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AUGUST 18, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO Hello
people. Were you wondering where your hopper was? Remember, it was
gonna be a little late today? Anyway, your Tuesday afternoon time-waster
is here! It's just as well that my fab designer and I had to start
late today, because it gave me time to go to the podiatrist this morning
to survey the weekend's dancefloor damage to my big toe. Let's
just say electrician in big boots: 1, food writer in high heels: 0.
Damn, there goes my new running regimen for the next few weeks—looks
like riding my bike (in flip-flops) is gonna be my only option. Pfffft!
So I totally thought I was going to be a lady of leisure last week
(ha, when does that happen?), but I didn't get as much of a break as
I thought I would—I had to get crackin' on my book edits! Zippy turnaround.
Eep. I was lashed back to my laptop.
did, however, savor a 24-hour break in sunny Santa Cruz—and
I can't wait to tell you all about my meal at the Cellar
Door Café at Bonny Doon (soon!), which is mercifully close
to downtown Santa Cruz, so it has been spared
by that hideous fire. If you happen to be anywhere near Santa Cruz,
head on over and park yourself at the (so talented) kitchen's counter;
thank me later for turning you on to this gem cranking out farm-fresh
food that was pure pleasure. Smoked chevre, bring it on. (Photo: whole
fried rock cod over summer ratatouille.)
I am turning my book edits in this Thursday, and then I'm off leash
again and heading up to Healdsburg for dinner and an overnighter at
Manor (can't wait), back in SF for a quick re-packing,
and then off to Lake Tahoe for my annual getaway, returning
in early September in time for my book's photo shoot! Exciting. No
Burning Man for me this year—it was just going to be too much. And
besides, I have way too many magazines and episodes of Mad Men and
daydreaming to catch up on.
to hustle up to Tahoe in time to attend one of the second
annual barn dinners with Moody's
Lounge, one of my favorite spots to eat at in the Sierras
(chef-owner Mark Estee rocks—and he hooks
me up with the best damned tomatoes). A four-course meal will be
prepared and served this Friday through Sunday at the certified-organic Sierra
Valley Farms, featuring just-picked produce in a historic
1936 barn. (If you're interested, the farm
tour starts at 4pm, dinner is at 5pm, and it's $100—call Moody's
at 530-587-8688 for more.) It's gonna be fantastic.
to everyone who entered the ticket giveaway
for the passes to Papillon
VIII! I loved all your answers (especially the one that
suggested that Alvin's tattoo says: "I like General Tso's
Hilarious. The correct answer was: demon chef!
The lucky winner is Stuart Zimmerman, who will
be enjoying an evening of exquisite bites from
the Demon Chef himself, Alvin Leung, plus music
and more at Robert Mondavi Winery on September
8th. (Remember, tablehopper readers still have
access to purchase VIP and Grand Tasting Passes
to this otherwise invite-only and exclusive
event; just be sure to mention tablehopper
This week we have a bookworm from Pete Mulvihill. And since I've got
way too much on my plate, I'm bowing out of a review; but there's lots
going on in this week's column, including some cool news in the
check it out.
Work hard, play hard, have fun doing both.
AUGUST 18, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO This
just in: the Bacchus Management Group (Spruce, Village Pub,
Mayfield Bakery & Cafe, Pizza Antica) has strapped on their Superman
cape, and will be working to help sort out
the financial mess that is ~AQUA~.
From the release: "Bacchus Management Group, in request of the court,
has been appointed by the administrator for the estate of Charles Condy,
to work together with Aqua restaurant's existing team to review their
current financial and operational state and to assist in the rejuvenation
and the management of the restaurant. Together the teams will work
to revitalize one of San Francisco's most iconic restaurants. 'It is
a great opportunity to become involved with Aqua, a restaurant that
has inspired the restaurant and hospitality industry so greatly,' says
Tim Stannard, founding partner of Bacchus Management Group." Looks
like I might be able to keep AQUA in my book after all. 252 California
St. at Battery, 415-956-9662.
Let's dive into some openings. The mysterious ~FANG~ is
finally opening in SoMa. No, it's not about
a steakhouse or vampires—it's actually an offshoot
from Peter Fang's House of Nanking.
