12/13/2012 12:00:00 PM

SF Weekend Planner: Crab and Ramen Dinners and OTG's Holiday Market

Wok-fried crab courtesy of Rice Paper Scissors
From a Vietnamese crab dinner in the Mission and a ramen happy hour in Oakland to a holiday night market at Fort Mason, many of this weekend's foodie events are being brought to you by pop-up ventures. Some are philanthropically oriented, others are not, but all promise to be delicious.

Project Open Hand will be hosting the annual benefit luncheon Hand to Hand on Thursday; the three-course, sit-down meal will be prepared by 15 Bay Area’s chefs including Mark Dommen (One Market), Ben deVries (Luella's) and Emily Luchetti (Farallon). The luncheon will be accompanied by, fine wines, a cocktail reception, live entertainment and a silent auction (Thursday, 11 AM- 1:30 PM at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St, Find ticket links and more info here).


Although Off The Grid's  Fort Mason Center soiree is on winter hiatus, they’ll be hosting a one-time Holiday Market this Friday featuring its regular line up of food vendors, craft brews, cocktails and live music. In addition, they’ll be a powwow of retail vendors on hand for your holiday shopping pleasure and a canned food drive onsite. 10% of the sales from all retail vendors will go to the San Francisco Food Bank (Friday 5-10 PM, Fort Mason Center, for more info, click here).

Chef Michael Mauschbaugh of the pop-up Sous Buerre Kitchen is gearing up to open his own brick-and-mortar restaurant on 24th St but will be hosting a final swan song dinner party at his adopted Mission home Sugarlump CafĂ© this Friday. The four-course family-style prix menu will feature vegetable fondue, Pacific Coast bouillabaisse, Rocky Road dessert and mignardise. Wines by the carafe will be available or BYOB for $10 corkage (Saturday, $45 per person, seatings from 5:30-10 PM, for reservations, go here). 

Now that Crab Apocalypse has ended, the Vietnamese pop-up cafe Rice Paper Scissors will be soldier on with their plans for Crab House, a multi-course dinner centered around wok-fried salt & pepper Dungeness crab. Other dishes will include pork and shrimp wontons and truffle garlic noodles (Saturday 6:30-8:30 PM, $60 per person, held at 710 Florida St (at the old Florida St Cafe), for tickets, click here.)

Ritchie Nakano’s will bring toting his Hapa Ramen noodle party across the Bay Bridge to Hawker Fare where he’ll be hosting a ramen and beer happy hour at James Syhabout’s casual Oakland eatery (Sunday, 4:30-6:30 PM, $12 for a bowl of ramen and a beer, follow @haparamen online).

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