Monday: The Saucy Awards

The octopus and the coral (from Virgilio Martinez of Central in Lima

Plus Old Bus Tavern turns one tonight with a Jerry Garcia-slash-Grateful Dead-themed menu, and watch out, there's a knife fight coming.

[jump] Golden Gate Restaurant Association's Saucy Awards
Because the trade group is turning 80 this year, The Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) will celebrate with a gala dinner in November and a new suite of awards, The Saucys, which will recognize excellence in the industry. There are 18 in all, from Chef of the Year to Exceptional Fast Casual Restaurant of the Year to Sustainable Restaurant or Bar of the Year. The full list is here, and nominations are open as of today, through Sept. 15, after which time the GGRA Steering Committee will whittle everything down to four finalists per category, and restaurants in the association will rank their choices.

TONIGHT: Old Bus Tavern Turns One With Grateful Dead Menu
Via Bernalwood, we have news that the delightful Old Bus Tavern (3193 Mission) will celebrate its first anniversary from 5-10 p.m. with a tie-in to Jerry Day. Normally closed Mondays, the restaurant-brewery will host Grateful Dead-esque band The Incubators at 6 p.m. and serve such Dead dishes as a Fire on the Mountain (spicy chili with pequin) and a Just Noodlin' (spaetzel with brassicas, maitake mushrooms, whole grain mustard cream, and Aztec Fuji apples).

Calavera and Drake's Dealership Are About to Stab Each Other
Sorta. To commemorate their first year of existence, Calavera and Drake's Dealership will throw a Knife Fight Cookoff this Sunday, Aug. 7, at The Hive (2335 Broadway, Oakland) featuring 5 dishes each from their respective chefs — Sophina Uong and Taylor A. Smith, respectively. Tickets are $20, and in addition to getting a taste of everything, guests will pick the winners for each course and the Best Overall Dish. Please don't let's get stabby, everybody, cause it's all in fun.

How Did the Last Woolly Mammoths Die?
Writing at Oregon Live, San Francisco expat the current Portlander Kale Williams says that the last population of woolly mammoths survived 5,000 years longer than the rest of their species before finally … dying of thirst. St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea was attached to continental North America until rising seas separated it from the mainland, and fresh water grew scarce. (Also, the scientist Williams whom quotes, the director of the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility, is named Matthew Wooller.)

Matthew McConaughey, the Voice of, and Ideas Man For, Wild Turkey
“The best ads are not solicitous,” says Matthew McConaughey, adding, “And millennials don’t want bourbon lite. These people want bourbon, brother!” You might recognize McConaughey from such educational films as Two Minus Three Equals Negative Fun and Firecrackers: The Silent Killer those pretentious Lincoln ads and also from some movies over the years, and according to The New York Times, apparently his involvement with Wild Turkey goes much, much deeper than voiceover work. 

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