Beats & Botanicals Dinner
Rich Table is hosting a three-course dinner tonight (Monday) in collaboration with Ford's Ginand music producer Dan The Automator. Prepared by chef de cuisine Brandon Rice, the meal is themed around Chinese-American cooking with family-style dishes including soft shell crab lo mein, General Tso chicken seasoned with Ford's Gin, and more. Dan The Automator will be performing a specially curated soundtrack of unreleased tracks as well as hip-hop and crowd favorites. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Bay Leaf Kitchen, a nonprofit that teaches kids how to cook. // Monday, June 12 at Rich Table, 199 Gough St (Hayes Valley); $175 tickets available at flipcause.com.
A Taste of Banned Countries
James Beard Award–winning publication Roads & Kingdoms is bringing it's Banned Countries Dinner series to San Francisco on Tuesday. In honor of Iranian cuisine and culture, R&K will host a supper along with Yasmin Khan, author of The Saffron Tales, at Blue Plate. Khan has curated a special Persian menu for the evening, which doubles as a fundraiser for the Dolores Street Deportation Defense Program. // Tuesday, June 13 at Blue Plate, 3218 Mission St (Mission); $150 tickets at eventbrite.com.
We All Scream for Upcycled Ice Cream
SF's newest ice creamery Salt & Straw is debuting flavors this month that bring attention to food waste—did you know that an estimated 40 percent of food goes to waste in America? S&S' Rescued Flavors is a collaboration with the local nonprofit Food Runners, which works to save leftovers all over the city. Tickle your tastebuds with Banana Bread Pudding ice cream, studded with chunks of cinnamon-spice bread pudding and over-ripe (read: extra sweet) bananas; or try Imperfect Produce's Candied Citrus and Whey Caramel, made with a frozen yogurt-style caramel and candied citrus zest. // 2201 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), saltandstraw.com
Model Bakery Opens Mini Model in Yountville
Model Bakery, home of those famously fluffy Oprah-approved English muffins, has opened its third outpost in Yountville. Dubbed Mini Model, the new spot will offer Stumptown Coffee to pair with pastries, grab-and-go lunches, freshly baked goods and breakfast sandwiches. // 7am to 2pm daily, 6523 Washington St. (Yountville, themodelbakery.com)
Lamb Jam Is Baaaaack
Tickets are now on sale for the 8th annual San Francisco Lamb Jam, next month at Spark Social SF. Look for some of the Bay Area's top culinary talents to compete in a lamb cook-off—the Best in Show winner will go on to compete in Washington D.C. for the title of Lamb Jam Master and $1,000 toward the charity of their choice. Watch Mark Dommen (One Market Restauran), Mark Stark (Bird and The Bottle), Eric Nyeste (Smokestack BBQ) and more. //Sunday July 16th, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. (Mission Bay); $75 tickets americanlamb.com.