La Cocina at Cerf Club
925 O’Farrell St.,
The most valiant, stalwart nonprofit of them all — La Cocina, of course — has slowly populated the Bay Area food universe with its alumnae. This Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m., as part of International Women’s Day, underground dinner series Stag Dining claims its Tenderloin brick-and-mortar space Cerf Club to honor chef-owner Guadalupe Guerrero of SoMa’s Gujanajuatense taqueria El Pipila along with Hetal Shah of contemporary Indian restaurant August 1 Five. Tickets are $65.
Starbelly’s Patio Picnic Is Back, With a Pig Roast
3583 16th St.
One of the most consistently lively restaurants in the Back of the House fold, the full-service Castro spot Starbelly has a patio that’s among the best in the neighborhood. While it closes on the early side, Chef Adam Timmey knows how to make the most of it, and starting on Tuesday, March 5, the patio picnic series returns with a whole roasted Devils Gulch Ranch pig.
With two seatings (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.), Timney and co. will serve that oinker with salsa calabria and salsa verde, plus sides like porchetta-spiced charred broccoli, and Bayview Pasta milled grits with aged cheddar alongside desserts like a spring berry cobbler. The $45 ticket gets you everything on the food side of the ledger, with cocktails, wine, and beer available for purchase. Note: None other than Magnolia Brewing is responsible for the beer pairings.
Ayala Launches Martini Hour
398 Geary St.
Since opening late last year, Union Square’s Ayala has been a pasta-and-seafood place with innovative wines and a clear aspiration to start off dinner with a stiff aperitif. Bar director Julian Cox has taken another step in that direction with Martini Hour, a daily 4-5:30 p.m. happy hour with drinks like a $9 Signature Martini (frozen CapRock gin, Dolin dry vermouth, and an olive or twist) or a $10 Old Fashioned (Evan Williams single-barrel, Demerara sugar, and Angostura bitters) plus $5 beers. Edge into dinner with bar bites like cured trout crisp, bone marrow, a Yuzu Kosho baked oyster, or the intriguing-sounding “fries with eyes.”
Bi-Rite Creamery Gets Wheels
3692 18th St.
As part of a mandatory seismic retrofit, Bi-Rite Creamery has to take a two-month breather, so starting on Monday, March 4, it’s putting itself into drive. The brick-and-mortar location that has kept Dolores Park-goers in salted caramel for a decade will be back in May, but until then the solar-powered truck will run from noon to 9 p.m. daily, serving a pared-down version of its menu of flavors in pre-packed cups along with popsicles, cookies, and ice cream sandwiches.