This week's tablehopper: go speed racer go.


Trotter croquettes by chef Thomas McNaughton at Scribe Winery’s riesling release dinner this past weekend at the winery. Yeah, it was dreamy. Photo: ©

Oh lawdy, am I really packing my bag for another trip? Uh, yes, I sure am. As a dear friend said to me: “Your train just keeps on moving. The ‘station’ is sort of a metaphysical idea with you.” Couldn’t have said it better. Hey, life is short.

So tomorrow (Wednesday) morning I will be on a plane to the inimitable New Orleans, where my sister and I are scratching off an important item on our mutual bucket list: Jazz Fest. We’re going to be rocking it in the Big Easy through next Monday, so this is all you’re going to hear from me until next Friday May 10th. Well, I will be posting highlights while I’m there on Twitter and Instagram (well, the “safe for work” pictures, ha!).

Since I’m on the topic of music (sorry, can’t help myself, I love it so): one thing I’ll be looking forward to upon my return is seeing Janelle Monáe at the SF Symphony on May 16th for its Spring Gala. (It’ll help with my transition back to my desk.) Like I mentioned last week, she was an absolutely fabulous performer at Coachella, and for this upcoming date, she’ll be unloading some brand-new orchestral arrangements of her songs and new material. I am ready to see her bring the house DOWN.

So I am not the only one hitting the road: A bunch of industry folks will be heading off to New York for the James Beard Foundation Awards on Friday May 3rd and Monday May 6th. Good luck to all the nominees! Have fun in the cit-tay, and come home with medals, people.

I have also been digging these posts from the road by Collin Casey and Tess Bryant as they tour Chablis and Champagne. Enjoy.

Whoa, the weather this week is rindonkulous, and the Giants will be here for 10 days of home games, starting Friday against the Dodgers. Which means it’s a good time to check out my piece for 7x7 on five new things to eat and drink at AT&T Park! Have at it.

Last little bit of reading for you before I release this Kraken of a column on you: Warm weather is drinking weather. May this New York Times piece about our local cocktail scene inspire you to enjoy some of our city’s many fine adult beverages this week.

Okay, fire in the hole, I gotta hustle. Have a fantastic week of sun and fun!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Apr 30 2013