This week's tablehopper: decembrrrrr.

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A stunning “insalata di patate” (potato salad, heh heh) dish at SPQR, with three kinds of potatoes, sturgeon, ikura, and more. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

I can’t take credit for today’s title (thanks Steven Oliver!) but we certainly are living it. I’d like to do a shout-out to flannel PJs, my current fave for home office wear (although I have been really embarrassed to receive a couple home deliveries this past week). Whatever, it’s about making it work right now in my insulation-less building that dates back to pre-1906.

One thing that has been going through my mind a lot this week is how people are surviving who are homeless, especially those who choose not to go to shelters, or have to spend a lot of their time outside. I can’t imagine. Which is why I’d like to encourage you in the midst of all your holiday shopping to add one more important person (or more!) on your list: a resident at one of the ECS supportive housing sites. The residents pay for food and rent each month, and often have very little left for basics. Their gift requests are very modest but essential, like a bathrobe, slippers, or sheets. You will be assigned a resident to purchase a simple gift for ($25 and under), and I am willing to bet that gift will hold more meaning than anything else on your gift list. What about that person who’s hard to buy for, or promises you they don’t need anything? A gift for someone in need is the perfect solution.

If you’d like to play Santa and sponsor a resident, please email Mallory Hasick or call 415-487-3300 ext. 1245 by Friday December 13th. You will receive the resident’s first name, housing site, and gift request. Thanks for sharing the holiday spirit!

Today’s newsletter is packed with all kinds of holiday action in it, from a very special event called Top It Off that I’m hosting at the end of December with Louis Roederer Champagne (!), to a hopper gift guide, and some Christmas Eve dinner options too.

Ciao for now!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Dec 10 2013