This week's tablehopper: bearded ladies.


Probably some of the most-tender octopus I’ve ever had, at Pathos in Berkeley. Photo: ©

Last night was an exciting time on Twitter, simultaneously watching the news of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards roll in from Chicago—huge congrats to local winners Shelley Lindgren for Outstanding Wine Program for A16 (FINALLY); Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski for Best Chef: West for State Bird Provisions; Rajat Parr for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional; and Rising Star Chef Jessica Largey of Manresa—while watching image of starlets arriving at the Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (RiRi’s omelet dress!!). I was laughing thinking of all the inspired food these chefs make, while looking at all these stars who don’t get to really enjoy it because they have size zero bodies to maintain. Clash of the Titans, food and fashion. (Speaking of starlets, associate editor Dana Eastland was on a roll with today’s starlets, I hope you enjoy.)

The whole night’s celebratory tone came to a screeching halt with the tragic and almost unbelievable news of food writer and personality Josh Ozersky’s death at the young age of 47. Everyone in the food world is still reeling with the shocking news, deep condolences to his family and friends. Too soon, way too soon.

Josh would want everyone eating a damn good burger in his honor, and fortunately KronnerBurger is opening tomorrow, so you can do that. Read all about it in today’s issue, plus we have a look at Trestle too.

As someone who likes to ride a bike around town, I’m hoping you will all mark your calendars for Bike to Work Day, which is on Thursday May 14th. Click here to learn all about it, how to champion the day at work, how to volunteer, and more. Thanks.

Have fun out there celebrating Cinco de Drinko.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, May 5 2015