Upcoming Food Events, Fundraisers, Anniversaries, and More

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Jardinière. Photo: © FrankenyImages.com.

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Food trucks at last year’s J-Pop Summit. Photo: © Kumi Yamauchi.

Leave it to ~WING WINGS~ in the Lower Haight to be one of the first local businesses to rally to help Texans affected by the flood. On Tuesday September 5th, they will be hosting Tacos for Texas, with tacos, queso, beers, and more from Señor Sisig, Minnie Bells, Miguel from Papalote, and more. Beats will be provided by Ross Hogg, Mr. E, and the Sazon Libre Crew. 5pm-9pm. Follow @wingwings for updates.

Next week, ~NOMICA~ is celebrating their one-year anniversary with special dinners and offers all week (from September 4th-9th). They’ll be giving away a bottle of sparkling wine with every whole chicken in brioche (as always, there is a limited quantity of chickens available), but if you have been wanting to check it out, now would be the time. And be sure to try their special iwashi (sardine) appetizer—chef Hiroo began a very special process to cure it a year ago. There is a ticketed dinner, new cocktails (Scott Baird of Trick Dog will be guest bartending on Thursday September 7th), and a whole lot more—read all about it on their site. 2223 Market St. at Sanchez.

Since I’m going dark next week, I also wanted to be sure you knew about ~JARDINIÈRE~’s 20th anniversary (!) festivities, from an anniversary kickoff dinner to a private alumni event to a women of Hayes Valley celebration. It’s going to be an amazing week—raise a glass to chef Traci Des Jardins and her outstanding team! We love you!

Returning to SF on the weekend of September 9th-10th is the J-Pop Summit street fair, which moved from Japantown to Fort Mason Center. Like in years past, there will be quite the lineup of ramen restaurants (from the Bay Area and Seattle) at the Ramen Summit, sake makers and distributors, a special Sake Summit Premium event on Saturday, Japanese food trucks, snacks, and drinks. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids ages 6 and up. Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd.

Make sure you save the date for the San Francisco Street Food Festival, which returns Sunday October 15th to benefit La Cocina’s food entrepreneurs. The event will be scaled back but there will still be more than 30 Bay Area chefs and restaurants. A limited number of tickets will be sold for $5. I’ll keep you updated. It will run 11am to 8pm at The Power Station at 420 23rd St. in the Dogpatch.