This week's tablehopper: more treats than tricks.


Anthony Strong chopping up nasturtiums that were added to butter and poured over Mt. Lassen spring trout (and roe). Yes, it was fantastic. Photo: Victor Wong.

Boo! I hope you’re having a spooktacular Halloween. (I’m looking forward to binge-watching a few more episodes of Stranger Things tonight.) This past weekend was pretty action-packed, starting with emceeing the James Beard Taste America event at the historic Venetian Room in the Fairmont on Friday evening—I called my liger look “Mrs. Robinson goes to the ’70s.” Champagne and caftans. (Yeah, it’s a lifestyle.) What a fun night!

Saturday evening, I had the pleasure of sitting at the chef’s counter for Anthony Strong’s Cibi Cotti pop-up in the Mission. The food and festa were a blast (I’ll be posting some more pics on Insta shortly), but sadly he has to move to a new location (I’ll keep you posted). Sunday was the Curious Cannabis Salon, great seeing so many fab folks there, and let’s just say it was extra-fun shopping at Rainbow Grocery afterward. Heh heh.

Congrats to all the SF Michelin star winners this year, and whaddya know, San Francisco now has more three-star spots than NYC. Ahem. (We already knew we were badass, sometimes it takes the rest of the world a little more time to figure things out.)

There’s a homegrown awards show you don’t want to miss attending: the 2017 Saucy Awards are coming Monday November 6th! The Saucys are the first-ever industry-driven awards recognizing the excellence of the San Francisco Bay Area restaurant, bar, and hospitality community. A total of 21 awards will be presented! Tickets are on sale now at the City Box Office ($149, and they include the awards ceremony and the post-reception catered by Meadowood). You can also vote for the People’s Choice award—voting is open until November 1st.

Speaking of November 1st, it’s a favorite date of mine since tomorrow is my birthday! There will be Champagne. And sleeping in. But really, all I want is my damn camera to come back from the shop. It has been two weeks and I’m going batty. I guess that’s the theme today. You like bats?

Trick or treat!
Marcia Gagliardi

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