August 31, 2010

August 31, 2010
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Just when I thought my neighborhood couldn’t get any better, ~NOPA~ decides to launch weekend brunch service. I know, right? It starts Saturday September 4th, and will run from 11am-2:30pm. Dishes include butter basted-farm eggs with the most delicious white polenta squares, house-smoked trout and bagels, pan de mie French toast, housemade Merguez sausage with spiced lentils and poached eggs, and you know there will be some refreshing cocktails, like a Ramos Gin Fizz, and an excellent Bloody Mary. How do I know it’s excellent? I was lucky to get invited to a test brunch—and let me tell you, the portions are nice and hearty. What’s additionally cool is you’ll be able to swing by during the afternoon after the last seating (at 2:30pm) for light bites and drinks until dinner service kicks back in again at 6pm.

And nopa will be taking reservations, how civilized (here you go: 415-864-8643). One thing to note for your calendar, however: due to a prior commitment, there will be no brunch the weekend of September 18th-19th, but brunch will resume the following weekend, the 25th-26th.

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Photo from The Cheese School.

Yo, cheese lovers (am sure that includes many of you). Thought you should know ~THE CHEESE SCHOOL OF SAN FRANCISCO~ just released the Fall 2010 schedule, and the new semester begins on September 14th. There are actually a bunch of new classes this semester; including Cheesemongering for Champions, designed for anyone interested in becoming a cheesemonger. Their Three-Day Intensive Cheese Education Program is also coming up, September 26th-28th. Classes tend to fill up quickly, so hop to it! 2155 Powell St. at Francisco, 415-346-7530.

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~HEART~ the wine bar, restaurant, and art gallery in the Mission is launching Spaghetti Sundays, which will feature homemade spaghetti, salad, and fresh garlic bread for only $15. Every Sunday evening, there will be two separate spaghetti options, one meat (with tomatoes, onions, pancetta, garlic, and black pepper) and one vegetarian (it’s seasonal—a recent version included zucchini, zucchini flowers, pecorino, and black pepper). There will also be a wine special offered. 5pm-10pm.

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The fried chicken sandwich from Naked Lunch. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

~NAKED LUNCH~ in North Beach is turning one, and to thank all their fans, they’ll be servin’ up their popular fried chicken sandwich for half off on Saturday September 4th. Yup, $4 for their deeelish sandwich. Bwok.

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~CHAYA BRASSERIE SAN FRANCISCO~ is toasting its 10th birthday with month-long anniversary specials and a brand-new menu from executive chef Tetsuya Osaki and corporate executive chef Shigefumi Tachibe. A $20.10 three-course lunch menu will be available from 9-10-10 to 10-10-10 (menu items will include an herbed Monterey calamari salad; king salmon with grilled fennel, white corn, Swiss chard, red wine reduction, and herb oil; and a blueberry custard torte with buttermilk sorbet).

On the 10 days leading up to October 10th, 2010 (10-10-10), there will be a “Countdown to 10-10-10” promotion in the bar and lounge area that will include:
Day 1: Red Dragon Roll for $10 (regular price: $14)
Day 2: Takara Nigori Unfiltered for $9 (regular price: $15)
Day 3: Sancerre by the glass for $8 (regular price: $13.50)
Day 4: Tuna Tartare for $7 (regular price: $9.50)
Day 5: Basil Cucumber Gimlet for $6 (regular price: $11)
Day 6: Mini Burger and Fries for $5 (regular price: $10)
Day 7: Chaya Vitamin V for $4 (regular price: $8)
Day 8: $3 Garlic Fries (regular price: $5)
Day 9: $2 Sapporo Draught Beer (regular price: $5.50)
Day 10: $1 Oysters (regular price: $3)

132 The Embarcadero at Mission, 415-777-8688.

On September 7th, ~A16~ will be closing until the week of September 20th for a face lift (the exact reopening date remains to be known—I’ll keep you posted). They will specifically be targeting noise and ventilation issues, plus renovating the bathrooms, revamping the bar with a new marble bar top, and adding some additional banquette seating in the back corner as the office moves upstairs.

But before that all happens, the restaurant will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of A16 Tokyo, from Friday September 3rd to Monday September 6th. A16 will offer the following Japanese-inspired à la carte menu specials, along with their regular menu:

Albacore crudo with shiso (perilla) and pickled plums
Tonnarelli with squid braised in its own ink, cherry tomatoes, and basil
Yakitori (spiedino) with chicken, lamb, and pork meatballs
Melon kakigori (granita) with ginger crema and saffron shortbread

Buon appetito and kanpai!

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Coming up on on Wednesday September 8th is a special event at Terroir Natural Wine Merchant in SoMa: Food Heroes. The event is hosted by Eventbrite, and will bring together Bay Area culinary masters who have devoted their hands and hearts to their craft. The night will also honor the release of Food Heroes, a book by Georgia Pellegrini that chronicles her global travels in pursuit of the world’s food heroes. Georgia will be there to tell her stories firsthand and sign copies of her new book.

Featured local artisans so far include (a few more will be added):
Pizza Politana
Charles Chocolates
CMB Sweets
Oren’s Kitchen
Clarine’s Florentines
Four Barrel Coffee

Proceeds from tasting tickets will benefit the Edible Schoolyard.

~POGGIO~ in Sausalito is hosting their second annual Festa del Pesce from Tuesday September 14th to the 18th. There will be a special menu of crudo (raw/marinated/cured) and cotto (cooked) seafood antipasti, as well as special, whole-fish preparations. Chef Peter McNee will be offering 10 different seafood antipasti, ranging from $7 to $9 per dish. Meanwhile, the special whole-fish preparations include salmon carpaccio with lemon confit and shaved artichoke, house-cured Monterey Bay sardines, fried smelt with lemon aioli, fish baked in salt, and whole-roasted fish.