September 2021

September 8, 2021

A sampler of mezze at the new Lulu in Berkeley. Photo: ©

Hi gang, I hope you enjoyed the long weekend (which is why you’re receiving this on a Wednesday). Can we just do away with Mondays forever? Seriously, it would be great. Monday, you won’t be missed.

Since the last tablehopper issue was all about my Croatia trip recap, we have quite a bit of news to catch up on this week. (Yeah, Monday was a holiday, but guess who was still working on this damn thing?)

I want to keep this intro short so I can go get a much-needed walk in before the wind gets even more annoying. But before I do so, I want to give a huge salute to Caleb Zigas, who announced his upcoming departure as executive director of La Cocina after sixteen years. Zigas has been one of the biggest change-makers in our local food scene, impacting so many lives and dreams with all his visionary work, heart-driven leadership, and his formidable team. I can’t imagine an SF without La Cocina—this business incubator is one of our finest organizations fighting for equity—and it’s going to be hard to fathom La Cocina without Caleb. Be sure to read his farewell note here. The search for a new leader is underway, with the goal of having a successor named by December 2021, if not earlier. ¡Muchísimas gracias, Caleb!

Enjoy the short week, everyone. Stand by for more fun ideas on places to eat and visit on my @tablehopper account! If you feel like throwing anything in my tip jar, it’s always appreciated.


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