Preview the Food from Michael Gaines's New Spot (Glena's), Plus Build Your Own Brunch and a Portuguese Feast


Some of the ingredients for the EatWith Glena’s dinner. Photo: Stephanie Page Gaines.

We recently reported on the departure of chef Michael Gaines from Kin Khao, and now we get a peek at what’s coming next from him: ~GLENA’S~, which will be a casual tacos and margaritas spot that’s due to open early next year. He’s from Southern California and grew up on the beach, so you can see where he got his inspiration.

But we don’t have to wait until 2016 to try his food, since he’s hosting a preview dinner at the EatWith headquarters in SoMa on Thursday October 15th! The menu includes deep-fried plantains with sea salt and crema, tacos al pastor, and more for $74. And tablehopper readers get 50 percent off with code HOPPER50, thanks to EatWith’s sponsorship this past month. Buen provecho!

Also from EatWith is this Build Your Own Brunch pop-up this Saturday October 17th at 11am (and at 10:30am on the 24th) from EatWith’s consulting chef, Dimitri Tishlias. Twenty-four guests will get to make their own toasts with toppings like bacon marmalade and sous vide eggs with chile oil, seasonal quiche, and Café du Monde-style beignets and iced NOLA coffee. $35 (cocktails like Ramos gin fizzes available à la carte). Again, tablehopper readers can take 50 percent off with code HOPPER50.

Anyone who craves the flavors and dishes of Portugal (a cuisine that is hard to find here in SF) will want to check out this Portuguese dinner at ~THE COMMISSARY~ on Saturday October 17th with guest chef Telmo Faria of Uma Casa. He’ll be serving a seven-course prix-fixe menu (check out the menu here), and Eugenio Jardim (U.S. Ambassador for Wines of Portugal and former Jardinière wine director of 11 years) has paired exceptional Portuguese wines ($72, $32 for wine pairings). There’s also a nine-course option with the chef and winemakers seated at the open kitchen counter and private dining room ($98, $42 for wine pairings). Seatings available at 6pm and 8pm. To make reservations, call 415-561-3600. 101 Montgomery St. in the Presidio on the Main Post.