May 26, 2009

photos by Mathew Sumner

Love is many things. I will tell you one thing that it definitely is: when your sister returns from New Orleans and brings you back "hog's head cheese" and boudin from the Bourgeois Meat Market in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Yeah, baby, any place with the motto of "Miracles in Meat" (since 1891) is my kind of joint. Other meat miracles this weekend included the smoked wild suckling boar porchetta wrapped in pancetta that Palio chef-owner Dan Scherotter made for a barbecue on Sunday afternoon. Made one hell of a sandwich, topped with a mix of shoulder and guanciale that slow-cooked for 12 hours in a combo of pineapple, tomato, and chile, and all placed in a bun I dressed with some porchetta jus and mustard. Trust, I didn't eat anything else until 14 hours later (when I returned home from dancing at 3:30am Sunday night, to be exact)—it took that long to get hungry again. Suffice to say Monday morning was all about my green power smoothie and tofu salad for lunch.

Getting excited for the tablehopper wine tasting next week, on Wednesday June 3rd with Alex Fox at The Cheese School of San Francisco. We have a few spaces left, so if you want to come taste ten Sicilian wines and more, get your ticket here! And now, a menu item teaser for you: James Stolich of CookWithJames will be preparing some pasta con le sarde, a beautiful Sicilian pasta dish with San Marzano tomatoes, white wine, currants, capers, pine nuts, olives, anchovies or sardines, and hot pepper. Bring on the vino with that one! I hope to say ci vediamo and cin cin with you.

This Thursday May 28th, I am emceeing a cooking demo with Steve Scarabosio of Scoma's at the Dine About Town launch party in the Cellar at Macy's Union Square. The event kicks off at 6pm. If you think I'm enthusiastic, wait until you meet Steve. This guy is like a power station. Positively beaming. The evening includes a walk-around tasting of bites from local restaurants and wines, perhaps I will see you there? $20, and it includes a glass.

Guess what? I got possession of my tablehopper Twitter name! (Thanks again, mysterious and benevolent name squatter who I will never know!) Unfortunately, I couldn't transfer over all of you who were originally following it, so you'll have to follow it again. Sorry for the extra step.

Wanna enter to win a free dinner? Of course you do. Read all about it in this week's sugar mama. And I'm also highlighting a few events in this week's socialite that will be held in warmer climes, so you can escape the summer fog in pursuit of good vittles and more.

Hope to see you out and about,