October 2022

October 25, 2022

So on-brand for fall (and deeeeelicious): Delfina’s latkes with salmon roe and crème fraîche at Foodwise Sunday Supper. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy friends. How are y’all doing after that 5.1 rumbler today? I now know Fortuna does not sense earthquakes ahead of time—kind of like ShakeAlert, where was my early notification? Nothing like being on the top floor of an old building to really feel it, eeeeee! At least my go bag is by the door and well-stocked with weed and bourbon, ha.

It was wonderful to see so many of you a week ago at the Foodwise Sunday Supper, what a fabulous reunion of our farmer, culinary, and cocktail community! Did you know Foodwise raised $440,000 in support of local, sustainable family farmers and food makers at Foodwise farmers markets, and food access programs?! It was their most successful Sunday Supper yet, all thanks to you.

You’ll want to head back to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market at the Ferry Building this Saturday October 29th for the new Pop-Ups on the Plaza series. Celebrate the harvest season with a day of fall festivities, family fun, and delicious food from local, Black-owned food businesses, including A Girl Named Pinky, Melan-AID, Rome’s Kitchen, Tha M’fn Vegan, Wanda’s Cooking, and many more. There will also be cooking demos and plenty of activities for the kiddos. 9am-1pm.

Also this Saturday, Prubechu is hosting a night of fashion, food, music, and natural wines with BTFL Studio and Stagiaire Wines. Did someone say roast pig fiesta plate? Tickets are almost gone, get yours here. See you there?

I’m very excited (and busy!) co-producing these two Schmaltzy events in November with the Jewish Food Society! Schmaltzy is their signature live storytelling event—it’s like The Moth, but with noshes! On Tuesday November 8th, join us for an intimate Schmaltzy salon at The Alice Collective in Oakland, featuring a story from Sydney Arkin, founder of Bad Walter’s Bootleg Ice Cream, with bites and beverages from Covenant wines and a cocktail from Junípero gin, thanks to Hotaling & Co.! Tickets are limited and can be found here.

On Thursday November 10th, we’ll be at the stylish Four One Nine venue in SoMa. Hear stories from “Good Mythical Morning’s” Nicole Hendizadeh, Nopa chef-owner Laurence Jossel, and Rabbi Sydney Mintz from Temple Emanu-El will share a tale about her Buddhist monk brother and chocolate chip cookies. (Yours truly will be emceeing.) Then, stick around to party and snack on the dishes from each story. We’ll enjoy pours from Covenant wines and Nopa’s 50/50 Martini with Junípero gin, thanks to Hotaling & Co. Extremely limited SF tickets can be found here.

Don’t forget: this week is San Francisco Restaurant Week, running through Sunday October 30th. This year, over 180 restaurants in SF are participating with prix-fixe lunch, brunch, and dinner menus available for onsite dining, takeout, and delivery. Get out there and support your favorite restaurants while discovering some new-to-you ones, too! Buon appetito!

Wishing y’all a Happy Halloween and scintillating Scorpio season—stand by for some exciting news from me in November!

Marcia Gagliardi

October 11, 2022

A stunning dessert at TRUSS: Manjari chocolate mousse with rice crisps, chocolate crumble, and gold marigold leaves. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Welcome to Fogtober, it’s Karl’s city now. (At least this weather keeps me productive, and considering how much I have going on right now, that’s a good thing.) I almost can’t believe I was swimming and soaking up some rays poolside at the fab Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley in Calistoga just two weeks ago. That place was a dream getaway for early fall—and they just opened their new upscale dining concept, Auro, featuring a rotating, seasonal tasting menu from executive chef Rogelio Garcia (formerly Luce). Serving Fri-Sat for now. (I see Robiola butter on the menu and I want it.) There are two chef’s tables in the jaw-dropping kitchen for those who want ringside seats, but the glass walls mean you can watch the kitchen from the dining room as well, while admiring the view outside. The terrace really is something special there. Maybe head up for Calistoga Food & Wine on November 19th?

During my 24-hour jaunt, I was also in Healdsburg for the launch of the Cuzen collaboration with SingleThread—I’ll be posting about this on Instagram shortly, but if you want to check out a couple matcha recipes from chef Kyle Connaughton, they just posted the first two here (more to come)! (That smoothie is perfection—but I really need a professional blender at home.) Mmmmmatcha! Maybe you remember reading about this magic machine in my holiday gift guide?

I have definitely needed the extra caffeine to keep up with all my deadlines. My most recent profile for Nob Hill Gazette features Noodle in a Haystack’s new SF restaurant and their superlative ramen—you can read it in the October issue, or online here. Stand by for the November issue, featuring my interview with goddess Nigella Lawson! (She’s coming to the Bay Area in November on her North American tour: An Evening with Nigella Lawson!)

This Sunday, there are still tickets available for the Foodwise Sunday Supper: A Farm to City Feast, read more in my recent post here. See you there?

Hispanic Heritage Month wraps up on October 15th, but my love for these places is forever—take a look at this post I wrote for Charles Communications highlighting five of my favorite Latinx spots and sabrocito dishes in SF.

Fall SF Restaurant Week returns October 21st, and we have a super-fabulous giveaway for you to enter to win dinner for four in today’s column, don’t miss it!

Lastly, I had so much fun creating this video for Prosecco Superiore DOCG about how I like to host my ideal disco aperitivo party—and Fortuna even has a few cameos! (My little starlet.) I curated an Italo-disco playlist to keep the bubbles flowin’—I hope you enjoy it, cin cin!

Marcia Gagliardi

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