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On The Blackboard

Pop-up Dinners with Chez 3rd Cousin
Chef Greg Lutes of Kinfolk Pop-Up fame isn’t quite ready to open the doors of his brick-and-mortar space 3rd Cousin, so in the mean time he’s giving diners a peek of what’s to come with several special pop-up dinners. On October 12, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, and 30, you can reserve a spot for one of his “interactive dining experiences,” held at a secret location on the border of Bernal Heights and the Mission. Expect more of a dinner party atmosphere (read: BYOB); guests will be invited to come into the kitchen and indulge in a seasonally focused, five-course tasting menu that will highlight dishes Lutes is developing for 3rd Cousin’s final menu. Tickets are $70 per person and reservations can be made at 3rd Cousin’s website.

When: October 12, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, and 30, 7 PM
Where: Secret venue in Mission/Bernal Height

Litquake Pig Out: Sausage and Syrah
Sorry to break it to you, caviar and champagne, but there’s a new delectable duo in town: sausage and Syrah. At least that’s the story 4505 Meats is pitching with their pork-centric feast, Litquake Pig Out. On October 14, chef and acclaimed cookbook author Ryan Farr will talk whole-beast butchery and give a demo of his sausage-making techniques. And yes, artisanal sausages and wine are included with admission—because you’ll be craving both the second you walk through the door.

When: October 14, 2014, 6 PM
Where: 4505 Meats Commissary, 160 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Oktoberfest at Gaumenkitzel Restaurant
Oktoberfest wasn’t meant to be a one-day-only event, which is why Gaumenkitzel is inviting you to celebrate the beloved bier-and-bratwurst jubilee every single day through the end of the month. Expect warm leberkäse (a traditional German beef and pork loaf), platters of Bavarian sausages and cheeses, and loads of giant brezels that are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It goes without saying, but save some room for the beer: they’ll be serving steins of unfiltered Erdinger Wheat and rich, malty Spaten Optimator Doppelbock.

When: Now through the end of October
Where: Gaumenkitzel, 2121 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702
Telephone: 510-647-5016

Ferry Plaza Seafood Happy Hour
Fact #1: Oysters are always a good idea. Fact #2: Oysters are an even better idea when they’re a $1 a pop. Head over to Ferry Plaza Seafood any weekday between 3:30 PM and 6 PM for a post-work snack that involves 12 oysters for $12, plus $4 clam chowder cups and $9 salmon rillettes. To wash them down, there are $5 wines and $4 beers. Could you ask for a better way to end the day?

When: Mon–Fri 3:30 PM–6 PM
Where: Ferry Plaza Seafood, 653 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94113
Telephone: 415-274-2561

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