Two Culinary Chats (and Dinners to Go Along With Them)

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The Commonwealth crew; photo via Eater by Molly DeCoudreaux.

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No doubt there’s a lot of young culinary talent coming up in SF, and this Thursday February 16th starting at 6pm, you’ve got a chance to meet a particularly hot group of chefs at The Commonwealth Club for their panel ~MEET AND EAT WITH SF’S HOTTEST CULINARY CREW~. Brandon Jew (Bar Agricole), William Werner (the newly minted Outfit Generic), Brett Cooper (Outerlands), Michael Gaines (Central Kitchen), and Evan Rich (Chefs’ Night Off pop-up dinners) are joining moderator Carolyn Alburger (Eater SF) to discuss their delicious and innovative cuisines. Expect the shop talk to cover farmers, chef camaraderie, and modern SF cuisine. Tickets are $25, $15 members, $7 students with ID. 595 Market St., 2nd Fl., at 2nd St.

This panel will likely convince you to dine with these five chefs at ~BAR AGRICOLE~ on Monday February 20th, when the chefs (with production partner Kitchit) will present a five-course prix-fixe dinner with available drink pairings. Sneak a peek at some of the courses: local halibut with bone marrow vinaigrette and turnips; chilled sunchoke soup with preserved lemon, ras el hanout, and nettles; roasted black cod with Espelette and celery; rabbit loin with mustard, green garlic, and cardoons; and milk chocolate, citrus, violet, and burnt honey. $120, $100 members, includes panel discussion, five-course dinner, but does not include wine/cocktails or gratuity. Dinner tickets here.

In another culinary chat and chomp, food writer Colman Andrews (co-founder of Saveur mag) is coming to the Bay Area on Sunday February 26th with his newest book, The Country Cooking of Italy. The book includes 230 recipes from every region of Italy, with loads of photos to boot (over 100). You can meet this James Beard award-winning author at ~OMNIVORE BOOKS~ from 3pm-4pm for a talk and signing, or have dinner with him at ~CAMINO~ in Oakland at 5:30pm. Dinner features cocktails and four-courses. $85 including wine, not including tax or gratuity; tickets avail online. 3917 Grand Ave. at Sunnyslope, Oakland, 510-547-5035.