November 22, 2011

November 22, 2011

~Gerard Butler~ (300, The Phantom of the Opera)—who is busy filming Of Men and Mavericks in Santa Cruz—came in to Twenty Five Lusk for dinner. He met a friend at the downstairs lounge before ascending upstairs for dinner (the pork loin and grilled flat iron steak were on the table, among other dishes). He was also spotted at the Redwood Room on another evening celebrating his 42nd birthday (via People).

Another special guest: on Friday night, ~Dhani Jones~, former NFL Football player (NY Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints) and host of his own show Around the World with Dhani Jones, was spotted dining in the restaurant.

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Thomas Keller at Saison. Photo from Facebook.

Vis-à-vis a post on Facebook from chef James Ormsby, I learned ~Thomas Keller~ came in to Saison to dine last week. Chef Joshua Skenes said the kitchen was super excited to have him in: “As young cooks, we were all inspired so much by his book—we were raised on it.”

Last week ~Rita Moreno~, proud owner of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, dined on a wedge salad and shrimp scampi at Yankee Pier in Lafayette. She appeared fresh from her performance at the Berkeley Rep, wearing knee-high purple suede boots—reports say she treated the staff very kindly.

Former Oakland A’s pitcher ~Vida Blue~, proud owner of 1971 Cy Young and MVP awards, also dined at Yankee Pier Lafayette. He had a New York steak, and his wife had a cup of chowder and a Caesar salad. He signed autographs for young fans.