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Every week, Virginia Miller of personalized itinerary service and monthly food, drink, and travel newsletter, www.theperfectspotsf.com , shares foodie news, events, and deals. View the last installment here .
Nice pastrami! Katz comes to the Great American Food Fest
6/13 - Great American Food & Music Fest at Shoreline (Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Little Feat and food from around the country)
I'm already saving room in my stomach for a rare chance to roam the country in one day of eating! Sure, it's down at Shoreline Amphitheatre, but this is a fun one, y'all: The Great American Food and Music Fest  is a gorge and feed feast featuring sentimental, all-American food favorites, with performances from the likes of Little Feat, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Marshall Crenshaw.
Yes, on the food front, we have some of our best in the mix:
- Incanto's  (one of my top restaurants anywhere) chef and offal master, Chris Consentino, prepares homemade hot dogs
- Chuck Siegel, founder of Charles Chocolates , creates chocolate truffles
- June Taylor, of June Taylor Jams , makes her signature strawberry jam
- Boulevard's  Nancy Oakes gives us crab cakes
- Bruce Aidells, of Aidells' Sausages , brings on the pork
- A16’s  Nate Appleman cooks up a surprise
- Burger Meister and Bouchon Bakery serve their treats
- A "Best of Bay Area" showcase features local cheeses, meats, breads, chocolates, cherries, peaches, tomatoes
- West Coast wine tastings are curated by Best Cellars'  Josh Wesson and Gary Vaynerchuck, host of Wine Library TV 
Take a deep breath. That's just the Bay Area contingency.
None other than Bobby Flay is the event host, preparing his take on American staples: burgers, fries, milkshakes and, hooray, some Mesa Grill  specialties, too. He's judging a Burger Contest (starts at 4:45pm, with judging at 5:30), with SF's Best Burger competitors being Mo's, Burger Bistro, BurgerMeister and Pearl's (like 'em all, but have to admit, I'm rooting for Pearl's !) Other Food Network stars/guests are Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), Anne Burrell (Secrets of a Restaurant Chef; Mario Batali's former chief lieutenant on Iron Chef), and Aida Mollenkamp (Ask Aida).
And, finally, the part I'm probably most excited about is eating from some our nation's best all-American food joints , especially the ones I'm homesick for from NY (Junior's cheesecake, here I come!): Katz’s Deli (NY), Pink’s Hot Dogs (LA), Barney Greengrass (NYC), Graeter’s Ice Cream (Cincinnati), Southside Market & Barbecue (Texas), Anchor Bar (Buffalo, NY; inventor of Buffalo wings), Junior’s (cheesecake; Brooklyn), Zingerman’s Deli (Michigan), and Tony Luke's (cheesesteaks; Philadelphia).
Bring the pepto... it'll be worth it.
June 13, noon-10pm
$35 (including first plate of food); kids under 6 free
For ticket info, visit: www.greatamericanfoodandmusicfest.com 
6/11 - Nate Appleman, Chris Cosentino, and Traci des Jardins descend on Omnivore Books
I adore Noe Valley's Omnivore Books  - not only is it in my 'hood and a bright, charming bookstore worthy of lingering, but the selection of new and used books on all things food and drink, from M.F.K. Fisher first editions (!) to Prohibition era cocktail recipe books, make it a rare and exciting place. They keep the calendar full with weekly visits from a "who's who" in the food world, writers, chefs, sommeliers, brewers and the like. Check out Thursday's line-up: Nate Appleman (A16 ; this year's James Beard Rising Star Chef winner), Chris Cosentino (Incanto , Iron Chef America), and Traci des Jardins (Jardiniere ), who'll discuss the state of restaurants and cooking in our current climate. If you haven't signed up for Omnivore's email newsletter, what are you waiting for? You know you want to cram into a cozy bookstore with Alice Waters, Joyce Goldstein, and the aforementioned threesome!
3885A Ceasar Chavez Street
NEW MARIN OPENING
Lark Creek Inn re-opens as Tavern at Lark Creek
Larkspur's shining jewel is Lark Creek Inn, a gorgeous yellow and white 1880's Victorian where the classic restaurant resided for 20 years. In keeping with the economy, the inn closed some months ago to make way for a more affordable, casual Tavern at Lark Creek , which debuted June 4th. Open nightly, with brunch on Sundays, the new menu has nothing over $15, a kindly move, especially when you're getting the likes of Devil's Gulch Ranch rabbit terrine, Mizuna salad with Medjool dates, Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese, almonds and rhubarb, or a veggie or beef Tavern burger (for only $7.95, plus add-ons, like Hobbs' bacon). Bar bites (like Ratatouille stuffed egg) are a mere $2.25-$5.95. As is common these days, beer and wine aren't the only drinks on the menu. Classic cocktails feature prominently, as do new creations like Tavern Cobbler: Maker's Mark bourbon, maraschino, simple syrup, strawberries, orange. In a Victorian under giant, soothing trees, it sounds like an idyllic gastropub experience.
234 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur