Today, Nov. 9
Here's a good excuse to indulge an afternoon sweet tooth. Pastry chef Bill Corbett and Christina Tosi of Momofuku's Milk Bar will be at Absinthe's private dining room 12-3 p.m. for a special bake sale, featuring Tosi's cookies and Crack Pie and Corbett's German chocolate candy bar and oatmeal cream pie. A portion of the proceeds benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. 298 Hayes St.
Also, Keiko A Nob Hill "soft launches" for lunch and dinner. Expect Franco-Japanese fare on the eight-course tasting menu and izakaya in the bar and lounge. 1250 Jones St.
Thursday, Nov. 10
First Person Magazine celebrates its fifth issue with a sit-down dinner. The Radical Foods issue includes voices from artists, chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, and food activists, explaining how food can be a catalyst for change and examine food in culture, history, poltics, and health. The dinner's menu is prepared by coeditor Leif Hedendal (of Chez Panisse), and the special guest is documentary filmmaker Les Blank, who's introducing his film Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers. 1661 15th St.
In the Mission, Southpaw BBQ opens with a menu straight out of Memphis. Think dry-rub pork shoulder, whiskey-brined chicken, smoked ham hock, and cheese grits. It's all done in a Cali state of mind though, as most of the meats are locally sourced. 2170 Mission St.
Friday, Nov. 11
Lers Ros sets up shop in Hayes Valley with the same, classic Thai menu but with a bigger focus on wine. 307 Hayes St.
Saturday, Nov. 12
Vegetarian mecca Greens kicks off the weekend with their first brunch service. Enjoy a bay-side meal of ciabatta French toast with apple-quince compote or a provencal potato pizza with onions, roasted garlic, Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel, poached eggs, grana padano, and arugula pesto. Fort Mason Building A
Sunday, Nov. 13
Got an olive tree? Bring your harvest to McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma now through Dec. 4, and they'll mill your olives into freshly bottled oil. The cost is $1 per pound; limit 400 pounds. 5935 Red Hill Road, Petaluma
Monday, Nov. 14
Evan Rich (of Coi and Quince) and Sarah Rich's (Michael Mina and Bouley in New York) next installment of their monthly Chefs' Night Off pops up at Coi. The four-course dinner includes wild fennel kettle corn, garlic soup with steamed eggs, wild greens, and sourdough stuffing, as well as pork with brown butter, sage, and autumn squash. 373 Broadway
Tuesday, Nov. 15
For the next five days, chef Joshua Skenes of Saison in the Mission is offering a truffle-inspired, 12-course menu. Expect Bluefin Toro sashimi with white truffly ponzu, risotto and shaved white truffles, farm egg ravioli in chanterelle cream, and a white chocolate mousse with white truffle ice cream and a white truffle pistachio macaroon. 2124 Folsom St.