Pop-Ups: Woodward's Garden, Salsipuedes

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A dish from Woodward’s Garden. Photo by John Clayton via Woodward’s Garden.

After closing their Mission location this summer, Margie Conard and Dana Tommasino of ~WOODWARD’S GARDEN~ have been popping up around town. Their next series of dinners is happening at Black Point Café on Thursday December 11th, Friday December 12th, Saturday December 13th, Friday December 19th, and Saturday December 20th. The three-course dinners offer your choice of seasonal dishes, including appetizers like chicken liver toasts with sage, capers, and chicory salad; a fish stew with fennel, leeks, tomato, crostini, and smoked saffron aioli for the entrée course; and a Tcho bittersweet chocolate torte with huckleberry for dessert. Check out all the menu choices here.

Tickets for the Fri-Sat dinners are $65 per person and include food, tax, and gratuity (walk-ins are also welcome). Beverages are BYO. On Thursday December 11th, they are co-hosting the event with some special holiday shopping items; call 415-621-7122 for reservations and more information. 882 North Point St. at Larkin, 415-621-7122.

Jay Porter, owner of ~THE HALF ORANGE~ in Oakland, also has a project in the works called Salsipeudes (we’ve reported on both in the past). Salsipuedes is still a work in progress, but you can get a taste of what he’ll be offering on Sunday December 14th at The Half Orange. He’ll be serving a seven-course tasting menu of the type of food they plan to serve once Salsipeudes is open, including a koji-marinated Pacific octopus, dashi, jalapeño-mint sauce, and Ensenada olive oil. Take a look at the menu here. Seatings are at 5pm and 7:30pm, and tickets are $45 per person, with beer and cider pairings available for an additional $25. 3340 East 12th St. at 33rd Ave., Oakland, 510-500-3338.