~SPRING HAS SPRUNG~ all over town—here are a few events and updates:
Ame restaurant just unveiled its new spring menu, including (back by popular demand) the chawan mushi with Maine lobster and sea urchin (I have had this dish before and it's freaking amazing), and “vol au vent” of duck liver and poached Jidori egg with morel mushroom sauce and pickled ramps.
Citizen Cake is hosting its 2nd Annual Green Dinner tonight (May 12th) from chef de cuisine William Pils and executive chef Elizabeth Falkner. The four-course menu includes fava bean hummus and house crackers; asparagus salad and slow-cooked egg; three peas, ricotta gnudi, pea shoots, and pea consommé; and green sweets, plus other tasty surprises. Special “green cocktails” will also be available, including Envy (green chartreuse, lemon bitters, sparkling wine, and lime twist) and PC (fresh English pea and mint juice, light rum, orange bitters, and baby carrot ice cubes). $45 per person (not including alcohol) or $65 per person (with wine pairing).
And then mark your calendar for A Spring Fandango with Mariquita Farm at Piccino on Sunday June 21st. Andy Griffin and Julia Wiley of Mariquita will be providing a field of bounty for the menu—expect special pizzas and salads as well as a few surprises. Everything will be served Ã la carte, and Piccino is taking reservations. (They are also trying to get Andy to step off his Watsonville farm for the afternoon.) Noon–9pm.