September 2021

September 21, 2021

An incredible Sunday supper celebrating my dear friend Mr. Anthony’s birthday, with pollo verde tamales wrapped in kale leaves and extraordinary frijoles charros with chorizo and chicharrón! What a dream. ¡Gracias, chef Luis!

It may be the end of summer this week, but we San Franciscans know it’s just the beginning of the best weather in the City. I was gunning hard to send this early today so I can get a sunset beach walk in, my favorite. Last night was so beautiful with that luminous full moon hanging over the windless and fog-free city. Be sure to go for a stroll, go enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail outside tonight.

I’m going to hope for some beautiful fall weather in October, when I plan to host another weekend of one of my over-the-top garage sales. Mark your calendar for October 9th-10th, if you love vintage clothes and accessories! I will have a couple vintage-loving cohorts joining me, stand by for more details soon!

Last night was the new member induction ceremony for Les Dames d’Escoffier San Francisco, and yours truly is very honored to finally be a dame! What an inspiring group of women in food, beverage, and hospitality who are behind this philanthropic organization (the SF chapter was founded in 1989).

Speaking of fabulous dames, I wanted to be sure you know there’s a new film about Julia Child, Julia, from filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West (the duo behind RBG). It opens in November, but you can see it at the Mill Valley Film Festival October 9th and 13th (in-theater).

In case you’re looking for something new to watch at home, my latest faves have been Fantastic Fungi on Netflix (it’s truly mind-blowing, man) and 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything docuseries on Apple TV is so immersive (just wait for the Rolling Stones footage and stories during their time at Nellcôte).

One more quick item of note: I’m so thrilled to announce an upcoming sponsored partnership and amazing giveaway with Popmenu, designed to help and support one very lucky Bay Area restaurant. Stay tuned, and get ready to nominate your favorite place that could use a website and marketing upgrade!

Take care, enjoy your evening, and I’ll be back in your inboxes soon!
Marcia Gagliardi

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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