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JANUARY 27, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO Did you finally slog through last week’s issue? This one should be a little less time-consuming, I promise. I was all over Dodge last week, including an always-scrumptious sushi feast at Sebo in Hayes Valley on Wednesday, which ended up making me jones for MORE SUSHI, so I went two days later to Takara in Japantown before catching Revolutionary Road (gotta catch up on all my movies before the Oscars). There was a Brunello tasting sandwiched in there on Thursday, too. And some quality beers at Church Key on Grant in North Beach—you been yet?

Saturday afternoon I was home cooking for friends, how novel. On the dinner menu: a spread of preserved lemon and chickpeas on crostini; an Iraqi lamb and eggplant stew (the leftovers last night were even better); a savory pancetta and fregola recipe from Janet Fletcher; and for dessert, Bi-Rite salted caramel ice cream topped with some Cavedoni Botte Piccola balsamico that I picked up from Howard Case. It was like a double-caramel dream. Huh, we never made it to the feta-mint-watercress-cucumber salad. Poor salad. But I made it yesterday for lunch and it was a winner—would go great with beef kebabs.

CuvaisonSunday my sis and I cruised on up to Sonoma and Carneros, starting with a tour and some bubbles at Domaine Carneros (great way to start the day—and the generous pours you get make the $25 fee practically disappear), then had a tasting across the street at Cuvaison. We cruised into Sonoma for an early Portuguese supper at LaSalette (quite homey and delish), and then caught the Yard Dogs Roadshow at the Sebastiani Theatre, which is why we were up in the 707 in the first place. If you are at all interested in seeing a vaudeville-burlesque-cabaret-freak show, this local troupe is performing tonight in Petaluma at the Mystic Theatre.

Fortunately, this week I have a lot of dancing on the docket (three shows, actually) to balance out the perils of dining out and the ZAP tasting that is coming up on Saturday. Woot.

In this week’s issue, I prove I know where the Sunset is with my review in the regular, and include some ideas for Valentine’s Day in the socialite. Speaking of that poor beleaguered day, here’s a giveaway courtesy of Frank Melis of Golden Gate Wine Cellars. I am giving away five pairs of tickets to a “Wine Tasting Extravaganza” he’s hosting on Valentine’s Day in the private room of the Lakeside Café at 2529 Ocean Avenue at 19th Avenue. The venue might be modest, but the wines aren't! Meet winemakers and taste wines from Marco DiGiulio (Hidden Ridge & Marco DiGiulio); John Schwartz (proprietor of Amuse Bouche, Coup de Foudre, and Vin Perdu); Peter Posert (Gain Bay); Scott Rich (Talisman Cellars); Susan Pey (Pey-Marin, Spicerack, and Textbook); Lioco Winery; Greg La Follette and Stephen Yafa (Segue); Rolando Herrera (Mi Sueño), and others, as well as some unique boutique German producers. The tasting runs from 5pm–8pm, so you can still make it to dinner afterwards. Or perhaps you’re just drinking your dinner (although some hors d’oeuvres will be provided).

To enter to win a free pair of tickets, please forward this week’s tablehopper newsletter to a minimum of two buddies, but even more would be so very fabulous. Just tell your friends why they would dig a subscription to the tablehopper e-column (if you call it a blog, you are disqualified, I wish I was kidding!), and CC or BCC so I know you sent it—I promise I won’t use anyone’s email address. Deadline to enter is midnight this Friday January 30th; I will notify the winner over the weekend! If you don’t want to bother with the giveaway and want tickets to the tasting now, you can contact Frank at 415-337-4083. Tickets are $50 per couple, and the fee is waived with a minimum wine purchase.

Good luck, and Happy New Year of the Ox!

~Marcia (rhymes with Garcia) subscribe
the chatterbox

Edible SFJANUARY 27, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO Another week, another closure. ~MECCA~ suddenly closed last week, and according to one of my sources, it sounds like there have been problems for some time. A sale seems to be in the works—will let you know if I hear anything. Not sure where the Thursday night ladeeeez fest is going to go, but someone stands to gain a rocking bar scene that night. 2029 Market St. at Church, 415-621-7000.

