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Dave Cruz Pops Up; Hayes Valley Farm Says Goodbye

Dave Cruz, dishing up bites in his Ad Hoc days. [Photo: The Napa Wine Project]

OAKLAND—Now that he's emancipated from Ad Hoc, former chef de cuisine Dave Cruz has decided to do a few East Bay pop-ups while he works on his own restaurant, to be named Miles after his son. First up is a collaboration with S&S Gastrogrub at their downtown Oakland kitchen on Saturday, May 18; it's $85 for four courses, and there are two seatings (the later one's already sold out). Then Cruz will head to beer bar The Trappist for a whole lamb roast on Saturday, June 8 ($25/person), followed by a more elaborate Sunday supper the next day ($67/person). Get more info on those events and reserve here. [EaterWire]

HAYES VALLEYAs previously mentioned in these pages, June 1 is the end of the line for the Hayes Valley Farm, which was always intended to eventually become a condo complex. Before it bows out, however, the farm is throwing one last big party on Sunday, with a taco bar featuring the farm's produce; free soil, plants, and seeds; live music; a farm puppet photo booth; and other delights. BYO picnics are encouraged, as long as everyone promises not to leave any waste behind. [Hayeswire]

OAKLANDCamino is turning five years old on May 18, and to celebrate, chef Russell Moore is throwing a cocktail party with free snacks and $5 wine and negronis from 5:30 pm to the end of the evening. Those who'd like to stick around for dinner can sup on five courses for $55 a head, and score commemorative goodies like a porcelain cup, luchador candle, and tote bag for another $55. [EaterWire]

TENDERLOIN—Finally, one of the quirkier events we've seen in a while: on May 29, Dogfish Head is teaming up with public-radio show VoiceBox for an evening that will pair the former's famed IPAs with classically-trained a cappella group the Fill A Steins. Cicerone Sayre Piotrkowski of St. Vincent will talk about the history of the beer style, which originated via British ships transporting cargo to India, and audience members will be encouraged to both join in and devise their own dipsomaniacal ditties. Tickets are $15 and include the beer and light snacks. [EaterWire]

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