September Dinners and Happenings and Fests!

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A cheese plate at Cheese Fest. Photo from Facebook.

Here’s a quick roundup of special dinners, events, and more happening this September:

If you’re around Labor Day weekend, ~HOMESTEAD~ in Oakland is hosting a Sunday Supper BBQ on September 4th from 4:30pm-8:30pm. Think chopped salad, baby back ribs, smoked brisket, corn on the cob, baked beans, Texas toast, traditional fixings, and strawberry shortcake. The three-course prix-fixe is $55 (there’s a children’s portion at half price). 4029 Piedmont Ave. at 40th St., Oakland, 510-420-6962.

Saturday September 17th is the second annual SF Cheese Fest, featuring 24 California Artisan Cheese Guild member cheese companies, plus cured meats, pickles, jams, sauces, craft beer (Magnolia Brewing, Fort Point Beer), and wine from CACG member Herb Lamb Vineyards. I went last year and tasted some great cheeses and really enjoyed speaking with many cheesemakers. Expect to see Cowgirl Creamery, Marin French Cheese, and Point Reyes Farmstead joined by artisan makers such as Bleating Heart, Nicasio Valley Cheese, and newcomers such as Chevoo and Pazzo Marco, among others. Tickets: $84 and include unlimited food and drinks. Limited “Bring a Friend” tickets are $149 for two, available through Wednesday August 31st. Get your ticket soon! Social Hall SF, 1270 Sutter St. at Van Ness, 6pm-9pm.

The fifth annual Wing Wings Chicken Wing Eating Contest is coming up on Saturday September 17th during the Eat Trill Fest, a daylong music and food event at the brand-new Spark Social Food Park in Mission Bay (the contest will run from 2pm-5pm).

Wing Wings needs some donations of raffle prizes since this is a big fundraiser! Donations of any kind are welcome and appreciated, from items to gift bags, services, gift certificates, or otherwise. Homeless Youth Alliance is the recipient of this year’s fundraising efforts. Please email Lisa or Christian if you are able to donate a raffle prize. They are also looking for contestants! The entire fest runs 11am-10pm. 601 Mission Bay Blvd N. at 3rd St.

Sunday September 18th is an Autumn Belgian Beer Dinner (more like a supper, really) at ~BEL~, with quite the lineup of dishes and beers (check it out here). $160 per person, tax and gratuity included. 2pm-6pm. Call to reserve a spot: 415-206-1000. 3215 Mission St. at Fair.

On Wednesday September 21st, ~PRUBECHU~ is doing another one of their whole roasted pig parties, with live music and a release of their craft beer collaboration with Good Beer Company (including one made with soursop!). It’s all you can eat, and a 4-ounce taste of each beer will be included with the roast pig dinner. $120, all-inclusive of tax, tip, music, beer, and food. Only 34 tickets, hop to it! Doors 6:30pm, dinner 7pm. 2847 Mission St. at 24th St., 415-952-3654.