Hello, dear readers. I hope you’re enjoying the spring showers and flowers. We have Easter and Passover approaching next month, and I am just starting to add updates to my Instagram highlights for you. Be sure to keep checking back on those links!
I’m happy to see SF Restaurant Week is returning for a spring run, starting this Friday April 1st through Sunday April 10th. 160 participating restaurants (!) will be offering prix-fixe menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner. To celebrate, we have a fun giveaway for you in today’s column: dinner for two from Pabu and dinner for four from Lazy Susan! Be sure to check out the sugar mama below on how to enter to win!
Also kicking off this Friday is Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center (5pm-10pm), returning after two years of hiatus! I went to a preview last Friday, and you should get excited for quite the twelfth season lineup, with 25 food trucks, in addition to a full bar from Rye on the Road, a wine garden from Kivelstadt Cellars, and live music. Check out some new food trucks, including Vegan Mob, Al Carajo (peep my previous post), and Brazuca Grill (remember the feijorrito feijoada burrito I posted about?), new buckwheat burritos from Borsch Mobile (try the beef brisket or BBQ pulled pork), as well as returning longtime favorites like Señor Sisig and The Chairman (they have a new cumin beef bao with shiso tzatziki that is crazy delicious). More trucks are coming as things ramp up, plus theme nights and more. Wear your puffy coat and fuzzy hat and have some fun in the fog.
How about dinner and then a movie this Friday April 1st? Go see The Automat, a charming documentary directed by Lisa Hurwitz that recounts the lost history of the iconic restaurant chain, Horn & Hardart, which served affordable, quality food to millions of New Yorkers and Philadelphians for more than a century. It’s such a fascinating look at this innovative and progressive company, with layers of storytelling about the American dream. I loved the interview clips with Mel Brooks, what a character, truly, plus Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Colin Powell, and Carl Reiner. Don’t miss it!
It’s playing for a week at the Vogue Theatre, as well as screening at Landmark’s Albany Twin (Albany), Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael), and Summerfield Cinemas, Santa Rosa. View the official trailer here.
Mark your calendar and get your tickets: I’m going to be joining The Cheese School of San Francisco for one of the Cheese Sex Death book tour events! Author Erika Kubick of Cheese Sex Death: A Bible for the Cheese Obsessed will be in the Bay Area for three events: a Marin farms tour, a book tour party (you’ll find me interviewing her there, while we snack on cheese and enjoy adult beverages!) on Saturday April 16th, and Easter Sunday cheese church! We hope to see you at one or all three cheesetastic events!
You should also save the date (and get tickets) for the first Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience, running May 20th-22nd. This three-day celebration will feature the best of Sonoma County food and wines, with special brunches, lunches, and dinners, a grand tasting event, panels, culinary demos, a concert, and parties! Can’t wait to check this out, will share more details soon.
Okay, whoooooosh! It’s time to dive into the news, let’s do this.
Remember that Sake Omakase pop-up pairing event I told you about in my last column? Well, here’s just one course from it! I’ll be sharing more about this extraordinary experience soon—you definitely want to book a seat with Sumi! Photo: © tablehopper.com.View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Mar 29 2022