This week's tablehopper: let's party.


At Naked Kitchen: masa pasta with artichoke barigoule, pecorino, and hazelnuts. Photo: ©

Oh, hi. Excuse me while I get out from under this pile of press releases about what to eat for Super Bowl Sunday. Speaking of, I am going to be doing a post for about that very thing tomorrow. Check my Facebook page or Twitter feed for a link to the article in case you are looking for ideas on the myriad ways you can stuff your face while watching the game on Sunday.

Saturday night I had the opportunity to check out a dinner at Naked Kitchen with chef Ian Mullen and his co-chef Jason Smith. Their winter tasting menu had some elevated and inventive executions (like masa pasta—made with 000 flour—that smelled like the cheesiest popcorn ever) and exciting flavors (a stellar dessert of dark chocolate cremeux, with persimmon, green curry, peanuts, and a ginger-lemongrass-coconut milk sauce). I have dined at Naked Kitchen before in the dining room for a Liholiho Yacht Club dinner, but this was the first time in the kitchen, which was a fun experience. It’s always BYOB, so you can drink exactly what you love (hello, Champagne). Sign up on the mailing list to keep up on future Naked Kitchen events (we have another one listed in the chatterbox today).

Thanks to for including me in this fun new series, “We Wanna Be Friends With:….” I get to share where I’d have my last meal in SF, what’s my idea of a good night on the town (don’t worry, I kept it PG), and more.

Oh, and before I sign off, I had to share this stunning video about India by Perennial Plate—just wow.

See you on Friday, with a review, some 707 news, and info and pics of Saison (due to open Friday).

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Jan 29 2013