This week's tablehopper: treat yo self.


At the Grandes Pagos de España wine tasting at Absinthe, chef Ryan McIlwraith’s (preview) tosta de chuleton: sliced porterhouse steak with tximi-txurri and bone marrow hollandaise. I KNOW. Photo: ©

Howdy amigos. Thanks to everyone for the nice notes and well wishes on tablehopper’s nine-year anniversary, you rock. But now we need to do a special shout-out to chef Roland Passot, who is celebrating La Folie’s 27th anniversary today! Bravo, chef!

Speaking of celebrations, today I have a recap and photo evidence of the amazing Family Meal chefs-only event I co-hosted with Sosh last week at The Progress. I can’t believe I got throw a second one! And at The Progress, are you kidding? Everyone in that room was feeling damn lucky. I wish I could have invited 100!

I am really looking forward to this weekend, and it’s not just because we spring forward! Saturday morning, I’ll be driving down to Carmel for Gourmet Fest, because when Michel Bras is leading a lunchtime demo, you clear your calendar and show up (amIright?). There are a number of stellar events (it all starts on Thursday!), with food and wine luminaries like Gaia Gaja, Dom Pérignon’s chef de cave Richard Geoffroy, Ernst Loosen, Tetsuya Wakuda, and many Relais & Châteaux Grands Chefs from around the world. There are tickets remaining for some events—which includes tastings, lunches, dinners, demos, and more—and you can even come down for a day trip (although I’m happy to be staying a night at the charming La Playa Carmel again). Hope to see you there!

Okay, don’t hate me for leaving town again, but I’m going to actually be taking a real vacation and am heading with my sis to Cozumel for a week in the sun later this month. If you have any recos on where to eat (can’t wait for the seafood) or the best snorkeling, I’m all ears, thanks!

Have a swell week, see you on Friday!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Mar 3 2015