This week's tablehopper: chugga chugga.


HomeFarm peach and Champagne vinegar shrub at SHED. Photo: ©

I have a feeling I am not alone in my excitement over the cloudy, rainy skies today. I have been loving this sunny November (kind of crazy, this month), but it’s time for soup, and stews, and hello, it’s crab season! And white truffles. It’s also olio nuovo time—I was happily pouring the latest batch from McEvoy Ranch over my soft-boiled eggs (some pastured beauties from Wyeth Acres I picked up at SHED in Healdsburg) this morning. Thanksgiving is in a week! Whoa.

Friday evening I got to swing by the Vinguard Champagne and sparkling wine tasting—my ideal happy hour. Of course I fell in love with too many bottles. When Pamela Busch puts on a bubbly event, you should go. (She will be teaching a seminar at 18 Reasons on Monday December 9th, check it out.). With some bubs in my belly, I was ready to see the latest Cirque du Soleil production, Amaluna. It was pretty rocking, and a bit more female-centric than usual—totally loved it. There were some really special acts this year (hello, the mobile?). Although everyone on that stage makes you feel like a fat slob, I swear. Anyway, don’t miss it.

On Sunday, I had a fun 24 hours up in Healdsburg—was happy to finally check out the beautiful SHED, and there is nothing like sleeping in one of the feathery, fluffy beds at the h2hotel (hello, old friend!). Eight magic hours of deep sleep. So restorative.

So this week we have a bunch of news, you ready? And I am also planning and hosting a fun cocktail party (with Campari and Rye on the Road) for the newly redesigned Tutti Foodie this Thursday evening, and I will have a few spots to give away in the next couple days! Follow my updates on Twitter and Facebook for how to score a spot! Yes, it will be a fun time.

Okay, have fun finally getting your sweaters and galoshes out.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Nov 19 2013