This week's tablehopper: the asides of march.


A parade of Pfendler Vineyards wine and dishes at Hakkasan. Photo: ©

Buon giorno. I just have a few tidbits today for you—I have been drowning in deadlines, and things are beginning to heat up around here with just two weeks until I leave for my trip to New Zealand. (Can’t. Wait.)

Earlier this week, I was invited to a wine dinner with Pfendler Vineyards in one of Hakkasan’s gorgeous private dining rooms (the one we dined in features an enormous lazy Susan made of marble). I was happy to discover how well Pfendler’s chardonnays (especially the 2009) paired with the fried dim sum (like the XO scallop puff and crispy prawn dumpling), and our table was busy tasting and pairing the three pinot noirs with the parade of saucy dishes that followed (I could drink the 2011 pinot noir with the pipa duck all night). Many thanks to Kimberly Pfendler and winemaker Greg Bjornstad for hosting—this was my first time tasting wines from the Petaluma Gap, and I really enjoyed the acidity in the wines.

So we have lots of happenings this weekend: there’s the New Taste Marketplace (check it out below in the chatterbox), Satellite Republic and Liholiho Yacht Club are each popping up, and oh yeah, Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day. Have fun out there.

A few more items to keep you busy: here’s a recent list of must-eat dishes in SF that I contributed to on Blackboard Eats, and I also have my monthly roundup of five new restaurants to try on

Happy eatin’ and drinkin’!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Mar 15 2013