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Eat This Town—San Francisco

Urban Putt by Kristen Loken

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Urban Putt Grand Opening
Mini-golf lovers will see the opening of Urban Putt—San Francisco’s first and only miniature golf course—as a stroke of genius. Located in a space designed by the masters behind the renovation of Mission Bowling Club, it also features the new restaurant, UP. With food described as “comforting Americana,” menu items include duck confit poutine, cornmeal crust pizza pie, and fried chicken and waffle skewers. There are also two bars, and a lively cocktail line-up. Brand new to the Mission District, Urban Putt tees off the first Monday in May. Now we know what you’ll be up to all summer.

When: Monday, May 5, 4 PM–midnight
Where: 1096 South Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: 415-723-4500


Spring Wine Blitz Preview Tasting
Stop and smell the rosé. Alright, alright—yes, you can also taste! Bi-Rite will host a tasting at 18 Reasons of over 20 bottles of wine, featuring limited release rosés from some of Bi-Rite’s favorite vintners. Like what you try? Beginning Monday April 28 through Sunday May 4, Bi-Rite will have its Spring Wine Blitz, with 20 percent off when you buy a 12-case of mix-and-match wine. And after you’ve sampled all that Bi-Rite has to offer, you’ll be ready to blitz. A must-try is the 2013 Matthiasson Rosé from SF Chronicle’s “Winemaker of the Year” Steve Mattiasson. Don’t think twice—just think pink!

When: Thursday, April 24, 6 PM–8 PM
Where: 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: 415-568-2710


Michael Pollan at City Arts & Lectures
No dilemma here! Sustainable agriculture advocate and health guru Michael Pollan will share his wisdom on the intersection between food, humanity, and nature as part this program, aptly dubbed “The Omnivore’s Solution: In Defense of Food.” Pollan is an environmentally conscious foodie, as well as a writer of many books and teacher of journalism at UC Berkeley. His book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, is forthcoming. Straightforward and witty, Pollan enlightens, inspires, and delights—making us all defenders of food.

When: Thursday, May 1, 7:30 PM
Where: Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Telephone: 415-392-4400


Dine + Discover, a Benefit for SPUR
We’ll meet you at the intersection of Food and Architecture. Held at the newly renovated Art Deco 140 New Montgomery building, this dining experience is a fundraiser to benefit SPUR, an organization that seeks to find solutions to SF’s biggest problems. You’ll leave inspired to donate, and with a satisfied appetite. San Francisco food stars—among them Radius, Craftsmen & Wolves, and Bar Agricole—will be there to feed charitable guests. An added bonus is the grand opening of Trou Normand, the sister restaurant of Bar Agricole. Dining for a cause never tasted so good.

When: Thursday, May 1, 6 PM–10 PM
Where: 140 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: 415-644-4885


David Lebovitz Book Signing at Dandelion Chocolate
A new cookbook is a lot like a chocolate dessert—hard to say no to. Since you likely have room for both, how about sweetening up your Saturday with a visit to Dandelion Chocolate? There you can meet San Francisco Legend David Lebovitz, and pick up his new book of stories and recipes, My Paris Kitchen. While he’s signing your copy, enjoy one of his classic desserts, recreated by Dandelion pastry chef Lisa Vega. David currently lives in Paris, so take advantage while he’s in the Bay. A sweet treat? Mais oui!

When: Saturday, May 3, 11 AM–12:30 PM
Where: Dandelion Chocolate, 740 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: 415-349-0942


The Kentucky Derby at Comstock Saloon
Feeling equine while you dine? Race over to North Beach to watch the 140th Kentucky Derby at the Comstock Saloon while enjoying made-to-order cocktails, a three-course prix fixe menu, and a chance to bet on your favorite thoroughbred. Menu items include a Bulleit Bourbon Mint Julep and a Hot Brown—an open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich made famous in Louisville in the 1920s. If you’re feeling competitive, today might be your lucky day! There will be a "Best Hat" competition for the ladies and a "Dandiest Fellow" for best-dressed gentleman, so dress appropriately. When it comes to the Derby, Comstock isn’t horsing around.

When: Saturday, May 3, noon–4 PM
Where: Comstock Saloon, 155 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
Telephone: 415-617-0071


Deborah Madison Luncheon at Foreign Cinema
In celebration of the new edition of her classic cookbook, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, join vegetarian chef and writer Deborah Madison for an al fresco lunch at Foreign Cinema. Co-hosted by the Antiquarian cookbook shop, Omnivore, the event will have Deborah’s books available for purchase, with the author there to sign your copy. Expected menu delights include spinach and ricotta fritters, onion frittata bites with vinegar and walnuts, a warm golden chanterelle mushroom galette, and wild huckleberry custard tart. A pioneer in mindful eating and the slow-food movement, Deborah would make the perfect lunch date. We’ve meditated on it and we agree.

When: Tuesday, May 6, 11 AM–2 PM
Where: Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: 415-648-7600 x0

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