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Week in Food: Knife Skills Class, Boxing Room Opens, and the Tamale Lady's Birthday Bash

Today, June 15

Still fumbling with that fancy chef's knife you got for Christmas? Starting at 6:30 p.m., 18 Reasons second knife skills class will show you the ropes with a three-hour, hands-on course, where you'll peel, chop, dice, and slice everything needed for chicken soup. Bi-Rite Market's Morgan Maki plays teacher and will be around for questions during the group dinner at the end. Tickets are $30 for 18 Reasons members; $40 for everyone else. 593 Guerrero (at 18th Street)

Thursday, June 16

Secret Recipe: Shrimp and Grits from 1300 on Fillmore

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.

1300 Fillmore's chef David Lawrence dresses his shrimp and creamy grits in a buttery sauce that has just a hint of Southern-style barbecue. Any stone-milled grits will work in this recipe, but Lawrence recommends Anson Mills coarse white grits, which you can find here

This Week in Food: Super Duper Opens in FiDi, Celebrity Chef Tour, Slow Taco Night, and More

Today, June 8

FiDi folks get another burger joint today. Super Duper opens its second location, and there should be an announcement for a free burger hour on their Twitter feed and Facebook page. 721 Market St. (at Grant) 

Secret Recipe: Miette's Pastry Cream and Fresh Fruit Tart

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.

At Miette, owner Meg Ray (featured in our Best of the City 2011: Eat+Drink) creates variations of pastry cream and fresh fruit tarts, beginning with blueberries, in season at the start of summer. Recipe printed with permission from Miette by Meg Ray and Leslie Jonath (Chronicle Books, in stores July 2011).

Week in Food: Dine About Town, Vintner Series, Il Cane Rosso Pop-Up, and Porchlight's Kitchen Tales

Down out in San Francisco at Porchlight's Kitchen Confidential

Today, June 1

A foodie’s favorite two weeks in SF are back. The annual Dine About Town incorporates more than 100 SF restaurants, including Comstock Saloon and Marlowe, offering two-course lunches for $17.95 and three-course dinners for $34.95. Reservations can be made via OpenTable, and menus vary. 

Secret Recipe: Warm Egg Salad Sandwich from Il Cane Rosso

 

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.

Il Cane Rosso in the Ferry Building Marketplace makes their egg salad ahead of time and then assembles the sandwich short-order style using Acme focaccia. The secret's in their house-made bagna cauda butter, which they spread on the focaccia slices before topping them with the egg salad and aged provolone and toasting it all open-faced before serving.

This Week in Food: Easy Creole's Pop-Up, TXOKO Opens, and Dine About Town Kicks Off

Wednesday, May 25
New Louisiana-flavored pop-up Easy Creole takes its Cajun dishes for a culinary test drive this week. The two-person operation is fast, cheap and served until it’s gone. On the menu: shrimp gumbo, etouffee, succotash, tons of vegan options, and the requisite red beans and rice at The Residence (Wednesday 5/25, 5pm) and at La Victoria Bakery (Friday, 5/27, 5-10p.m.) Keep up with @easycreole to learn where they’ll be in the coming weeks. The Residence, 718 14th Street; La Victoria Bakery, 2937 24th St.

Thursday, May 26

The Best Still-Standing Independent Bookstores

When Borders' death knell rang out across the land and Amazon.com announced that e-Books surpassed the sales of hardcovers and paperbacks combined, it seemed like bookstores might be doomed. Our city's independent book shops are proving that wrong. Here's a roundup of our favorite spots to buy new books.

Books Inc.
The West’s oldest independent bookseller, Books Inc. was born in 1946. The Castro outpost features weekly readings from local authors, as well as big names like David Sedaris. 2275 Market St., 415-864-6777.

Secret Recipe: Pistachio Meatballs from Zare at Fly Trap

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.

Makes 5 servings

2 eggs

This Week in Food: Soup Nazi Arrives, La Cocina Throws a 'Hood Dinner, and More

Thursday, May 19

The chowder shop made famous by Seinfeld opens its first West Coast branch of the Original Soup Man in Fisherman’s Wharf. Stop by at noon to meet former Oakland A’s star Reggie Jackson, and receive a free T-shirt. 79 Jefferson St. 

Later in the East Bay, SF chef and Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen owner Evan Bloom supplies the nosh at Deli Summit, a meeting of the minds that will take place at 7 p.m. in Berkeley. Hear the roundtable group of chefs, deli owners, and authors discussing the state of the Jewish delicatessen in America, and sample house-baked bialys and schmears. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley  

Friday, May 20

La Cocina is throwing a neighborhood dinner 4-7p.m. to discuss plans for the upcoming Street Food Festival on August 20. The dinner will be held at their Mission kitchen facilities, and an RSVP to streetfoodfest@lacocinasf.org is advised to make sure there's enough grub to go around. 2948 Folsom St.  

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