Sometimes, making friends with random strangers pays off well.
I walk Stella in the alleyway next to our office quite a bit, since I bring her to work a few times a week. There's been a new restaurant, Zuppa, going up in said alleyway to take the place of the abandonded café monk. (I'm guessing Zuppa'll serve, among other things, soup.) I've played with the painter's kid, I've talked to all the workers a few times, and today, the owner invited me to a tasting dinner this Thursday, because they're opening next week.
Anyone in SF want to come get some free snacks in SoMA with me?