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SF Chefs Dinner Party Project #6: Family Night: Going Basque

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 July 30th through August 5th, and offers guests exclusive access to the city's most innovative and lauded industry professionals and personalities.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Dixie Introduces Happy Hour: With summer Fridays in full effect, consider making a trip up to the Presidio for some quiet, greenery, and happy hour at newish Southern spot Dixie, whose food and cocktails were praised by our own Carolyn Alburger earlier this month. The restaurant's "Cocktail Hour" includes rotating $5 menu items (this week's has been fried chicken), as well as a $5 wine, cocktail, and beer, with offerings like the Georgia Lemonade (Buffalo Trace bourbon, peach liqueur, lemon, soda) and a bourbon-barrel-aged Widmer Brothers ale. (Daily, 4-6 pm, at Dixie, 1 Letterman Drive, Presidio.)

At Wine & Wall, It's OK to Judge a Bottle By Its Label

At Wine & Wall, It's OK to Judge a Bottle By Its Label

Despite the timeworn warnings about books and covers, research has shown that plenty of wine drinkers make their purchases based on the label of the bottle, not its contents. But while many of those who take their wine seriously may decry ignorant consumers who choose a chardonnay with a cute dancing kangaroo over a pristine French vintage with no graphic-design chops, the managers of the Lark Creek restaurant group (a Bay Area restaurant company whose SF spots include One Market, Cupola Pizzeria, and LarkCreekSteak) were confident that they could find wines with cool labels that also tasted great.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Chris Cleave (Gold)

Wednesday, July 18, 12 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Wednesday, July 18, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave.)

Just in time for the Olympics, the newest novel from Cleave (Little Bee) focuses on Kate and Zoe, friends and track cyclists who, after training together for 15 years, compete in their final race at a fictionalized version of the 2012 London games. Though Kate is the more naturally gifted cyclist, a recurrence of her eight-year-old daughter's leukemia threatens to undermine her years of training and sacrifice. With cutthroat Zoe willing to do anything to win, Kate has to decide how far she'll go to take home the gold medal. 

A Tasting of Russian River Single-Vineyard Wines

Sample Single-Vineyard Pinot, Chardonnay, and More at Fort Mason

While even the snobbiest wine connoisseur won't turn down a good blend, single-origin wines, grown in just one vineyard and bottled without blending, are typically among a winery's most desirable (and most expensive) offerings.

This Thursday, the Uncorked Events team is offering a unique opportunity to taste only single-vineyard wines, all of which will be sourced from the Russian River Valley.

SF Chefs Dinner Party Project #5: Modern American Picnic

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 July 30th through August 5th, and offers guests exclusive access to the city's most innovative and lauded industry professionals and personalities.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Bastille Day at RN74: In a town that adores all things Gallic, the French national holiday gets a lot of love, with events all over town (we're listing three of our favorites below). RN74 is celebrating Bastille Day with a party featuring acrobats, contortionists, and an accordion player, as well as a menu of $1 cocktails, oysters, French pastries, and truffle popcorn. Come dressed in your best Parisian ensemble to get a free drink ticket for a special Bastille Day cocktail, and you'll also be entered to win dinner for two at RN74 or a bottle of wine. (Friday, July 13, 3-10 pm, at RN74, 301 Mission St., SOMA.)

Tradition: Nine Bars in One, in the Tenderloin

This has been a busy year for the team behind Bourbon & BranchSwigRickhouse, and Cask, otherwise known as Future Bars.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Chuck Palahniuk (Invisible Monsters Remix)

Monday, July 16, 4 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Monday, July 16, 7 pm, at Castro Theatre (429 Castro St.)

Palahniuk's signature blend of shock and social commentary has made him one of the most popular authors in the country, and his book tours are now closer to those of a rock star than those of an author. His latest release is a "director's cut" adaptation of his 1999 second novel Invisible Monsters, with adjustments, new material, and a "choose your own adventure" format. Given Palahniuk's popularity, you'll have to pay for a book or a ticket at both of his SF readings; go here for more information on the afternoon event at the Booksmith (free with purchase of the book), and here for more on the Commonwealth Club event in the evening ($20 without book, $40-70 with book). Both are likely to sell out, so be sure to buy tickets well in advance and arrive early.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Three-Martini Lunch at Park Tavern: If you're itching to relive the Mad Men glory days of lunchtime drinking, consider skipping out on work on Friday afternoon (or taking advantage of those half-time summer Fridays, if you get them) and heading over to Park Tavern. They're offering a special three-course lunch paired with your choice of three martinis or roses for $50. Choose from options like a "BLT" salad with a gin Gibson, a grilled hanger steak with a Martinez, or Rogue Creamery blue cheese with walnut bread and a smoked cherry daiquiri. The full menu (PDF) is here. (Fridays, 11:30 am-2:30 pm, at Park Tavern, 1652 Stockton St., North Beach.)

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