I spoke with one of the Fang family members,
who told me to expect a similar menu, but since
the place is larger (76 seats), expect some
new dishes on the menu. It will be open for
lunch and dinner daily, and is due to open
this Friday August 21st. 660 Howard St. at
FYI, the reopening of ~LIMON~ in
the Mission after that pesky fire is getting
close, possibly even next week. Will keep you
apprised. 524 Valencia St. at 16th St., 415-252-0918.
As I mentioned last week, the 99-seat ~PARKSIDE
TAVERN~ is up and running. I got
some details for you, so let's tuck in: it has
a pressed tin ceiling, lots of mahogany and brass,
and a warm and cozy feel that was intended to
continue the space's legacy as a welcoming neighborhood
joint. Larry Doyle (who was the chef at Johnny
Foley's Irish House in Union Square) has
put together a menu of "San Francisco pub food,"
as he's calling it, with items made from scratch
and sustainably sourced. You can eat apps like
a trio of mini Tavern hot dogs: herb chicken,
spicy lamb, and British banger ($8) or smoked
salmon and boxty pancake with dill cream and
scallions ($8); a soup of the day and a couple
salads; a variety of pies, like Niman Ranch beef
with a mashed potato crust ($12) or traditional
chicken pot pie, and there's even a vegetarian
version with quinoa and a cheddar-mashed potato
crust ($10). The seafood in the fish and chips
is sustainable, and there are some steaks from
hormone- and antibiotic-free beef. There's also
a happy hour from 3pm–6pm, with $5 appetizers,
like chili-crusted calamari, Irish cheddar mac
'n' cheese, Anchor steamed mussels, and Buffalo
chicken wings, plus $3 domestic draft beers.
Weekend brunch is 11am–4pm, and dinner starts
at 4pm nightly. Open Mon–Thu 3pm–12am, Fri 3pm–1:30am,
Sat 11am–1:30am, and Sun 11am–12am. 1940 Taraval
St. at 29th Ave., 415-731-8900.
Also in the neighborhood, according to permits, Marisole's is now ~NINKI
SUSHI BAR AND RESTAURANT~. 1439 Taraval St. at 24th Ave.
The Potrero Hill location of ~SUNFLOWER~ has
opened in the former Baraka space. It has a
similar Vietnamese menu to the Valencia Street
location, and is serving lunch and dinner.
288 Connecticut St. at 18th St., 415-861-2336.
Yup, ~STARBELLY~ is
open today. Reports from the test dinners
were good—it's going to be nice to have chef
Adam Timney back on the local cookin' circuit!
Open daily Mon–Fri 11am–12am, and brunch Sat–Sun
starts at 10am. 3583 16th St. at Market, 415-252-7500.
Over in North Beach, Ian Begg and Ryan Maxey's sandwich stand, ~NAKED
LUNCH~, officially opened yesterday in the annex next to
Enrico's. The menu will rotate (you can track updates on their website and Twitter),
but yesterday's vittles included a spendy sandwich
(foie gras and duck prosciutto with heirloom
tomato, butter lettuce, white truffle oil;
$15), a decadent one (fried Berkshire pork
belly with plum mostarda and roasted scallions;
$9), and thank heavens, a kinda-healthy one
(wood oven–roasted eggplant and gypsy pepper
sandwich with Humboldt Fog and black mission
figs; $8). There will also be a soup of the
day, and lychee limeonade for $2. Open Mon–Fri
11:30am–2pm. 504 Broadway at Kearny, 415-577-4951.
I caught up with Joe Dabit, the owner of what is going to be the 24-seat ~ACME
BURGERHAUS~. He told me about his unique concept that should be opening
in a month or so across the street from nopa.
Instead of doing burger patties with items
like cheese just placed on top, he's actually
going to be offering custom mixed patties to
order (kind of like Cold Stone Creamery meets
meat!). For example, you could get your Gorgonzola
mixed in with your beef. Or a Mediterranean
burger will be half lamb and half beef, with
pine nuts, mint, feta, and sumac mixed in and
then grilled. The regular burgers will be $6.75,
and the custom ones will run around $8.75,
with all meats sourced from Niman Ranch. There
will also be a salad bar with 28 ingredients,
many of them organic. Plus wine, and six beers
on tap ($1.95 a pint), and free Wi-Fi at lunchtime.
