February 2020

February 25, 2020

The decadent quiche Lorraine at the just-opened Maison Danel. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy! It’s another sunny day in SF…here’s wishing you a happy Mardi Gras! [throwing beads at you] I’m so looking forward to celebrating tablehopper’s 14th birthday with you at the soon-to-open Lily this Friday evening, with a glass of Champagne Henriot in hand!

Tickets are sold out and the waiting list is long (thanks, everyone!), but here’s another idea: why don’t you come hang out with me next Wednesday at the Oregon Wine Trail SF event (and join me for dinner at Local Kitchen after the tasting)? Take a look at the details below in the sponsor! You can taste 200 Oregon wines for $65, who loves you? (Only tablehopper readers get this deal!) If you invite friends to get tickets with you, they cost even less! Posse up!

More specials! My pal Broke-Ass Stuart just launched The Delicious Card, offering great deals at 30-plus restaurants around SF, and it’s in support of his Patreon campaign! Help keep us independent publications going (and support local restaurants while doing it). You da best.

Big big thanks to chef Gigi Gaggero, who invited me to be a guest on Chef Gigi Food Talk Radio this past Sunday on KSCU! Her intro was so nice and over-the-top that cohost Melissa Smith (Enotrias) laughed at how much I was blushing (I can’t even listen to the recording of the show, I’ll have to pull an Adam Driver and walk away, LOL). We had a whirlwind chat about my path to writing and how tablehopper got started, and we also talked about mymilligram, my favorite cannabis food products, and more. Gigi also put together a really fun playlist for the show. What a hostess with the mostess, thanks for having me on. I also loved having an excuse to go track down some South Indian cuisine for dinner after the show—Santa Clara, you’ve got it goin’ on.

Have a swell week, and I hope to see you at Oregon Wine Trail next Wednesday!
Marcia Gagliardi

February 11, 2020

I can’t celebrate a tablehopper birthday without Champagne and caviar. As my dear friend Roberta Klugman says, “A day without Champagne is just stupid!” Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Happy summer! Kidding. But seriously, this weather right now. It puts me in a celebratory mood. So does looking at the calendar, and seeing tablehopper’s 14th birthday coming up later this month. Of course, we’re going to party. And this one is going to be extra-special: my good buddy and favorite dining wingman, chef Rob Lam, is opening his first Vietnamese restaurant in SF, Lily, and we’re going to be the first to break it in! I’m so excited, I’ve been waiting to see this menu from him for years. Read all about Lily in today’s issue.

It wouldn’t be a tablehopper celebration without some fabulous Champagne—we’ll be enjoying pours from Champagne Henriot throughout the feast, and we’ll even have caviar from Tsar Nicoulai! (Thank you for the generous sponsorship, what a treat.) We look forward to seeing you at this special Lily preview and hopper birthday event on Friday February 28th at 6:30pm! I’m practicing how to say “fourteen” in Vietnamese: mười bốn! Get your ticket soon, at this special price (just $114!), they are going to fly.

More treats! I also have an awesome ticket giveaway for you to a wine tasting (and more) from Oregon Wine Trail on Wednesday March 4th. I’ll have some more announcements about this wonderful wine tasting event soon, and look forward to seeing you there. Be sure to read the sugar mama to see how to enter to win a pair of tickets (or access discounted tickets).

This Friday is Valentine’s Day (check out the cool event at The Midway), and I’m doing a little something the day before, on Galentine’s Day, that should appeal to you canna-curious or microdosing friends. Those of you who follow me at mymilligram know I’ve been dealing with a bit of a setback the past month: my new statewide delivery partner for the mymilly subscription box sadly had to suspend operations, so now I have some pretty special inventory I need to sell, which will make for the perfect Valentine’s Day or self-lovin’ gifts!

Come by The Perish Trust (at 728 Divisadero St. at Grove in San Francisco) this Thursday February 13th from 6pm-8pm-ish at their 20/20 double vision art show that evening (featuring sculpture by Peter St. Lawrence and watercolors by Grant Stiles), plus they carry a bunch of so many cool items for your home, kitchen, bar, and body!

There will be some adult refreshments provided by moi. I’ll also have some (non-medicated) Pantry gianduja ganache bonbons for you to taste—which I’ll be (compliantly) selling for buy one ($35), get one at 50 percent off ($17.50)! Read more in my post here about which products I’ll have (come snag a bottle of Artet cannabis-infused aperitif, quality topicals, and more), and here’s your reminder about bringing cash and your i.d. If you can’t make it, but still want to pick something up, drop me a line (just hit reply to this newsletter!)! This will be your only chance (for now) to get these products from me. Thanks for your support, it has been a helluva month.

Moving on… One more thing I’m looking forward to: on Sunday February 23rd, I’m thrilled to be a guest on Chef Gigi Food Talk Radio, with chef Gigi Gaggero! The G girls will be in the house! It’s a live, 60-minute program on KSCU 103.3 FM, and I’ll be on from 6pm-7pm. Thanks for tuning in!

Okay my friends, thanks for all your support, 14 years and counting! Big shout-out to all the sponsors in today’s newsletter, too! Please click and check them out, they’re keeping this column chugging! I look forward to celebrating with you on the 28th. And come say “high” this Thursday!

Rock on!
Marcia Gagliardi

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