January 3, 2012
A tablehopper reader spotted ~Ben Flajnik~ at Cotogna, the Sonoma winemaker who is starring in the latest season of The Bachelor (it just started last night). Yup, the same guy who was turned down by Ashley Hebert on The Bachelorette. My spotter says, “It looked like a late lunch meeting, and he was at a table with seven other people (mostly women and one other man).” A little more sleuthing reveals he was having a meeting with a local PR firm.
A tablehopper reader spotted ~Fred Armisen~ (Saturday Night Live) and his Portlandia costar ~Carrie Brownstein~ (she was also in the band Sleater-Kinney and now Wild Flag) dining at ~BAR TARTINE~ last Thursday evening. A check-in with the restaurant confirms the sighting, and fortunately the insanely delicious langos potato bread was one of the items they ordered, along with a number of seafood dishes (but no chicken paprikas since they couldn’t get a birth certificate and dossier on the chicken, har). The duo was in town for their Portlandia traveling show at Mezzanine.
~Guy Fieri~ of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives came to La Toque at The Westin Verasa Napa on Christmas Eve to source a special ingredient for the holiday (no, it wasn’t more hair bleach). Ends up Guy was in need of fresh white truffles for his family’s Christmas Eve dinner and because chef Ken Frank is a truffle aficionado, he knew just who to call for the goods. (You can see a pic of the truffle trio here.)