Hours will be Mon–Thu 11am–12am, and Fri–Sat
11am–3pm. 559 Divisadero St. at Hayes.
Eater reported that ~HIME~ has
closed. Here's wishing Eichii Mochizuki all the best, he's such a nice (and
delightfully animated) fella. 2353 Lombard St. at Pierce.
The latest ~SPQR~ news:
the new executive chef is Matthew Accarrino—he
starts this September. He was most recently
chef of Craft Los Angeles and an alum of New
Per Se and Italy's Antonello Colonna. The
restaurant is due to close on September 14th
for renovations (including the addition of
banquettes), and when it reopens in late-September,
Accarrino's new SPQR menu will debut. I'll
have more on the direction of his menu in coming
weeks. 1911 Fillmore St. at Bush, 415-771-7779.
Wow, for the first time in 18 years, ~SLOW
CLUB~ is going to start taking reservations. 2501 Mariposa
St. at Hampshire, 415-241-9390.
As for outdoor eats, I heard ~NETTIE'S
CRAB SHACK~ is doing an outdoor
barbecue during summer weekends on the patio,
serving barbecued oysters, fish tacos, corn
on the cob, prawn skewers, and grilled peaches
with vanilla soft serve. 2032 Union St. at
This Thursday evening,
hosting Haute Dog, offering a slew of quality
dogs (from Fatted Calf to 4505 to Marlow & Daughters
in NY!) for $5, plus beers from Magnolia Brew
Pub and 21st Amendment for $3, wine for $4,
and $5 appetizers, including sliders, flatbread,
and mac and cheese. It runs from 4pm–8pm. Click
the PDF for the line-up of all the killer
dawgs, and more details! 24 Willie Mays Plaza
at King, 415-644-0240.
I can't believe I'm not around for the ~STREET
FOOD FESTIVAL~ this Saturday August
22nd (argh). A
lot of work has gone into putting that thing
on, that's for damned sure. Be sure to check
out the awesome silent
online auction, with one-of-a-kind
food and beverage experiences available for
bidding, like "Chef for a Day at Chez Panisse,"
Delfina's chef-owner Craig Stoll cooking
dinner for up to 10 in your home (oh my god,
he would die laughing if he had to cook on
my Holly Hobbie stove), a private dinner
for 10 at 18 Reasons with Bi-Rite's Sam
Mogannam, and more. The auction runs until
Thursday August 27th at 8pm. All proceeds
from the auction go directly back to La Cocina.
To see the full list of auction items and
to place bids, click
And just a little reminder, the ~SAN
FRANCISCO STREET FOOD FESTIVAL~ will be held this Saturday
August 22nd from 11am–7pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
Each participating vendor will sell food and drinks, with nothing costing
more than $10. For a complete list of vendors and more info about the
here. Folsom Street between 25th and 26th Streets.
And then this coming Sunday August 23rd, ~COFFEE
BAR~ is hosting another Vietnamese outdoor market-themed
barbecue, featuring chef Dan Nguyen from
Alameda's Dragon Rouge Vietnamese Bistro,
Hanoi Premium Beer, plus local vendors offering
more eats, arts and crafts, and music. The
menu includes classic papaya salad, traditional
prawn roll, Vietnamese pulled pork sandwiches,
grilled lemongrass glazed spare ribs, and
roasted catfish with spicy, sweet, and sour
pineapple sauce. $25 ticket includes access
pass to hors d'oeuvres and buffet
table, two Hanoi Premium Beers, and raffle
tickets. Buy tickets here.
3pm–8pm. 1890 Bryant St., on the corner of Florida and Mariposa.
It's time for the piggy report!
Trying to figure out how to decorate your kitchen? Got a devoted swine lover
in your life? Dating a chef and don't know what to do for his or her birthday?
Be sure to check out Ryan Farr of ~4505
MEATS'~ new trio
of piggy posters made by the 125-year-old Hatch
Show Print in Nashville. Serious letterpress glory: Frisco pig was
a friend of mine. (Indeed.) $26 each, and $9.95 to get it shipped in a poster
tube to your front door.
