Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit!
Saturday, August 20
The place to eat this Saturday is definitely at the San Francisco Street Food Festival. It's supposed to be twice as big this year, with food from 30 micro-vendors from La Cocina's incubator program, 20 restaurants (like Pizzeria Delfina), 10 food trucks, and many more. Think Lucero's bacon-wrapped hot dogs, Chaac Mool's cochinita pibil, and Jello shots from Sweets Collection. Buy passports for the festival online to save time and money. On Folsom between 22nd and 26th streets, and from Treat to Shotwell streets between 23rd and 25th streets
Thursday, July 7
Bottle Cap opens in North Beach at 5:30 p.m. Chef Dane Boryta and Liz Ferro's bistro-style American menu will feature cocktails, heirloom tomatoes with crispy, cured pork belly and buttermilk dressing, and mushroom and Carmody cheese pierogi in dill and pearl onion broth with some red cabbage slaw. 1707 Powell (at Union)
Friday, July 8
Help support EAT's pop-up fundraiser for Give A Dog A Bone, a local nonprofit that offers dogs in long-term shelter care treats, attention, and love. Portions of the proceeds from dinner, which takes place at the Corner starting at 5:30 p.m.) will go toward the organization's efforts.
The Week in Food: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Venga Empanadas, Breastfest Beer Festival, and a BBQ Rib Throwdown
Today, June 29
See Jeni Britton Bauer and Charly Bauer, founders of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, at Omnivore Books as they present their cookbook Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. The reading starts at 6 p.m., and the authors are bringing with them scoops (like Bangkok Peanut and Rusted Pumpkin 5-Spice) from their Ohio ice creameries. 3885a Cesar Chavez (at Church)
Friday, July 1
Chef Manuel Godino officially opens Venga Empanadas. His Argentine empanadas are baked every morning, and added to the menu are soups, salads, Spanish flan, alfajores (dulce de leche-filled cookies), and pastafrola (quince shortbread). 443 Valencia St. (at 15th St.)
Week in Food: Lucky Peach Launch Party, Mission Chinese Food Reopens and an Iron Chef Demos Downtown
Today, June 22
Lucky Peach magazine from McSweeney’s, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind the Momofuku David Chang, and writer Peter Meehan is having its launch party to celebrate its first issue. Starting at 7 p.m., the food quarterly will have Chang and the McSweeney’s crew at the Make-Out Room. For $10, you get a copy of Lucky Peach, free Black Star beer, and live music. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Japanese Earthquake Relief. 3225 22nd St. (at Mission)
Thursday, June 23
Bluestem Brasserie opens its dining room, made up of a main floor and mezzanine, plus outdoor seating, a bar, and lounge. Executive chef Sean Canavan promises a classic brasserie menu with grass-fed beef and a California-focused wine list (including 12 wines on tap and some French bottles). 1 Yerba Buena Lane (at Market)
Wednesday, May 25
New Louisiana-flavored pop-up Easy Creole takes its Cajun dishes for a culinary test drive this week. The two-person operation is fast, cheap and served until it’s gone. On the menu: shrimp gumbo, etouffee, succotash, tons of vegan options, and the requisite red beans and rice at The Residence (Wednesday 5/25, 5pm) and at La Victoria Bakery (Friday, 5/27, 5-10p.m.) Keep up with @easycreole to learn where they’ll be in the coming weeks. The Residence, 718 14th Street; La Victoria Bakery, 2937 24th St.
Thursday, May 26
Thursday, May 19
The chowder shop made famous by Seinfeld opens its first West Coast branch of the Original Soup Man in Fisherman’s Wharf. Stop by at noon to meet former Oakland A’s star Reggie Jackson, and receive a free T-shirt. 79 Jefferson St.
Later in the East Bay, SF chef and Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen owner Evan Bloom supplies the nosh at Deli Summit, a meeting of the minds that will take place at 7 p.m. in Berkeley. Hear the roundtable group of chefs, deli owners, and authors discussing the state of the Jewish delicatessen in America, and sample house-baked bialys and schmears. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Friday, May 20
La Cocina is throwing a neighborhood dinner 4-7p.m. to discuss plans for the upcoming Street Food Festival on August 20. The dinner will be held at their Mission kitchen facilities, and an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is advised to make sure there's enough grub to go around. 2948 Folsom St.
Thursday, May 12
The Watershed Project is having its annual fundraiser gala at The Aquarium of the Bay to support the project's Living Shoreline Initiative. Waterbar, Slanted Door, and Greens, with oysters from Hog Island, Tomales Bay, and Drakes Bay will be there, along with local wineries and brews. Tickets are $50 at at Eventbrite. The Embarcadero and Beach Street
Friday, May 6
Another izakaya opens, this one in SoMa's Zen Compound. The 40-seat Ki restaurant is set to serve sushi (sardines, arctic char, local albacore tuna), yakitori, and a tempura striped bass and pickled slaw roll topped with crushed potato chips. Expect a big selection of sake, whisky, Japanese craft beers, and cocktails. 540 Howard St.
Saturday, May 7