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NOVEMBER 11, 2008 | SAN FRANCISCO What
a week last week, eh? I was definitely on party patrol this
past weekend. Friday was the Red
Tie Gala at Neiman Marcus, truly offering some of the
best people watching of the year (gotta love the Italian old
ladies in their
sunglasses, minks, and heels—mixed in with
the Little Sisters of the Poor, yup,
it’s a contrast), followed
the next day with a trip out of town to Petaluma
for one of my favorite parties of the year: the McEvoy
Ranch harvest party. I couldn’t leave without buying
a bottle of olio nuovo—have you ever poured some over soft-boiled
eggs, and mixed ‘em up in a bowl with Maldon salt, cracked
pepper, and toasted ciabatta? You should! It’s the unofficial
Gagliardi family’s favorite breakfast.
on Sunday, the tablehopper did not rest, because that night was
the Zen Hospice One
Night, One Heart fundraising event with Elizabeth Falkner
and Ryan Scott, who prepared a special meal paired with Murray
Street Vineyards wines in the back of Stable Café (such
a great venue!); I was invited to give a little tablehopper talk
about what’s new in SF to the guests.
This week’s docket includes a preview of the new seven-course
beef dinner at Bong Su (more on that soon), checking out one of
the events at SF
Wine Week (you can read more here,
and please note they are offering $35 single-event/day tickets
now), and then heading up to Healdsburg this weekend for the sold-out Michel
Schlumberger annual Wild Pig Party (plus finally going to Scopa for
dinner, and hopefully Diavola for
pizza the next day!). I’ll be sure to update my Healdsburg
jetsetter pieces with details for you! And I will also be working
out at least two hours a day to keep up with all this.
the mood to play? Well, this week I am giving away
two pairs of tickets to the St. George Spirits
open house next weekend (read all about it in the
socialite)! To enter to win, please forward this week’s
tablehopper newsletter to one friend or drinking buddy (or more,
you star!!), telling them why they would dig a subscription to
the tablehopper e-column (if you call it a blog, you are disqualified,
no joke!), and CC or BCC firstname.lastname@example.org so
I know you sent it—I promise I won’t use anyone’s
email address. Deadline to enter is midnight on Friday November
14th. I’ll notify the two winners soon thereafter and get
you and your guest on the list! You even get complimentary tastes
of the absinthe and Tequila!
NOVEMBER 11, 2008 | SAN FRANCISCO Okay,
first things first: make room on your TiVo because this week is
the first episode of ~TOP
CHEF—SEASON FIVE~! Tune in this Wednesday night
at 10pm on Bravo and watch our sole SF contestant, Jamie Lauren
who is in it to win it! Go Jamie!
Another thing to keep your ears on for: Molly Watson of Sunset
magazine and co-host Emily Wilson are airing their pilot show of ~I'D
EAT THAT~, a new half-hour food-oriented show on KALW
(91.7 FM) in San Francisco. The first show is about the ethics
of being a carnivore, with guests Bonnie Powell of Clark Summit
Meat CSA and Ethicurean.com and
chef Paul Canales of Oliveto. It airs on Sunday November 23rd at
2:30pm, and again on Wednesday November 26th at 7pm. KALW streams
its shows online at kalw.org,
so you don’t even have to live in SF to listen. Check it
A tablehopper reader wrote in to tell me that Sumi of ~MA
TANTE SUMI~ is retiring and closing her petite restaurant
after 24 years of business in the Castro. I spoke with the kind
Sumi Hirose, and she confirmed that it’s true. She said, “I
am over 65 and need to retire from the restaurant.” Her retirement
is well earned, to say the least. Her last day at SUMI is December
6th, so be sure to swing by and say thanks and farewell between
now and then. As for the new tenant, the folks from Sushi
Ko in Berkeley will be remodeling the space, and then reopening
in late December or early January as the 30-seat Sumi Sushi,
the name paying homage to Sumi’s quarter century in the neighborhood.
Sumi Sushi will be open for dinner to start, then weekend lunch,
and eventually lunch during the week. 4243 18th St. at Diamond,
I got a chance to check out the new ~GITANE~ (opening
tonight!) at a preview dinner last week, and let me tell you, there
is nothing in the City like it! I went nuts for the colorful, sexy,
retro décor by Charles Doell of Mr.
