Magnus Nilsson. Photo courtesy Phaidon Books.
The ever-chic and amazing Todd Selby is in town, promoting his new book Edible Selby. Head to ~CAMINO~ in Oakland on Wednesday October 24th for a multicourse dinner with the Selby himself, and some of the chefs and artists featured in the book. The dinner will start at 6pm with drinks and snacks and a chance to talk with the author, and then at 7pm you’ll sit down to a supper cooked by some of the featured chefs. Dinner-only tickets have sold out, but you can still get a ticket for dinner, plus the book and a cocktail voucher, for $135. Or upgrade to the souvenir package for $170. Ticket prices include wine, but not tax or tip. 3217 Grand Ave. at Santa Clara, Oakland, 510-547-5035.
For a taste of forward-thinking Scandinavian food, check out the events with Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson, who is also going to be in town this month, promoting his book Fäviken. On Thursday October 18th, he’ll be at ~OMNIVORE BOOKS~, talking about the innovative restaurant and signing copies of the book. The event is free, though it is recommended that you RSVP.
Then, on Saturday October 20th, he’ll be at ~COI~ cooking an eight-course dinner alongside another innovative superstar, Daniel Patterson. The dinner costs $250, including a signed copy of the book. Optional wine pairings are available for an additional $105. Reservations can be made by calling COI at 415-393-9000. 373 Broadway at Montgomery.
Act quickly on this one: Sunday October 21st, ~BAR TARTINE~ will be hosting a Sunday Smörgåsbord with Magnus Nilsson from 12:30pm-2:30pm. There will be a smorgasbord buffet brunch showcasing a number of the techniques used in the book, with a selection of housemade cheeses, sausages, fermented pickles, cured fish, and a variety of new Tartine breads including a new porridge bread and sprouted rye. Tickets are $95 and include a copy of Fäviken, food, and drink.
For a more local evening, join Samin Nosrat of Ciao Samin for an after-hours author dinner at Tartine Bakery on Wednesday October 17th. Adam Roberts of The Amateur Gourmet will be the guest, promoting his new book, Secrets of the Best Chefs, which features Nosrat and other Bay Area chefs. The dinner begins at 8pm with hors d’oeuvres, and then you’ll sit down to three family-style courses with wine. Tickets are $110, and include food, wine, tax, tip, and a copy of the book. Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero St. at 18th St.