On May 10, CUESA hosts an all-day excursion, "Greener Pastures: A Tour of Marin Sun Farms from Ranch to Butcher Shop." Start bright and early at 8 AM at the Ferry Building and you'll be whisked away in an air-conditioned bus, first for a rare glimpse at the San Francisco-based processing plant and eventually to the sustainable empire in Point Reyes. You'll be back in the city by 4:30 PM — plenty of time to make dinner with your scores at their butcher shop.
Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, alive and kicking since 1890, hosts the annual Taste of Tel-Hi on May 11. Expect a red carpet, VIP auction and dishes from Jennifer Puccio of Park Tavern, Rob Lam of Butterfly and Brandon Peacock of Venticello. Proceeds for the tickets ($175 and up) support Tel-Hi's community service programs for children, teens, families and the elderly.
No one ever knows what to do with rhubarb, a case 18 Reasons plans to crack open this weekend at the Rhubarb Bash on May 12. Jill Santopietro, who also teaches at San Francisco Cooking School, leads this hands-on, three-hour intensive that will arm you with both sweet and savory dishes.
War is not the answer
Conflict Kitchen: The Two Koreas on May 12 at Headlands Center of The Arts brings together two uneasy neighbors for a unifying dinner. Admission ($35) includes three dishes inspired by North Korea and three that draw influence from South Korea, all served takeout style. The idea was conceived by Pittsburgh-based artists Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski of Conflict Kitchen, which sets up similar meals featuring the cuisine of opposing nations.