This week's tablehopper: hopper hot list.


So good: tender beans and fall vegetables at this weekend’s Wild Soul event (with chef Charlie Hallowell). Photo: ©

Today is a big day for many of the top restaurants in SF, as they breathlessly await their phone calls from the Michelin Guide to hear how many stars they received for 2014. So far, congrats to The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood for keeping their three macarons; extra congrats to Quince on earning two stars (previously one!); to Coi, Atelier Crenn, and Manresa on keeping their two; and SPQR, Aziza, Ame, Spruce, Sons & Daughters, Luce, The Village Pub, Bouchon in Yountville, Madrona Manor, and Commis all have one. Cheers to all! That’s everything I’ve got for now—unfortunately my deadline and the release of info from Michelin didn’t coincide very well. Ah well.

How was your weekend? Fall is soooo here, right? Friday night I hit the dance floor at Public Works to see my favorite DJ evah, DJ Harvey. Always righteous. Saturday was my great-uncle Tony’s 90th birthday party, how cute is that? And my great-aunt Mary is 94. What a duo, so wonderful. Our family had a huge pizza party, with some mighty tasty pies from Soleil Wood-Fired Pizza (if you’re looking for someone to cater your party, they did an awesome job—trust, it’s not easy to make a group of Italians happy).

Sunday I had a swell adventure out of the city, thanks to Wild Soul and SolYoga (they create unique experiences and retreats blending travel, food, and yoga): my friend and I left town early to drive north to True Grass Farms, just outside of Valley Ford. We started the day with an inspiring alfresco yoga class with David Moreno on the sunny deck (accompanied by incredible music from Laura Inserra), and then took a walk with True Grass Farms owner Guido Frosini, who raises grass-fed wagyu (I am gonna look for his beef at some local farmers’ markets!), along with hogs and chickens (I have been enjoying his farm’s oh-so-fresh eggs immensely). After our jaunt to see the Estero Americano, we returned to the main house, where chef Charlie Hallowell (Pizzaiolo, and the upcoming Penrose) prepared a beautiful autumn lunch for us. It was a fantastic meal, with great company (so many interesting people around that table) and in a special place. I look forward to attending another Wild Soul event soon, it was lovely. Check ‘em out!

Oh, and guess what? I am going to be appearing on KRON4 this Saturday morning with my first tablehopper hot list segment! I should be on the show every other Saturday, we’ll see how it all shakes out. I am scheduled to be on around 9:15am (I know, someone is gonna have to go to bed early on Friday night—last call and morning appearances do not mix!). Tune in!

Catch you on the flip side.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Oct 22 2013