This week's tablehopper: beat the heat.


Get it while you can: melon and burrata salad with Japanese cucumber (and poppy seeds) at Central Kitchen. Photo: ©

Your sunny weekend is here, right on time. Start chilling that bottle of rosé now. Maybe you have some beach time planned (really, you should!), or you’re scheming on where to find an outdoor table for dinner (psssst, the new Gardenias has a pretty back patio!). And if you’re going to Eat Real in Oakland (and Town Eats), I hope you’re digging out the SPF 50.

I’m excited to attend the SF Cheese Fest on Saturday night—there are still some general admission tickets left. Oh, and here are some new brunch spots too.

Just in case you were scheming to be one of the first 100 people in line for Lobster ME’s opening lobster roll giveaway on Monday, please note their opening has been moved to Saturday September 26th (with the giveaway now running September 26th-28th).

Today’s column is a report from 707 scout writer Heather Irwin, covering some of the incredible volunteer efforts happening around the Valley Fire. The fire is 40 percent contained—here’s to the amazing firefighters for all their brave and grueling efforts to get that thing under control. I know many of us feel rather useless hearing all the reports of the devastation and heartbreaking loss up there, but her piece outlines some ways you can help (as well as this roundup post on Eater).

Take good care. We’ll see you on Tuesday.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Sep 18 2015