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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday Seven: Mezcal at Lolinda, Salumeria Starts Brunch, Big Sur Foragers Festival Tickets On Sale

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Plus Resy threatens to upend OpenTable's reign, Monsanto gets away with something, and a deranged blogger calls out Chick Fil-A for being too pro-gay.

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Lolinda Does a Mezcal Tasting
Mezcal is everywhere, but it's never better than when paired with five drink courses. Lolinda's mezzanine is throwing a mezcal tasting ($35 per person) that brings Wahaka Mezcal and the kitchen's own nibbles together. When the main course is a beverage (the Sugar Daddy, made with Wahaka Espedin, orange, lemon, agave, chili, mint and Peychaud's) you know this is no ordinary Taco Tuesday, but we're really excited for the "Mole'd Fashioned," made with banana leaf.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6-10 p.m., at Lolinda, 2518 Mission, 415-550-6970.

Salumeria Starts Brunch
The spate of prominent brunch rollouts continues unabated as Thomas McNaughton's Salumeria plans a menu of scrambled eggs with pumpkin, goat cheese, spinach, and chli; bacon walnut sticky buns; apple cider donuts; crispy fingerling potatoes with malt vinegar and Parmiggiano, and house-smoked applewood bacon. There are low-ABV cocktails like the Pacifica (a "build-your-own mimosa adventure" with garden herb syrup and bitters) to break up that hangover without starting the cycle all over again. You'll have to muddle through this weekend without it somehow, as it starts Saturday, Nov. 14.
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Salumeria, 3000 20th St., 415-471-2998 or

A Club Grows in SoMa
Anything that isn't bland condos in Central SoMA should be celebrated; nightlife even more so. According to Hoodline, Codeword, a new club-restaurant from the DNA Lounge folks, is opening on a rather surprising block of Folsom near Fifth Street next week, quite likely Nov. 10. As with the 24/7 DNA Lounge, expect lots of pizza, pizza, pizza (and EDM).
Codeword, 917 Folsom.

Big Sur Foragers Festival
Tickets are on sale for the Big Sur Foragers Festival, a three-day gathering of wild foods, wine and beer, expert-led expeditions into the wilderness, and a chef competition with celebrity judges. Any excuse to go to drive across the Bixby Bridge, really, but a "cocktail reception and fungus presentation" definitely piques my interest. 
Big Sur Foragers Festival, Jan. 15-17, 2016.

The End of OpenTable's Monopoly?
Prop H passed, which means PG&E's hold on our electricity supply might not last forever. And, as Michael Bauer notes, the same might be true to OpenTable now that Resy has arrived. Although it's snagged some high-profile S.F. clients with its ability to reserve specific tables in a given restaurant, it currently serves less than 1/1000th of what OpenTable does. Watch out, Goliath?

Dispatches from Monsanto
Well, he's one to ruin your afternoon. The Environmental Protection Agency determined over the summer that glyphosphate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup pesticide, is not an endocrine disruptor that messes with your hormones. But according to the Intercept, to reach that conclusion, they relied heavily on the pesticide industry's own science, ignoring evidence to the contrary from parties with less of a financial stake in the outcome. So much for dispassionate inquiry in the field of public health.

Chick Fil-A Now Too Pro-Gay!
Remember the boycotts against Chick Fil-A last year after CEO Dan Cathy spoke out against gay marriage? They kinda went nowhere, but apparently the company is trying to be less awful, sponsoring a "faith-based LGBT film festival" in Tennessee. That led one right-wing blogger to call for everyone at the company to be put to death. Sheesh.

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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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