And even more pig: ~MAVERICK~ is
kicking off a new monthly dinner called the Coast to Coast Roast,
when they will pick some large piece of meat
or several medium cuts and do a family-style
dinner for a special price of $30 for three
courses. This Thursday August 20th will feature
an heirloom tomato salad, a bourbon-glazed
Range Brothers Ham with roasted summer potatoes
and okra, and old-fashioned peach pie. Jus'
$30! When making a reservation, mention the "Coast to Coast Roast."
Call for reservations. 3316 17th St. at Mission,
More roasts: ~SOUTH~ is
doing a special Monday
night roast for $25 per person, served family style for two. Yesterday's
menu included tomato and coconut soup and a rocket salad, rosemary-brined slow-roasted
leg of New Zealand lamb with mint sauce and apricot chutney with two sides
(green beans and bacon, and minted pea mash), plus seasonal house-made ice
cream. You can add a bottle of New Zealand sav blanc or an Aussie shiraz for
just $25. 330 Townsend St. No. 101 at 4th St., 415-974-5599.
Would you like a free plant with your coffee? (And you thought it was
going to be a mug.) From now until August 31st, you will get a free Tillandisa
plant (also known as an "air plant") when you buy a 12 oz. bag of coffee at ~RITUAL
COFFEE ROASTERS BAYVIEW LOCATION~ at Flora
Grubb Gardens! Like it said in their note, "The sun is shining, flowers
are blooming and it is the perfect time to enjoy an espresso under the palm
trees!" Totes. 1634 Jerrold Ave. at 3rd St., 415-694-6448.
ON UNION STREET~ is turning 40
this Thursday August 20th. Both Thursday and
Friday evening will feature a line-up of celebrity
bartenders mixing drinks behind the bar from
7pm–10pm, including Willie Brown, Dwight Clark,
and more. Sunday August 23rd is a block party
from 11am–5pm, with live music, sausages, burgers,
and chicken Caesar salads from the outdoor
BBQ menu, and signature Perry's Bloody Marys
or cold beers from the outdoor bar. The block
party will take place on Union Street between
Buchanan and Laguna Streets, and is open to
the public with no admission fee. Check the website (a
PDF) for menu deals, like half-off on bottles
of wine through the end of August. 1944 Union
St. at Buchanan, 415-922-9022.
you up in the North Bay? This Thursday August
GOLDSTEIN~ will be at The
Tyler Florence Shop in Mill
Valley from 6pm–8pm signing her new book, Tapas:
Sensational Small Plates from Spain. 59
Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 415-380-9200.
And mark your calendar for this one: the irrepressible and mightily impressive ~POPPY
TOOKER~, a New Orleans food authority, market supporter,
and author of the new Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook is
coming to town. Tooker will commemorate the fourth anniversary of Hurricane
Katrina by bringing a taste of New Orleans to the Bay Area. The Crescent
City Farmers Market Cookbook tells the story of the New Orleans food
community with profiles, anecdotes, and more than 125 seasonal recipes
from New Orleans chefs and family favorites from farmers and market shoppers.
You'll find Poppy stirring the pots and signing books on Wednesday
August 26th at Relish
Culinary Center (14 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, 2pm–4pm book signing,
and a four-course New Orleans cooking class including Poppy's Seafood Gumbo,
is from 6pm–9pm, reservations required); Friday August 28th from 6pm–8pm at The
Tyler Florence Shop (59 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley); Saturday
August 29th at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (12pm: Market to Table Diaspora
Gumbo demonstration in the CUESA Teaching Kitchen, in front of Ferry Building,
under North Arcade, and signing books at Book
Passage from 1pm–3pm at the Ferry Marketplace Shop #42); and Sunday
August 30th at Williams-Sonoma Flagship
Store (Union Square, 340 Post St., San Francisco, 2pm–4pm). Her
motto is "Eat it to save it," so I say please help her in this quest and buy
her book. Get a preview of the book here.
a hot tip? You know I'd love
it (and you). Just reply to this email.
School of San Francisco is on a mission
to help San Francisco Bay Area restaurants and
retail shops raise their cheese IQ. Send us your
chefs, servers, sommeliers, cheesemongers, and
other serious foodies for three delicious days
of tasting, demonstration, discussion, and lecture—we'll
deliver back to you enthusiastic cheese aficionados
who are at the head of the class when it comes
to sourcing, caring for, selling, and serving premium
cheeses at a professional level.
