CASTRO— Barracuda Sushi will soon be sleeping with the fishes, after announcing that it is set to close this week. However, February will bring a new pan-Asian street food spot called Mandu in its place. Hoodline reports that Daniel Sudar of Slurp Noodle bar will lead the kitchen, which will only be open for dinner at first. [Hoodline]
OAKLAND— Join the self-described mega-easygoing duo behind Bay Grape for a Sunday School class on wine service. Learn to correctly open still and sparkling wine, decant old bottles, check for flaws and pour like a pro. The class is $30 and includes some bubbles to take home with you. The class size is limited, and its first come first served, so don't be late. January 25, 3pm- 4:30pm, 376 Grand Ave., Oakland.
SAN FRANCISCO— Local producer of buffalo milk mozzarella, Craig Ramini, has been forced to cease operations during his battle with cancer. The Petaluma-based Ramini Mozzarella provides mozzerella to restaurants throughout the Bay Area, including Seven Hills and Pizzeria Delfina. Seven Hills will host a Craig Ramini Benefit dinner on February 3 to help Craig and his wife Audrey keep the creamery open; the three-course dinner is $75 per person. [Inside Scoop]
RUSSIAN HILL— Quit being so selfish and treat yourself to a fancy dinner at Stones Throw. Their Eat Like a Chef, Drink Like a Somm dinner series benefits disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area, by supporting All Stars Helping Kids. Their upcoming dinner is a five-course collaboration between Stones Throw chef Jason Halverson and chef Jason Berthold of Monsieur Benjamin. San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith will also be in attendance in support of ASHK, signing autographs and enjoying a dish inspired by his favorite foods— stay tuned, as surprise guests will be appearing throughout the series. The do-good, eat-well event takes place January 26; make reservations here. [EaterWire]