SF Weekend Preview: ChefsGiving Gala, Symphony Relief Benefit And More

Here’s what’s on our agenda for this weekend in San Francisco.

Tapas for Two at Novela

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Novela has recently launched a cool Spanish tapas experience that takes place every Saturday. Tapas for Two is a 10-course small plates dining and drinking event set to a Spanish soundtrack. Novela’s chef Alexandria Smith has created a carefully curated menu of exquisite bites and drink pairings. Guests will enjoy a Spanish gin and tonic with fried garbanzo beans, Spanish charcuterie and crusty bread with garlic tomato compote. The menu moves along with a white wine, red wine, and sherry all paired with an assortment of savory and sweet delights. There’s also a live flamenco guitarist to make the experience as authentic as possible. Ole!

ChefsGiving Gala


This Sunday is the ChefsGiving Gala, a culinary event organized by the foodie chap, Liam Mayclem, and Check, Please! host Leslie Sbrocco, that benefits the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund and Restaurants Care. These two organizations are working to support those devastated by the North Bay wildfires. The gala takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Ferry Building and includes 200 wines from around the world, 10 mixology bars, a cheese cave, and tons of small bites from the Ferry Building’s purveyors. Cowgirl Creamery, Hog Island Oyster Company, and the Slanted Door will all be serving snacks. There will be a live auction with lots that involve extravagant dinners. Grab some friends and get your tickets now.

Symphony Relief: A Benefit Concert for the North Bay


Another way you can support the victims of the fires? Head to the symphony on Sunday, November 19 for a special performance at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the tickets sold to Symphony Relief: A Benefit Concert for the North Bay will go toward the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. Symphony director Michael Tilson Thomas and the entire orchestra and symphony staff (including stage crew and ushers) are donating their time to the cause. The concert program opens with two inspirational works by iconic American composer Aaron CoplandFanfare for the Common Man, and music from the 1940 film Our Town. The finale from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, a cappella spirituals performed by bass Solomon Howard, and the uplifting finale from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 will also be played.

A Champagne and Crab Feast at Petit Marlowe


On Monday Anna Weinberg and Charles Neal are hosting a pre-Thanksgiving Champagne and crab feast at Petit Marlowe. The five-course menu was created by chef Jennifer Puccio and includes an assortment of crab dishes like crab crostini, crab and oyster bake, and a crab roll. Charles Neal Selection wine will be poured and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Tipping Point North Bay Emergency Relief Fund.

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Also on Monday: the Saratoga’s 1-year anniversary party. Owner Brandon Clements is inviting everyone to enjoy half-price cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres, from 5 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Project Open Hand. Other exciting news for the luxe eatery? It’s launching Sunday brunch on December 3. The brunch menu is broken down into snack, sweet, and hearty with items like avocado toast with smoked trout and pickled red onion and an omelet with melted leeks and taleggio cheese. Cocktails are split into fizzy, hot and boozy, frothy, or bloody options. Come December, you should definitely check it out!