This week's tablehopper: hearts and bacon and I heart bacon.


Now that’s what I call some bacon! House-cured and thick-cut bacon lurve from the Early to Rise Brunch with Feastly. Photo: ©

Every day the past five days, I’m like, “SUN?! Is that you?!” Weekends like the one we just had make me miss my Alfa Romeo something fierce. I actually saw a lady driving a Veloce with the top up this weekend and was ready to yell, “You’re doing it wrong!” People. I hope you all get to hop outside at some point and enjoy the last rays until our ramen weather returns.

Sunday was my dear grandmother’s 88th birthday, and I’ll be damned if she doesn’t look better than most 75-year-olds (and Judy has the open-mindedness of most young’uns, I swear). She’s a force. It was a great time to bust out some Gagliardi classics: pasta al forno and a St. Honoré cake from Dianda’s. (Pretty much what I’d request for my last supper.) And lots of bubbles, oh you know it. Who do you think I got my love of Champagne from?

A couple of other parties to have in mind: tomorrow, Wednesday February 15th, is A Library of Libations: Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market, with literary-inspired winter farmers market cocktails and bites from 20-plus Bay Area bartenders and chefs. I’ll be sure to wear my glasses. See you there?

And I’m getting excited for the upcoming Academy of Friends gala on Oscars Sunday! I have been busy curating the restaurant lineup for the event this year, my first time for this event, and let me tell you, the food is gonna be so great! The theme is Shanghai Nights, and some of our fantastic and generous partners include Liholiho Yacht Club, Mister Jiu’s, Nomica, The Saratoga, Junju, Chubby Noodle, Onsen, Tartine Manufactory, Pabu, The Caviar Co., Motze, DOSA, chef Rob Lam, Salt & Straw, Jane, Parallel 37, E&O, and Cypress Grove Cheese—and a few more to be confirmed! I really hope to see you there—be sure to come by my table and say hello (and find some surprises). Use code AOFtablehopper2017 for a discount on tickets!

Well, the news completely blew up this week, so let’s get to it. Happy Valentine’s Day, lovebugs.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Feb 14 2017