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Food Entrepreneurs Speak at TedXPeacePlaza; Explore South African Cuisine With a Top Chef Alum

Plus, a beer pairing dinner with Maven and Marin Brewing Co. and a dinner in support of Planned Parenthood.

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JAPANTOWN— TedXPeacePlaza is happening this Saturday, focusing on a theme of "growth, change, re-adapting or repurposing old solutions to new challenges." Two high-profile food entrepreneurs will speak at the live event, including Richie Nakano (Hapa Ramen) and Lisa Fetterman (CEO and co-founder of Nomiku). It should be an interesting discussion given SF's current struggle between new and old, focusing on how to preserve the past while evolving. The event takes place Saturday, May 30 from 1 p.m.-4 :30 p.m.; tickets available here. [EaterWire]

MISSION—Top Chef alum and Bay Area chef Lizzie Binder is hosting a celebration of her South African roots, in the form of a "Culinary Safari Pop-Up Series." After a recent trip home, Binder returned with tons of South African treasures to share with Bay Area residents, including biltong (beef jerky) from her favorite butcher in Durban and spices from the Indian Market. The family-style meal takes places Sunday, May 31 at 6 p.m.; tickets available here. [EaterWire]

LOWER HAIGHT— Maven is teaming up with Marin Brewing Co. for a four-course summer feast. Dishes like sake-cured salmon will be paired with pours from brewmaster Arne Johnson, who will be on hand to talk about all things beer. The dinner takes place Monday, June 1 at 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.; tickets available here. [EaterWire]

MISSION— Support Planned Parenthood and attend five-course dinner from chef Andrew Green, paired with win from Idle Cellars. It's a great way to indulge in a fancy dinner, while improving the world around you— a portion of the ticket price will benefit the nonprofit. Tickets are available here. [EaterWire]

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