Happy Ending, a tablehopper Asian Street Food Party


At Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai.


A pani puri stand in Mumbai.

When the SF Chefs opening night wraps up on Friday (yes, on the 13th!), the evening is still far from being done. You’ll want to walk a block up to E&O Trading Co., where tablehopper (yes, yours truly) is co-hosting ~HAPPY ENDING~, a full-tilt Asian street food party. (I should actually say par-tay, because it’s gonna be a blast.) Get ready to globe hop and table hop.

You’ll see the Seoul on Wheels truck parked out front, where anyone can place an order for Korean tacos, kimchee fried rice, and more. Once inside, your ticket will entitle you to a spread of delicious and authentic street food from a variety of top local vendors. Confirmed so far is Adobo Hobo (Jason Rotairo and Ed Chui), who will be serving their tasty chicken adobo and rice; Roger Feely of Soul Cocina will be making pani puri, an Indian vegetarian dish that is a crisp puff filled with a spicy tamarind water that you pop into your mouth all at once—love it; chef Nick Balla from Nombe will be doing takoyaki (a street food famous in Osaka but loved all over Japan—they’re grilled balls made of octopus/tako, scallop, and pork mixed into a batter and served with a trio of sauces); Turtle Tower will offer their imperial rolls and spring rolls; chef Alex Ong of Betelnut is planning to do Xinjiang cumin lamb skewers; host chef Arnold Eric Wong of E&O will be offering a variety of dishes (some of them will be vegetarian); Todd Sirimongkolvit of Basil Canteen will be serving sakhoo saimu (Thai steamed tapioca dumplings of pork and peanuts wrapped in lettuce); and for dessert, there will be banana chai fritters by Azalina Eusope (known for her stand, Malaysian Lacy Crepes and the duo from DeLise Dessert Café (Dennis and Catherine Eloise Leung) will be scooping some of their de-licious Asian-inspired ice creams and sorbets, like the popular coconut pandan flavor. Come hungry.

It wouldn’t be a tablehopper party without cocktails, hello! We’ll have some expertly made drinks from the E&O crew, along with guest bartenders the Bon Vivants, AKA Scott Baird and Josh Harris—look for some unique Asian flavors and spices popping up in your cocktails. I’m also lining up a couple more bartenders, so you’ll have all kinds of things to taste.

I’m also very excited to announce who will be supplying the musique for the evening: the wickedly talented Jeffrey Paradise (hey, I wouldn’t have just anyone play for my book launch party back in March). He will be accompanied by his glamorous wife, Ava Berlin, who will be taking snaps of guests at the party, so hey, look snazzy.

All proceeds (after expenses) will be donated to the amazing CHEFS (Conquering Homelessness through Employment in Food Service) organization. And if you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of the tablehopper book, you’ll be able to purchase a signed copy for $17.50—but don’t get mad if I spill some sriracha on it.

Visa Signature tickets are $25; click here to purchase. Non-Visa Signature tickets are $35 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Please RSVP on the Happy Ending Facebook event page if you’re coming, thanks!

Event Info

Friday Aug 13, 2010
E&O Trading Co.
314 Sutter St. at Grant, San Francisco