This week's tablehopper: jazz hands.

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Topping it off with my dear sister at Marianne’s. Photo by Aubrie Pick.

Why hello there. Happy New Year to you! I hope you’ve been having a fantastic holiday and start to the new year. I have thoroughly been enjoying the break, the bizarre sunny weather, holiday get-togethers and cheer, long walks, purging my apartment, hanging out with family and friends, and watching movies.

A highlight was definitely the Top It Off soirée I hosted with Champagne Louis Roederer at the intimate Marianne’s last Saturday evening. Everyone came dressed to the nines, Veronica Klaus enchanted us with her soulful singing, our flutes were never empty of Brut Premier, and the passed apps from The Cavalier kitchen were on point. What a party.

It was the perfect segue into New Year’s Eve, which entailed a progressive dinner (apps at my sister’s friend’s house, main dishes at another apartment), and then I skedaddled off to my friend’s Great Gatsby party, with a huge tub full of Champagne, a nattily dressed crowd, and a live Savannah jazz band and vocal performance. What a way to kick off the New Year. Cheers to all of it.

Many of you longtime tablehopper readers know the first week of the new year means it’s time for me to publish my annual rant, the bore. Here’s this year’s missive, hopefully packing enough snark and sass for you.

I also wrote a “year in review” piece for my Tablehopping column in the Bay Guardian—take a peek, and maybe add a few spots you missed to your to-visit list?

But wait, there’s more! Heh. It’s a new year, so here’s my piece on five new restaurants to check out this month on 7x7.com, have fun out there!

I’ll be back in your in-boxes on Tuesday with a bunch of news and updates. Enjoy the weekend!

Let’s rock 2014.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Jan 3 2014