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Week in Food: Alice Waters Lunch in FiDi, Openings, and Food Trivia Night

Today, August 24

Starting at 12:30 p.m., Alice Waters of Chez Panisse is making school lunch along Maiden Lane as part of her Edible Schoolyard Project. Proceeds from limited edition Levi's T-shirts designed by Waters, David Byrne, Sofia Coppola, Dave Eggers, and Maira Kalman will all go to the organization. Waters will also be signing 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering. Enjoy organic and locally sourced box lunches, live music, and an installation by Edible Schoolyard. Lunch is first come, first serve, so get there early! Maiden Lane (between Grant and Stockton)

Week in Food: Street Food Fest, Knife Skills Workshop, Asian Culinary Forum, and more

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

Week in Food: Dessert First, Book Signings, Full Moon Barn Dance, and Bagel Workshop

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Today, August 10

Here's a good excuse to celebrate hump day. The Royal Exchange is on for an all-you-can-drink Pacifico beer bonanza. Proceeds from the $10 wristbands go toward Make-A-Wish Foundation. The guilt-free gluttony begins at 4 p.m., and goes on until 7 p.m. 301 Sacramento St (at Front)

This Week in Food: Louis' Reopens, Charity Cook-Off, Pastry Pop-Up, and More

Today, August 3

Family-owned Louis' Restaurant reopens after a complete renovation and is taking menu suggestions on their Facebook page. This Sutro Heights landmark has been serving good-eats for the past 74 years and really rallied up thousands of San Franciscans when the National Park Service nearly ended the restaurant's lease back in February. 902 Point Lobos Ave. 

Saturday, August 6

Week in Food: Openings, Elizabeth Falkner Cooking Class, Cocktails 101, SF Chefs, and More

Today, July 27

The city's newest tavern Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen opens in the former Ponzu restaurant. The old-timey menu includes fish 'n' chips in a polenta crust and Shepard’s pie made with minced lamb and baked in a white cheddar potato crust. There are also small bites such as warm soft pretzels with smoked Gouda and cheddar fondue. For drinks, think stouts, sours, ciders, and your usual pilsners and ales, as well as a wine program designed by sommelier Emily Wines. 401 Taylor (at O'Farrell)

Saturday, July 30

Ping Pong, Rally's On!

Feeling indoorsy? Table tennis is just as competitive as the full-court version and inspires hundreds of tournaments held all over the globe. In North Beach, players 5- to 75-years-old practice at AMDT Table Tennis Training Center (1968 Powell St. at Lombard), which offers coaching Monday–Friday. The SF Table Tennis Club plays open-challenge games on five tables Monday and Friday 7:30–11 p.m. and on Saturday 1:30–5 p.m at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (953 DeHaro St. at Southern Heights). Don’t be surprised if you get crushed by someone your grandfather’s age.

The City's Most-Beloved Tennis Courts

Put your game face on and try out these courts. 

Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex

The park’s 21 hard-surface tennis courts are nestled between the Conservatory of Flowers and the Children’s Playground. The trees deter the wind from ruining your serve, and courts are typically first come, first served. Players of all levels go for pickup games and private and group lessons ($50 and $20). It’s also the site of the annual City Open. The tournament takes place over the last weekend of August and first weekend of September.

Hot 20 2011: Nadine Burke Harris, Center for Youth Wellness CEO and Bayview Child Health Center founding physician

The Healer
Nadine Burke Harris, 35
Center for Youth Wellness CEO and Bayview Child Health Center founding physician
Photographed by Robyn Twomey at Bayview Child Health Center

Hot 20 2011: Jane Henzerling, Mission Preparatory School founding principal

The Educator
Jane Henzerling, 34
Mission Preparatory School founding principal
Photographed by Alex Farnum at MPS in Excelsior

Hot 20 2011: Matt Cohen, Off the Grid owner and operator

The To-Go Man
Matt Cohen, 32
Off the Grid owner and operator
Photographed by John Lee at 5M Wednesday market

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