Foodie Agenda: Whole Pig Dinner, Mexican Meat Party, and More


Friday, October 19

Tonight at Grand Cafe, Chef Alicia Jenish breaks down a whole pig to offer a number of a la carte specials, in addition to the regular menu. With the exception of the “Charlotte’s Salad,” which is inspired by all of the things pig eat, each special utilizes the entire pig, such as the pork sugo served with house-made troffie pasta, red wine, and chard ($24).These menu items will only be offered through Sunday 10/21, so be sure to make your reservations here. Prices range for each menu item, from $12-$32., 501 Geary Street.

Come enjoy a three-course, family style Mexican Meat Party at Traci Des Jardins’ Mijita.  What makes this dinner special? Bruce Aidell, author of The Complete Meat Cookbook, will prepare this dinner. In addition to making you a delightful meal, Aidell will promote his new Great Meat Cookbook. Each attendee will receive a signed copy of his cookbook, and learn Aidell’s tips on how to pick the best steaks, chops, roasts, and ribs. The dinner is hosted in conjunction with Omnivore Books, and tickets can be purchased here. $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), 6 p.m., 1 Sausalito - San Francisco Ferry Building #44.

Sunday, October 21

Studio Gourmet is back with a new show at Bottle Cap in North Beach featuring chef/owner Dane Boryta. Start the evening with a cocktail reception with passed hors d'oeuvres, and a specialty aperitif followed by a live culinary demo and interview, culminating with a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Dane. Buy your tickets here by Sunday in order to receive the Giant’s special and save $20! $80, 6p.m., 1707 Powell St.

Come for a one-of-a-kind afternoon experience filled with good food at Stag Dining Group’s Picnic at the Presidio, presented by Off the Grid. Every Sunday this October, diners and culinary adventurers alike congregate at the Main Post Lawn for unparalled views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.  In addition, picnic goers can grab food from OTG’s fantastic culinary line up including Bar Crudo, Humphry Slocombe, Dixie, Nopalito, and Mission Cheese. There will also be entertainment provided by The Brooklyn Circus, full of sartorial advice and picnic attire provisions. To top it off, artisanal cocktails will be delivered blanket-side. This is a family and pet friendly event, so feel free to bring your kids and pets for a fun afternoon. Free admission, 11a.m.-4p.m., The Main Post Lawn (in the Presidio directly across from the Walt Disney Museum) at 104 Montgomery Street.

Monday, October 22- Friday, October 25

Todd Selby, celebrated photographer and author of The Selby is In Your Place and forthcoming book, Edible Selby, will be in SF from October 22nd through October 25th. Stop by Bar Tartine on Monday afternoon for sandwiches inspired by Edible Selby with Todd Selby, Chad Robertson, Danny Bowien, Ignacio Mattos, and Russ Moore Camino. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet and greet each person and have your book signed. Pricing is still to be determined. 11a.m.-3p.m. Monday, October 23, 561 Valencia St.

If you can’t make it to lunch at Bar Tartine, you can party with Todd Selby and Peko Peko on Tuesday night at Bar Jules. To purchase tickets, call Bar Jules at 415-621-5482. $45 (excluding drinks), 6p.m.- 10p.m., Tuesday, October 23, 609 Hayes St.

In addition, you can purchase tickets for Todd Selby’s author dinner party at Camino Collective for Wednesday, October 24 at 6p.m., 2301 Mission Street. $100 for dinner; $135 for dinner, book, and cocktail; $170 for dinner, book, cocktail and Edible Selby souvenirs.

Still can’t get enough of Todd Selby? Join Selby, James Freeman, and Caitlin Freeman in Conversation at the SFMoMa on Thursday, October 25 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Hear Selby and the Freemans (the founders of Blue Bottle Coffee) discuss the publication of their new books, Edible Selby and The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee. You’ll have the opportunity to get your books signed by both Selby and the Freemans, and join them for a reception at the Blue Bottle Coffee Bar on the museum's rooftop from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are free with museum admission, and will be available for pick up on the day of the event at the Phyllis Wattis Theater entrance. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.151 Third Street.

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