Another week, another guide to all the exciting, new food and drink-related openings, pop-ups, and special events going down this week in SF and the East Bay. So if a pie party, the return of a beloved brewery, or pastries for a good cause sound like enticing plans to you, read on.
On May 1st, Zuni Cafe is hosting a bake sale to support the AAPI community. Proceeds will go toward AAPI Women Lead, the Asian Pacific American Community Center, and Third Culture Bakery’s community safety kits. You can take a look at the full lineup of all 32 participating bakeries and restaurants here - it’s chock full of spots we love, like Astranda Bakery, Frolic & Detour, Mister Jiu’s, State Bird Provisions, and more. Pastry boxes are $30 each, and include five pastries of your choosing. The bake sale starts at 11am and will continue until sell-out (which we have a feeling will happen quickly - so get there on the earlier side).
If you’re in the East Bay, and also want to support a bake sale benefiting the AAPI community, Bake Love Not Hate will sell baked goods from Boichik Bagels, Two Chicks In The Mix, Firebrand Artisan Breads, La Farine, and more on May 1st, and donate all proceeds to AAPI Women Lead, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, and Hate Is A Virus. In addition, you can bid on things like a signed Steph Curry jersey or gift cards to Farmhouse Kitchen anytime during their online auction on April 30th. Check their Instagram to view more auction items as they’re released, and stop by the bake sale on Saturday from 12-6pm at 59 Grand Ave.
After a building fire forced Pacific Cocktail Haven to temporarily close in February, the bar is returning to action with a takeover series. The events will take place at three different bars throughout the city: Mr. Tipple’s (May 2nd), Wildhawk (May 3rd), and White Cap (May 4th), and feature PCH cocktails, like the “OH Snap” (gin, Manzanilla sherry, sugar snap peas, absinthe, and tonic) or the “Kung Fu Pandan” with Japanese whisky, sake, salted pandan, citrus, and candy cap dust. A portion of cocktail proceeds will be donated to Muttville, a senior dog rescue organization.
LoJo's Tacos At Temescal Brewing
Our favorite breakfast taco pop-up is headed to Temescal Brewing in Oakland on May 2nd as part of their Yoga & Beer event (10am-12pm). For $25, you’ll get an hour-long yoga class on the brewery’s sunny patio and a pint of beer. LoJo’s excellent tacos filled with things like maple-glazed bacon and fluffy scrambled eggs will also be available for purchase. If you can’t make the yoga class, LoJo’s will be serving to the public from 12-2pm.
A couple of weeks ago, Kin Khao finally reopened their Dogpatch location after a brief hiatus, which means you’re probably overdue for a bowl of their excellent khao soi and some papaya salad. Head there to grab food and eat it on their shaded outdoor patio. They also have beer and wine by the glass, which makes this spot perfect if you’re looking for a sunny spot to chill.
The fantastic pie-focused pop-up in Oakland is celebrating its first birthday on May 1st at The Lede in Temescal. Along with live music, there’ll be slices of pie (including flavors like chocolate chess, caramel banana cream, and triple berry), hand pies, and cocktails and bottomless mimosas. They have limited indoor table reservations available here, or you can walk up for first come, first serve outdoor dining and lots of pie-centric festivities.
The Mission brewery closed last September, and finally reopened earlier this month. So stop by their beautiful, light-filled space for a pint of beer or a house cocktail, and enjoy it with crispy brussels sprouts or sage fries. Patio and parklet seating are also available.