Intensive Cheese Education Program is back again by popular demand,
reviews of our program last spring. The fall program, to be held October
11-13, is led again by Daphne Zepos, a veteran instructor who helped create the 'Master
Class' program at Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in New York. A program
overview and registration form, including payment and cancellation policy details
is available here (a
PDF). Higher learning never tasted so good!
AUGUST 18, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO 15
Romolo has been more than enough to pull
me into North Beach for drinks (let's not forget
Tony Nik's and Mr. Bing's), but coming to what is
actually considered Chinatown is going to be one
of the most exciting openings in a while: the ~COMSTOCK
SALOON~. If all the final details go according
to plan, GM Jeff Hollinger and bar manager Jonny
Raglin of Absinthe will be taking over the San
Francisco Brewing Company, reopening it in the
beginning of 2010 as a Barbary Coast-style saloon.
(Raglin and Hollinger will be the operating partners,
with Absinthe's Bill Russell-Shapiro as the parent
company backing it and offering input.) The saloon
has great history—it opened in 1907 as the Andromeda
Saloon, and is the only bar in the city that still
has a spittoon/pissoir-trough under the bar (how
handy, you wouldn't have to ever leave your barstool).
(You can read more of the saloon's history here.)
bar concept is about being inviting, open, and comfortable—you
can come in for a serious cocktail, but the vibe will
definitely be more saloon than speakeasy. Hollinger mentioned
they're excited to be a bit more playful with cocktails
and the house-made ingredients here as well. There will
be a small menu of cocktail-friendly food, which is TBD,
but will most likely feature some SF dishes like Hangtown
fry, plus some potted meats, a crab Louie, and other
century-old classics. In case you're wondering, the brewing
equipment will be pulled, so it's going to be quite the
renovation and facelift. As for the bar at Absinthe,
Hollinger and Raglin are going to continue to work closely
with the bar and front of house, insuring the direction
and philosophy remain consistent with what they've so
carefully built there. The gents have been looking for
a historic bar space for a while, so we can all look
forward to raising a glass next year to them finally
finding it. 155 Columbus Ave. at Pacific.
Cool tidbit: found out that Scott Baird and Josh
Harris of 15
Romolo have been consulting on the drink program
for ~EVE~ in
SoMa, designing all the cocktails, in addition to selecting
the beers, wines, doing the training, and more. (It's
part of their new venture, Bon Vivants Consulting.)
575 Howard St. at 2nd St.
ROMOLO~: next Tuesday August 25th from
5pm–8pm, they will be hosting a happy hour with The
Back Scratchers Society, with handcrafted
$4 Guava Gimlets in addition to the regular happy
hour offerings of $6 Pimm's Cups and seasonal
carnival-inspired fare ($3–$8). One dollar from
every Guava Gimlet sold will benefit Project Open
Hand. (The Back Scratchers Society is a collective
of employed, unemployed, and freelance professionals
who gather monthly to share creative ideas over
cocktails. There are no team-building games or "icebreakers," just
clever people and good drinks. To "join," simply
follow on Twitter or
check the blog.)
In honor of ~FIFTH
FLOOR'S~ ten-year anniversary, they
are making room in their cellar for the next decade
of great wines. For the month of August, you have
the opportunity to drink any of the great wines
they have been collecting at 50% off. 12 Fourth
St. at Market, 415-348-1555.
This Wednesday August 19th, ~A16~ will
team up with Scarpetta wines, the wine project
from Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan
Mackinnon Patterson of Boulder, Colorado's Frasca
Food and Wine. Executive chef Liza Shaw will
collaborate with Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson on a few
dishes inspired by the Northern Italian region of Friuli,
where Frasca takes its culinary cues. Bobby Stuckey and
A16's Shelley Lindgren will be pouring Scarpetta's Tocai
Friulano and Pinot Grigio selections. A16's regular menu
will also be available. 2355 Chestnut St. at Divisadero,
Next Wednesday August 26th, ~SPRUCE~ will
be hosting a four-course Partida Distiller Dinner,
their first distiller dinner. Guests will be able to
taste the blanco, reposado, añejo, and elegante extra
añejo tequilas, along with original cocktails by Jacques
Bezuidenhout and Brandon Clements. Yeah, take a cab.
$105, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 3640 Sacramento
St. at Spruce, 415-931-5100.
