This week's tablehopper: pie in your face!


Toffee apple pie from Three Babes Bakeshop. Photo: ©

You already have your bib on? Or are you busy doubling up on your workout routine right now, making smoke pour off the treadmill at your gym? Perhaps both—they do seem inextricably intertwined. My Thanksgiving this year is going to be a quirky one—we are delaying our family feast a day (until Friday) because my sis has to work on Thursday. I really don’t care what day it’s on—it’s all about having the family around the table.

So the one-day delay provided me the opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do: volunteer on Thanksgiving. Fortunately the fine folks at ECS had a spot for me in the kitchen at one of their shelters on Thursday. Considering the ridiculous (over) abundance in my life, I’m so grateful for the chance to give back AND spend time with my family this holiday.

There are a lot of ways you can help and give thanks this holiday season—I received word from St. Anthony’s that they are gearing up to serve 4,000 Thanksgiving meals this week. Yeah, that’s a lot of turkey—4,800 pounds, to be exact. You can pull up for St. Anthony’s 23rd annual curbside donation drive, running through November 24th, and is kicking back up again December 17th-24th. You can donate clean, cared-for warm clothing, canned or dried bulk foods, and monetary donations—the donation valets, clad in bright red jackets, will gladly greet you curbside at 105 Golden Gate at Jones on weekends 9am-3pm, and weekdays 8am-6pm. Be sure to pay them a visit.

Before signing off, since there is a frenzy of people talkin’ turkey out there, I have to share some internet gold with you: first, you can’t miss local treasure Mary Risley of Tante Marie’s Cooking School with her video Just Put the F*cking Turkey in the Oven. I was laughing like a lunatic over this video SFoodie posted of an aggressive and rather creepy turkey stalking a newscaster. And lastly, there are a lot of “what to pair with Thanksgiving dinner” articles out there, but when it’s written by sommelier Eugenio Jardim of Jardinière, well, I read it. Check it out on YumSugar.

Okay fabulous people, have a wonderful time with family and friends this week. Be safe, give thanks, and enjoy all the love and good feelings. And pie.


Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Nov 22 2011