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Fifth Floor Pop-Up; Chez Panisse Audiobook

Lipscomb and Ang, ready to pop up. [Photo: Another Night in the Kitchen]

SOMAFifth Floor chef de cuisine Nicolai Lipscomb and pastry chef Francis Ang are breaking the confines of their regular employer for a special "Another Night in the Kitchen" pop-up dinner at Aracely on Monday, March 18. The $55 four-course or $70 five-course menu includes dishes like truffled egg with asparagus and leek, gnocchi with uni, and a strawberry rhubarb float. E-mail them with your party size and preferred reservation time, and they'll get back to you. More info here. [EaterWire]

THE INTERNET—If today's sad news about the Chez Panisse fire has you waxing nostalgic about great meals past at the iconic restaurant, consider picking up a copy of 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, a hybrid audiobook-radio show produced by NPR's Kitchen Sisters and released earlier this week. Featuring narration from Alice Waters (whose proceeds will all go to the Edible Schoolyard foundation), the recording features Michael Pollan, Edna Lewis, Hillary Clinton, and Ruth Reichl, among others, discussing the restaurant in their own words. It's a cool tribute, and will make you very glad that Alice bought those first-floor fire sprinklers. [EaterWire]

LOS GATOS—This Sunday marks Manresa's annual citrus dinner, with dishes incorporating special citrus varieties like finger limes and mandarinquats from Gene Lester's farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one of the largest private citrus collections in the country. (Yeah, we didn't know you could collect citrus either.) Dinner is $195 exclusive of tax and tip, and wine pairings are an additional $110 for standard pairings and $195 for premium pairings. Call them at (408) 354-4330 to make a reservation. [EaterWire]

THE MISSION—And on the opposite end of the spectrum from a David Kinch tasting menu: beer-and-sausage dive Gestalt has introduced an armada of five pinball machines, and the response has been so strong that they're considering adding more. According to a bartender, they're "hoping Gestalt becomes a place people come to play games." So are we. [Uptown Almanac]

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