November 2022

November 22, 2022
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Pumpkin cheesecake from Noe Valley Bakery. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hello hello! I know I’m not the only one fired up for this short week, whew. The past couple weeks have had me waaaay over-busy, including the two Jewish Food Society events I helped produce (check out my Reel recap here!), and last Friday, I had the opportunity to interview Phil Rosenthal of Somebody Feed Phil for his book tour appearance on stage at the Palace of Fine Arts. Interacting with his audience of 900 amazing fans was an incredible experience—I loved hearing how his show has inspired so many folks to travel and see the world. So uplifting! Another big lift: seeing The Flaming Lips perform at The Warfield on Saturday night, what a show.

I have some exciting news updates for you in today’s column, and I’m also including a recap from my summer press trip to Greece when I went to learn about kiwis! (Stand by for my piece on cherries next!)

If you haven’t figured out your Thanksgiving reservations or takeout or pies yet, I have a ton of tips in my Instagram Thanksgiving Highlights, which can be helpful for you last-minute folks!

As you can imagine, there are so many special meals and events and experiences coming up for the holidays. Look for my Instagram Holiday Highlights for all the latest on Hanukkah latkes and winter cocktails and Christmas dinners and more (I’ll be updating it daily).

I know many of you are gearing up for holiday shopping since this is the week of crazy sales. I wanted to be sure you knew I’m going to be doing another hopper holiday gift bag this year in case you want to shop small and local! Like in years past, I’m curating a bunch of unique, quality, and delicious products from local restaurants, bars, and makers. And just wait until you see this year’s tote! (I’m just sayin’.) Stand by for details VERY SOON! It isn’t easy putting this all together, so I hope you’re still excited to support our local F&B industry and community for a third year by purchasing this awesome tote of artisanal treats!

Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Native American Heritage Day, and holiday. I have so much to be grateful for, and you’re a big part of that, so thank you. I’m looking forward to getting together with my adorable family (sis and I are bringing our kitties, so the grand-cats will surely be getting spoiled with lots of snuggles and bites of turkey). Wishing you safe travels, good health, and happy times at the table.

Gratefully yours,
Marcia Gagliardi

November 8, 2022
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Fusilli con grassato di capra (housemade knitting needle pasta with braised goat) at a luncheon at Rosetta and Lino Costantino’s home to celebrate the launch of Pasta Grannies: Comfort Cooking. It was like being back in Calabria at my relatives’ dinner table. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hi gang, I know today is a tense one—hopefully the welcome rain and a stiff cocktail (or quality and low-dose weed beverage) will help you deal with things. It’s a good night for some mac and cheese. (I have a bunch of pasta recipes on my Pinterest board, in case you’re looking for carb inspo.) Did you vote? You have until 8pm!

Tonight, I’m busy in Oakland with the first of two Schmaltzy events I’m co-producing this week with the Jewish Food Society (you should check out their new site)! SF’s event is on Thursday—looking forward to seeing you! Both events have sold out, and the waitlist is pretty long, just FYI!

One event you can still get tickets to is an evening with culinary goddess Nigella Lawson, who is touring the U.S. right now, and stopping in SF on Monday November 14th! (She will also be appearing in Santa Rosa on the 16th.) I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing her for Nob Hill Gazette’s November issue, you can read my piece here. We could have chatted for hours. She’s so warm, earthy, and simply divine!

With Thanksgiving coming up quickly, I’m posting updates daily on where to go out for or take home a turkey (or plant-based) dinner, pie, sides, and more in my Instagram Stories Highlight!

You can imagine I am beyond swamped this week with my newsletter deadline hitting the same week as these two events, so I need to bounce! I have a big story in today’s column about the return of the Savoy-Tivoli in North Beach, plus another new project in the neighborhood, love to see it.

Take good care,
Marcia Gagliardi

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