Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin, founders of New York’s Ovenly Bakery, will be in San Francisco on Wednesday January 28th for an evening of cocktails and bites with Stag Dining and Heath Ceramics. The evening includes tasting plates inspired by their new book, Ovenly. Spiced sweet and savory recipes will include Dungeness crab bao with pickled celery and mayonnaise, and beef tartare with walnut crisp, apple, and blue cheese aioli. There will also be cocktails and dessert. The evening runs from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Tickets are $75 per person and include food, beverages, and a signed copy of the book. Yeah, that’s not too shabby! 1900 18th St. at Alabama, 415-361-5552.
This is sad news, along with an excellent cause. SEVEN HILLS is hosting a benefit for local cheesemaker Craig Ramini of Ramini Mozzarella. Ramini, who makes true domestic buffalo mozzarella at his dairy in Tomales, has been battling cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment, which has forced the dairy to stop operations for the time being. To help raise funds to keep the dairy in business, the restaurant will be doing a three-course prix-fixe dinner on Tuesday February 3rd. The dinner costs $75 per person, with proceeds going to Ramini, and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. 1550 Hyde St. at Pacific, 415-775-1550.
CROSSBURGERS in Oakland has started doing pop-ups with Boucherie Meats, and they have one coming up on Friday January 23rd. The pop-ups are designed to bring some life and activity to Frank H. Ogawa Plaza after nearby workers leave at the end of the day, from 6pm until 9pm, with outdoor activities including a funk band and a magician. Crossburger’s owner Eddie Blyden has more tricks up his sleeve, too, and wants to make the plaza feel a bit like a carnival for the community to enjoy. There will be beers for $3, charcuterie from Boucherie, and gumbo, with more large-format meats in the works. Blyden mentions the possibility of whole roasted lamb or pig, as well as goat stew in coming months. The pop-ups are happening twice a month, with the next one Friday January 23rd followed by one on February 6th. 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 150, at 16th St., Oakland, 510-817-4463.