This week's tablehopper: happy year of piggin' out.

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Meet the Emperor, one of the many chicken sandwiches at Paper Rooster in the Tenderloin, with housemade sriracha chips and ginger ale. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Gung Hei Fat Choy! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Happy Lunar New Year, and year of the pig! If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate, I just saw this post on Bay Area Bites about lunar new year treats. And today’s tablehopper has some new dumpling places for you to check out as well—be sure to order some long noodles.

It’s also SF Beer Week, with more events than my inbox can handle. So, why don’t you just head on over to their site and see what you want to do? (Hint: click “types” to limit the kind of event you’re looking for, like food pairings.) You’ll also want to take a look at the lineup from today’s sponsor, The Monk’s Kettle!

And just in case you’re a (fellow) woman who loves whiskey, there’s an event with Westland Distillery (and master distiller Matt Hofmann) at Noosh tonight with a few tickets left! You’ll get a sneak peek of this almost-open spot and some great tastes (of both whiskey and snacks).

Last week, I thoroughly enjoyed my late-night dinner at La Calenda, the new Mexican restaurant from Thomas Keller Restaurant Group in Yountville. (A beautiful homage to masa, in all its forms.) Read all about it in my weekly Table Talk column, plus three Valentine’s Day dinners worth the expense and hassle of going out on a very busy night of hearts and flowers.

And don’t miss last week’s column, with a taste of what’s on the menu at the newly opened El Pípila in SoMa and Paper Rooster in the Tenderloin, plus a crab feast for Valentine’s Day, and two ongoing prime rib specials.

You may have heard about the new Udon Time (it’s perfect weather for noodles!) and soon-to-open Niku Steakhouse—I’m going to check them out this week and will have a firsthand report in the next tablehopper.

I’m busy once again curating the restaurants for this year’s Academy of Friends gala and Oscars viewing party! We have some fantastic partners this year, including Avery and Nico in VIP, along with China Live, Izakaya Sushi Ran, Cento Osteria, The Saratoga, Gio Gelati, Bluestem Brasserie, Tank18, and Uno Dos Tacos, with more to be confirmed this week! Get your ticket for Neptune’s Fantasy, and prepare for a fun evening! I will definitely see you there.

Keep warm, and enjoy all of your lunar new year festivities!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Feb 5 2019