Special Perbacco Dinner, Dine About Town Time and More

aStaffan Terje of Perbacco in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Perbacco Welcomes Special Guest Chef Jan. 14

Chef Tony Mantuano of Chicago’s acclaimed Spiaggia and a recent contender on “Top Chef Masters” will join forces with Executive Chef Staffan Terje at Perbacco Ristorante in San Francisco for “Winter in Piemonte” — a special dinner Jan. 14 to benefit the James Beard Foundation.

The Perbacco dinner, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature four courses paired with wines. A live auction also will take place.

Price is $165 per person or $150 per person for members of the James Beard Foundation.

Chef Tony Mantuano visits San Francisco to cook at Perbacco. (Photo courtesy of Bravo TV)

“Dine About Town San Francisco” Time

The 11th annualDine About Town San Franciscorestaurant promotion returns Jan. 15-31, in which more than 100 restaurants will be offering up either/and two-course lunch menus for $17.95 and three-course dinners for $34.95.

Among the participating restaurants will be 1300 on Fillmore, Campton Place Restaurant, Foreign Cinema, Marlowe, and Town Hall. For a complete list, click here. Those who dine at three or more “Dine About Town” restaurants and pay with an American Express card will earn a $15 statement credit. Card members must register their cards to participate.

To get the celebration started, the San Francisco Travel Association will host a launch party 6 p.m. Jan. 12 at City View at the Metreon in downtown San Francisco. Participating restaurants will provide tastes from their “Dine About Town” menus and wineries will pour tastes of specialty vintages.

Tickets are $40. All proceeds benefit San Francisco Meals on Wheels, which provides nutritious meals to home-bound seniors.

Bonafide deli pastrami at Miller's East Coast Delicatessen. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Miller’s East Coast Delicatessen Opens Second Location

Hankering for pastrami or corned beef piled as high as the sky in a sandwich?

Look no further than Miller’s East Coast Delicatessen, which just opened its second Bay Area location — this one in San Rafael in the Montecito Shopping Center.

It joins the San Francisco branch of the East Coast-style Jewish deli to serve up fresh cooked turkey, roast beef and roast brisket, chopped liver, stuffed cabbage, knishes, matzo ball soup and genuine New York bagels (boiled and partially baked in NYC, then finished off in the ovens locally). Miller’s also boasts the largest variety of smoked fish in Northern California.

Studio Gourmet Welcomes Chef Dean Dupuis Jan. 17

Chef Dean Dupuis of Pican Restaurant in Oakland will be in the hot seat Jan. 17 at Circolo in San Francisco, when Studio Gourmet hosts its latest event.

Dupois will host a cooking demo of his pimiento cheese biscuits with bread and butter pickles, then be interviewed on stage by Studio Gourmet founder Brad Lev. Audience members will be able to chime in with their own questions. Afterward, they’ll enjoy more tastes of Pican including smoked brisket meatloaf; and pecan and hickory smoked ribs.

Tickets are $50 each.

More: Scenes From Chef Staffan Terje’s Macy’s Cook-Off

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