Another week, another opportunity to hang out over some bevvies and bites, along with some cool tablehopper readers (there is never a shortage of food-and-drink-related conversation, let me tell you). This Thursday April 8th, I will be hosting a drop-in 18 Reasons Event (with bubbly and bites from La Cocina producer Onigilly). I’ll be reading from my book, and I also prepared a special handout, “18 Picks from the tablehopper on 18 People and Places and Things That Bring 18 Reasons’ Values to Life.” It’s also opening night of the Dolores Park Movie Night, so maybe swing by on your way to the park? (You can also check out the new Ebb and Flow for dinner—it’s just across the street.) Event details. 7pm-9pm. $5 members, $10 general. 593 Guerrero St. at 18th St., San Francisco.
East Bay folks, I will be hosting a meet and greet at The Pasta Shop inside Rockridge Market Hall this Saturday April 10th at 12pm. We’ll be grazing on a variety of my favorite pantry items, from honey and olive oil to cheese and olives (we’re calling it a pop-up party)! Free (except for my book, which will be for sale at the event). 5655 College Ave., Oakland.
More details have rolled in from the chefs and bartender teams cooking and mixing at the Hop Dog Happy Hour next Wednesday April 14th from 6pm-8pm at the Ferry Building: Jamie Lauren will be doing Absinthe’s house-made hot dog with Guinness mustard, chili ketchup, and sauerkraut; paired with Carlos Yturria’s Sea Bean Gimlet with Hendrick’s Gin.
John Clark and Gayle Pirie of Showdogs are grilling house-made lamb merguez with house mustard and slaw, while Scott Baird of 15 Romolo is doing something with Spanish brandy.
Yvonne Long and Natalie McMahon of Da Beef will of course be offering their Chicago dog, while Brooke Arthur of Range is doing a cocktail with Wild Turkey.
Stand by for what the team of Ryan Farr (4505 Meats) and Daniel Hyatt (The Alembic) are concocting—it’s sure to be demented.
It’s only $15, buy tickets here. All proceeds benefit CUESA.
And then next Friday April 16th, let me salve your tax-paying woes with delicious chocolate at my book signing and chocolate tasting at Fog City News, featuring samples from the amazing Xocolatl de Davíd. We’ll be tasting the following chocolates: Almond Pimentón, Salted Caramel (probably the darkest and saltiest caramel bar they sell, 72% dark chocolate base), and my favorite, the Bacon Raleigh bar (nougat, pecans, fleur de sel, 72% dark chocolate, and bacon-infused caramel). 455 Market St. at 1st St., San Francisco. 12pm-2pm, free.
On Saturday April 17th, I will be heading to the East Bay for a book reading and signing at Read Booksellers in Danville. I’m excited because a lot of my family will be there, including my great aunt Mary and uncle Tony, awwww. Blackhawk Plaza, Danville. 2pm, free.