We love pop-ups and temporary chef nights, but we hate keeping track of them. Every few weeks we'll bring you a list of the best upcoming events -- all you have to do is mark your calendar.
The Great American Pop-Up
Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), 885-0750
When: Tues., Aug. 21, 5-10 p.m.
Cost: Menu items from $5-10
The rundown: GAMH's sister club Slim's had a positive experience hosting pop-up dinners last summer, so now the bigger venue is taking a shot at it this week. Featured vendors are largely relative newcomers to the street food cart scene, including Rice Cracker Sushi (who tends to offer unconventional, "white trash" flavor combos), The Butcher's Daughter (a sausage-maker who actually is the spawn of a meat salesman), and Dora's Donuts (specialist of holes). The food will be paired with music by local DJs Children of the Funk.
Where: The Window at Coffee Bar, 1599 Howard (at 12th)
When: Thurs. Aug. 23 and Thurs. Aug. 30 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Menu items from $5 and up
The rundown: Saigon-style street food (Ho Chi Minh City-style street food just doesn't roll off the tongue in the same way) crafted from family recipes shared by cousins Paulette Tran, Diane Le, and Victoria Hoang. The menu changes each day that 3 Bottled Fish is at the Window, but past afternoons have included items such as a grilled lemongrass pork sandwich, savory sticky rice with green mango salad, and pan-fried tofu with mashed tomatoes. Read SFoodie's interview with Paulette Tran for more info.
Gluten-Free & Paleo Pop-Up
Where: SF FoodLab, 1106 Market (at Seventh St.), 834-5348
When: Sat., Aug. 25, seatings every half hour from 5:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $32 (purchase tickets in advance via Eventbrite)
The rundown: Zenbelly Catering presents a three-course meal with three to four options for each course. The main course choices include a bone-in pork chop with stone fruit slaw and tallow fries; grassfed New York strip steak with chimichurri and tallow fries; seafood paella with chorizo, shrimp, mussels, wild red snapper, and cauliflower "rice"; and Moroccan chickpea and roasted vegetable stew with cauliflower "rice" and mint yogurt. Everything is gluten-free and the choices are "predominantly Paleo."
Where: 18 Reasons, 2674 18th St. (at Dolores), 241-9760
When: Wed., Aug. 29
Cost: $10 for food, $3-4 for beer and wine (RSVP via Brown Paper Tickets)
The rundown: Johan Duramy, Akshay Saxena, and Barron Bixler are neighborhood chefs who will serve "traditional paella," described only as a meat and seafood mix of some sort, at this Mission District gathering spot for food-related art events and workshops. The advance RSVP guarantees they'll save a bowl for you.