Important—I felt like I was in Barcelona, or a hip Parisian
boîte. (You can check out pics of the swank décor
and more here.)
Highlights include chef Lisa Eyherabide’s bacon bon bons
(prunes stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in smoked bacon) and
sardines en escabèche (sardines on puff pastry with tomato
jam), plus the Belmont Breeze cocktail by Dominic Venegas with
Four Roses bourbon, amontillado sherry, and orange and pomegranate
juices—a bunch of the drinks have little touches of sherry.
This place is built for a chic date night out (but not cheap and
chic—the little dishes and drinks will add up), and with
the open-until-midnight kitchen hours, it will be the perfect spot
for a late-night pizza and a drink, or glass of wine off of Sean
Diggins’ list. There will also be some outdoor seating in
the alley, but the interior is where it’s at. Dinner will
be served Tue–Sat from 5:30pm–midnight; the bar will
stay open until 1am. 6 Claude Ln. between Bush and Sutter
at Kearny, 415-788-6686.
Meanwhile, over in SoMa, ~MEDICI LOUNGE~ has
moved out of their soft opening mode, and are now officially up
and running, serving a rotating menu of Italian dishes and hand-crafted
cocktails under the direction of Sierra Zimei (Seasons Bar), like
the Under The Tuscan Sun (limoncello, Grand Marnier, basil, grapefruit
juice, sea salt, prosecco). Happy hour is Tue–Sat 4pm–6pm,
with discounts on beer, wine, cocktails, and there’s a special
appetizer menu. Lunch and brunch will be coming in the next month.
Open Tue–Sun at 4pm, closed on Mondays. 299 9th St. at Folsom,
~CRAVE~ has opened in the Upper Polk, in the
former Teavana space. The quick-casual spot is from John Lamkin
and Lynn Ramsey of Street,
serving breakfast, lunch, and an early dinner, all made with seasonal
and quality ingredients. To recap from one of my earlier reports,
the menu will include breakfast faves like egg sandwiches, house-made
scones, and breakfast burritos, and lunch will bring some soups,
salads, and tasty sandwiches (hello Reuben) that will highlight
slow-roasted meats and fish. Dinner will be heartier, and some
vegetarian fare will also be available—dishes will span from
New American to Latin flair. Coffee is from Ritual Roasters. They’re
still in soft opening mode, so things aren’t exactly at 100%
yet. Hours are 7am–7pm. 2164 Polk St. at Vallejo, 415-440-3663.
been tracking the closure and potential new locations for ~CAFÉ PRAGUE~,
most recently located at 584 Pacific Avenue. According to permits,
Café Prague is planning to reopen in the Financial District
Merchant Street AND is also listed on a permit in the old Country
Station Sushi space at 2140
Mission St. Will see how this maps out, literally.
Quick update on the ~WASHBAG~:
looks like they hit some building department snags, so now we’re looking
at 2009 for the opening. Stand by… 1707 Powell St. at Columbus.
Meanwhile, when I was visiting my buddy John at Area on
Jackson and Columbus, we noticed work is finally underway at ~PICKLES~,
the old Clown Alley. Tom Duffy (of Myth) is behind the project—the
50-year-old restaurant is currently getting remodeled (the outdoor
patio is getting tricked out with an outdoor fireplace and a retractable
awning), and very optimistically opening in mid-December. The final
menu isn’t worked out just yet, but gourmet burgers, Chicago-style
hot dogs, and frozen custard are in the plans. I also remember
when I originally spoke with Duffy about the project earlier in
the year that late nights on the weekends were also in the works.
Looks like Jackson Square is undergoing its own little renaissance:
Zinnia, Taverna Aventine, and in 2009, Quince. 42 Columbus Ave.
time to clarify a few things about the ~MELISSA
PERELLO MONDAY NIGHT DINNERS~ at Sebo. First,
they are not every Monday: the specific Monday dates will
be announced via the mailing list, and only after the dates are
announced is when you can then ask for a reservation. You can
find out about future Monday dates by signing up for the mailing
list at email@example.com.
got (some) of your Monday nights covered. But what about Sunday
night? Well, starting at ~LOCAL
KITCHEN & WINE MERCHANT~ is Neighborhood Night,
with all-you-can-eat pizza for $12.95 (kids 12 and under for only
$6.95) on Sunday nights. There’s always all-you-can-eat at Goat
Hill Pizza in Potrero on Mondays, in case you want even morrrrrre
pizzzzzzzza, oinkety oink! 330 1st St. at Folsom, 415-777-4200.
