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Secret Recipe: Eggplant Caponatina from Beretta

7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email lauren@hartlemedia.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

At Beretta, antipasto like chef Ruggero Gadaldi's light and nutty caponatina whets the appetite before the heart of a meal (pizza) arrives. Serve it warm or cold on a platter with a couple of spoons and toasted bread at your upcoming holiday party. Or keep it all to yourself.

Gift Your Friends With Trapeze Classes & More @ Curiosity Atlas' "Experience" Gift Market

Giving people socks or electronics for Christmas has gotten so lame, right? Things like that hold all the fascination of a rock after a while, and that's why we're excited for Curiosity Atlas's first-ever "experience" gift market.

Holiday Horror Movie Fest @ YBCA Not For the Faint of Heart

Brilliantly billed as a film series "for holiday haters, adventurous cinephiles and degenerate thrill-seekers alike", the YBCA's Go To Hell For The Holidays: Horror In December collection of messed-up movies could almost be a cathartic experience for those of you struggling with all this Christmas cheer in the air lately.

Let it Snow! (At the Hyatt)

If you're an East-Coast transplant bemoaning the lack of snow here during the holidays, here's a little piece of home: There's a winter wonderland right here in San Francisco, next door to the Embarcadero ice skating rink in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Here, you can drink hot chocolate and watch snow falls three times a day (at 4pm, 6pm and 8 pm) amongst 300,000 sparkling lights.

Score A Huge Deal On Produce From Local Organic CSA Farm Fresh To You

Farm Fresh To You, one of the best local CSAs around, is kicking off an amazing opportunity to score extremely cheap organic produce. Forget  "Cyber Monday" and "Small Business Saturday," the real deals for holiday feasts and parties are to be had here. 

Just use the promo number 482 on their order form after you've chosen your custom box of produce to be delivered to your home or office, and get 20% off your first order. The typical box of fruits and veggies is 20 lbs, and with this deal that will cost you only $25! And this produce is like gold during the winter months, when most fruits and veggies are coming from the warmer fields in South America and not local farmers markets.

Photos: SFFF's Annual Toy Drive @ Broadway Showgirls

On November 20th, in partnership with the San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program, Broadway Showgirls helped launch a month-long charitable event running from Thanksgiving through Christmas that gathers toys and money for families in need. Patrons earn entry by donating an unwrapped new toy instead of paying a cover charge.

Vernon Davis & Natasha Bedingfield Light Up 555 California's Christmas Tree Today

Christmas trees are lighting up everywhere, and today the sparkle comes to 555 California, for their 4th annual tree lighting with two very special guests, pop singer Natasha Bedingfield and 49ers tight end (and this year's dashing Hot 20 Under 40 cover guy) Vernon Davis. Hussle down there at 4:15 pm to get a good view of all the action.

Reindeer Come to the SF Zoo!

Four reindeer trotted into the San Francisco Zoo this past Saturday and have proceeded to blow kids' minds wide open. According to the Chronicle, children were gasping at the sight of them, astonished they didn't have wings to fly with Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Holly, Velvet, Peppermint and Belle, who have been munching on grass and locking their horns in play are visiting the Zoo for the holidays. They're just kids themselves--each only about 18 months old.

Gingerbread Houses For Charity @ The Palace Hotel On Display Black Friday

Who doesn't have fond memories of gluing together ramshackle gingerbread houses with snow-white frosting and candy decor in elementary school? Well, the gingerbread architects at the Palace Hotel are lightyears ahead in their mastery of building starchy structures than we ever could have imagined, and this Friday, November 26th you can see their work on full display and vote for which you think is the most magnificent until December 31st, all for a good cause.

SF Giants Andres Torres & Sergio Romo To Help Celebrate Holiday Heroes 2010

Local sports luminaries, 7x7 and other sponsors are banding together at AT&T Park on Tuesday, December 7th to raise awareness for children in need this holiday season.

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