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Five Great Pop-ups

They began as a way for chefs to have some fun outside of their regular gigs. Now they’re an essential part of the local dining culture. Here are five pop-ups to enjoy this month.

Tartine Afterhours
Samin Nosrat not only runs the Pop-Up General Store, an occasional market for food crafters, but also hosts a monthly three-course dinner at Tartine Bakery. On November 9, the menu will feature autumn comfort food, including chicken potpie topped with Tartine’s puff pastry. Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero St., S.F., 415-487-2600. For reservations and more information, go to

Bernal Supper Club
What started as a neighborhood gathering has grown into a full-fledged weekly pop-up. The motto is “Comfortable food, no pressure,” and anyone is welcome. You can join the club this month on November 4 at Coffee Bar. Coffee Bar, 1890 Bryant St., S.F., 415-551-8100. For reservations and more information, go to

Chefs’ Night Off
When plans for their own restaurant hit a snag, Evan and Sarah Rich started this monthly pop-up. Expect a menu with a modern tilt—these two have worked at Bouley in New York and here most recently at Coi. The next Chefs’ Night Off is scheduled for November 14. For reservations and more information, go to

Cosecha Cafe
The restaurant is permanent, but Saturday night dinners are, for the time being, occasional affairs. On November 2, celebrate the Day of the Dead with mole poblano and pan de muerto, and bring a photo of a departed loved one to place on the community altar. 907 Washington St., Oakland, 510-452-5900. For reservations and more information, go to

Rice Paper Scissors
Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan pop up at Mojo Bicycle Café on Thursday nights, bringing
bahn mi sandwiches and their signature red stools for extra perching. On November 19, they’ll turn their focus from street food to home-style Vietnamese cooking at a formal meal in a private space. Mojo bicycle Café, 639-A Divisadero St., S.F., 415-440-2370. For more information and reservations, go to