More deals around town: ~SOUTH~ has
launched a Recession Concession prix-fixe menu, running from now
until December 1st. There is a $24 lunch menu, and dinner is $34,
and either meal includes a glass of sparkling wine. You can read
up on the menu
specifics here. 330 Townsend St., Ste. 101 at 4th St., 415-974-5599.
Vegetarians, meanwhile, can head to ~MILLENNIUM~ for
the Frugal Foodie menu, a three-course prix fixe
menu available Sunday–Wednesday for $38 per person (excludes
tax and gratuity), with your choice of dishes off the regular
menu, plus there’s a $12 optional wine pairing. 580 Geary
St. at Jones, 415-345-3900.
time for your exotic ingredients update!
First up, I got word that ~AME~ restaurant
in The St. Regis San Francisco is featuring Kona Coast
abalone (Japanese Ezo), a rare delicacy shipped live—Ame
is the only restaurant in the U.S. to get this fresh abalone straight
from the big island of Kona. Executive chef Greg Dunmore is currently
offering sautéed Ezo abalone in yuzu kosho butter sauce
with shimeji mushrooms and shishito peppers for $17. 689 Mission
St. at 3rd St., 415-284-4040.
FLOOR~, chef Jennie Lorenzo has put together a
special November game menu that includes cheuvreuil (loin
of venison, fennel, and venison "croustillant," roasted
salsify, juniper berry-citrus jus), pintade (truffle-braised
hen in "fata" paper, Brussels sprouts and cranberries
confit, truffle bouillon), and sanglier (wild
boar "pot pie" with a mélange of mushrooms,
celeriac remoulade). Dishes range from $28–$40. Hotel
Palomar, 12 4th St. at Market, 415-348-1555.
~BAR BAMBINO~ is
hosting a wild fowl dinner this Sunday November
16th. For $95 per person, you can feast on their house-made
duck breast prosciutto, a rich game bird sugo over fresh pasta,
and wild fowl involtini. The wines will be rich and earthy to match.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 415-701-8466 to reserve your spot. 2931 16th St. at South
Over at ~INCANTO~,
starting this Thursday November 13th through December 20th, every
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night you can order the Battle
Offal dinner, the menu chef Cosentino recently featured
on Iron Chef: America. Are you ready for some lamb heart
tartare, and turf & surf (tripe and clam)? You can read the entire
menu here. Just be sure to note a minimum of one week's advance
reservation is required. 1550 Church St. at Duncan, 415-641-4500.
I thought this sounded cool: ~MASA’S
RESTAURANT~ is running a “Young Chefs” event,
featuring a nine-course menu crafted by executive chef Gregory
Short’s up-and-coming kitchen team. The Young Chefs menu
will be available from Tuesday November 18th through Saturday
November 22nd. The cost for the nine-course menu will be $150,
and will feature wine pairings by Master Sommelier Alan Murray
for $99. Contact the restaurant to learn all about the beast
of a menu—it
reads like quite the tour de force. 648 Bush St. at Stockton,
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11, 2008 | SAN FRANCISCO I’m
a big fan of working from home—not only is every day casual
Friday, but there’s no line to get my morning macchiato—and
if the barista happens to be copping attitude, maybe it’s
because she was out late and is feeling a little cranky. And when
it’s lunchtime, I get to make my sandwiches just how I like ‘em
(yes, I have a panino press and I know how to use it). And I get
to eat lunch in my slippers. (Only my UPS guy and I know what
color they are.)
when I find myself occasionally downtown at high noon, it’s
a big whirlwind of lunch-getting activity I forgot about. Heck,
it’s been eight years since my ad agency job on Spear
Street. In those days I occasionally made runs to the spendy
salad bar at Lightening Foods, but I preferred to make my sandwiches
instead, like spicy coppa with melted provolone and artichoke
hearts on rosette rolls from Il Fornaio. My boss even offered
to pay me each week to make sandwiches for him, but I was trying
to be known as a copywriter around the office, and not the sandwich
to that, I remember working on Maiden Lane, and being a broke-ass
20-something, I’d suffer the multitude of sandwich
abuses at Lee’s (both ordering and consuming abuses)—but
I will say my custom combo of egg salad and olive salad was pretty
rockin’. Just the same, those were the dark sandwich years.
