February 2022

February 15, 2022
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Onion and white pearl course at Atelier Crenn (with the most magical French onion soup broth on the side). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hello, friends. I know Fortuna and I are not the only ones happy to see the sun come back today after yesterday’s grey chill (WTF). I hope you had a fabulous LOVE DAY—my adorable neighbors texted me at 10:30pm while I was up late writing this thing and asked if I’d like a freshly baked Pink Lady pastry with crème anglaise. Would I?? Awwww. HEARTS. I was still on cloud nine from a five-hour belated birthday celebration dinner at Atelier Crenn on Friday with a fab fempire table. It was also my first time eating indoors since the omi wave—what a special way to return. I’ll be posting highlights on the hopper socials soon.

MORE HEARTS: thanks to all of you who filled out the tablehopper survey! You are appreciated. Ends up I’m extending the deadline one more week (to Tuesday February 22nd), so if you haven’t filled it out yet, you can chime in with your answers this week—it will help me out so much. Consider it an early anniversary present: tablehopper turns sweet sixteen on February 21st! Can you believe it? I know some of you have been reading my column all these years, so, mwah! [sound of me popping Champagne]

How are you feeling these days? I know this epic weather has helped lift some spirits (I have loved seeing all the plum blossoms and picnics and stoop parties and couples canoodling in the park this past week). And now, San Francisco is lifting its indoor mask mandate tomorrow, which is hopeful, although mentally, I’m not there yet (and I’m still hearing stories of friends getting sick). I will continue to heed this advice, even if I’m the only one with a mask on, which was totally me at an event this past weekend, I really don’t care: “Continuing to mask in indoor public settings, especially crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, remains the safest choice for an individual and protects those who are medically vulnerable or are not able to get vaccinated, like our youngest children.”

You can read more plus some FAQs in this post from the GGRA about what this all means for restaurants and indoor dining. Here’s one excerpt: “

As such, beginning February 16th, masks will NOT be required for indoor dining in San Francisco, but proof of completion of the primary series of the COVID-19 vaccinations or proof of a negative test will continue to be required. (To clarify, boosters are not required by San Francisco for indoor dining in SF). Guests can still continue to dine outside without proof of vaccination. Some restaurants may choose to require tighter restrictions than California or San Francisco requires. Please check with your restaurant before arriving to confirm what they require for indoor dining. We are hopeful that we can continue to safely return to normal.” Aaaaaaamen.

I’m starting to see posts from restaurants on Instagram in advance of tomorrow’s mandate lift stating their own mask policies (many will continue to request masks indoors to protect their staffs), so please check in on places before you head over—know before you go! Let’s show respect for how people are trying to stay safe and healthy.

I’m looking forward to alfresco excursions to Chezchez this week, the new Kaiyo Rooftop, Chuck’s Takeaway (banh mi in the park!), Pecking House at Turntable at Lord Stanley, and the Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday. Looking like a badass week. Wishing you the same.

XO
Marcia Gagliardi

February 8, 2022
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The spread at the William Tell House’s crab tailgate: freshly caught Dungeness with drawn butter, cheesy sourdough bread, garlic noodles, a salad, the best brownies, and adult beverages! Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hey everyone! I hope and imagine you’re enjoying this gorgeous weather! Go play hooky, seriously. And if you have the time to drive up to Tomales for the second crab tailgate party this Saturday at the William Tell House, DO IT. It’s so much fun—you can hang out in the neighboring park and enjoy the sun and fresh air while you crack freshly caught crab and drink bubbles and beer. My friend and I went last Saturday, and it was a dream Northern California kind of day—so good to get out of town. Bring your chair and a makeshift table and they take care of all the rest (don’t forget your sunscreen and a hat)! Tickets for Feb 12th are still available and there are two “seatings” (11:30am and 2:30pm).

You’re probably wondering why you’re receiving a tablehopper issue this week, and this is just a quick request and reminder to please fill out the tablehopper survey I posted about last week! I would so appreciate your input. Over the past six weeks, I’ve been hard at work on brainstorming and researching and fine-tuning some upcoming changes to the tablehopper newsletter, which is turning sweet sixteen this month! I’m super-excited about what’s coming, but a huge part of what makes tablehopper what it is is YOU. You’re an incredible community of supporters and longtime readers, and I would greatly value your input in this process.

Please use the same email you already use to subscribe to tablehopper, and I need to have everyone’s answers by Monday February 14th! Some of the questions are a little personal, but please know your details will remain confidential—I’m really just going to be looking at the aggregate data. Here’s the survey.

As a token of my appreciation, I’ll be mailing out a tablehopper vintage SF t-shirt (your choice!) to two randomly chosen star readers who filled out the survey by February 14th! Thank you!

Okay gang, that’s it from me! Happy (upcoming) Valentine’s Day! You can check out my Instagram highlight for fun ideas on special Valentine dinners, takeout, tasty chocolates, and treats! No partner needed—just enjoy yourself!

Mwah! BIG XO!
~Marcia

February 1, 2022
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Almond tart with passionfruit crème from Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie. (Would you believe it’s gluten-free?) Enjoy. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Black History Month! Happy first day of February! (Whew, we made it—that was a rough January.) We also have Valentine’s Day coming up in a couple weeks… If you’re looking for some tasty meals and dishes (and chocolates!) to celebrate the Lunar New Year, check out my Instagram Highlight, and I’m adding to my Valentine’s Day Highlight daily (it will also include some Palentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day ideas, because the day of love is for everyone!).

It’s also crab season, and I’m stoked to head up to the William Tell House in Tomales for their annual crab feed, which they’re doing as another crab tailgate party this year. It’s so much fun—you’ll enjoy freshly caught Dungeness in drawn butter, with the tastiest cheesy sourdough (OMG), garlic noodles, and more. Enjoy the sun, fresh air, and crab shell in your hair! There are two weekends (this Saturday Feb 5th or Feb 12th) and two seatings (11:30am and 2:30pm). Tickets will sell out, so get crabby or be crabby!

Okay, so I have a big favor to ask. Over the past six weeks, I’ve been hard at work on brainstorming and researching and fine-tuning some upcoming changes to the tablehopper newsletter, which is turning sweet sixteen this month! I’m super-excited about what’s coming, but a huge part of what makes tablehopper what it is is YOU. You’re an incredible community of supporters and longtime readers, and I would so appreciate and value your input in this process. It has also been a long time since I ran a survey—it’s time for me to have more info about you! We’ve aged. LOL.

Here’s the tablehopper survey that I’d love love for you to please fill out! Go ahead and click it now so you have the window open. Please use the same email you already use to subscribe to tablehopper, and I need to have everyone’s answers by February 14th! Some of the questions are a little personal, but please know your details will remain confidential—I’m really just going to be looking at the aggregate data.

As a token of my appreciation, I’ll be mailing out a tablehopper vintage SF t-shirt (your choice!) to two randomly chosen star readers who filled out the survey by February 14th! I will get in touch with the two winners after the 14th. Thanks, gang!

Last question: were you a member of the Bay Area News Party private group on Facebook? It’s where independent journalists, event makers, and party-goers share real news about things happening in the Bay, including yours truly and Broke-Ass Stuart, 48 Hills, and others. We have switched the group to be public, so be sure to join the new public FB group here. See you at the partay!

BIG XO!
~Marcia

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