In addition to Friday nights official Dia de Los Muertos procession in the Mission, the Espolón Tequila Day of Dead Pub Crawl and the dead-related DJ throwdown at Comal, there are plenty of none death-related things to do this weekend.
By now, you’re aware of the growing cult following behind 30 Under 30 chef Chris Kronner’s burger pop-ups. On Friday, the Kronner Burger will touch down at Oakland’s Hatch Gallery from 6-9 PM. This time around, space is strictly limited so advanced ticketing is required. $12 grants you access to the gallery and your own limited-edition burger (492 23rd St, Oakland, RSVP here).
Here’s a sneaky, off-the-radar way to experience the some of the most coveted food and drink in the city, smashing views of San Francisco and a bit of culture. The San Francisco Art Institute’s Winter Art Festival takes place this Saturday night and has tapped into The Bon Vivants to provide the specialties cocktails and bold-named local chefs Chris L'Hommedieu (Prospect), Dennis Lee (Namu Gaji), William Werner (Craftsman & Wolves), Lincoln Carson (Michael Mina), Evan and Sarah Rich (Rich Table), Joshua Wilder Oakley (Tango & Stache) and 30 Under 30 Chester Watson of the forthcoming Trick Dog to provide the fixin’s. For the art crowd, the big draw will be now famous SFAI alumnae Karen Finley and Penelope Houston. (Google them.) ($55 in advanced, $15 discount for alumni, 5- 10 PM, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St.; 415-771-7020).
A slew of cookbook authors will be speaking for free in the city this weekend and signing copies of their latest titles. Over at Omnivore Books, catch Tom Douglas (The Dahlia Bakery Book) on Saturday from 3-4 PM and Deb Perelman (The Smitten Kitchen) on Sunday from 3- 4 PM (3885 Cesar Chavez St.) Over at the Annunciation Cathedral on Valencia St, Greek food authority Diane Kochillas her latest tome, The Country Cooking of Greece (Annunciation Cathedral, 245 Valencia St.; more info at 415-864-8000 or annunciation.org).
Up in Sonoma Country all roads lead to wine this weekend where the 14th Annual Wine Road celebration will take place. More than 150 participating wineries will be pouring their wares, offering special winery tours, food pairings and the likes. One-day and three-day tickets are available online, along with $5 designated driver donations. Highlights include a walk-around Wine and Food Affair on Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM- 4 PM. (Get the full line-up of participating wineries and featured events on the website.)