now, the light. I have tried to make my way to Dennis Leary of
Canteen’s ~THE SENTINEL~ at least four
times. It has been shining its beacon for months, but either the
line was way too long, or my lunch date had to cancel, and finally,
finally, I was downtown last week and got to try the famed sandwiches
with a pal.
this place is take-out only, and I don’t have an office
desk around the corner where I can sit and eat, I had to hunt down
a sunny little spot to scarf my sandwich. On a rainy day, maybe
someone will rent me his or her desk for ten minutes?
The menu is posted online daily for those of you who want to start
salivating early, or call your order in. It definitely reads like
food porn: smoked trout with fennel, apple, horseradish cream cheese,
or how about turkey meatloaf with cranberries and chipotle? You
know you want the chocolate chip walnut cookie.
line was about ten people deep, but moved impressively quickly.
Some folks try to get there early to beat the line, and get their
pick of the litter before anything runs out. Inside, the staff
is hustling. Dennis Leary, the powerhouse for this outfit, is
behind the counter daily, moving intently like the prizefighter
of sandwiches. I just hope he doesn’t give himself a coronary before he’s
40—the guy is like a downed power line, rippling around with
an intensity that makes you keep your distance. I’ve never
seen him stand still.
do say bless him: not only is he supplying the city with some
of the tastiest breakfast treats and sandwiches, but he’s
also taking a stand on sandwich preparation, stating on his menu
of our sandwiches have mayonnaise, please specify if you don’t
want it,” and “no more tomatoes until next summer,
sorry!” So fuhgettaboutit! Love it.
you’re waiting outside, the smell of baking bread
starts tempting you. No, it’s not from a ubiquitous Subway,
with its tacky bread smell. This is more like mmmmm mmmmmm good
bread smell. Real bread.
flatbread on my corned beef sandwich ($8.25) was most definitely
mmmmm mmmmm good—perfect texture and flavor, just-right
oiliness, and it held up like a champ. Now, the corned beef is
not like a mountainous deli sandwich from Millers East Coast
West that you can hardly get your mouth around, or finish eating.
This is more like a classy California sandwich, with just enough
meat. Juicy meat, too. The kick of Gruyere, crisp shreds of cabbage,
and bright Russian dressing made this sandwich an ace. You can
taste everything, and you can taste it all come together. Oh
yeah, and the pickle on the side had a good homemade tang, but
wasn’t too sour.
first, I thought the sliced pork loin ($8) with fig jam, frisee,
and manchego was too sweet—I wanted something to counter
it, like some mustard vinaigrette on the frisee. But that’s
just because I was still immersed in my corned beef sandwich—there
was no competition. Once that half was done, it was time for meat
dessert, which the half of pork loin sandwich fulfilled.
the yellow lentil curry soup was a disappointment—I
couldn’t detect any curry, and it was thin and watery. It
was like having expensive gruel ($5.50). Not a good soup day. Although
the little wedge of bread was a nice touch. Wasn’t super
thrilled with the pomegranate-lemonade ($3) either, it was just
kind of meh—it’s like the flavor was still asleep and
hadn’t woken up yet.
did appreciate the little touch of the complimentary Andes mint
in the bag (totally brought me back to my childhood—we used
to have a bowl of these at the counter of our deli), and the eco-friendly
packaging and silverware is right on. A friend who works in the
area is all cracked out on the homemade muffins that come with
fresh fruit in them—she also likes the coffee a lot.
then there’s the look! It’s vintage cigar shop
(its previous incarnation) meets sandwich shop, with an on-point
1940s East Coast vibe, an old school cash register, cigar boxes
for napkins and tips, gleaming subway tile, and the biggest pepper
mill I’ve ever seen. Not sure about that—maybe it’s
a totem pole for a sandwich shop that kicks butt?
