September 15, 2009

I know, you didn't expect to hear a peep from me, right? Because at this moment I most likely have my nose in a glass of oloroso (I'm in Jerez!) and am not back until this weekend. Well, my faithful bookworm writer, Pete Mulvihill of Green Apple Books wrote this engaging piece on urban chickens, so I just had to send it along.

It was also important to me to get this out because of the upcoming charitable dinners being planned to benefit Soul Food Farm, which could really use as much help as they can get right now after their devastating fire. There is a Bi-Rite Market dinner in the works—but Sam Mogannam is requesting assistance with donations first (wine, meat, produce): you can read more on how to donate and follow details about the event here. (I am sure other Soul Food Farm events will be posted there as well.)

And on Monday September 28th, Melissa Perello (Frances) is doing a special dinner at Sebo (her last before she opens Frances), with a portion of the proceeds going to the Soul Food Farm Fire Fund. There will be two seatings for the evening: 6pm and 8:30pm. The evening's four-course menu will be priced at $55 per person, and a wine pairing will be available for an additional supplement. These fill up super fast, so email a reservation request and/or request info at monday_night [at] me [dot] com.

Wish I had more time to write up my wine country highlights from the Mondavi/Demon Chef event and The French Laundry, but that will have to wait until next week. In the meantime, here's a pic of the vineyards on Diamond Mountain when I was walking through the lovely Reverie and Diamond Creek properties. Harvest is in the air.

Lastly, I can't believe I am missing the airdate of my first appearance on Eye on the Bay, but I'll just have to catch a re-run of it! Ever-charming host Liam ("the Mayhem") Mayclem and I chowed down at a number of street food locations in San Francisco together, so you can check out our tour' o street eats on Friday September 18th at 7pm on CBS5.

Saludos from España, see ya next week!
~ Marcia