Just as there seems to be a lull in food events in the Bay Area, the barrage starts all over again. Here are five over the next week that peaked our interest.

Thursday, October 18 (6:00-7:00 p.m.) – Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson, who heads Fäviken, deemed by Bon Appetit Magazine recently as “the most daring restaurant in the world,” will be talking about his first major cookbook “Fäviken” at Omnivore books.  All the products Nilsson uses at his restaurant are harvested, butchered and preserved by hand, using the most natural and primitive methods possible. The event is free at Omnivore Books (3885a Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco).

Sunday, October 21 (11:00-4:00 p.m.) – Off the Grid’s latest venture is set for round two on Sunday with Picnic at the Presidio. The event, being held every Sunday in October, is a modern day version of the outdoor picnic. Held at the Main Post in Presidio National Park, there will be 20+ prepared food and retail vendors including restaurants such as Bar Crudo, Chotto, Dixie and Mission Cheese. Food carts will also be on hand. There will be lawn games, free bike maintenance provided by Sports Basement and several different yoga classes. Full bar service as well. The Main Post is located across from the Walt Disney Museum.

Sunday, October 21 (1:00-2:30 p.m.) – One of the biggest ballot measures in November is Proposition 37, a ballot initiative mandating the labeling of foods which contain genetically engineered crops. This has been a hot button topic in not only the food world and California, but on a national level. The topic will be discussed on Sunday, part of Oliveto’s “It’s Complicated” series. Panelists include Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now! and Rebecca Spector, West Coast Director of the Center for Food Safety. Inform yourself on the issue before heading to the ballot box. Tickets are $10 and the event will be held in the upstairs dining room at Oliveto Restaurant (5655 College Avenue, Oakland).

Monday, October 22 (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) – With the launch of his second book, “Edible Selby,” photographer Todd Selby is taking a tour of the Bay Area next week, with several different stops. His first is on Monday as Bar Tartine will host Selby for the launch of his book. There will be sandwiches from guest chefs Danny Bowien, Ignacio Mattos and Russell Moore. Bar Tartine’s very own Nick Balla and Cortney Burnes will also be on hand. The event is open to the public and sandwiches will be sold individually or guests can pay $60 for a guest chef sandwich, a copy of the book and Selby tote bag. Bar Tartine is located at 561 Valencia Street in San Francisco.

Monday, October 22 (6:30 p.m.) – Charlie Palmer’s Burritt Room + Tavern is hosting a wine pairing dinner featuring St. Helena-based Knights Bridge Winery. Palmer and Executive Chef Ashley Weaver will be creating a six-course menu paired with different vintages from Knights Bridge. Tim Carl and Danielle Freschet will also be on hand to talk about their wines. The dinner is $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by contacting the restaurant at (415) 400-0561. The Burrit Room + Tavern is located in The Mystic Hotel (417 Stockton Street, San Francisco).



Photo Credit: Off the Grid