NOVEMBER 11, 2008 | SAN FRANCISCO ~ELIXIR~ in
the Mission is getting rowdy. Now every Wednesday is the Flowing
Bowl Happy Hour, with a batch of punch getting ladled until it’s
gone. This Saturday November 15th, the bar is hosting a 5/150
party, celebrating five years of H’s current proprietorship,
and 150 years of serving San Francisco from the corner of 16th
and Guerrero. There is going to be some BBQ from neighborhood chefs
Scott Youkilis of Maverick and
Justin Deering of Conduit,
a visit by Emperor Norton and the Yerba Buena No.1 Clampers (1pm),
a Blue Blazer cocktail demonstration at 2pm (watch your hair!),
and contests, a charity raffle, and games (all day). You can also
ask about the Elixir Economic Stimulus Plan, with crazy deals on
some premium liquors. Cheers. 3200 16th St. at Guerrero, 415-552-1633.
More booze news: ~CASK~,
the liquor store from the Bourbon & Branch chaps,
has opened. Well, it’s kind of their soft opening this week,
but they’ll take your money if you want to buy something,
so go for it. You’ll be able to buy all kinds of spirits,
many obscure, hard to find, and artisanal, plus some Cali small-production
and boutique wines (90% of the wines are from Napa or Sonoma),
and there will also be a few bubblies, including some high-end
bottles from Krug, Dom, Veuve, and Moet. There is a selection of
barware (great holiday presents for the boozehound in your life),
books, bitters, glassware, and here’s what I’m really
excited about: there’s an engraving service, so you can really
dedicate that bottle of bourbon or bubbles or both to the one you
love. Downtown delivery begins this Thursday on a 1920s tricycle,
and when the website goes live Friday morning, you can have items
shipped (where it’s legal to, of course). Open 11am–7pm
daily. 17 3rd St. at Market, 415-424-4844.
Cellar Union Square is hosting some ~FOOD
AND WINE HOLIDAY DEMOS~: this Wednesday November 12th
is Perfect Pairings Part 2−An Elegant Holiday Dinner Party,
with executive chef Bruno Tison of The Fairmont Sonoma Mission
Inn & Spa and winemaker Margo Van Staaveren of Chateau St.
Jean. Next Wednesday November 19th is Perfect Pairings Part 3–A
Decadent Hors D’Oeuvres Fête is with J Vineyards & Winery’s
executive chef Mark Caldwell and winemaker George Bursick. Admission
to either event is $10 and entitles you to a taste of the pairings.
Proceeds benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. 6:30pm. Tickets
available online at ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets,
including Ritmo Latino and select Macy’s, Frye and Save
Mart stores. To charge tickets by phone, call 415-421-TIXS.
Now, this is what I call a clever event: this Thursday November
Floor is hosting a wine, beer, and spirits pairing battle called ~THREE
ON FIVE~. Executive chef Jennie Lorenzo will prepare a
five-course dinner, and the competitors will pair their bevvies
with each course—you, dear diners, will decide who did it
best. The competitors are Master Sommelier Emily Wines (doing the
wine pairings, duh, just read her name); Jacques Bezuidenhout will
pair the cocktails; and Dave McLean of Magnolia Brewpub and The
Alembic will “head” the beer pairings, har. Tickets
are $125. Reserve your space by calling 415-348-1555. The contest
will take place in the Chef's Room, so seats are limited. Hotel
Palomar, 12 4th St. at Market.
Thursday November 13th, Foreign
Cinema is hosting a wine tasting called ~NG: THE
NEXT GENERATION IN WINE~, comprised of young family
members from Napa Valley. Proceeds from the evening will benefit
the Edible Schoolyard, a non-profit program founded by Alice
Waters. You’ll be able to taste wines
from Ahnfeldt Wines, Broman Cellars, Fisher Vineyards, Frias
Family Vineyard, Hill Family Estate, Judd’s Hill, Long
Meadow Ranch Winery, Madonna Estate, Marston Family
Vineyard, Spelletich Cellars, Viader, and Yates
Family Vineyard. There will also be bites, music from the Bay
Area’s Jazz Mafia Trio, and a silent auction. 6:30pm. $100.
For tickets and additional info, visit www.ngwine.com.
