Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit!
August 1 Five Opens Friday
August 1 Five opens this Friday bringing contemporary Indian food to Civic Center. Chef Manish Tyagi, who has cooked at Rasika in Washington D.C. and worked with Taj Hotels, is at the helm. Wine and cocktails will be available to help wash down the spice of Kashmiri chili wings and crispy Bori Shrimp. // Open daily, 524 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center), august1five.com
The Saucy Awards
The Golden Gate Restaurant Association is celebrating its 80th anniversary by hosting their first ever awards gala. Categories include nominees for Chef of The Year and Restaurant of the Year among others. Tickets grant you access to the award ceremony and post-ceremony reception which will include bites by Estate Events by Meadowood and cocktails by Campari America, as well as an after-party, where things could get, ahem, saucy. // $150, Monday Nov.14, 7pm, 401 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center), Get tickets here.
The Complete Cocktail Book Signing at St. George Spirits
San Francisco drinks writer and man about town Lou Bustamante just released a book about cocktails, and is doing a signing at St. George Spirits in Alameda. The event will include a Q&A, book signing, and a short presentation on cocktail planning for the holidays. There will of course be a mini cocktail flight and light bites to soak it all up. // $10, Sunday Nov. 13, 5:30-7:30pm, 2601 Monarch St. (Alameda), thevillagedrunk.com
Sipping Spain at Teleferic Barcelona
Walnut Creek purveyor of Spanish tapas and pintxos Teleferic Barcelona will be holding a Sipping Spain event next Monday. The party will take place on the second-story patio and feature an exclusive Catalonian wine tasting and pairing menu with six courses. You'll be sipping the same wine as Salvador Dali, so that could be cool. // $65, Monday Nov. 14, 6:30pm, 1400 Mount Diablo Blvd. (Walnut Creek), sippingspain.splashthat.com
Ijji Refocuses Menu to 19-Course Omakase
Haight Ashbury's Ijji has changed its menu to a 19-course omakase prix fixe. If this sounds like too much, 13 of the courses will be nigiri, in addition to a soup and five starters, so the meal should be fairly balanced. // $135, 252 Divisadero (Lower Haight),