Danger: bottomless Bellinis are now available
during brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11am–3pm
BAR~ starting this Saturday August 22nd.
2020 Fillmore St. at California, 415-921-1000.
MARTINI~ in the Cannery has closed,
and will be getting a big makeover (a $400,000
one), reopening in October. Owner Mick Suverkrubbe
(also of Cosmopolitan Cafe and Circa) says, "The
building was built in 1906 as the first Del Monte
Cannery. There will be two rooms with full bars.
The main lounge will be upscale with an extensive
mixology program with fresh handcrafted cocktails.
There will be a large event space in the back for
corporate events and live music. We plan on catering
our events from CIRCA." I also heard Jim Maxwell
of Architects II is behind the remodel, which will
involve a rustic design style referencing the early
1900s. The new name will be released soon. 2801
Leavenworth St. at Beach.
On a heavy note… the bar industry was very sad to lose
one of their own last week: ~DAHI DONNELLY~, the
kind and talented co-owner of Bourbon & Branch, Swig,
and Anu passed away after a long battle with cancer.
He was only 34. (I understand the memorial was already
held last week.) Best wishes to his family, friends,
and colleagues who are mourning their great loss. I know
many are raising a glass.
Keeping It Real Dinners
Sun. Aug. 23rd–30th, 2009
AUGUST 18, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO Oakland's Eat Real Festival is hosting a series of
special fundraising dinners called ~KEEPING IT REAL~,
pairing restaurants that emphasize local and fresh ingredients
with Bay Area nonprofits working on food accessibility
and economic development issues. The dinners listed
below are taking place in Oakland and San Francisco.
Please note that the per-person price for each dinner
does not include tax or gratuity.
August 23rd: Brown Sugar Kitchen and
City Slicker Farms
five-course tasting of the seasonal flavors
of the South and the Caribbean featuring
fresh herbs and produce from City Slicker Farms' West
Oakland farms. Seatings at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. The
$45 per person ticket can be purchased online.
Monday August 24th: Camino and Civil Eats
A four-course family-style feast featuring paella made
in the Camino fireplace, local and organic summer produce,
and cheeses from Andante Dairy and Harley Farms. The
meal is $75 per person and includes organic/biodynamic
wine. Reservations can be made at 510-547-5035.
Tuesday August 25th:
Miss Pearl's Jam House
and People's Grocery
four-course Caribbean-street-food inspired
menu featuring organic produce from People's Grocery's
Sunol farm. Tickets are $50 per person and
reservations can be made directly through the restaurant
at 510-444-7171 or online through OpenTable.
August 25th: Pizzaiolo and Community
Alliance with Family Farms
Starting at 6pm, join CAFF for a reception with wine
(Donkey and Goat, Porter Creek, Alhambra Valley, Clif
Bar Family Winery), cheese (Harley Farms Goat Dairy,
Redwood Hill), Pizzaiolo pizzas, oysters from (Drakes
Bay) and live music in the back courtyard of Pizzaiolo.
Play bocce ball with farmers. At 7:30pm, sit down for
a three-course meal prepared by chef/owner Charlie Hallowell
paired with wines by Donkey and Goat. Tickets are $25–$75
and are available online.
August 26th: Radio Africa and Kitchen
with forageSF and La Cocina
Coffee Bar is the location for a five-course street
food-inspired menu featuring wild foraged ingredients
donated by Forage SF. Tickets are $50 per person, and
are available online.
Wednesday August 26th: Doña Tomas and TransFair
A percentage of the evening's dinner sales will go
to TransFair USA. Reservations can be made at 510-450-0522.
Thursday August 27th: Flora and Meals for Change
Hour from 3pm–6pm features free street-food-inspired
snacks, including house-made French fries,
corn dog bites, caramel popcorn, mixed olives,
and roasted nuts. A portion of the night's dinner
sales will benefit Meals for Change. Reservations
can be made at 510-286-0100.
August 29th: Bocanova and California
Food and Justice Coalition
A three-course Pan-American dinner, including a talk
by chef and author Laura Stec, beginning at 6pm. Tickets
are $55 per person and are available online.
August 30th: Bocanova and Marin Organic
four-course brasserie-style Pan-American dinner incorporating
and featuring Marin producers, Allstar Organics,
La Tercera, Clark Summit, and Mt. Barnabe. This local
and organic meal starts at 6pm and is $65 per person.