2534 Mission St. at 21st St., 415-648-7600.
East Bay winos: this Sunday November 16th, ~EIGHT
ARMS CELLARS~ is having an event to celebrate the
release of their first vintage. They are asking guests to help
reduce global warming by participating in their Go
Green Drink Red campaign. This free event is open to the public,
and will be held at Riva Cucina in
Berkeley, with chef Massi Boldrini offering an assortment of foods
that will pair well with Eight Arms Syrah. 1pm–4pm. 800 Heinz
Ave. at 7th, Berkeley.
Saturday November 22nd is the tenth annual ~PINOTFEST 2008~ at Farallon.
This extensive tasting of pinot noirs from over 50 of Oregon and
California’s best producers will be held from 3pm–6pm.
There will also be hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to meet
the winemakers. Participating wineries include: Adelsheim, Argyle,
Au Bon Climat, Byron, Bonaccorsi, Brewer-Clifton, Calera, Cambria,
Chehalem, Costa de Oro, Domaine Drouhin, Domaine Serene, El Molino,
Etude, Fiddlehead, Flowers, Fort Ross, Foxen, Freestone, Gloria
Ferrer, Greenwood Ridge, Handley, Hartford Family, Hendry, Hitching
Post, Iron Horse, J Vineyards, Keller Estate, Kosta Browne, Littorai,
Londer, Lynmar, Marimar Torres, Melville, Merry Edwards, Michaud,
Morgan, Patz & Hall, Paul Hobbs, Peay, Pey-Marin, Ponzi, Radio
Coteau, Rex Hill, Robert Sinskey, Saintsbury, Sea Smoke, Siduri,
Skewis, Soter, Talisman, Talley, Testarossa, Thomas Fogarty, Whitcraft,
and Williams Selyem. $100 per person. Call 415-956-6969 for tickets
here to access the ticket form. 450 Post St., 4th Floor, at
Holiday Open House
Sat. Nov. 22nd, 2008
St. George Spirits/Hangar One Distillery
2601 Monarch St.
at Alameda Point
(the old Naval Air Station)
$30 in advance
$40 at the door
call 510-864-0635 to reserve your spot
NOVEMBER 11, 2008 | SAN FRANCISCO I think I am finally going to be able to make it to this event
this year! St. George Spirits is hosting their annual ~HOLIDAY
OPEN HOUSE~, and the stills will be running most of the
day, allowing you a rare opportunity to see the process up close
with a live distillation. Entrance will include three lil’ cocktails,
tastes of their spirits, and the iced vodka luges. Music and food
will be supplied throughout the day to keep everyone upright.
Some specialty food companies will be there to sample and sell
their wares, including Recchiuti
Confections with truffles and chocolates; June
Taylor Jams, with jams, preserves, and syrups; Boccalone with
salumi, cured meats, and all things pork; and La
Cocina, with a variety of sweet treats made with organic ingredients.
and holiday gift packs will be available for sampling and sale,
including the St. George Absinthe Verte. Tasting tickets to try
both the Absinthe Verte and De Profundis (20-year aged Pear Brandy)
are $10. You will also be able to taste the upcoming release
of Agua Azul (Spirit of Agave), a spirit made in the distillery
from 100% blue agave. A tasting flight of the Cristal, Reposado,
and the Añejo is $10.
George Spirits founder and master distiller Jörg Rupf
will be hosting a discussion and tasting on eau-de-vie at the staff
bar on the 2nd level of the distillery. Try some old favorites
from the Aqua Perfecta line with a new understanding, along with
some unusual and unavailable eaux-de-vie. There will be two sessions
at 1:30pm and 3:30pm: you may only sign up for one session when
purchasing open house tickets. Limited to the first 15 people for
There will be free shuttle service between the West Oakland BART
station and the Alameda
Main street ferry building to and from the distillery. This
is a 21 and over event. Please bring your picture ID!
tickets will be available in the distillery store and by phone
for $30. Call 510-864-0635 to reserve your spot. They sold out
last time, so don’t wait! Entry, if not sold out,
will be $40 at the door.
Now through Thu. Nov. 27th, 2008
NOVEMBER 11, 2008 | SAN FRANCISCO ~THANKSGIVING~ is
coming up quick, and there are a variety of things to mention,
whether you are cookin’ at
home or eating out that night.
