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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday Six: Dinner and a Mixtape at Oro, Fond Memories of Betty Crocker

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From Oro's secret menu - ORO
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Also, Petit Crenn is doing breakfast and lunch, Fort Point and Precita Park Cafe join forces, Sprig is delivering Mystery Halloween Costumes, and Taqueria Vallarta has some updates.

TOMORROW: Dinner and a Mixtape at Oro
Mint Plaza newbie Oro is hosting an event on Wednesday, Oct. 28 with a special menu by Jason Fox and music from DJ Neil Armstrong (who's toured with Jay Z). Along with an actual, real-life mixtape on a cassette USB, you can get some salt cod croquettes, halibut chicharrones, and beef tartare. This beats by a mile the cheese fries and CD of My Bloody Valentine songs your besty gave you after your last breakup.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 8-11 p.m., $75, at Oro, 8 Mint Plaza, 415-974-1212.

Petit Crenn Adds Breakfast and Lunch
Petit Crenn,
Dominique Crenn's follow-up to Atelier Crenn, serves a five-course tasting menu in two seatings every evening. (I found it to be pretty exhilarating last month.) As of this morning, Crenn has now added breakfast (8-11 a.m.) and lunch (11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.), Tuesdays through Saturdays, no reservation slots required.
Petit Crenn, 609 Hayes, 415-864-1744 or

Fort Point Beer Dinner

Precita Park Cafe is teaming up with Fort Point Brewery two weeks from today (Tuesday, Nov. 10) for a $75 five-course tasting menu dinner. On the board: a burrata made with honey truffle, parsley, Meyer lemon, and pomegranate, and served with Kolsch; and a dish of venison, smoked raisin and apple chutney, sweet potatoes, and squash pork belly hash, paired with Manzanita. I made burrata at Precita Park Cafe a few months ago, and damn, it's tricky. Leave it to the masters.
Fort Point Beer-Paired Dinner, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6-8 p.m., $75, at Precita Park Cafe, 500 Precita Ave., 415-647-7702 or

Sprig Helps You Play Dressup
If you're so bummed out by cynical Halloween costumes that you can't even get it together to be a sexy cat, maybe Sprig can help. The food delivery startup is doing Mystery Costume delivery, too. It's a little scary, but the company promises that the dozen options are "unisex and fantastic" (so no Wonder Woman, Jan Brady, or Mothra) and at least it minimizes the having-to-think-about-shit quotient.

Taqueria Vallarta Is All Different Now
I ate tacos last night at my favorite Mission taqueria, and there are many changes. First, the price per taco is now $2.50, for which one can hardly fault them. Second, the blue-and-yellow tiled tables are all gone, replaced by bland blond wood. Third, Taqueria Vallarta now serves sesos (beef brains), just in time for Halloween. Fourth, there was a tech bro in line ahead of me who was carrying on a cell phone conversation while he ordered (rude) and had to ask what carne asada was, so the Mission has officially disintegrated for real this time.
Taqueria Vallarta, 3033 24th St, 415-826-8116.

All Hail Betty
The New York Times Magazine has a very slightly tongue-in-cheek story praising Betty Crocker that goes dumpster diving into Cold War politics. Required reading for anyone old enough to remember savory gelatins and Perfection Salad.

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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