The Starlet

Star Sightings in Restaurants (no photos please)
January 17, 2017

We’re going to take a quick trip to the 650 to ~MAYFIELD BAKERY & CAFÉ~, which had a pretty busy day last week, with both ~Joseph Gordon-Levitt~ coming in to enjoy a business breakfast with a guest to talk about an app, and then ~Mark Zuckerberg~ came in with his wife for lunch.

January 3, 2017

Over the holidays, ~Alexander Wang~ celebrated his 33rd birthday at the family table at ~KOKKARI~. I’m told they had a banquet menu for 20 and there were lots of kids (#WANGSQUAD).

December 20, 2016

Last Thursday evening, ~Denzel Washington~ came into ~PERBACCO~ for dinner with the cast of Fences (Jovan Adepo, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen Henderson) and Constanza Romero, the widow of the writer of the play. The film was being premiered at the Curran Theatre, and the group came in to quickly eat while the audience watched the film, and then needed to return to the Curran for Q&A.

One cute happening: there was a private event in the room behind where they were seated. Once Denzel noticed that the guests were trying to take pictures, he went into the room and chatted for a while. I’m also told he enjoyed the octopus and had the Raviora as a main course. No alcohol for him—he ordered a regular Coke.

December 13, 2016

Martin Scorsese and owner Francesco d’Ippolito.

Auguri to Poesia in the Castro, who got to host the iconic ~Martin Scorsese~ for a private dinner and buyout in their restaurant after his screening of his movie, Silence, at the Castro Theatre. Marty came with lots of VIPs, including George Lucas, Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Issey Ogata, and Thelma Schoonmaker.

Owner Francesco d’Ippolito said they prepared a special Sicilian-style menu, which included arancini, grilled calamari salad with delicata squash, pickled currants, and chile; pasta con le sarde; roasted branzino with eggplant caponata; and, of course, cannoli for dessert. Fun fact: he really liked the food and the fact they were playing Fellini’s 8 1/2 on the wall (according to his editor Thelma Schoonmaker, it’s one of his top five favorite movies of all time).

Wild-eyed ~Hunter Pence~, beloved San Francisco Giants outfielder, celebrated his wedding reception at EPIC Steak on Saturday, November 26. Hunter and his bride, Alexis Cozombolidis, hosted a “Harry Potter meets Game of Thrones“-themed reception (the mind reels). Some high-profile guests included Larry Baer, Bobby Evans, Sergio Romo, Brandon Crawford, George Kontos, Joe Panik, Brian Sabean, Matt Duffy, Greg Miller, and Melvin Gutierrez, among others.

You may recall a few years ago, Pence’s beloved scooter was stolen outside of EPIC Steak, which the restaurant team helped him recover, but no, the new couple did not scoot away after the reception.