This week's tablehopper: it's fun to play cupid.


The calm before the storm (at the tablehopper singles event). Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©

Ahhh, hallelujah, this insane week is almost done. And hello sunny weekend! Okay, wow, last night’s inaugural (and sold out!) tablehopper singles event was over the top! What a supremely fabulous crowd of people—I was thrilled with the turnout of quality and fun folks in the room. It was a blast—conversation was flowing like a runaway train (ditto the eight Languedoc wines that were poured throughout the evening), and sommelier Josiah Baldivino (visiting from Michael Mina) shared some excellent tasting notes and an overview of the region. Yeah, we rocked Languedoc. Most importantly, it looks like some good matches were made, and I’m not just talking wine pairings, hubba.

Huge thanks to chef Sharon Nahm and her team for the tasty spread (the oxtail dumplings were a big hit), and especially to the E+O Asian Kitchen event team for helping me with all the tricky logistics of this event. (People, if you’re looking for a spacious and stylish private dining room for an event, here’s your spot.) The party kept going late, but it was time for team hopper to pull the rip cord and we headed to Nopa for an unwind session over (more) wine and burgers. Damn, that was one hell of a night. Thank you to everyone who helped promote the event, told friends about it, and especially to those who showed up! There will be more in the future—I just need to recover a bit.

Also wanted to say thank you to the folks who came to the Commonwealth Club panel I moderated Tuesday evening on our local coffee scene—here’s a recap of the night in SFoodie. That could have easily turned into a three-hour talk—I still had so many questions to ask! So did the audience.

Somehow, in the middle of this week’s mayhem, I squeezed in a quick jaunt up to Napa to get away from my computer and check out a few spots—you can read all about it in the jetsetter. Today is all about Wine Country, because we also have Heather Irwin reporting some news and events in the 707 scout as well.

Have a terrific weekend. Personally, I can’t wait to have tonight in. It’s time to catch up on Mad Men. And some sleep.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, May 31 2013