This week's tablehopper: beast mode.


A pre-Prince (at the Fox!) feast at Hawker Fare. Photo: ©

Whoa, busy day on the Twitter, blowing up with congrats to all the final nominees for the upcoming James Beard Foundation Awards in May. Big congratulations to all the writers, chefs, blogs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, bar managers, and more on your nominations, and am happy to see such a strong Bay Area turnout.

Today’s column is packed with so many new openings—you’re going to be busy checking them out for a while. And since the weather is just so damn gorgeous, maybe it’s time to hit the road? Here’s my latest Wine Country getaway column for the San Francisco Bay Guardian on some of the latest places to open and where to go in Healdsburg.

Coming up on Tuesday April 1st is a very sweet event at the JCCSF that I am excited to be a part of: Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen: A Celebration of Mothers, Grandmothers, and Food. The panel is going to be emceed by Joey Altman, and my fellow panelists include Craig Stoll and Traci Des Jardins, talking about our grandmothers, mothers, and others who have shaped our lives and cooking.

It ends up I have not one but two pairs of tickets to give away to tablehopper readers! All you need to do is forward today’s tablehopper newsletter to two friends (but even more would be so very fabulous), and add a note to your friend(s) about Beyond Bubbie! Be sure to Cc: or Bcc: me at so I know you sent it—I promise I won’t use anyone’s email address. The deadline to enter is Sunday March 23rd at 11:59pm. Hope to see you there!

Have a swell week, dollinks.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Mar 18 2014