This week's tablehopper: outside lambs.

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Plancha bread with pickled plums, Mt. Tam cheese, and arugula at Rich Table. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

You ready for a sunny weekend? All of us attending Outside Lands, clap your hands and say yeah! While I’m fired up for Stevie Wonder (seriously, wow), it’s the presence of Beer Lands, Choco Lands, Wine Lands, the brilliantly named Outside Lambs, and the monster list of local food purveyors that totally have my head spinning. Way to turn a music festival into a gourmet par-tay. San Francisco is cracking me up right now with its food-obsessive ways. (I know, I am one to talk.)

Last night was a thought-provoking INFORUM panel at the Commonwealth Club called Climbing the SF Food Chain, with Craig Stoll of Delfina, Pizzeria Delfina, and Locanda; Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen; Iso Rabins of ForageSF; and Anthony Myint of Mission Street Food and Mission Chinese. It was moderated by Valerie Luu of Rice Paper Scissors. They all shared stories and insight about how they each are forging their very different paths in the San Francisco culinary scene—in case you missed it, you can listen in later on the podcast.

The panel was followed by dinner at Foodlab, sponsored by graffEats and featuring dishes from some of the panelists. I lucked out with an interesting table of folks to sit with. Speaking of tables, I can’t believe the buzz about Rich Table in Hayes Valley. I went by for dinner after the San Francisco Bay Guardian Best of the Bay party on Wednesday evening (for evidence, click here) and at 8:15pm the place looked like a busy Friday night at Nopa. Seriously, wow, good for them. That place is poppin’ (and crazy delicious).

More deliciousness: today I have a review of Troya Fillmore for you and some 707 scout updates.

Have a swell and summery weekend.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Aug 10 2012