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Dining, SFoodie Sushi Ran's Chef Toshi talks Winning Third Place at the Global Sushi Challenge

Sushi Ran's Chef Toshi talks Winning Third Place at the Global Sushi Challenge

San Francisco is a proud home to many world-renowned chefs, and now we can add Global Sushi Challenge 3rd place winner to that long list. Michelin-starred Chef Takatoshi Toshi of Sushi Ran in Sausalito recently brought home this accolade from…
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Dining, SFoodie I Entered Wing Wing's Hot Wing Competition and Survived To Blog About It

I Entered Wing Wing's Hot Wing Competition and Survived To Blog About It

Last Saturday was Wing Wing's third Annual Wing Eating Competition held at the SOMA StrEat Food Park. There were two contests: 1) Who could eat the most "Angry Korean" Hot Wings in 10 minutes and 2) Who could eat…
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Dining, SFoodie Get Your Stretchy Pants Ready for Wing Wings' Third Annual Chicken Wing Eating Contest

Get Your Stretchy Pants Ready for Wing Wings' Third Annual Chicken Wing Eating Contest

Ah fall, the time of year where the nights get longer, pumpkin spice permeates the air, and you have a chance to eat as many chicken wings as humanly possible. That's right: It's time once again for Wing Wings' annual…
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Chris Cosentino Opens Up on the Price of Reality TV Fame

Wow. In a raw, brutally honest talk at the MAD symposium in Copenhagen, Top Chef cheftestant and San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino opened up about the downsides to reality TV fame. He started doing the shows to get more exposure…
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Dining, SFoodie Student Throwdown! Culinary Clash hits Luce this Sunday

Student Throwdown! Culinary Clash hits Luce this Sunday

May the best student-chef bag fame and (scholarship) fortune! That's the premise of an upcoming Culinary Clash happening this weekend at the Michelin-starred Luce at the Intercontinental SF. Local culinary students The Art Institute of California - San Francisco (Ai),…
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Dining, SFoodie NBC TV Casting: Home Cooks, Step Up (And Tighten Your Apron Strings!)

NBC TV Casting: Home Cooks, Step Up (And Tighten Your Apron Strings!)

Calling all home cooks! NBC is scouting for a new cooking show with the working title of Food Fighters. Many of the pertinent details are being kept under wraps. Casting Producer Erin Tomasello wouldn't fully dish on the reported "Big…
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Dining, SFoodie Fabric8's Nog-In Showcases a Holiday Drink

Fabric8's Nog-In Showcases a Holiday Drink

Fabric8's Fourth Annual Nog-In Where: Fabric8, 3318 22nd St. (at Valencia), 647-5888 When: Sun., Dec. 16, 6-8 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: The yearly Nog-In competition demonstrates that the best egg nog doesn't always have egg in it, nor does…
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Dining, SFoodie Kugel: Experience Many Varieties at Hanukkah Nosh-Down

Kugel: Experience Many Varieties at Hanukkah Nosh-Down

1st Annual Kugel Nosh-Down Where: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores (at 16th St.), 861-6932 When: Sun., Dec. 9, 3-5 p.m. Cost: $25 ($15 for children under 13); purchase in advance via Brown Paper Tickets The rundown: A festive celebration of…
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Dining, SFoodie Burrito Eater Will Soon Crown The Next Best Slab in San Francisco

Burrito Eater Will Soon Crown The Next Best Slab in San Francisco

Burrito Eater, a site billed as "San Francisco's top resource for taquerias and mustaches," hosts a biannual life threatening exercise called Slab Scrum to determine the city's best burrito. (If they did it every year, the site owner's life expectancy…
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Dining, SFoodie Attend a Pork Battle That Goes Whole Hog

Attend a Pork Battle That Goes Whole Hog

High on the Hog 2012 Where: East Beach Picnic Area, Crissy Field, 603 Mason (at Halleck) When: Sat., Sept. 15, 1-6 p.m. Cost: $20 (purchase in advance via Eventbrite) The rundown: Billed as "San Francisco's first whole hog BBQ competition,"…
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Dining, SFoodie Saturday: Omnivore Books Hosts Pie Battle

