This week's tablehopper: raising my glass.


Chef Gerald Hirigoyen bringing us Piperade’s infamous beignets. Photo: ©

Howdy. I am so TGIF right now. It’s been a long week of deadlines, but fortunately I’ve had some quality playtime in there too. This week I was able to raise my glass to not one but two restaurants celebrating important anniversaries. First, on Wednesday, I attended a 10-year anniversary luncheon at Piperade in its new (and chic) Lauburu private dining room (hello, hot ticket for holiday parties!). Chef Gerald Hirigoyen positively killed us with a delicious menu (and wines)—here’s to another 10 years to this singular San Francisco restaurant!

Last night I swung by Jardinière for its 15th anniversary—it was a blast to hang out with Pat Kuleto (he always has great stories), see many of the talented chefs who have passed through Traci Des Jardins’s kitchen, and, of course, clink-clink with Eugenio Jardim, one of the city’s most talented (and charming) wine directors. Throughout the night, the Jardinière crew plied us with canapés that represented dishes from the past 15 years. I know, it sounds so arduous! And, yes, I came home properly buzzed. Cheers to you, Jardinière!

Speaking of tying one on, next week marks the kickoff of SF Cocktail Week! Am I going to see you on Wednesday at the Italian Happy Hour at Blackbird? Please do come by—there will be amari, salumi, and more.

I am also giving away a pair of tickets to the Legends Awards on Friday night. Since the contest is for new subscribers, you can forward this email to a friend and tell them to enter (and bring you if they win, of course).

On Wednesday, did you happen to see my piece for on Five Places to Meet for a First Online and Blind Date? Happy hunting out there.

With all the great restaurant anniversaries this week, I was inspired to write up an old-school favorite, Sam’s Grill. Since 1867—that is some notable history. We also have a 707 Scout update for you, check it out.

Have a fab weekend!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Sep 14 2012