This Weekend in Food

A cheese festival, a vicious bread pudding cookoff with only one victor, La Mar Cebicheria's 10th anniversary, and the return of Starbelly's Patio Picnic (with a full liquor license!).

SF Cheese Fest (Ellen Cronin)

SF Cookoff: Bread Pudding Edition

On Sunday, SF Cookoff brings eight amateur cooks together for a no-holds-barred competition involving sweet and savory bread puddings, as judged by David Williams of Hooker’s Sweet Treats. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., head to Standard Deviant Brewery in the Mission (280 14th St.) for a food showdown with plenty of beer — and bread puddings that might involve gruyère and caramelized onions, salted caramel, and sourdough. Tickets are $15.

A fundraiser for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, the fourth annual cheese festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at Social Hall SF (1270 Sutter St.) and the Cheese School of San Francisco‘s new campus (Ghirardelli Square). Learn about California cheese with Bi-Rite Market‘s Liz Rubin or familiarize yourself with the art of pairing wines and cheese curds with Kirstin Jackson, author of It’s Not You, It’s Brie. Beyond educational seminars, the main event is Saturday night’s Cheesemaker Celebration, the theme of which is 4×4, a reference to the festival’s age and the four types of milk from which the tastiest substance on earth is derived (cow, goat, sheep, and water buffalo). Tickets are $69-$79 for seminars and $84 for the Cheesemaker celebration.

La Mar Cebichería’s 10th Anniversary

Executive Chef Victoriano Lopez celebrates the Embarcadero’s most elegant Peruvian restaurant with a $99 prix fixe 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly through Sunday, Sept 16, highlighting dishes served across La Mar‘s first 10 years in business. A mix of street food and items with Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and African influences, including a variety of cebiches and anticuchos, lomo saltado, and lucuma mousse for dessert. Reserve via OpenTable.

 
Not technically on the weekend, but whatever, it’s cool. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the patio picnic series at Starbelly (3583 16th St.) returns with lots of fried chicken from Petaluma and delicious sides like jalapeño corn bread and honey butter, heirloom apple and celery root slaw, braised collard greens with housemade bacon, and a late-summer fruit cobbler. What’s even more significant is that the city finally gave Starbelly a full liquor license, which means veteran lead bartender Christopher Nilesnew cocktail menu is in full force. Don’t overlook the Gentleman Caller, a variant of a Manhattan made with Sonoma Distill o. bourbon, suze, and sweet vermouth. Tickets are $45, with cocktails available for purchase.
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