“Edible Selby” Book Events, Silicon Valley Restaurant Week & More

Photographer Todd Selby’s Food-Centric New Book

Fab photographer and illustrator, Todd Selby, has turned his lens on the food world.

The result is Edible Selby (Abrams), a quirky new book that showcases the kitchens, gardens, homes, restaurants, and workplaces of more than 40 food and drink purveyors, including a sea forager in the Bay Area, a Neapolitan pizza maker in Tokyo and a roof-top farmer in Brooklyn.

Each profile is accompanied by Selby’s illustrations, a hand-written questionnaire and a recipe. If that weren’t enough fun, the book also features his illustrated refrigerator magnets.

Meet Selby at a series of upcoming events in the Bay Area:

* Bar Tartine in San Francisco, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22. Tartine Bakery’s Chef Chad Robertson will be joined by Chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco and New York, Chef Russell Moore of Camino in Oakland, New York Chef Ignacio Mattos, and Bar Tartine’s Nick Balla and Cortney Burnes. The chefs will be making sandwiches inspired by the book. Sandwiches are sold individually. Or you can pay $60 to receive a sandwich, book, and Selby tote bag.

* Bar Jules party in San Francisco, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 23. Price is $45 per person, excluding drinks. To purchase, call (415) 621-5482.

* SFMOMA book signing in San Francisco, 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Selby will be signing his book, as will James and Caitlin Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee, who will sign their book, The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee (Ten Speed Press). At 6 p.m., join the three for a conversation. At 7 p.m., head up to the museum’s rooftop for a reception at the Blue Bottle Coffee Bar. Free with museum admission.

Time for “Silicon Valley Restaurant Week”

Today though Oct. 24, participating restaurants in Silicon Valley will be offering special three-course, prix-fixe dinners.

Participating restaurants for “Silicon Valley Restaurant Week’‘ include Paolo’s Restaurant in San Jose, Bushido in Mountain View, Ginger Cafe in Sunnyvale, Oryza Bistro Asiana in Santa Clara and The Table in San Jose. For a full list with menus, click here.

The Oktoberfest plate at Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Oktoberfest at Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen

It’s not too late to revel in Oktoberfest at Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen in San Francisco. Though the end of this month, enjoy the “Oktoberfest Plate,” which includes spicy beer sausage with house-made spicy mustard, whiskey fennel sausage with whole grain honey mustard, and a warm soft pretzel with smoked cheese fondue.

Pair a pint of Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen with it. The sausage plate plus beer is $19 (or purchase separately with the sausage plate for $14 and the beer for $7).

Campbell Welcomes New Sushi Restaurant

Sushi Confidential has opened in downtown Campbell.

Randy Musterer, aka Sushi Randy, brings his own spin to Japanese food by taking a more American-style approach.

Find the likes of “Pretzilla sliders” ($8), miso clam chowder ($6), and rolls like “Geisha Girl” ($14; spicy tuna, avocado, salmon, lemon, green onion, unagi sauce, tobiko and macadamia nuts).

More: A Visit to The Table in San Jose

And: Dinner at Bushido in Mountain View

And: A Look at Ginger Cafe in Sunnyvale

And: Guess Which San Francisco 49er Loves Oryza Bistro Asiana?

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