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World Series Food Bets; Jonny Raglin Departs Comstock

Plus: The Whole Beast gets a smoker, and 18 Reasons fundraises at Bar Tartine.

SAN FRANCISCO/KANSAS CITY—With a World Series berth come World Series bets, and SF has a bunch that are food-related. Mayor Ed Lee has bet Kansas City's mayor a package of Philz Coffee, Boudin sourdough, and Humphry Slocombe ice cream, while Dianne Feinstein has wagered Petits Pains brioche, Boudin sourdough, fresh Dungeness crab, Ghirardelli chocolate, Cowgirl Creamery cheese, and a case of Anchor Steam with Missouri senator Claire McCaskill. Even City Beer Store is getting in on the act, wagering kegs with St. Louis brewery Perennial. [EaterWire]

NORTH BEACH—Jonny Raglin is no longer behind the stick at Comstock Saloon; he's moving on to the Absinthe Group's still-unnamed new Spanish project at 888 Brannan, which is now targeting a March/April opening. Less risk of cars coming in through the wall at that one. Meanwhile, the only Absinthe Group restaurant without full liquor, Boxing Room, has a license in the works. [Tablehopper]

MID-MARKET—As promised, The Hall now has a sizable outdoor smoker manned by The Whole Beast, which will be offering up ribs, brisket and pulled pork. It may be the first time in recent memory that anyone has described mid-Market as smelling good. [EaterWire]

MISSION—18 Reasons is teaming up with Bar Tartine for a benefit dinner on Tuesday, featuring lots of Nick Balla and Cortney Burns' favorite dishes, plus wine chosen by Bi-Rite's Trac Le. Tickets are $250 ($150 of it is tax-deductible), and all proceeds support Cooking Matters, 18 Reasons' cooking classes for low-income residents. [EaterWire]