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Hot Pop-Up Planner: Labor Day Weekend Eats and Beyond

You know you're supposed to get elbow deep in that new bbq recipe at some point over the next few days. It is Labor Day weekend, afterall. But sometimes life isn't giving you pork butt and spices, it's giving you pop-ups. Since these underground dinners and impromptu "restaurants" are coming out almost as fast as food trucks these days,  perhaps this weekend is a good time to avoid the grill all together and check out an outside-the-restaurant-box meal event. We picked our some of our favorite upcoming pop-up events to take you into this weekend, and the coming month too.

Noise Pop & graffEats' Underground "Covers" Dinner: Second Night Added!

Who doesn't love a good cover song? Heck, sometimes covers are way better than the originals they're meant to pay homage to. Recognizing that, the folks from Noise Pop and graffEats have created an exclusive dinner party called Covers: A Culinary Tribute, held at a top-secret city locale with six courses that salute the world's best chefs and musical minds.

People clamoured so hard to get a seat at the first dinner on May 26th that it sold out–so organizers ended up adding a second dinner on Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm. Here's how it works: the courses, prepared by graffEats chef Blair Warsham, are takes on signature dishes by the likes of Thomas Keller, Quince's Michael Tusk, Sursur Lee and more. Then, using the folks from Noise Pop's savvy, they'll pair songs (think Syd Barret's "Octopus", accompanying Keller's Grilled Octopus Tentacles with chorizo and green almonds) with dishes for a full sensory takeover. Clever, right?

Valentine's Day: Where To Get Romantic, Or Not

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is here. Plan accordingly.

California Academy of Sciences "Sex and Science" Wine & Dine Tour

The day before Valentine's Day, see how love and sex manifests itself in the animal kingdom, from penguins to lobsters to sea slugs (!) and more, then toast your date over wine and a four-course meal at the museum's decorated Moss Room restaurant. Make it a double whammy with a quick trip to the de Young beforehand. $159 per person. Starts at 6 pm. 415-379-8000. Tickets here.

Dining on the DL: The City's Underground Dining Clubs

The recession might have left a lot of the city's chefs without jobs, but in turn those chefs have created a dynamic "underground" dining scene. The next few weeks are full of action, so if you’re the type that likes a few surprises with your supper, be sure to nab your seat now.

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