There are a bunch of events coming up, and I need to keep this succinct, so click through for more details!
You won’t want to miss this kickoff celebration for Diwali (the Festival of Lights) at BESHARAM on Saturday October 15th, a one-night-only feast from chef Heena Patel (Diwali begins October 24th). The prix-fixe menu ($125) will be family-style, featuring regional Gujarati flavors in dishes inspired by Heena’s favorite childhood memories of the holiday in India, with dessert from friend and guest chef Hetal Vasavada from Milk & Cardamom. The meal is vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options available; wine pairings from Besharam co-owner Paresh Patel are available for $30. Based on the complete flavor extravaganza I just experienced at dinner last week, you are in for something very special. Book on Resy (seatings begin at 5pm). 1275 Minnesota St. at 24th St.
Rose Levy Beranbaum will be in the Bay Area this month for events in support of the publication of her 13th cookbook, The Cookie Bible. The festivities will kick off with a cookies and ice cream party on October 18th at The Ice Cream Bar in Cole Valley (815 Cole St.). The Ice Cream Bar will make one recipe from The Cookie Bible, Rose’s Crescents, and two recipes from Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss, Passion Ice Cream and Raspberry Ice Cream, that will be available for sampling and for sale. Books will be available for sale courtesy of The Booksmith. This event is free to attend. 7:30pm-9pm.
Somebody’s Sister is having a one-year anniversary on October 18th, at Bay Grape in Oakland. After hosting nine pop-ups over the past year, Pamela Busch and Liz Rubin are “super excited for their one-year anniversary party and can’t wait to celebrate the magnificence of being lesbians, dykes, non-binary, trans, and hella queers (and allies) with the Bay Area community.”
San Francisco Restaurant Week is running Friday October 21st-Sunday October 30th, with restaurants offering prix-fixe lunch, brunch, and dinner menus for takeout, delivery, indoor, and outdoor dining at special pricing. Concurrent with Fall Restaurant Week, Eat Drink SF will feature four showcase events around town as well:
Industry Party Appreciation Night (Monday October 17th, 6pm-9pm at Villon) An evening to celebrate San Francisco’s restaurant community; tickets are free for GGRA members and include specialty cocktails, beverages, and appetizers.
Opening Celebration Dinner (Friday October 21st, 5:30pm-8:30pm at One Market Restaurant) This one-time-only, all-star dinner includes chefs Charles Phan of the Slanted Door and Chuck’s Takeaway, Mourad Lahlou of Aziza and Mourad, and Belinda Leong of b. Patisserie and Routier, joining chef Mark Dommen of One Market for a spectacular four-course menu, with each chef presenting one course. Beverages will include a welcome cocktail, as well as wine pairings from sommelier Tonya Pitts. Non-alcoholic beverages available. $175 ticket includes the menu, welcome cocktail, and wine pairings. This will be a seated event, please make reservations for your entire party.
Cocktail Party (Wednesday October 26th, 5:30pm-8pm at the Beacon Lounge) Celebrate the history and future of San Francisco at one of Union Square’s new hotels, Beacon Grand (formerly Sir Francis Drake Hotel). Beacon Lounge on the mezzanine is hosting a cocktail party featuring specialty drinks, bubbles, and appetizers from beverage manager Meg Benshalom, executive chef Chris Ahr, and special guest chefs Sharon Nahm from E&O Kitchen and Roland Passot from Left Bank. Tickets: $50.
Closing Brunch (Sunday October 30th, 11am-2pm at China Live) There will be a one-time-only Sunday brunch at China Live, one of the jewels of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Tickets include a specially created menu by chef George Chen, a choice of welcome cocktail, and paired beer or wine. This will be a seated event, please make reservations for your entire party. Tickets: $65.
Get your ticket for this one while you can! On Sunday October 30th, The Bon Vivants (Trick Dog, Quik Dog, Chezchez) are hosting the return of San Francisco’s Pig & Punch fundraising party at District Six (428 11th St.), from 12pm-5pm. There will be dishes from chefs Intu-on Kornnawong of Jo’s Modern Thai, Seth Stowaway of Osito, Timmy Malloy of Trick Dog, Quik Dog, and Chezchez (of course!), and more! There will be punches served from Tap Trucks and you-call-em-highballs, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages; swag; and tunes. Halloween costumes are optional but encouraged—there will be a costume contest with prizes! All proceeds benefit The Bon Vivants Scholarship in partnership with ScholarMatch, which helps first-in-their-family-to-college students in the Bay Area get to and through university.
Tickets: $50 in advance via Resy, $60 at the door.
At Besharam, they really know how to do a family-style spread! Photo: Alicia Fischer.