There are quite a few one-off dinners this month that you’ll want to consider. First, the Dinner Party Project, a series of dinners around the city before SF Chefs 2012 hits in late August, has added a few more events. I have attended two so far, and each was really memorable. Here’s a quick recap of what’s coming: On Sunday July 8th, Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn) and Jason Fox (Commonwealth) are partnering up; then on Monday July 9th is Modern American Picnic, with Lori Baker and Jeff Banker (Baker & Banker) and Nick Balla and Cortney Burns (Bar Tartine) serving sophisticated takes on family-style favorites such as fried chicken, mac and cheese, and other sides paired with local beers on tap. On Monday July 16th, Jen Biesty (Scala’s Bistro) and Alicia Jenish (Grand Cafe) are Going Basque; and Thursday July 19th, Antelmo Faria (Tacolicious), Ryan Farr (4505 Meats), and Alex Ong (Betelnut) are hosting Street Feast. (Liam Mayclem is also hosting a series of Eye on the Bay SF Chefs demos.)
Paul Canales of the upcoming ~DUENDE~ is hosting another preview dinner at NAKED KITCHEN SF on Sunday July 15th. Tickets and more here. There are only 10 seats available per seating (5:30pm or 8:30pm), so it’s an intimate event. The dinner will happen in the Mission; exact location to be emailed on the day of the event.
On Thursday July 19th, chef-owner Lauren Kiino of ~IL CANE ROSSO~ and co-owners Erin Rooney and Celine Guillou of ~GALETTE 88~ are partnering for a Sustainable Seafood Supper. Guest speaker Maggie Ostdahl, from Aquarium of the Bay and the Bay Institute and coordinator of the San Francisco Seafood Watch Alliance, will be on hand to talk about sustainable seafood practices. The menu sounds delicious, featuring Hog Island oyster chowder; local anchovy rollmop with yogurt-pickled cucumber; Monterey Bay grilled squid salad with seared tomato and marjoram vinaigrette; smoked sardine and white bean pâté with pickled onion and mustard seeds; and a main course of pan-fried local sand dabs with new potatoes, sea lettuce, and brown butter-caper vinaigrette. Dessert is a nectarine, raspberry, and vanilla cream tart. $45 per person, $25 wine pairing. Reservations are available via email; please indicate a 6:30pm or 8:30pm reservation time, number in your party, telephone number, email address, and any dietary restrictions. The dinner will take place at Galette 88, 88 Hardie Place (at Kearny between Bush and Sutter Streets).
Duende photo medley (courtesy of Naked Kitchen website).