest bar from the Bourbon & Branch folks, will be pouring for the first time tonight.

Cocktail's New Cube: It's Anything But Square

Even though we San Franciscans are chilly most of the year, during these rare scorching days of summer, it's hard not to occasionally fantasize about a cold beverage, filled to the top with glistening, frosty ice cubes. We don't usually spend a lot of time thinking about ice, but I can assure you that many of city's bartenders do whether it's cubed, spheroid, chipped, shaved or crushed.

Let's Be Frank Dogs: All the Way to the White House?

The 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival—the kind of place where the likes of Toni Morrison, Sandra Day O’Connor and Frank Gehry bounce around ideas with a capital “I”—kicked off yesterday. Some of the brain food on offer? SF’s own Let’s Be Frank grass-fed hot dogs.

The isn’t the only time LBF has been invited to participate in the festival. Last year, says LBF co-founder Larry Bain, Colin Powell slung dogs at their cart. There are also rumors that the White House could be serving the LBF dogs for their annual Fourth of July picnic. As Bain put it: “I’m not allowed to say, but people are talking to people who are talking to people.”

Today's Hot Links: Bauer's Favorite Dishes and Mandatory Composting

Chefs, take note: here are 12 things Michael Bauer really likes to eat.

Mythbusters, pork edition. Maybe those free-range pigs aren’t living so large?

Chez Pim helps us with the age-old question: What’s for dinner?

Spruce Hits The Slopes With A Second Restaurant in Park City, Utah

Looking for Spruce chef Mark Sullivan? You better check Utah. Sullivan and his family have decamped to Park City for the summer while he works on opening—wait for it—Spruce Park City! Yes, it’s officially a trend—San Francisco chefs are taking their restaurants to the slopes. First, news of Traci des Jardins Tahoe project, Manzanita, hit the wires. Now, we have the news that come July, when the Dakota Mountain Lodge opens to the public, Spruce will be the headlining dining option. 

Today's Hot Links: A Preview Of Commis and Jug Wine Reviews

The New York Times gets all excited about a restaurant in the Outer Sunset.

Eater announces all the details (and the menu) of James Syhabout’s new Oakland restaurant, Commis.

Jugs of wine—perfect for the fourth of July.

Did two Bay Area lesbians spark a food writing renaissance?

Cooking With Amy does the Fruitvale taco tour.

Winery Offers $60K: May the Best Twitter'er Win

A couple of months ago, a Sonoma job listing flew around the internet. Not only was it posted everywhere, but it was emailed to me by about 100 people and even made news in places like the New York Times and LA Times. The headline was that Murphy Goode winery was going to pay someone $10,000 a month to Twitter about wine.

Why Have Sam Adams When You Can Have Speakeasy?

San Francisco is certainly wine-soaked. And, since the days of the Gold Rush, it's always been a place that loves its hard stuff. But what about beer? Though there is still a lot of improvements to be made on the beer scene here, as several brewers have voiced to me, there's no question that beer's fortunes are changing. Look at the fact that last year we got not one, but two new beer joints: Monk's Kettle and La Trappe. The Bay Area got a new brewery, Napa Smith.

The Eater Wrap: Hello Smuggler's Cove, Pi Bar and Plant Cafe

That means it's time for our weekly recap from Eater SF, where Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his report on all the restaurant news from the last seven days. Hold on.

1) The big news of the week broke on Monday morning, when the secret location of Smuggler's Cove was ceremoniously revealed. Martin Cate's super-tiki bar isn't due until November, but it's already causing all kinds of buzz among the cocktail sect. And it's going to be in Hayes Valley.

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