What not to miss

If you missed the 49th annual Big Book Sale last month at Fort Mason Center, then you missed your chance to leave with even more than you planned. Hidden among the 500,000 books, DVDs, and CDs were prizes from some major City institutions, such as tickets to the San Francisco Ballet and the Opera, VIP passes to the deYoung Museum, $100 gift certificates to Delfina and Nopa restaurants, tickets to the Castro or the Roxie theaters, $50 gift certificates for Bi-Rite Market, and more. Proceeds from the sale went to the library’s literacy program.

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, which holds the sale, sent out daily clues about the prizes to their members via Twitter and Facebook. But don’t worry; when the Friends hold the 50th sale next year, it’s sure to be even bigger and better.

Ghirardelli Square is the site of the new home for Vom Fass Oils, Vinegars, Spices. The store, from husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Adelaide and Mike Pollastro, features its signature products ready for sampling “from the cask.” Justin Gibson, president of Madison, Wis.-based Vom Fass USA, said of the Pollastros: “Given their drive, we’re confident they will be helping everyone in San Francisco and in surrounding communities make the tastiest, healthiest decisions for years to come.” The shop opened this past summer and is located at 900 North Point Street, Suite E. 205. Validated parking is available with purchases of $20 and up.

If you are one of the legion of foodies waiting for the Sur La Table store due to open at 2224 Union Street in Cow Hollow, the magic date is Nov. 20. The 7,000-square-foot store will employ more than 30 employees. A store spokeswoman tells us the resident chef is still to-be-decided and the opening date is, alas, subject to change.

Alfred’s Steakhouse (659 Merchant Street) is touting the launch of its new cabaret in the space that was once the home of the Blue Fox. The monthly effort launched at the tail-end of September with a one-man show by jazz singer Mark Robinson. The next will take place Oct. 26.

Waiter: I’ll bring you the check right away. Customer: Please don’t.

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