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SF Chefs Fall Dinner Party Project #2: Soulful Supper Club

7x7 is proud to sponsor SF Chefs, the annual, hotly-anticipated food/wine/spirits bonanza that is the quintessential San Francisco culinary experience. The event occurs each August, and offers guests exclusive access to the city's most innovative and lauded industry professionals and personalities.

Five Favorite San Francisco Summertime Soups

Despite its reputation as winter fare, an expertly crafted soup may be the best canvas for summer's pure, clean, vegetal flavors. Just think about a crisp, vibrant gazpacho, and you get the drift. Here, some of our favorite summer soups that capture the freshness of the season. Grab a spoon and dig in.

Triple Threat: A Night Out in Yerba Buena

If you want to have a successful night out in this town, you need a plan—and it better be a good one. Since it's not always easy to strike that perfect balance between pre-dinner drink, food and a show, we bring you the Triple Threat series — a block-by-block guide to nights out that only require one parking space. In today's edition, the part of SoMa referred to as Yerba Buena. 

First Bite: Grill and Grain at Zaré at Flytrap

Working in Union Square for 10 years has left me with a relative dearth of choices for a reasonably priced, good, quick and healthy choices for lunch. Yes, it's getting better all the time (Boxed Foods, Sushiritto, Urban Picnic), but I've never wished I could have a lunch place next door to me as much as Zaré at Flytrap's new side venture—Grill and Grain. As it stands now, the Persian-Californian restaurant based in SoMa serves up this side venture in the form of counter order service within the restaurant, but I see a future beyond this. Next door to 7x7's office.

Lunch Time: Several Solid Dinner Spots Add Daytime Hours

This weekend, one of my friends asked for a good new lunch spot to hit in the Mission. The first place that came to mind was La Torta Gorda, even thought it's not new, because it's one of the few spots that serves pure unadulterated satisfaction and great service on the cheap. But that wouldn't do. My friend wanted "booze options" in lieu of a "gut bomb," as he put it. They finally landed on Luna Park: it has hard liquor and a day of drinking was clearly on the agenda. I got to thinking about how little attention lunch gets, in general. There are, however, a few big-time dinner players that've recently added lunch to their roster—all of them offering a full bar to play with. And now, a little air time for the mid-day meal.  

 

Soft-Shell Crabs Are In: Who's Cooking Them Up?

Fresh soft-shell Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are coming in strong right now from the East Coast and just starting to surface on menus across town. Although we see soft-shells year round wrapped into California-style sushi rolls, those are usually frozen and shipped in from Asia.

The Eat and Drink List: This week's top 7

1. When author Andrea Nguyen’s family left Vietnam in 1975, one of the few possessions they brought with them to America was their notebook of recipes. She celebrates this culinary tradition in her cookbook, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. Join her for a free book signing at Omnivore Books on December 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

2. Dine out on December 18 and you’ll be helping the 150,000 San Franciscans who don’t have enough to eat.  Ten percent of the proceeds earned by restaurants participating in the Dine Out Against Hunger (including Maverick, A16, Americano, Sociale, Delfina, Foreign Cinema, Incanto, Kuleto’s, Magnolia, Range, Serpentine, Slow Club and SPQR) will be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank.

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