This week's tablehopper: june boom.


My idea of heaven: bubbles and the brioche/Parker House roll at the counter at Canteen. Photo: ©

So it’s June, which may bring some of the lousiest weather in SF, but it also means it’s Pride Month! Yup, it’s time to set it off, San Francisco. I can’t wait to ride my bike down Market Street and see all the flags—it always makes me love this city even more. I’m actually pretty bummed that I’ll be missing this year’s Pride weekend, but then all I have to do is remember the fact that I’m going to be in Brazil! Dude, I know. It will be my first time there—I’m going on a press trip to visit Brazil’s wine country, and I’m also planning to hang out in Rio on my own for a few days at the end of the trip. If you have any recommendations for me about Rio de Janeiro, I am all ears! (I’m starting with these awesome posts on Culinary Backstreets.) Obrigada.

So have you thought about buying your ticket for SummerTini this Friday evening? I certainly hope so. I am going to be emceeing a portion of the event, which is a very important annual fundraiser for the CHEFS program (Conquering Homelessness through Employment in Food Services). The food is going to be great, with tables featuring A16, Nopa, Absinthe, Perbacco, and Il Cane Rosso, plus cocktails from Comstock Saloon, Elixir, Hakkasan, and Rye.

The silent and live auction items feature some really stellar prizes, like a Santa Cruz travel adventure with dinner at Manresa, or an overnight stay at Meadowood with dinner. You can even bid on this sure-to-be-hot dining extravaganza item: win a special tasting menu with sommelier wine pairings (for two) at Atelier Crenn, Benu, Coi, Gary Danko, Fifth Floor, and Quince. Um, yeah. The event is at the Bently Reserve, I really hope you can make it.

Oh, and since we’re talking Manresa, I thought you’d want to check out this two-part interview with David Kinch about fine dining, tipping, service, supplements, and more. Fascinating stuff.

Lots going on this week, let’s hop to it! (There’s also a giveaway to a special dinner at M.Y. China in the chatterbox, look for it!)

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Jun 4 2013