September 2017

September 26, 2017

The Summer Breeze from the tablehopper brunch at Rooh: No. 3 London Dry Gin, guava, citrus, prosecco. Photo: ©

Hiya. Tremendous thanks to everyone who attended the tablehopper Indian brunch on Saturday at the stylish Rooh! It was such a beautiful brunch (have you been yet?), and the No. 3 London Dry Gin cocktails were all beyond fantastic—it was tough to pick a favorite. That bar does such a great job!

You can scroll through some pics on Instagram here, thanks for coming out—such a fun group. I was especially happy to have my family there. Oh, and chef Sujan is going to be collaborating on a dinner at La Mar this Thursday September 28th!

So, coming up next is my first tablehopper East Bay event, next Friday October 6th (6pm-9pm)! I’m cohosting the opening party for the upcoming Donato & Co., and it’s going to be an apericena feast! Read all about it in today’s tablehopper—tickets are moving fast (they are crazy cheap, just $45, and it includes three cocktails/wine!) so don’t delay. Looking forward to hanging out with you.

There are a lot of events going on this coming week, from Mexico fundraisers (please show some support!) to the Tastemaker Collective international chef dinners, including a big party this Saturday evening. (Don’t forget tablehopper readers get a nice discount—read my post for more!)

I also have a tablehopper fundraiser for Mexico in the works for October. As soon as the date and details are finalized, I will let you know! I’m going to need volunteers, food and drink donations, and of course, dear people to buy tickets. Things are already happening and it’s looking great. Thanks everyone. You’re amazing.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this week. I know already I’m playing hooky and going to the beach tomorrow—I’ve been tracking the weather all week and made sure to get my work done ahead of time. Boss of me said go for it. I hope yours does too.

Cheers gang.
Marcia Gagliardi

September 19, 2017

Also part of my health regimen: the Nothing Sacred at Cold Drinks. Hey, it had honey and ginger beer in it. Photo: ©

Hey there gang. The past couple of hours have certainly been distracting, watching the horror unfold in Mexico City. As earthquake veterans, it’s all too scary and close to home. Our hearts are with you, CDMX!

I am just getting back up to speed after a week of being knocked on my tuchus with a nasty cold that I just couldn’t shake. I did quite the tour of pho and ramen and caldo tlalpeño and turmeric on my toast and in cashew ice cream all damn week, and I think it’s finally left town. Ciao!

Good thing, because this Saturday is the tablehopper Indian brunch at Rooh! There are just four tickets left, which I kind of can’t believe because this elegant meal is a total steal! I’m talking a generous five-course tasting menu, four gorgeous brunch cocktails featuring No. 3 London Dry Gin, tax and tip included for just $68! Whatcha waiting for? And I’m also excited that my cute parents and sister are coming, so you get to meet the rest of the Gagliardi clan! Hop to it!

I’m also thrilled to announce I’m going to be hosting my first East Bay event—I know, about time—to celebrate the opening of the new Donato & Co. coming to Elmwood! The party is on Friday October 6th and is going to feature a ridiculous spread of cocktails and wine and antipasti and pasta and a roasted pig, so get your ticket now! We’re going to introduce you to the magic of apericena, which is no relation to the Macarena, but you’ll need to read today’s post to learn all about it. I look forward to hanging out with a bunch of you as we welcome chefs Donato Scotti and Gianluca Guglielmi to the neighborhood, and they can’t wait to feed you!

I have a ton of news and updates and even more events for you in today’s column, so let’s dive in. And I hope to see you soon. Take good care.

Marcia Gagliardi

September 12, 2017

The thunder and lightning is in this bowl of Rooh’s paneer and red pepper makhani, let me tell you! Photo: ©

Howdy friends. How you guys doing? It’s a tough time in the world right now. A lot to take in. Hopefully last night’s spectacular electric-sky show over the Bay Area helped bring some wonder back for you.

On Saturday, I had the great honor of officiating the union of two oh-so-dear friends, one whom I have known for 17 years! It was a magical wedding in the Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park—you know this English major loved that! It’s a pretty cool thing to marry two people you adore, let me tell you, but I’m also glad the pressure is off—that was intense! Shopping at the Alamo Square flea market on Sunday with sis was a great way to decompress (and cool off in the park). Plus a badass sundae from Bi-Rite Creamery, oh hell yes.

Maybe you’d like a little distraction? I mean, yeah, food is always good for that. I was recruited (read: paid, to be clear!) to be part of the launch of a new app called Jeeyo, which is all about having conversations on all kinds of topics, from your favorite spots in your city to books to coffee. I’m just starting to post over there about brunch spots (pancake chat!) and dim sum (let’s talk XLB!). Download the app (on iOS or Google Play), follow me, and let’s start talking dim sum today! I know you guys have so much info and many tips to share.

Speaking of brunch, am I going to see you at Rooh on Saturday September 23rd? The tablehopper Indian brunch is going to be sooooo good. We’re going to have a fab tasting menu with paired cocktails, and it’s only $68 (with tax and tip included—I know, bonkers!). Less than a third of tickets remain, so hop to it. Details are in the chatterbox today!

I’m still playing catch-up, so expect an in-depth update on China Live’s Eight Tables next week, plus some 510 news and more. I’ve actually had a nasty migraine since Sunday evening, which really needs to leave, like, right now, so let’s just dive in here because I don’t have a lot of gas in my tank, so to speak.

Marcia Gagliardi

September 5, 2017

Three of Rooh’s beautiful cocktails—we’ll actually be enjoying four at the tablehopper Indian brunch! Photo: ©

Hi gang. Welcome back to your desk (ugh, sorry, I know). I hope your shoulders are suntanned, your belly is full of peaches and insalata caprese, and rosé runs freely in your veins. That’s my current state (thank you, Lake Tahoe), and I am pretty happy with it. The breeze has returned, and our streets are full of playa-coated trucks and cars (our modern Grapes of Wrath reenactment) with Burners returning from the dusty beyond (I hope you all had a safe and happy return home to your beds and running water!).

I know I said I wasn’t running a tablehopper this week—I wanted to have a little holiday three-day weekend as well—but since a bunch of you are just getting back to your computers, I wanted to be sure to get these three events at the top of your inbox.

I have a tablehopper Indian brunch coming up on Saturday September 23rd at the stylish Rooh you won’t want to miss (and wait until you see and try the stunning No. 3 London Dry Gin cocktails we have lined up!), plus there are two fab wine events this week from some highly appreciated sponsors! One is a Southern Hemisphere wine tasting in SF, and another is the Calistoga Wine Experience this Saturday in Calistoga—and you won’t fry up there like this past weekend. Cheers to that.

Check it all out, and here’s last week’s column with a bunch of other events and news in case you’d like a reminder!

Enjoy the stunning weather, and I’ll see you next week!
Marcia Gagliardi

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