November 25, 2008

Woo hoo, it’s a short week! And this will actually be a short tablehopper issue since my fab designer is traveling, and asked me to keep this one brief. Which is just as well, because I’m still in a food coma from the early holiday party I attended Sunday night that featured a turducken (yay, my first—and I’m now a fan, as long as I’m not the one making it), plus enough side dishes to fuel a planet of hungry stoners. And wine and booze, natch. Speaking of booze, high five to St. George Spirits for throwing one hell of a party on Saturday—their holiday open house was mighty fun (and their De Profundis 20-year-old pear brandy is profoundly delicious).

Speaking of parties, check out the upcoming event I’ll be hosting on December 9th—it’s a unique cocktail and cookin’ competition! See below for more in the chatterbox—would love to see you there!

I’m so lucky to just ease on down the road to San Mateo on Thursday for Thanksgiving with my parents, sis, and grandma. Gotta love being local. More local love: in case you’re still stumped on what you’re drinking this Thursday, Ian Becker of Arlequin has written up a wino column on that very topic, so enjoy.

Here’s wishing you all a lovely Thanksgiving, full of good food, family, friends, vino, and let’s all give thanks for everything we have, know, do, and are. Oh, and I owe an extra big thanks to all the restaurants that responded to last week’s call for placing interns from the upcoming graduating class of the CHEFS program—both the program manager and I are beyond thrilled with the response. Very grateful, indeed. You rock.