To reserve your space at the table please email info
[at] bocanova [dot] com or call 510-444-1233.
13th Annual Art for AIDS
Fri., Aug. 28th, 2009
Bonhams & Butterfields
220 San Bruno Ave.
Cross: 15th St.
San Francisco, CA
Starts at 6:45pm
$75 per person
AUGUST 18, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO The ~13TH ANNUAL ART FOR AIDS 2009~ will
take place at San Francisco's auction house, Bonhams & Butterfields.
There will be 135 modern and contemporary art pieces
for sale during an evening of silent and live auctions,
numerous food and beverage sponsors, and Ketel One serving
free cosmos all evening.
will be provided by Aidells Sausage Co., Asia de Cuba,
Andalu, Cowgirl Creamery, First Crush, Home, Marinitas,
Maya, chef Marc Passetti of The Tonga Room, Ristorante
Umbria, chef Ryan Scott, Tommy Toy's Cuisine Chinoise,
and Town Hall. Beverage purveyors include Bartenders
Unlimited, Folio Fine Wine Partners, Ketel One Vodka,
and Seltzer Sisters
for AIDS originated 13 years ago when a handful of
local artists got together in a neighborhood kitchen
and decided to sell their art to help friends living
with HIV/AIDS. Since then, Art for AIDS has consistently
attracted renowned artists, along with works from prominent
galleries. The auction is closely vetted and carefully
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Still, like the tablehopper herself, I go on occasional
health benders. And in trying to raise three-year-old
twins (one of whom is a voluntary vegetarian), I do
my best to provide them with healthy and sustainable
food (i.e. vegetarian) as best I can. They, of course,
do not always cooperate, and I do think they'd die
without dairy products.
Which is a long way of saying, here are three new
cookbooks for vegans. And for non-vegans that
want to mix it up a little. Let's go from north to
Devra Gartenstein owns and runs the Patty Pan Grill,
a vegetarian-vegan restaurant and take-out counter
in Seattle. Her new book, The
Accidental Vegan, focuses on recipes
with basic ingredients, quick instructions, and maximum
flavor. Think Spanakopita (with tofu instead of cheese)
or Yam and Chard Curry. 180 recipes from apps to desserts.
Isa Chandra Mokowitz is the author of Veganomicon,
the best-selling vegan book at Green Apple for a few
years now. She lives in Portland, OR. Her newest book, Vegan
Brunch, is obviously a little
more specific. I admit that I'm skeptical of the pancakes
and waffles, but the homemade vegan sausages sound
promising, as do zucchini spelt muffins.
Soul Kitchen is by Oakland
Terry. The subtitle says it all: "fresh,
healthy, and creative African-American Cuisine."
Like Black-Eyed Pea Fritters or BBQ Tempeh
Sandwiches with Carrot-Cayenne Coleslaw. A
pretty straightforward recipe book for vegans
with a soul twist, including a "soundtrack"
suggestion for each dish.
Don't want to take my word for it? How about Alice
Waters's word: "Bryant Terry knows that good food should
be an everyday right and not a privilege. This book
is full of easy, tasty, seasonal recipes that also
happen to be vegan and affordable!"
So try something vegan. And enjoy the cooking and
eating in good conscience. Any of these books will
AUGUST 18, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO Kate Hudson and A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) have been on
the town. They had a late dinner at EPIC Roasthouse Sunday
night, and my spy says she was extremely talkative
and outgoing, really sweet and kind to everyone, while Alex was quieter.
You could tell they were having a good time, and were quite flirtatious
with one another—they held hands several times throughout the meal,
and Kate kept calling him baby. They reportedly know how to EAT: they
had oysters, caviar, a charcuterie plate, two salads, a filet, whole
fish, and some sides. They were also spotted at Scala's Bistro on Monday.
According to this post on Mission
Mission, the one and only John Waters was at Zeitgeist
Some Oakland Raiders players
and coaches had dinner in the private cellar at Brix in Napa. The
lineup included JaMarcus Russell, Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas
(FYI/random trivia for you: this is the son of actor Antonio Fargas
who played Huggy Bear on Starsky and Hutch), and Kelly
Skipper (the running back coach).
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