Saturday: Omnivore Books Hosts Pie Battle

Omnivore Books has been holding amateur pie-baking battles its the tiny shop since 2009. This year's is set for Saturday, Aug. 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. It's a casual competition that doesn't require advance registration; you can literally show…
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Dining, SFoodie For Bacon Takedown, Public Works Seeks Chefs for Porcine Battle

For Bacon Takedown, Public Works Seeks Chefs for Porcine Battle

Calling all professional and amateur chefs wiling to wallow in a gift of 15 pounds of Hormel Black Label bacon: Matt Timms wants you for the Bacon Takedown on July 15 at Thirsty Bear Public Works. Timms is based in…
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Dining, SFoodie Cake Smackdown on Saturday

Cake Smackdown on Saturday

Cake WalkWhere: Omnivore Books, 3885a Cesar Chavez St. (at Church St.)When: 4-5 p.m. Saturday, July 9Cost: Free for bakers; $5 for eatersThink you've got mad cake-baking skills? Test them out Saturday at Omnivore Books' "Cake Walk" competition.The contest is open…
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Dining, SFoodie Misguided Bacon Slam Comes to Thirsty Bear

Misguided Bacon Slam Comes to Thirsty Bear

San Francisco Bacon Takedown Where: Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, 661 Howard (at Third St.), 974-0905 When: Sun., July 10, noon Cost: $15 The rundown: We're squeamish about this bacon cooking slam, but not because we don't love bacon. In the…
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Dining, SFoodie Barbecue Kings Go Head to Head at Coffee Bar

Barbecue Kings Go Head to Head at Coffee Bar

The SF BBQ Rib Throwdown Where: Coffee Bar, 1890 Bryant (at Mariposa), 551-8100 When: Sunday, July 3, 4-7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 The rundown: It's the 4th of July weekend, when many a young one's fancy turns to thoughts of meat…
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Dining, SFoodie Sunday Chili in the Park with Chefs

Sunday Chili in the Park with Chefs

Sutton Cellars Chili Cook-Off Where: Golden Gate Park (exact location revealed after RSVP) When: Sun., June 26, 2-5 p.m. Cost: $30 The rundown: Carl Sutton has the right kind of friends. Every year the vermouth impresario stages a chili cookoff…
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Dining, SFoodie Omnivore Books Seeks Contenders for July Cake Battle

Omnivore Books Seeks Contenders for July Cake Battle

Cake is the theme of the next informal cooking competition at Omnivore Books in Noe Valley on July 9, and proprietor Celia Sack is calling for contestants. While the mandate is for "inventive" cakes, the sweets will eventually be hacked…
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Dining, SFoodie Bacon Takedown Calls for Competitors

Bacon Takedown Calls for Competitors

New Yorker Matt Timms is ready to give you 15 pounds of Hormel Black Label bacon to fashion into a culinary delight for his Bacon Takedown competition on Sunday, July 10, at Thirsty Bear. Keep in mind, though, that you'll…
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Dining, SFoodie SF Food Wars' Pie or Die Sequel Slayed Eaters

SF Food Wars' Pie or Die Sequel Slayed Eaters

We concluded our stint judging SF Food Wars' Pie Or Die Part Deux in a decidedly queasy state, but in much better shape than after last year's inaugural battle. Like 2010's contest, there were 20 different entrants, but this year…
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Dining, SFoodie Be a Chef: Enter the Pub at Ghirardelli Square's Burger Contest

Be a Chef: Enter the Pub at Ghirardelli Square's Burger Contest

Aspiring chef? Well, here's your shot at the big time. Get your burger on The Pub at Ghirardelli Square's menu for six months and win a $200 gift certificate. That's free money, people! The Pub, better known for barbecue, tots,…
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