This week's tablehopper: true north.

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It’s always the right time for cocktails at Trou Normand. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Um, excuse me, I’d like a do-over on this weekend’s forecast! We can do better than a high of 65. Of course I just wrote a piece for 7x7.com on the city’s new restaurants with outdoor seating. So, grab your scarf and enjoy yourself. And in case you’d like to tempt yourself with a gorgeous dessert (I know you would), take a peek at this beautiful Paris-Brest at the newly opened Gaspar (you can read about some other new openings in that piece as well).

Speaking of breasts (I have never had the opportunity to make that transition, let’s go with it), today’s review of Trou Normand has all that and then some. We also have a bunch of 707 scout news for you from Heather Irwin, and Pete Mulvihill is putting the worm into the bookworm this week.

I want to do a shout-out to all the cyclists who will be taking off on Sunday for the AIDS LifeCycle ride. You are all so inspiring, have a fantastic journey. You can cheer the riders along the route, and it’s not too late to donate. I really hope to do it next year, Team Hopper!

Also on Sunday: a bunch of folks will be at the sold-out, 27th annual Meals on Wheels Star Chefs & Vintners Gala, always one of the top events of the year. How much will they raise this year? It’s always fabulously staggering.

If you’re bummed you didn’t get your ticket, there’s another wonderful fundraising event coming up on Friday June 6th, the annual Summertini at the Bently Reserve. This event is a fundraiser for ECS and the CHEFS program, which you all know is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart—they do so much to help the homeless population here in SF. The lineup is looking great, with bites from A16, Nopa, Park Tavern, Heartbaker, and Foreign Cinema, plus cocktails from Trick Dog and Cantina. Oh yeah, and fab auction items.

Breaking news: tablehopper readers can buy tickets at a $30 discount off the $130 ticket price. Just use code tablehopper14. I really hope to see you there—it’s a great event, and a crucial fundraiser for their many important programs.

Have a swell weekend, mwah!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, May 30 2014