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THE MISSION—The long-awaited roasting operations continue to near ever-so-slightly at Four Barrel, where the latest update is that the machines are beginning to come together. Slow and steady wins the race. [DM]
MONTEREY—Thomas Keller and Alton Brown are among the celebrity chefs who will attend the Monterey Bay Aquarium's "Cooking for Solutions" in 2009. The eight annual event is part of the aquarium's 25th anniversary celebration. Keller will receive the Conservation Leadership Award for Chef of the Year, and Brown will take home Educator of the Year honors. [KCBA]
WINE COUNTRY—Dean Biersch is tossing quite the feast tomorrow night at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol. It's a classic NorCal combo: "We’ll pair five select beers - starting with the classic Anchor Liberty - with fresh crab - corn on the cob and steamed artichokes." Dinner starts at 6:30; $45 a pop. [WOT]
ZAGAT'S WORLD—Following in the footsteps of Urbanspoon, Yelp and OpenTable, Zagat has rolled out an iPhone app too. In typically clueless Zagat fashion, it's the only one of the lot that you have to pay for, and it costs $10. [Gizmodo]