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Lauren Ladoceour

Week in Food: Rosh Hashanah Pop-Up, Macy's at SF Proxy, Oktoberfest, Food Trivia Night, and More

Today, September 28

Chef Kenny Hockert, owner of Old World Food Truck, is throwing a non-kosher Rosh Hashanah feast at La Victoria Bakery in the Mission. To celebrate the Jewish New Year starting at 7:30 p.m., Hockert is making gefilte fish, beef kreplach, roasted chicken, latkes, sautéed greens with squash and leeks, and spiced honey cake. Tickets are $35, and drinks are BYOB. 2937 24th St. (at Alabama)

Friday, September 30

Secret Recipe: Samovar's Jook

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@7x7.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

Samovar's jook is a classic take on savory Chinese rice porridge. It’s wonderfully creamy and very simple to make. The rice is slow-cooked to a silken custard and served with tasty garnishes, including fried onions, fresh scallions, cilantro, toasted garlic, peanuts, nori, shredded carrots, hot pepper sesame oil, poached egg, smoked salmon, or cubes of firm tofu.

Serves 4

This Week in Food: Foreign Cinema Anniversary Party, Eat Real Festival, and South Beach Street Fair

Thursday, September 22

Foreign Cinema is lining up Peking duck profiteroles, white prawn tempura, prosciutto-wrapped nectarines, Early Girl tomato cappuccinos, cocktails, contortionists, and burlesque for their 12th anniversary party. The $85 tickets support the Bay Area Chapter of Little Kids Rock, as does the live auction of signed guitars from Green Day, Counting Crows, and Lady Antebellum, autographed drum sticks from Phil Collins, and rare rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Call 415-648-7600 for tickets. 2534 Mission St. (at 21st)

Secret Recipe: Benwaffles from Bar Jules

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@7x7.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

Once a month, Belgian-born Benoit Tordeur stands at the helm of a waffle-maker for brunch at Bar Jules in Hayes Valley. You can see him turning out his Liege-style waffles he grew up eating this Sunday at the restaurant. But in case you miss him, you can make his yeasty, bready waffles with pops of sugar at home. Top them with fresh or stewed fruit, creme fraiche, and a dusting of powdered sugar, and you won't even need syrup.

Week in Food: U.N. Farmer's Market, Mission Block Party, Hog & Rocks Fundraiser, Street Eats Charity Gala, and More

Today, September 14

The UN Plaza Heart of the City Farmers' Market is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an exhibit on its history and talks from the founding farmers during today's market, which goes until 4 p.m. Market and Seventh streets

Later, at 7 p.m., La Victoria Bakery in the Mission is throwing an Old World Dinner: An Evening of Eastern European and Jewish Soul Food. Chef Kenny Hockert is serving chopped liver toast, whitefish salad, pirogues, borscht, and buckwheat blintzes with a stonefruit compote. 2937 24th St. 

Friday, September 16

Secret Recipe: Sweet Corn Paletas

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@7x7.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

With Labor Day weekend still fresh in our minds and an abundance of leftover kernels from Monday's barbecues still in the fridge, why not celebrate the beginning of Indian summer with sweet corn paletas. Bay Area cookbook writer Charity Ferreira's recipe in her new book Perfect Pops makes six to eight paletas that are creamy and sweet. (Recipe used with permission from Chronicle Books.)

Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain's New Film "Connected" Questions How We Relate in the Age Of Social Networking

Filmmaker and early Internet adopter Tiffany Shlain is addicted to tweeting. “I’m a total junkie,” says the director of Connected, a new documentary about technology, family, and the way the Internet has changed how we think. “There have been studies that actually show you get a hit of oxytocin [aka the love or cuddle hormone] when you social network or get a call or email from someone. It feels good, so we want to do it over and over again.”

Week in Food: Free Ice Cream, Brisketfest, Pickling Workshop, and Jardiniere turns 14

Today, September 7

The nice weather's a good excuse to get a free scoop or two of Scream Sorbet's strawberry, pistachio, and melon. The Cooking Channel will be parked on the south side of the Ferry Building, serving sorbet in an ice cream truck, 10-3 p.m.

Carnivores, get thee to Shotwell's Brisketfest starting at 6 p.m. For $5, you get your choice of brisket from Wise Sons Deli, Good Foods Catering, and Gypsy Kitchen. For $15, have all three, and vote on your favorite. Jesse Friedman's SodaCraft will also be there with smoked strawberry vanilla bean sodas to wash it down. 3349 20th St.

Secret Recipe: Baker & Banker's Potato Latke with Pickled Beets and Shaved Fennel

Baker & Banker's Potato Latke with Pickled Beets and Shaved Fennel

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@7x7.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

This year, Lori Baker and Jeff Banker started serving fine-dining brunch at their lower Pac Heights restaurant, Baker & Banker. One of the stand-outs is their house-smoked trout on top of a potato latke with pickled beets and a pile of shaved fennel. While their secret to smoking trout is still hush-hush, you can get a high-quality version at most grocery stores to recreate the dish at home.

Secret Recipe: Mamacita's Jicama and Strawberry Salad

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@7x7.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

Mamacita's version of this rustic Southern Mexico salad is light and refreshing--perfect for the end of strawberry season. Come fall, you can swap out the strawberries for pomegranates and grapefruit. When you're ready to serve, turn the salad out onto a platter, and garnish with any remaining herbs and a sprinkle of finely grated cotija or Parmesan. 

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