This week's tablehopper: encore.


Good times on I-80: a burger at In-N-Out.

Nothing like some (lightly) tan arms to get you into a summer frame of mind, right? Had such a fantastic 48 hours up at Lake Tahoe with my family—so nice to have a weekend of home-cooked meals off the grill, catch up with the fam, and how novel, to stay in for once (we watched the 1956 version of War and Peace with Audrey Hepburn over my two evenings up there, loved it). Was hard to pull myself away from the sunny grass and chipmunk TV (as I call it) at Sugar Pine Point on Sunday afternoon and drive home—although I always dig the drive along Highway 50 (some good turns, oh yeah). And hello, In-N-Out on I-80, come to mama.

But color me spoiled, I’m heading back up to the lake again this weekend for round two. Although this weekend is going to be decidedly more posh: I was invited to check out The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe property, hubba hubba. Looking forward to finally trying Traci Des Jardins’ Manzanita. And yes, while I am up there counting the stars, I will be thanking my lucky stars as well. Each and every last one of them.

Sooooo, dah-lings, speaking of posh, did you get a chance to see the special progressive tour with the tablehopper on Gilt City today? It’s a customized and top-shelf “progressive” dinner tour that I put together, visiting three of the city’s most exciting restaurants and all in one night: Prospect, Commonwealth, and Atelier Crenn. You’ll get insider access to the chefs and kitchens at each destination, with special dishes, pairings, and surprises. The dinners are an intimate affair, with only six guests each night—and since I’ll be joining you, we can chat restaurants all evening. Will be a totally memorable and adventurous night. Can’t wait to hit the town and tablehop in style with you—oh, and it includes luxe transpo to each destination as well. (You can join Gilt City with this invite.)

Have a swell week, everyone. I insist! The sun is out! Praise be!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Jul 19 2011