October 30 - November 5, 2014
Make this Halloween about more than your killer costume: Bar Agricole (355 11th St.) is hosting a Wes Anderson-themed bash; show up in a character-inspired costume and get a free cocktail. Ramen Shop (5812 College Ave., Oakland) in Rockridge is slinging free drinks for costumes, too, with the addition of a dance party. The Castro's Canela (2272 Market St.) is going all out with a four-course "Treats No Tricks" dinner ($55 per person), with dishes such as caramelized corn soup and chocolate-spiked oxtail. Finally, Off the Grid Fort Mason (5 to 10 p.m., Fort Mason Center) is closing out the season with a Halloween-themed bang, complete with a costume contest.
OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK
The newest breath of fresh air in the Tenderloin comes in the form of Huxley, a neighborhood restaurant that opened its doors on Geary Street this Tuesday. Huxley is the newest project from Kris Esqueda (Saison, Sons & Daughters), with chef Sara Hauman (Bar Agricole) at the helm (Brett Cooper consulted on the menu, too). Ingredients are sourced daily from local ranches and farms, with bread coming from next-door café Jane on Larkin. The rustic menu will change regularly, but expect creative combinations like brassicas and mustards in oxtail broth ($12), grilled sand dabs with preserved lemon and brown butter ($23) and olive oil cake with wild fennel ice cream ($8). 846 Geary St.
Lauded NYC chef and author Marcus Samuelsson is in town this Sunday promoting his new cookbook, Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook At Home. Swing by Green Apple for a free Q&A and book signing. 11/2, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Ave.
Have a wine-drenched Mexican feast at Comal on Tuesday: Arnot-Roberts co-founder Duncan Arnot Meyers will be pairing a selection of newly released wines with chef Matt Gandin's California-tinged Mexican delicacies. Expect dishes such as Kona Kampachi crudo, pork chile verde and Oaxacan chocolate budin for dessert. 11/4, 6:30 p.m., 2020 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. $100 per person.