Tidbits: Pop-Ups, Vegetable Literacy, Baron Bagels, and Al's!


Al’s Beef: that dirty beef was ordered wet, hot, and sweet. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Sean Lackey, who works at Prather Ranch and is a rockin’ home cook, is starting a pop-up. His first one (called Bite Me) will be at ~TRUCK~ on Thursday April 18th from 6pm-10pm, with plates like brined soft-boiled egg with homemade Sriracha, fried lemon, and garlic aioli, and pork and black-eyed peas with jalapeño relish. Check out the full menu here. 1900 Folsom St. at 15th St., 415-252-0306.

This Friday April 19th, head to Brisbane for a neat event with author and Greens original chef Deborah Madison. She’ll be in conversation with Margo True, the food editor at Sunset Magazine, talking about her newest book, Vegetable Literacy. After the talk, lunch will be served, highlighting some of Madison’s recipes. The event is from 11am-1pm and tickets are $45. Purcell Murray Showroom, 185 Park Ave. at Valley, Brisbane, 415-330-5557.

~NAKED KITCHEN~ is back, this time with a pop-up dinner from chefs John Paul Carmona and Andrew Burnham on Saturday April 20th. The pair worked together at Manresa, and now Carmona is busy working on his new project on the Peninsula, so this is a pretty great opportunity to check what he’s been up to. The menu features six courses, and there are two seatings, one at 6pm and the other at 9pm. The event is BYO, and tickets are $125 (includes tax and gratuity). For menu details and tickets, head here.

So Schmendricks will no longer be selling its bagels in the city, but starting next Monday April 22nd, you will be able to experience the delicious bagels from Baron Baking (did you read about them in the New York Times?) at ~SHORTY GOLDSTEIN’S~. 126 Sutter St. at Montgomery, 415-986-2676.

So this is pretty far afield for my usual tablehopper coverage, but I had to mention the legendary ~AL’S BEEF~ from Chicago is in fact coming to San Jose—in fact, it opened yesterday (Monday April 15th). Get your Italian beef on. 71 Curtner Ave., Ste. 80, San Jose, 408-380-4876.