Souvla Opens on Valencia, Churn Your Own Ice Cream at Smitten + More Tasty Events

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Delicious things you should know about this week.



Souvla Opens on Valencia

Souvla is slowly expanding its popular Greek-sandwich empire with the opening of a new branch in the Mission this past Sunday. Located on Valencia Street, this the third location from founder Charles Bililies, who has brought to this new spot the same sandwiches, fries, Greek yogurt, and Greek wines served at his other NoPa and Hayes Valley eateries. // Open daily, 1am-10pm, 758 Valencia St. (Mission), souvlasf.com


Churn Your Own Ice Cream at Smitten

San Francisco-based ice cream company, Smitten, is hosting churn-your-own liquid-nitrogen ice cream workshops for $70. At the workshop, the trained staff of "brrristas," as they're called, will teach participants how to use the safely liquid nitrogen machines. Participants will be able to customize their own flavor and go home with a pint of their own creation. There are classes scheduled throughout January and February. // Thursday, January 19, 11am-12:30pm, 2268 Chestnut St. (Marina), eventbrite.com


A Tribute to Janis Joplin at Slice House Haight Ashbury

Famed pizza chef Tony Gemignani is celebrating Janis Joplin's birthday (January 19) with a special pie and menu promotion at the new Haight Ashbury Slice House. The "Cry Baby," named after the Joplin song, is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, red & white onions, garlic, serrano peppers, calabrese peppers and finished with shallots and ndjua, a spicy soft salami. All day on January 19th, diners who buy a Cry Baby slice will receive a free psychedelic lemonade or fountain drink of their choice. // Thursday, January 19, 1535 Haight St (Haigh-Ashbury), slicehousehaight.com



Kinjo Brings Omakase to Polk

A new omakase spot is opening up on Polk Street next Tuesday. The concept is called Kinjo, and chef Takatoshi Toshi, formerly of Sausalito's Sushi Ran where he earned a Michelin star, is at the helm. Most of the fish will come from Japan, and there will be sake, wine, and beer. The 46-seat dining room is designed by Michael Brennan (Jardinière, Ijji) and will include a 16-food hinoki-topped sushi bar. There is also a private dining room. // Open Tuesday-Sunday, 5:30pm-10pm, 2206 Polk St. (Russian Hill), facebook.com/Kinjosf


Overproof Opens in ABV

Overproof, a reservations-only bar-within-a-bar located in ABV's top floor, is opening next Monday. The concept and theme will change quarterly. First up is rum: There will be a menu of five cocktails that will pair with food from a six-course menu crafted by chef Colin Hilton and sous chef Nick Salazar. The food will pay culinary homage to regions around the world famed for rum production. Think Trini chow mein (the national dish of Trinidad), a Jamaican-style smoked lamb curry with puffed rice and coconut milk. // Open Monday-Thursday; two seatings at 6:30pm and 8:30pm, 3174 16th St. (Mission), overproofsf.com



1760 Collaboration Dinners

Polk Street's 1760 Restaurant has started a collaboration dinner series with legendary chef Suzette Gresham of Acquerello cooking alongside 1760's Carl Foronda. The dinners will be in the style of a late-night spaghettata (an Italian tradition of impromptu, after-hours spaghetti feasts with friends) and will merge each chef's cooking style. For example: mini lumpia with shrimp and bucatini "palabok" with a bottarga spaghetti. The next dinner will be January 22, and tickets are sure to go fast. // $65, January 22, 5:30pm-9:30pm, 1760 Polk St (Russian Hill), Get tickets here.


Wine Dinner at Locanda

Roman-style restaurant Locanda is hosting a winemaker dinner in celebration of the release of the 2015 Delfina Aglianic. You can reserve a spot for the extended aperitivo hour, which will take place in the front room of the restaurant and include wine tastings by the glass, flight, or bottle. Or you can opt for the sit-down dinner in the back room, featuring a Campania-inspired set menu. // Wednesday, January 25, 557 Valencia St. (Mission), locandasf.com


SF Restaurant Week Starts Today

SF Restaurant Week starts today. Presented by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, you can check out special pre-fixe lunches and dinners at some of San Francisco's most delicious restaurants, including Bellota, Burma Love, DUM, Maybeck's, the Perennial, and more. // January 18–29, sfrestaurantweek.com

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