New DVD, Oakland Cooking Class, Tuscan Dinner, Theater Special & More

(image courtesy of Food, Inc.)

In case you missed “Food, Inc.” when it was in theaters, you’ll be glad to know the compelling and enlightening documentary on the U.S. food industry has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

Bonus features include celeb public service announcements by Kelly Preston, Alyssa Milano and Martin Sheen, as well as “Nightline’s” interview with Chipotle’s CEO.

The DVD is $26.98 and Blu-ray is $34.98.

Head to the Mission District in San Francisco Nov. 11 to dine out for a good cause.

Twenty-six participating restaurants will donate a portion of sales that night to Mission Graduates, a non-profit that helps Mission District youths better prepare for and complete college educations.

In the “Food for Thought” event, participating restaurants will donate anywhere from 25 percent o 100 percent of their sales. Raffle prizes also will be offered at each of the restaurants.

Participating restaurants include Conduit, Farina, Foreign Cinema, the Front Porch, and Goat Hill Pizza (which isn’t technically in the Mission, but wanted to participate anyway). For a complete list, click here.

Do another good deed on Nov. 8 when New Delhi Restaurant and Bar in San Francisco hosts a “Bollywood Dance Party,” 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Pay as much as you like, or a suggested $40 donation. Proceeds will go to the Tenderloin After School Program and the Gandhi Ashram in New Delhi.

Beverages and a buffet are included.

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. (Photo courtesy of the Food Network)

Chef Aaron McCargo Jr., star of the Food Network’s “Big Daddy’s House” and winner of last year’s “Next Food Network Star” competition,  will host a healthy holiday cooking class, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at Oakland’s Beebe Memorial Cathedral.

It’s part of the “Power to End Stroke,” an initiative of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Its purpose is to empower African-Americans to take action and reduce their risk of stroke. Currently, African-Americans have about twice the risk of a first stroke as white Americans. Most strokes are preventable, though, by controlling high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes; staying active; reducing obesity; and not smoking.

A $5 donation is requested to attend the class. Reserve in advance by sending a check or money order to: Florence McCrary, American Heart Association, 426 17th St., Oakland, CA 94612.

Enjoy dinner cooked by two Michelin-starred female chefs at Luce in San Francisco on Nov. 11.

Luce’s Chef Dominique Crenn will be joined that night by Donatella Zampoli from the wine estates of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi. The six-course Tuscan feast with paired wines will benefit CUESA, Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture.

Dishes for the “Inspirations of Tuscany” dinner include potato gnocchi with bone marrow and lobster; and lamb shank Tuscan-style. Price is $75 per person, with wine pairings an additional $30 per person. Ten dollars per person will be donated to CUESA.

Italy will be celebrated at Bardessono, too, when the Yountville restaurant celebrates the release of Douglas Gayeton’s “SLOW: Life in a Tuscan Town” (Welcome Books), a photographic and culinary look at traditions in a Tuscan town.

The Nov. 18 four-course dinner and wine pairing is $125. It also includes a copy of the cookbook.

Indulge in exquisite Italian white truffles, Nov. 10 to Nov. 14 at Poggio’s annual “Festa del Tartufo.”

The Sausalito restaurant will offer classic dishes that compliment the aromatic truffles, including ravioli with spinach, ricotta and soft egg yolk; and homemade tagliatelle pasta with butter and sage. The fresh truffles will be shaved tableside for $35 per dish.

Get a taste of France by region at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, where every two months a different region will be highlighted on the menu with special dishes and wines.

For November and December, it’s all about the Champagne region. Dishes offered include Coquilles Saint Jacques Champenoise (seared scallops with salsify, chanterelle mushrooms and baby turnips in a Champagne emulsion; $25); and Salade de Homard (lobster salad with avocado, butter lettuce, haricots vert, and Champagne dressing; $19).

Nick’s Cove in Tomales Bay has added a $14.95 “Local’s Combo” every Thursday and Friday nights at the bar. No worries, you don’t have to be a bonafide local to enjoy the special of three barbecued oysters, a burger with house-made pickles and French fries, and a draft beer.

If you’re craving lobster instead, Nick’s is now offering them in sliders — two for $12 — that are available in the bar and the dining room.

If you’re going to the theater in San Francisco, the Grand Cafe has a deal for you.

Through the end of November, enjoy a three-course dinner plus valet parking for a total of $39 per person. For $15 more, you get a wine pairing, too.

You probably still dream about Joanna Karlinsky’s incredible biscuits she used to serve up at her now-shuttered restaurant, the Meetinghouse in San Francisco.

You’ll be glad to know she’s now heading up Sweet Jo’s, the kosher-style, fast-casual cafe inside the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

Enjoy her soul-satisfying food there, including baked-to-order pizzas and matzoh ball soup. You also can pick up a box of biscuits ($30 for two dozen) that come frozen so you can take them home to bake at your leisure.

Get your antioxidant fix at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena every Wednesday throughout November when the restaurant features a bevy of pomegranate-inspired dishes in partnership with POM Wonderful, a pomegranate grower and product maker.

Each Wednesday during these “Supper Club Dinners,” pomegranates will be highlighted in a different global cuisine. For instance on Nov. 18, it’s all about Morocco with dishes such as pomegranate-marinated lamb with pumpkin and couscous. “Supper Club” menus are $45 per person with paired wines.

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