This week's tablehopper: taking care.


The view from the Hillside Gardens residence in Mill Valley.

Oh boy, I can’t believe I’m going to have a glass of Champagne in my hand tomorrow that I’m actually going to be able to DRINK. Hey, if you’re going to wrap up a cleanse, you gotta do it right. Now, I’m not rushing out to have a double cheeseburger with an egg on top and a shot of bourbon—that would completely nullify all the work I’ve done the past three weeks (and feel pretty terrible). But it will definitely be nice to (lightly) wet my whistle tomorrow with some bubs.

Meanwhile, for those of you who want to hit something a bit boozy, there’s the Farmers’ Market Spring Cocktail Night tomorrow evening, offering “Pacific coast produce meets Pacific Rim cocktails”—a perfectly themed happy hour for this sunny weather (now if only that $%#! wind would stay the eff away).

The weekend was pretty freaking stellar—managed to visit the Vintage Paper Fair on Saturday before scooting off to paradise: the Swamp Cabbage fundraising feast at the Hillside Gardens residence in Mill Valley. The terraced garden was magical, one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been, and so fragrant. The array of food was delicious, with fab guests and quirky entertainment, and a sundown preview of the Swamp Cabbage film, which is gonna be fantastic when it’s all done—they just need to fundraise a little bit more to get ‘er done. I had to pinch myself at the end of the night—‘twas a dreamy California evening.

On a sad note, I want to dedicate this week’s tablehopper to the memory of two cooks in San Francisco who very unexpectedly lost their lives in two separate incidents recently: Jason Dunbar, a sous chef at Millennium, and Ryan Sitko, a sous at Local Mission Eatery. Heartfelt condolences to their family, friends, loved ones, and co-workers—such a painful loss for everyone.

Take good care out there,

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, May 24 2011