January 12, 2010

January 12, 2010

I wasn’t able to pin down an actual date before my departure, and am sorry I won’t be there for the opening, but am very happy that Kamal Barbhuyan and Nimmi Bano’s ~CURRY VILLAGE~ will be opening soon—it should be sometime this week. I loved their food immensely when they were at Little Delhi in the Tenderloin, and now they have their very own new place in the former Cha-Ya space in the Sunset. The menu will include a variety of tandoori dishes, with many vegetarian options. They are also going to be offering a variety of wraps (barbecue chicken, lamb, and vegetable) in garlic naan. I can’t wait to try their biryani—Kamal is very proud of it. There will be a buffet on Friday, and brunch Sat-Sun from 11:30am-3:30pm.

Just a little reminder that on the third Sunday and Monday of every month (so that means Sunday January 17th and Monday January 18th), industry staffers may enjoy a complimentary beverage of choice (wine, beer, or non-alcoholic) with the $25, three-course nightly supper at ~IL CANE ROSSO~. If you bring your own bottle to dinner on the third Sunday/Monday, corkage will be waived. Cheers!

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Did you miss author David Sax of Save the Deli the last time he was in town? Well, he will be at the JCCSF in January! Here’s more: “Journalist and lifelong deli obsessive David Sax is alarmed. He asserts that assimilation, homogenization and health food trends are killing our delis. This wildly funny, energetic investigation into the zeigeist of the deli should become a rallying cry for food lovers. Bay Area readers will delight in the chapter titled ‘I Left My Kishkes in San Francisco.’ Expect a delicious surprise!”

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From RoomtoRead.org.

A big Parties That Cook cooking party fundraiser for the nonprofit Room To Read is coming up (the goal is to raise $25k!). Room To Read partners with local communities throughout the developing world to provide quality educational opportunities by establishing libraries, creating local language children’s literature, constructing schools, and providing education to girls. To date, they have built 7,526 libraries and 832 schools.

The fundraiser is on February 4th at Crushpad, who is donating wine and their incredible venue for the event, and Whole Foods is donating some of the groceries. The evening will involve wine tasting, cooking small plates and will end with Room to Read founder John Wood telling you his incredible story.

Here is the menu featuring regional dishes from the countries Room to Read serves:

Indian-spiced lamb burgers with cucumber raita (India)
Peanut and coconut pot stickers with sweet and spicy soy dipping sauce (Vietnam)
Lettuce cups with gingery pork and shiitake mushrooms (Vietnam)
Grilled shrimp skewers with mint-jalapeno sauce (Indonesia)
Veggie curry cups with basmati rice (India)
Chicken skewers with spicy peanut sauce (Nepal)
Bacon-wrapped plums filled with blue cheese and balsamic-honey glaze (US)
Curried flatbread with mango-currant chutney (India)
Coconut cupcakes with coconut cream frosting (fusion)

If you are unable to make it, please consider making a donation and list “Cooking for a Cause” to help Parties That Cook meet their $25k goal. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Room to Read.

Sure, it’s a new year, but our finances haven’t bounced back just yet. Ahem. Fortunately ~CHOUQUET’S~ has launched two new specials to help with our dining expenses. Diners can enjoy a French three-course dinner (appetizer, entrée, and a dessert) for $29.95 per person every night from 5:30pm-7pm. Also, on Mondays all bottles of wine are 50% off. Salud!

Hey, the 510-ers need to save dough too! ~BELLANICO~ in Oakland is running a four-course menu for $24 (hence its nickname of “Four for Twenty Four”). The menu is available Sunday through Thursday, and it changes weekly (no substitutions). An easy way to keep up on the menu changes is through their Twitter feed. One week it included house-smoked tombo tuna crostini; potato gnocchi in Gorgonzola cream with Treviso radicchio; Duroc pork saltimbocca; and bomboloni (Florentine-style doughnuts) with espresso custard for dessert. 4238 Park Blvd. Oakland, 510-336-1180.

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Meet cheesemaker and author Allison Hooper of Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery at ~THE PASTA SHOP: FOURTH STREET~ to celebrate her new book (In a Cheesemaker’s Kitchen) and explore artisan California and Vermont cheeses during a panel discussion, tastings, and a book signing. There will be participating artisan cheesemakers from: Bellwether Farms, Cellars of Jasper Hill; Cowgirl Creamery; Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese; and Vermont Creamery. Cheeses will be complemented by local artisan products from Katz & Company, Paneforte Company, and Rustic Bakery.

5pm-6pm: panel discussion with Jill Giacomini Basch, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese; Lynne Devereux, California Artisan Cheese Guild; Allison Hooper, Vermont Creamery; Peg Smith, Tomales Bay Foods/Cowgirl Creamery; Sandy Sonnenfelt, The Pasta Shop.

6pm-7pm: tasting of Vermont and California artisan cheeses, products, and recipes from In a Cheesemaker’s Kitchen.

Coinciding with this book signing, Café Rouge, next door, will offer special menu items featuring Vermont Creamery cheeses (January 15th-17th), 510-525-1440.

~18 REASONS~ is also hosting an 18th Hour: Wine & Goat Cheese Pairing with Allison Hooper of Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery on Thursday January 14th from 7pm-9pm.