This week's tablehopper: the feminine mystique.


Part of Diego Rivera’s mural at The City Club, “The Allegory of California.” Photo: ©

Happy International Women’s Day! Here’s a salute to all the women who do so much to make this world a smarter, kinder, better, and more beautiful place. “Festa della Donna” is one of my favorite memories from when I lived in Italy, the streets filled with yellow mimosa, women carrying bouquets of it in their hands, and sprigs in their hair. Fortunately A16 keeps this tradition alive stateside—am so looking forward to this evening, with the room filled with guest female winemakers, a guest chef, guest cheesemaker, and happy, feasting women. If you can’t celebrate tonight, A16 will be pouring exclusively women-produced wines by the glass for the month of March. Cheers!

More female powah: This week, I was happy to attend the annual EWIP (Exceptional Women in Publishing) Women’s Leadership Conference, which celebrated its 15th year. Always exciting and inspiring. (And holding it at The City Club meant I got to enjoy a viewing of Diego Rivera’s extraordinary mural, which always makes me weak in my knees.)

Guess who was a featured guest on The Travel Channel Wednesday night? I was talking about El Farolito on a new show about late-night dining, Feed the Beast (the segment is online). No comment on the host calling our fair city “San Fran” or the show’s writers getting their super burrito history facts wrong. (Ahem.)

A few more links for you: Here’s this week’s “You Gotta Eat This” segment on KGO Radio about the Manhattan milkshake (and more) at The Corner Store.

In case you’re looking for something new and fun to do around food, consider taking one of the many culinary tours offered in the Bay Area. Here’s my piece on about four kinds of culinary tours you can take.

Oh, and since a bunch of folks are at SXSW (South by Southwest), here’s a link to my Austin piece on where to eat and drink. It may be a few years old, but is still full of good picks! Oh, and if anyone brings me any fluffy flour tortillas back from Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop in East Austin (an easy pit stop for breakfast tacos on the way to the airport, I highly recommend it!), I will be your slave.

Best wishes to Alice Waters and the entire Chez Panisse crew, reeling from the terribly unfortunate early morning fire that damaged the front of the beloved restaurant. Here’s to getting back on their feet soon.

Enjoy the weekend—and today’s wino and 707 scout pieces. Cheers.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Mar 8 2013