This Week: Pop-Up Dinners and a Block Party

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Crabs! Photo courtesy of The Whole Beast and Bernal Supper Club.

Over the next few days, these fun, unique, and sure to be tasty neighborhood events are coming to a ‘hood near you. Keep ‘em on your radar as you’re making dinner plans.

Now that Dungeness crab season is finally underway, you can enjoy a pop-up ~WHOLE DUNGENESS CRAB FEAST~ from the combined forces of The Whole Beast (John Fink) and Bernal Supper Club (Jonathan Sutton, Miles Carnahan, and Tony Ferrari). Their five-course Dungeness crab tasting menu will be served Thursday and Friday, December 15th and 16th, at Winemakers’ Speakeasy (1152 Valencia St. at 22nd St.). It’s a whole-crustacean menu that will feature crab butter on toast; Dungeness crab bisque (made from the shells) with Cognac, fennel, tarragon; crab salad with winter greens, market citrus, persimmons, Champagne vinaigrette; Dungeness crab raviolo, crab coral, chanterelles, leeks, spinach; deep-fried whole crab tossed with classic Chinese-style ginger-black peppercorn sauce; and lime sorbet, gingersnap cookie, pomegranate. 6:30pm and 9pm seatings. $48. Resos: 513-910-8896, or email.

Dinner and a movie is nothing new. How ‘bout dinner and some Mayan legends? On Wednesday December 14th, ~CHAAC MOOL~, a La Cocina participant, is hosting a pop-up dinner at Haltun, where chef-owner Luis Vazquez will serve authentic Yucatecan dishes while explaining the history of each dish and its roots in Mayan lore. (FYI, “Chaac” is the Mayan god of rain.) Sign up online so you can learn the legends behind these dishes and eat them too: sopa de cool (chicken soup with cabbage, herbs, pumpkin seed vinaigrette), ensalada Chichen Itza (salad with purslane, spinach, grilled corn seeds, sweet mango dressing), platillo mestizo (pork legs rolled in a beef steak, baked with herbs and potatoes), and borrachitos (almond cake filled with fresh guava and marinated in a Yucatecan wine). 7pm. $50, includes glass of red or white wine or Mexican beer; add a bottle of wine for $20. Haltun Restaurant, 2948 21st St. at Treat. Tickets.

Swing by the Wurst Holiday Block Party ever, coming up on Friday December 16th, 4pm-8pm, in Merchant Alley (between Battery and Sansome) at ~CAFE PRAGUE~. Go after work for the beer specials (half-liter $4.80, liter $8), $3 mulled wine, and $3 grilled sausages with sauerkraut. Go early for free barbecue chicken wings (4pm-5pm), and for $1 off Staropramen beer to the first 100 guests. Free admission. 424 Merchant St. at Battery.