The Week in Food: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Venga Empanadas, Breastfest Beer Festival, and a BBQ Rib Throwdown


Today, June 29

See Jeni Britton Bauer and Charly Bauer, founders of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, at Omnivore Books as they present their cookbook Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. The reading starts at 6 p.m., and the authors are bringing with them scoops (like Bangkok Peanut and Rusted Pumpkin 5-Spice) from their Ohio ice creameries. 3885a Cesar Chavez (at Church)

Friday, July 1

Chef Manuel Godino officially opens Venga Empanadas. His Argentine empanadas are baked every morning, and added to the menu are soups, salads, Spanish flan, alfajores (dulce de leche-filled cookies), and pastafrola (quince shortbread). 443 Valencia St. (at 15th St.)

Saturday, July 2

Breastfest's annual Beer Festival at Fort Mason Center benefits breast cancer research and treatment. Admission is $45 and gets you live music, unlimited food such as pizza from Pizza Orgasmica, and beers from local breweries such as Beach Chalet and Marin Brewing Company. The fest goes from 5 to 9 p.m. Festival Pavilion Fort Mason Center (at Marina Boulevard) 

Also, the Fillmore will be swarming with jazz lovers and foodies at the Fillmore Jazz Festival this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Delfina's Anthony Strong and Real Food for the Soul's Michele Wilson will be there on the chef's stage answering audience questions. Pedemonte & Co. will be serving sausages and cilantro garlic fries. Don't miss Ultimate Souvlaki's baklava and octopus souvlaki, Earthly Delights' BBQ pork sandwich, and southern comfort food from Gussie's Chicken and Waffles. Fillmore Street (between Jackson and Eddy)

Sunday, July 3

Coffee Bar is hosting a BBQ Rib Throwdown 4-7:30 p.m. Good Foods Catering, Cathead's BBQ, The Jetset Chef, and Gator's Back Porch BBQ will be going head-to-head.You can taste the competition for $20 and wash it down with Lagunitas beer or glass of house wine. 1890 Bryant St. (at Mariposa)


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