For those of you cooking your Thanksgiving meal this year, chef
de cuisine Ron Boyd of AQUA will demonstrate ~THANKSGIVING
COOKING—SLOW FOOD STYLE~. Learn how to prepare some
delicious dishes using local seasonal ingredients, plus some tricks
on how to make the feast come together smoothly and make it an
impressive event for your guests. Free. Saturday November 22nd,
2pm, The Cellar at Macy’s Union Square.
Always wanted to try a ~TURDUCKEN~,
but too overwhelmed to try to make it? Ryan Farr of Ivy
Elegance (most recently the chef de cuisine at Orson) is making
and selling turduckens for Thanksgiving that will be stuffed with
a cornbread and chicken sausage stuffing. The turkey, duck, chicken
and all other products will be fresh, free range, and organic. There
will be two different sizes available, a 15+ pounder for $200 that
will happily feed 14, and a 20+ pounder for $250 that will feed
18. Cash and check only. There is a limited amount available, so
once they are sold out, you will have to wait until next year.
Every turducken will include a thermometer and an aluminum roasting
pan with instructions on how to cook it fully. Pick up for the
turduckens will start on Tuesday the 25th; a more specific place
and time will be arranged on an individual basis. Email Ryan at email@example.com with
any questions or concerns. (I’d like to ask what sound does
a turducken make? Cheep gobble quack?)
those heavy in the wallet but who don’t want to cook
or go out, ~FORK
AND SPOON PRODUCTIONS~ will create and cater a homemade
Thanksgiving feast for you, but it comes out to something like
$71.43 per person. If you want to know more, contact Fork & Spoon
for details. 2161 Third St., 415-552-7130.
Want to do something helpful besides baste the turkey? Chef Ryan
Scott is hosting his ~SECOND ANNUAL THANKSGIVING BAG LUNCH
CHARITY GIVEAWAY~. This year, Scott is doing it at Mission
Beach Café, delivering 1,500 bag lunches to San Francisco
shelters with a team of volunteers. Those interested in helping
should email firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 209-613-3420. Help is needed from 11pm on Wednesday November
26th until 11am Thursday November 27th.
want to wait until Thanksgiving, or perhaps you want a double
play of turkey? ~MELISSA
CLAIRE’S KITCHEN~ at the Velo Rouge Café is
hosting a turkey-themed dinner Thursday November 20th. The four-course
prix-fixe menu will be a “Whole Turkey Dinner,” featuring
dishes like local mixed chicories salad with turkey cracklings,
pomegranate seeds and a Katz Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc vinaigrette,
and turkey soup with turkey-stuffed wontons. The $45 four-course
menu includes an appetizer, mid-course, entrée, and dessert.
The menu is served at two seatings: 6:15pm and 8pm. Ideal for singles,
couples, or groups, each seating accommodates up to 24 guests at
three communal tables. To make reservations, call Melissa at 415-786-3777
or email email@example.com.
798 Arguello Blvd. at McAllister.
ROASTHOUSE~ is serving a southern Thanksgiving
this year! Co-owner and executive chef Jan Birnbaum will prepare
a four-course, prix-fixe menu featuring chive buttermilk biscuits
with house-made ham and Hook’s Wisconsin farmhouse cheddar;
lobster cakes with radish-cucumber salad and lobster hollandaise;
potato, leek and Champagne soup with caviar; wood oven-roasted
Branigan turkey with cornbread dressing, parsnip, and potato
puree, and black pepper cranberry sauce; and chanterelle mushroom
risotto with butternut squash and black truffle vinaigrette.
DUDE. Can we have access to that menu all week, plllllllllease?
