The StarletStar Sightings in Restaurants (no photos please)
It seems the Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to make EPIC Steak their dining hall this month for the NBA Finals. On Saturday June 4th, the entire team (including ~LeBron James~) came in for dinner upstairs in the private dining room. The team enjoyed grilled shrimp, assorted pizzas, steak skewers, and empanadas as appetizers. Then they devoured a prix-fixe menu of Caesar salad; a choice of salmon, rib-eye, or New York steak; and a chocolate tart for dessert.
They were back again this past Sunday evening: LeBron James and 11 other guests (including teammates James Jones, J.R. Smith, Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson, and Dahntay Jones) returned to EPIC Steak for some surf and turf (lobster and steak). This time around they rented the entire upstairs so they could be a bit more private. (Dining out in SF right now can be a little tricky like that for them.)
We got these tidbits a bit late after my column a couple weeks ago, but let’s do it! A lot of Saturday Night Live folks were spotted around the city. One spy said “Lonely Island/SNLers ~Jorma Taccone~ and ~Will Forte~ (MacGruber!) were at Dirty Habit” and another said “~Adam Sandler~, ~Rob Schneider~, and ~Norm Macdonald~ sat at the [Rose Pistola] bar before they performed in town. They were tons of fun, and happily took pictures with fans.”
Chef Amy Murray of Venus Restaurant in Berkeley had a special guest for dinner: ~Bernie Sanders~! Here’s her sweet post about it: “OMG. That moment when the phone rings, followed by the hullabaloo of the Secret Service motorcade, followed by the honor of cooking dinner for the honorable, courageous, noble, and deeply compassionate Bernie Sanders!”
Another ~Bernie Sanders~ sighting, this time for a late-night meal at Albany’s China Village. According to this post on Chowhound, “The owner sighed that Bernie didn’t know much about Chinese food, and didn’t like spiciness. Among other things, they had fried rice, those great lamb dumplings, and Mongolian beef…I forgot that they also ordered beer-braised duck, so that’s a +.” Pics and more here.
A tablehopper reader let us know the one-and-only ~Gwyneth Paltrow~ was at Tacos Cala on Cinco de Mayo (to quote her oft-used hashtag, it’s a #Gspotting)! She is in town for her fab goop pop-up shop (through May 22nd) at the former Xanadu Gallery on Maiden Lane (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright!) and to promote her new book, It’s All Easy.