Commonwealth Club's INFORUM lets you get inside the mind of select San Franciscan chefs

Plus a dinner at Bar Agricole

San Francisco is home to numerous talented artists and on February 16, Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM, in conjuction with Kitchit, will host a one-hour panel discussion with some of the faces behind the scene at local kitchens. This program will get you up close and personal with local chefs such as Brandon Jew of Bar Agricole, Brett Cooper of Outerlands, Michael Gaines of Central Kitchen, Evan Rich, formerly of Coi, and pastry chef William Werner. The forum will focus on San Francisco’s rich culinary tradition, innovative cooking techniques, and local products. Tickets for the panel are $7 for students and $25 for general admission. 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. Read More

Buon Appetito al Ristorante Italiano (that's right, it's Italian)

Original Joe's now open in North Beach

If you enjoy those burgundy-red booths and Italian American comfort food, then listen up. Original Joe’s is now open in the North Beach neighborhood on Union Street. The eatery is operated by the Duggan family whose grandfather, Tony Rodin, debuted the original Original Joe’s in 1937. Showcasing classic Italian/American fare like: Joe’s Burger, Veal Scallopini, the Joe’s Special, Filet of Sole, and Chicken Parmigiana. Libations at Original Joe’s include a cocktail list inspired by an Original Joe’s cocktail menu circa 1950, with offerings such as the Vesper, Manhattan, Aviation, Screwdriver, Grasshopper, and Sazerac. The new Original Joe’s is open Sunday through Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM and Thursday through Saturday, 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM. 601 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94133415-775-4877.

Photography provided by Joey DeRuy