Desserts include milk chocolate pumpkin crème brûlée;
pecan cranberry tartlet with Bulleit bourbon ice cream and
caramel sauce; and apple tart with a hint of saffron and
a Tahitian vanilla ice cream. $85 per person (12 and under:
$40). Early seatings: 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm. Late seatings: 4pm,
4:30pm, 5pm. 369 The Embarcadero at Folsom, 415-369-9955.
chef Paul Arenstam will serve a traditional, family-style Thanksgiving
feast featuring holiday dishes such as Sausalito Springs watercress
salad with Fuyu persimmon, ricotta salata cheese, and pomegranate
vinaigrette; a family-style Thanksgiving platter, including all-natural
heritage turkey from Frank Reese Jr. Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch
(Lindsborg, Kansas); Brussels sprouts with lemon confit and chestnuts;
Hog Island Oyster and fennel sausage; spicy braised Swiss chard
with garlic and pine nuts, and more. Americano guests will finish
with a seasonally inspired dessert sampler of pumpkin pie, chocolate
pecan pie, and ginger cake. There are three separate seatings on
Thanksgiving at 2/2:30pm, 4/4:30pm, and 6/6:30pm. The cost is $75
per person and $25 per child (under 12). 8 Mission St., 415-278-3777.
The new ~AUREA~ at
the Stanford Court will be serving a special multi-course Thanksgiving
menu from 3pm–9pm. The menu includes an amuse of pumpkin
soup with crème fraîche, your choice of an appetizer
(Dungeness crab and avocado tower or butternut gnocchi with porcini
and sage), salad, a risotto course, and either turkey with all
the fixins, salmon, or beef, plus dessert. Adults $75, children
6–12 $35, children five and under eat free. 905 California
St. at Powell, 415-989-3500.
CAFE SAN FRANCISCO~ is hosting an all-American
Thanksgiving dinner and dessert menu from 11:30am–11pm.
The a la carte menu includes butternut squash soup, turkey
with cornbread stuffing, blue lake beans, mashed potatoes,
fresh cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy, or halibut or steak
for you turkey haters. 3199 Fillmore St. at Greenwich, 415-921-3944.
hosting a vegetarian Thanksgiving Supper. Yup, tofu turkey! It’s
five-course prix-fixe dinner, $60/person, $30/child under 12 years
old, 2:30pm–7:30pm. 580 Geary St. at Jones, 415-345-3900.
~XYZ~ is hosting a special a la carte Thanksgiving menu with a
unique twist on the holiday fixings, including sugar pie pumpkin
soup and sage and olive oil roasted turkey. W Hotel, 181 3rd St.
at Howard, 415-777-5300.
an interesting one in the East Bay: ~MONSOON
MASALA~ in Pleasant Hill is offering
a Thanksgiving dinner menu for the entire week of Monday November
24 through Saturday November 29th (closed Thanksgiving Day).
Chef Kumar will blend flavors and aromas of his native India
in a traditional dinner of soup, roasted turkey, pumpkin side
dishes, and dessert, for $19.95. Reservations recommended and
families welcome. 2375 Contra Costa Blvd. at Boyd, Pleasant Hill,
For those who want to bail on the supper entirely, ~VITRINE~ at
The St. Regis San Francisco will be offering an extended brunch
menu with some Thanksgiving faves from 11am–2pm. Take your
pick from some classic egg brunch dishes, pancakes, French toast,
a burger, some sandwiches, and yes, turkey with stuffing, cauliflower,
and potato au gratin. 125 3rd St. at Howard, 415-284-4000.
Oh, and just because I’m crazy: did you ever see Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse?
He did these brilliant “trailers” in between the two horror flicks,
and the one he did for Thanksgiving just
kills me, har. The trailer is totally R (gory violence, adult content), but for
the fellow sick minds out there, this sh*t is so funny. Best voiceover ever: “White
meat, dark meat, all will be carved.” Enjoy! (Aw hell, while you’re
at it, watch the one for Machete, equally
NOVEMBER 11, 2008 | SAN FRANCISCO Now, this is what I call a star sighting. And it even happened
twice! On Friday, Sinbad braved the long lines
at Mama’s on Washington Square, and had a low-fat egg white
scramble, and he also ordered the Swedish cinnamon French toast
topped with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. He must
have had breakfast at Mama’s on the brain, because he was
spotted there again on Monday, this time ordering the (high-fat)
shrimp Benedict and French Toast again. Seems he loooooved the
homemade jam, because he even got some to go.
According to Mission
Mission, Chuck D was spotted at Muddy’s.
In fact, the writer said, “he asked me to watch his laptop
(a Mac) while he got a cup of coffee.” No word if he
drank his coffee with Flavor Flav or Splenda.
Al Gore dined at Spruce Sunday night with his
wife and daughter (and possibly her hubby).
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