Pop-Ups: S&S Shack Returns, Dinners in the Dark, Californios, Chaparral, Mixto, and More


Sarah Burchard and Spencer O’Meara of S&S in the kitchen. Photo by Iann Ivy via Facebook.

Chefs Spencer O’Meara and Sarah Buchard are back with their pop-up S&S Shack at ~MISSION ROCK RESORT~ on Tuesday November 12th at 6pm. This time, they are focusing on the food they grew up eating, so think fried chicken, green bean casserole, and deviled eggs; peek at the hunger-inducing menu here. Tickets are $45, not including tip or beverages. 817 Terry Francois Blvd. at Illinois, 415-701-7625.

This is pretty cool: ~THE BLIND CAFÉ~ is popping up Thu-Sat November 7th-9th at The Center. Here’s the deal: the dinner starts at 6:30pm each evening, and the waitstaff is made up entirely of blind people. The dinner (which is a vegetarian menu) takes place in the dark (you may want to wear dark clothes in case you have some dining mishaps, haha), with the blind leading guests in a sensory experience totally outside of sight—including live music. Tickets are a sliding scale of $65-$150, and all proceeds benefit The California Association of Blind Students. 548 Fillmore St. at Fell, 720-495-7797.

Popping up again on Saturday November 9th at ~NAKED KITCHEN~ in the Mission will be chef Val M. Cantu, creator of Californios (he cooked at Uchi in Austin and was a sous at Sons & Daughters). The modern Mexican menu will be nine courses and limited to 10 diners seated around the chef’s table. Tickets for the 6pm and 9pm seatings are $97, not including gratuity. BYOB.

A couple of ongoing pop-ups: Haighteration announced Chaparral is now serving dinner Thu-Sat at ~KATE’S KITCHEN~ in the Lower Haight. The pop-up is from Thomas Martinez (Mission Beach Cafe), and a sample menu includes msemmen (a Moroccan crêpe), sunchokes and squid, wild salmon, and more. Bonus: there’s a late-night menu Fri-Sat. BYOB for now. Open Thu 6pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am. 471 Haight St. at Fillmore, 415-793-9016.

There’s also the new Kinfolk (no relationship to the magazine) from chef Greg Lutes, popping up at Bernal’s ~903 CORTLAND~ Thu-Sat nights since owner Mutsumi Takehara has discontinued dinner for now (via Scoop). 903 Cortland Ave. at Gates.

Here’s a new Oakland pop-up for your radar, from Carlos Nieto. It’s called ~MIXTO~, and it’s happening at Nido three different Sundays: November 10th, December 8th, and January 12th. Each evening, a different chef will take the helm, focusing on the cuisine of a particular region and highlighting a ceviche. Each dinner is four courses and includes wine pairings. First up is chef Tim Luym (of The Attic), who will be exploring the connection between Latin and Filipino cuisine; take a look at his menu and pairings here. The events runs from 7pm-10pm and tickets are $85, including pairings, tax, tip, and you even get a soundtrack to take home. 444 Oak St at 4th St., Oakland.