4/11/2013 04:56:00 PM

SF Weekend Planner: Beer, Bacon and Free Grilled Cheese

Image courtesy of Galdones Photography for Cochon 555
Despite the fact that Charlie Palmer seemed to indicate that our national obsession with pork might have jumped the shark, we beg to differ. In fact, we’re pretty sure that if you look closely enough, you’ll find some pork product in every one of our recommend weekend activities, although vegetarians will find plenty to partake in as well.

Bahn Mi and Bar Bites for Two Night with Rock Paper Scissors 
Join the gals behind this hip Vietnamese pop-up who'll will be slinging their pho, bar bites and bahn mi (pork, ahem and vegan varieties) at the Western Addition's Mojo Bicycle CafĂ© (tonight, April 11 6-10 PM) and an a la carte sit-down dinner (replete with full bar) at the Mission's Dear Mom (Sunday 4-11 PM.) Get reservations, addresses and complete details on the Rock Paper Scissors site.

Two Great Grilled Cheese Giveaways 
In honor of National Grilled Cheese month, two local spots are doling out freebies cheese sammies on Friday. Head to the original South Park outpost of The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen (one of our top picks for the genre) between 5-7 PM (or until supplies run out) for a free classic grilled cheese sandwich (courtesy of Tillamook) paired with $3.50 pints of Speakeasy IPA. (You’ll need to pay your own way for the Piglet version). Or else head to one of the zillion locations of The Melt by Friday, which is the last day to get one of the 10,000 special QR codes that’ll get you a free grilled cheese from now until April 21 (after 1 PM only). Register for your promo code here.

Live High on the Hog at Cochon 555
Tickets are still available for the San Francisco stop of Cochon 555, the national pork festival that culminates with one chef winning the title of the prince of pork. In addition to the usual drill – five pigs, five chefs and five wineries, the event will also feature five artisan bourbons and a BBQ throw down after party prepared by Namu Gaji’s Dennis Lee. Refresh your memory about the event here but snag your tickets here (April 14, Four Seasons San Francisco, 757 Market St, $125 for general admission at 5 PM, $200 for VIP early entry at 4 PM).

13 North Filipino Pop-Up at Lot 7
Get your fine Filipino fix from 13 North, a co-venture of two Guam natives-turned-Bay Area chefs who’ll be taking over the now defunct Lot 7 in the Mission for the next three days to present a four-course tasting menu featuring their take on their heritage cooking with items such as sisig terrine featuring cheek and tongue, quail escabeche and brunelos, with a wacky sounding intermezzo of manila mango, calamansi and caramelized white chocolate (April 11-13 5:30-10 PM, $55 for the tasting menu, with additional a la carte add-ons; 974 Valencia St; 650-814-1419; get info and reservations online).

Les Elements Patisserie Breakfast Pop-Up at La Victoria
Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, start your day this Sunday at La Victoria Bakery in the Mission before Sunday Streets where former Absinthe pastry chef Luis Villavelazquez (who now runs Les Elements Patisserie) will be hosting a brunch-time pop-up serving the likes of maple-bacon custard, white-chocolate-olive oil sticky buns and strawberry marbled Jalonaise (April 14 10 AM-1 PM, La Victoria Bakery, 2937 24th St.; 415-385-9699). 

Dishcrawl’s Meals on Wheels Brew Benefit
You won’t find bacon, just a dozen brews sampled at six different bars all in walking distance (duh) at this roving benefit beer crawl that will take place in and around Polk Gulch on Sunday. See the complete list of bars online (April 14, $39 per person at the door, $29 in advance, more info and tickets available online; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels, meeting place will be revealed 48 hours before the event).


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