Good Food Awards
What: Sample and purchase top-notch charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, beer, and spirits at the annual event celebrating responsibly produced artisan food from around the U.S.
Why: Get a jump-start on tasting the best of the fest at the open-bar opening-night gala, where local chefs incorporate winning items into dishes.
When: Gala, Fri., 8:30-10:30 p.m.; marketplace, Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; beer and spirits garden, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Bldg. (415-447-3268). Tickets ($95 for the gala; $15 for early entry to the marketplace; $15 for a beer and spirits tasting and marketplace pass) at eventbrite.com. General admission to the marketplace is $5 at the door.
Sasha Darling’s Vintage Trunk Show
What: While traveling the world to source finds for her boutique, the BellJar owner accumulated a sizable collection of her own. Now she’s looking to downsize. Score shoes, dresses, handbags, decor, and more from the private collections of Darling and her stylish shopgirls.
Why: Score again at the annual winter sale, with 40-65 percent off apparel from Eskell, Dolce Vita, Myne, and others.
When: Sat., noon-7 p.m.
Where: BellJar, 3187 16th St., at Guerrero St. (415-626-1749).
Oakland Restaurant Week
What: Explore the area’s burgeoning dining scene with ten days of special $20, $30, and $40 prix fixe lunches and dinners, many of which also include drinks.
Why: Participants like Miss Ollie’s, The Trappist, Camino, Chop Bar, B-Side BBQ, Nido, Plum Bar, and Pican.
When: Fri.-Jan. 27.
Where: For a list of locations and menus, go to visitoakland.org.
Naked Lunch Pub & Grill Opens
What: Ian Begg and Ryan Maxey’s Basque-inspired Txoko is no more, but their popular neighboring sandwich shop is expanding to take over the space.
Why: New additions like burgers and potato and garlic soup join Begg’s delectable standbys (fried chicken sandwich with buttermilk coleslaw, roasted beet salad).
When: Tues.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 504 Broadway, at Kearny St. (415-577-4951).
The Edwardian Ball and Faire
What: Celebrate macabre author Edward Gorey at the fashion-filled, circus-like soiree; expect plenty of ballroom dancing, absinthe cocktails, fortune telling, and other quirky delights.
Why: Consult the list of shops to piece together your outlandish steampunk outfit.
When: Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., at Sutter St. (415-673-5716). Tickets ($30-$85) here and here.
3rd Base: a Dogpatch Microhood
What: The Bold Italic’s latest neighborhood block party focuses on the up-and-coming neighborhood, with free samples of local culinary goodness from La Fromagerie cheese, Sutton Cellars wine, Piccino coffee, and Alter Eco chocolate.
Why: Tour the Rickshaw Bags factory and Magnolia Brewing’s soon-to-open new location, score passes to Giggling Lotus Yoga and Third Street Boxing Gym, and hit up Orange Photography’s photo booth.
When: Tonight, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 3rd St., at 22nd St. R.S.V.P. at facebook.com. Admission is free.
Photo: Lisa Scott Owen / Courtesy of Good Food Awards