This week's tablehopper: how much salumi is too much salumi?

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Have you experienced lunch at Izakaya Rintaro? You should. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hello my fellow food lovers. I know this past weekend was a busy one for a lot of folks in the biz, with both the Good Food Awards and Fancy Food Show happening (and many food industry peeps visiting from out of town and trying to score reservations at the city’s hottest restaurants). Friday night was the Good Food Awards, complete with vegan protestors taking the stage (with one of them escorted offstage by Alice Waters herself—I guess that counts for double points?!), with mountains of cheese and salumi at the after-party (I guess that’s negative points for the vegans?).

You can see the list of the 2018 winners here, and I posted some pics of some fabulous new product discoveries from the Good Food Awards mercantile I attended on Saturday. Here’s to all the makers!

Saturday night, I got dolled up with my fellow vintage SF-loving friend (I swear, we must have been friends in the 1940s) and went to check out the renovated Fisherman’s Grotto on the Wharf, now known as The Grotto. We enjoyed some Wharf classic dishes (great Louie and cioppino) and their fish and chips is tops. The space looks fantastic. We’ll be back for live music in the Sinatra Lounge one of these upcoming Tuesdays, see you there.

Sunday Funday evening was all about the Italians, starting with an aperitivo party with Manicaretti Italian Foods to celebrate founder Rolando Beramendi’s new Autentico cookbook (and taste lots of magical olio nuovo), followed by Casa de Case’s annual warehouse dinner party, featuring their imported Italian products, with many of the producers in the house! (And the local restaurants and chefs that use their products at the table.) What a night.

You know what was also amazing? Seeing so many of you at our Pencils for Kids fundraiser last week! Thank you all so much for your support—we had a full house, and the food and drinks and wines were fantastic. Thanks so much to everyone who helped raise money to support the education of so many children in Bali, Myanmar, and Thailand! You warmed my heart! If you can all please support our event partners, that would be so appreciated. They were so generous.

This week, I have plenty to keep you as busy as me. I hope you’re hungry—or you’re about to become hungry.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Jan 23 2018