This week's tablehopper: these vagabond shoes, are longing to stray.


One of the many signs in the Bimbo’s 365 kitchen. Photo: ©

It’s definitely an amazing way to start your week when you find out you are one of the 15 finalists in the Time Out New York Ultimate New York Life contest! I know, wow! Yours truly’s post (Seven things San Francisco restaurants need to stop doing, like, right now) is #1 on the page, and will hopefully be number one in votes, because the winner gets an apartment rent-free in New York City for six months and will write for Time Out about New York’s restaurant, nightlife, and city scene. Yes, it would be a dream come true!

PLEASE TAKE 30 SECONDS AND VOTE FOR MY PIECE. (Really, go ahead and stop reading and do it right now.) Big bonus points if you can share the post, post it on social media, tell your friends, tell your mama, let’s get the hopper to NYC! I’d so appreciate anything you can do to help me win this amazing experience! We have two weeks to vote! Grazie!!

It has been a whirlwind of WHOA over here this past week, starting with co-emceeing (with Brian Boitano!) the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Tour at Bimbo’s 365 Club on Friday night. It was a fantastic event, featuring an all-Italian menu paired with local wines (but Italian varieties!).

One of my favorite parts was actually having access to Bimbo’s early in the evening, with the opportunity to take in all the details of that incredible vintage club. Normally I’m there at a show, when I don’t quite get to notice all the extraordinary touches, from the saucy artwork to the vintage sconces. The absolute highlight, however, was having chef Michael Tusk invite me into the kitchen—what a time capsule! So rich with character; if those walls could talk. Thank you to the entire Bimbo’s staff for hosting this event with such flair. It was a great moment for me as a San Franciscan to be on that stage, something I had never even considered happening. I posted an album here, be sure to take a look!

On Saturday, this city mouse swapped in her platform heels for something more appropriate for the country, and I attended the annual McEvoy Ranch harvest party. It’s always so faaaabulous, with McEvoy wines and everything catered by the inimitable Paula LeDuc, and we lucked out with a balmy October day. Great crowd, music, and more. I’ll have pics posted later this week! Harvest started, so I’m getting ready for my olio nuovo in a couple of weeks.

We’ll see you again on Friday, enjoy the week (maybe I’ll see you at Ottolenghi on Wednesday?). And please don’t forget to vote for my piece, thank you!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Oct 27 2015