9 Haute Happenings to Add to Your October Agenda

A vegetable dish at Nico
A vegetable dish at Nico

September flew by in the blink of an eye and it’s already October. Fall is kicking into full gear and there are plenty of fun things to do this month. Wondering what we’ll be up to? Here’s the haute happenings for October. Add these events to your calendar and be prepared to have a sensational 31 days. Cheers!

Every first Wednesday of the month, Nico restaurant in Pacific Heights offers a special 5-course produce-centric tasting menu. Vegetables are at the forefront of this meal and chef Nicolas Delaroque uses the best local seasonal produce that he can find. Dubbed The Art of Seasonal Produce, this month’s event takes place on Wednesday, October 5.

The sunset view from the sky deck at the Loews Regency
The sunset view from the sky deck at the Loews Regency

Photo Credit: David Shield

On Saturday, October 8, Saks Fifth Avenue is debuting its new Men’s Floor on 5 within the iconic Union Square flagship. To celebrate the launch, Saks has invited former San Francisco 49er Ronnie Lott to make an appearance. For one hour, from 3-4 p.m., Lott will be on hand to meet and greet shoppers. There will be informal modeling, DJ beats, and small bites.

Love the San Francisco Ballet? Head to the Loews Regency on Saturday, October 8 for their Culture in the Clouds event series. The assistant to the artistic director and ballet master Ricardo Bustamante will conduct a Q&A about the the company and reveal details from his past as a principal dancer for the SF Ballet and American Ballet Theater. The event takes place on the 40th floor private sky deck during sunset.

A thin-crust pizza at Capo's in North Beach
A thin-crust pizza at Capo’s in North Beach

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Columbus Day in North Beach. You could go to Capo’s Pizza, which is opening early on October 9 for the Columbus Day Italian Heritage parade. The menu includes garlic bread, honey sausage skewers, cherry salad, Chicago Italian beef sandwich sliders, baked vodka mostaccioli with pancetta, and tiramisu. It’s also the 97th annual Columbus Day Bazaar at Saints Peter and Paul School on Sunday, October 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event features pizza and Italian cuisine by A16 and Park Tavern and wines donated from the PlumpJack Group. Rye on the Road is making Italian-inspired cocktails and there are plenty of activities. Think a bouncy slide, batting cage, and salami toss.

The Commonwealth Club is hosting Violet Grgich, daughter of the illustrious wine maker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, on Wednesday October 12 for an evening Q&A, wine tasting, and memoir signing. Grgich will talk about what it was like to grow up on a winery, how her father has helped shape the Napa Valley wine industry, and discuss his memoir A Glass Full of Miracles.

A photograph by Wayne Levin
A photograph by Wayne Levin

Photography fans should head to Mumm Napa winery in Rutherford for a reception on Saturday, October 15. The winery’s Fine Art Photography Gallery is debuting a show by Wayne Levin, a photographer who shoots black and white images under the ocean. The exhibit titled Through a Liquid Mirror features a collection of 38 underwater photographs. Levin will be at the event that is open to the public.

On Sunday, October 16, local luminary and fashionable fairy godmother Joy Bianchi is opening a seasonal pop-up shop of Helpers House of Couture. The pop-up shop is adjacent to the Helpers Bazaar in the lower plaza of Ghirardelli Square and will be open every day through October 16 through November 15. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit a series of nonprofits that focus on children. Find designer evening gowns, cocktail dresses, daywear, shoes, jewelry, and antiques by Christian Louboutin, Oscar de la Renta, and Tom Ford at the pop-up.

The storefront at Hero Shop
Hero Shop

Hero Shop, our favorite new boutique from former Vogue editor Emily Holt is hosting its first trunk show on Tuesday October 18. Rosetta Getty will be on hand to present her current collection. Stop by and be ready to shop.

Learn what it’s like to be a restaurant chef at One Market’s new Chef for a Day experience on Saturday, October 29. Chef Mark Dommen and his team invite you to meet them at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Here, you’ll peruse local produce and seasonal ingredients to utilize in the evening’s tasting menu. From there, you’ll head to One Market’s kitchen and start to prep for dinner. You’ll also meet with pastry chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauler and sommelier and wine director Tonya Pitts. The event ends with a leisurely dinner that you helped prepare.