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Richie Nakano Wins Cochon 555; Cooking Alinea's Book

NOB HILL—Congrats to Richie Nakano and the Hapa Ramen team, who bested Kim Alter, David Bazirgan, Mark Liberman, and Michael Rotondo last night for the Prince of Porc title at Cochon555. Nakano turned his heritage pig into pork buns, banh mi, lard snickerdoodles, tacos, and of course, ramen. [EaterWire]

OAKLAND—Oaklander Allen Hemberger bravely cooked his way through the notoriously challenging Alinea cookbook, and now wants to turn his five-year adventure into a book of its own. He's already beaten his $28K goal on Kickstarter to make it happen; $75 purchases a copy of the book. [~ EN ~]

BERNAL HEIGHTSA new Starbucks commercial promotes the chain's drinks using glamorous shots of Bernal Hill and other SF spots, but we all know that the hip youngsters featured are far more likely to be clutching cups of an artisanal local roaster's wares. [Bernalwood]

FINANCIAL DISTRICTDine + Discover, a benefit for urban planning organization SPUR, goes down this Thursday, featuring bites from Trou Normand, Bar Agricole cocktails, food from Radius, and sweets from Craftsman and Wolves. Tickets are $250. [EaterWire]

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