October 2019

October 22, 2019

The Hash ‘Em Up dish at Hilda and Jesse: a spunky spin on the Mickey D’s hash brown, with pork sausage, fermented green garlic, squash, okra, and pepper relish, with a hit of dill and horseradish. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hello, my friends. How is your Rocktober going? Mine has been more like sick-tober—I just got over the most evil and vile cold, it took 13 days to finally bid adieu. What the hell. Keep washing your hands like you have OCD, I tell you. Don’t get it!

I had to lay off the dairy for a couple weeks (which I always do when I get sick), and now I finally got to taste some of the Halloween ice cream flavors from Salt & Straw: if you’re going to be home watching scary movies and don’t want to eat the entire candy bowl, you can do so in an ice cream format instead with their Great Candycopia flavor (you have to really have a sweet tooth for this one), or you want to gross your kids or roommate out, there’s Creepy Crawly Critters: matcha ice cream with toffee-brittle mealworms and chocolate crickets (Don Bugito in Oakland provided the critters)—and it’s really tasty (and crunchy, LOL).

Another thing to hunt down before October ends is the Green Goddess lobster roll at Luke’s Lobster by chef Suzette Gresham of Acquerello. This should be a new standard on their SF shop’s menu.

Also so delicious (and happy-making): the “breakfast without boundaries” from Hilda and Jesse! You don’t want to miss a Monday evening at their engaging pop-up. Book a ticket soon! And if any of you are restaurant investors, or know one, check out their upcoming investor dinner on October 28th. Let’s bring this pop-up to fruition in a permanent location.

Big thanks to this week’s sponsor, Pinots & Plaid, a fantastic pinot noir tasting this Saturday October 26th (with bubbles and caviar in the VIP room!)—tablehopper readers get a sweet discount! Get your ticket before it sells out!

So, I have been really burning the midnight oil over here (yes, even more than my usual overdrive, which I know is why I got sick): I have a big launch for mymilligram happening in mid-November—the mymilly monthly subscription box, and it’s taking up any and alllllll of my time right now to get this baby into the world. I’m currently camped at my desk. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to release a tablehopper issue on November 5th, will probably have to push it a week so I don’t spontaneously combust, FYI!

I will be emerging from my work pit of insanity to emcee the WCR (Women Chefs and Restaurateurs) Spotlight Event on Monday November 4th, honoring the one and only Joyce Goldstein, with some amazing tastes curated by chefs Elizabeth Falkner, Sarah Rich, Kim Alter, and more (the lineup is amazing—all the ladies in the house)! Get your ticket and let’s raise a glass to our fabulous matriarch, Joyce.

Thanks for your understanding and support, enjoy this gorgeous weather for me!
Marcia Gagliardi

October 8, 2019

The Kuch Kuch Hota Hai at Besharam, which comes with pani-puri water! Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Whooosh! How you doin’? I feel like I have flames coming off me, the past few weeks have been non-freaking-stop. I had an outstanding visit to New York: the weather was truly epic, my friends’ wedding was so sweet and special, and I was fortunate to squeeze in a few visits with some of my beloved pals out there. I got nailed with a nasty stomach bug while I was out there (how’s that for the worst timing—there is definitely something going around), but I did manage to get a few sweet meals in, like Lalou and La Mercerie. It was also fun to check out Montesacro’s fab location (and full bar and kitchen!) in Williamsburg, toss back some East Coast oysters, and got my cruffin on at Supermoon Bakehouse. If you’re into new food and beverage and wellness products, don’t miss a visit to the well-curated Pop-Up Grocer, which is running through this month in the Bowery.

Now, what are your plans this weekend? This Saturday October 12th is the 10th anniversary of the La Cocina Street Food Fest, and you can use this link or my code (Tablehopper) for free entry (or $20 off VIP)! It’s going to be such a great event (it always is), don’t miss a single bite!

You a fan of breakfast for dinner? Me too! Monday evening, I’ll be at the Hilda and Jesse pop-up at Marla Bakery, get your ticket!

Mark your calendar/get your ticket for the WCR (Women Chefs and Restaurateurs) Spotlight Event on Monday November 4th, honoring the one and only Joyce Goldstein, with some amazing tastes curated by chefs Kelly Fields (NOLA), Amanda Cohen (NYC), Elizabeth Falkner, and more (the lineup is amazing)! I just found out I’m going to be co-emceeing with Liam Mayclem, so it’s going to be a rowdy good time. Join us!

Lastly, I have to do a special thank you to everyone who joined us for the tablehopper spirited supper at Besharam a couple weeks ago. It was such an incredible meal! Chef-owner Heena Patel blew our minds, from our first bite of drunken pani puri to the spectacular Andhra fish stew, what a heartfelt Gujarati feast. Thank you, Heena, and the fab Besharam team!

If you couldn’t make it and want to experience an abridged version of our event menu, Besharam is offering a family-style menu for just $50. Incredible. Get some friends together and check it out before they come to their senses.

Our generous sponsor, Mount Gay Rum, cooled us down with the GLIF (Good Looking Indian Friends) welcome punch with Mount Gay Black Barrel, Besharam-spiced iced tea, peaches, and citrus (I want a glass of it right NOW) and Besharam’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Mount Gay Rum Black Barrel, cilantro syrup, lime, pani-puri water) was the party hit I expected it to be. Don’t miss that cocktail!

Now I’m thirsty. Cheers, gang.
Marcia Gagliardi

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