According to ABC records, moving into the vacated Baraka space (sniff) on Potrero Hill will be another location of ~SUNFLOWER~ from the Grandeho's Kamekyo folks—yes, like the one on the corner of 16th Street and Valencia in the Mission. I couldn’t track down a contact in time for this week’s column—hopefully I’ll uncover some info by next week. 288 Connecticut St. at 18th St.

I mentioned earlier this year that Tajine on Upper Polk had closed, and in its place is now ~CITY KEBAB~. I finally got someone to fax me a menu, so here’s the line-up: Mediterranean dips like hummus and baba ghannoush, plus helise (tomato, green onion, walnut, and red pepper sauce); soup and salads; wraps like gyros, falafel, and adana kebab (nothing over $6.95); and plates of kebabs, gyros, falafel, and beyti that come with salad, rice pilaf, and bread for about $10.95 each. Hours are 11am–11pm daily. 1338 Polk St. at Pine, 415-440-4410.

In slightly related news, did you know the original shoebox-sized Tajine location on Jones morphed into ~EDEN'S TURKISH FOOD~? The restaurant is serving a variety of kebabs, wraps, meat pies, cold Mediterranean appetizers like eggplant salad, plus ezo gelin soup (red lentil) and some other authentic Turkish dishes. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. 552 Jones St. at O’Farrell, 415-928-1966.

Over in the Inner Richmond, ~SUSHI BISTRO~ has moved from their 445 Balboa location, and is now open a few doors down at 431 Balboa. The new number is 415-702-9288.

Small update for you on the reopening of ~LIMON~ in the Mission: it’s now looking like March or April. 524 Valencia St. at 16th St.

Even more Mission news: last Thursday I had dinner with the hungry and hip masses at ~MISSION STREET FOOD~. I was happy to wait in line while crunching on some scrumptious chicharrones, a gift for everyone that night from guest chef Ryan Farr. You can now look for them for sale at the bar at Elixir! H is selling them for $4 a bag or $3 with a beer. Oink. If you’re a bar owner and would like to carry these bags of Farr’s crunchy crack-in-a-bag, you can get in touch with him here. Oh, and if you want to know how he made the tasty weenies that he served that evening at MSF, here’s the slideshow.

One more development: according to MSF’s website, all of their proceeds are now going to be donated to charity, beginning with Project Open Hand, while guest chefs and cooks can choose their own charity to donate some or all of their proceeds. You can read more on the website. There is also talk of opening a second night each week—will keep you posted. Vegetarians will be really happy with this week’s MSF menu with guest chef Leif Hedendal!

Misson Mission noted that ~MISSION PIE~ is now serving a rotating offering of savory pies! The current flavors are a rainbow chard tart with pine nuts and onion ($4 slice/$22 whole tart), and a ham, broccoli, and cheddar quiche ($4.50 slice/$26 whole)—also heard a leek and feta tart has been in the mix. Vegans, you will be happy to know there’s also a daily vegan pie, like right now there is a pear and raspberry one. 2901 Mission St. (entrance on 25th St.), 415-282-4PIE.

I thought this was a cool fundraising event happening tomorrow night (Wednesday the 28th). Foreign Cinema is hosting a benefit for the ~FARMER VETERAN COALITION~, whose aim is to mobilize the farming community and ensure healthy futures for American’s veterans by enlisting their help to build a green economy and rebuild rural communities. Cocktails and appetizers will be passed, and guests will be able to meet veterans and hear about their transition into farming. Gulf War Marine vet Jim Dunlop of TLC Farms will donate the range-fed organic meat, and Navy vet and singer/songwriter Country Joe McDonald will provide music. The suggested donation is $100. Reserve tickets by calling 707-981-8010. The event runs from 7pm–11pm. 2534 Mission St. at 21st St., 415-648-7600.

This Friday January 30th, Bong Su is hosting a special ~VIETNAMESE TẾT CELEBRATION~, which will include a dragon dance, feed-the-dragon red envelopes, a fortune teller, good luck foods, and a menu of special dishes designed to bring happiness, wealth, prosperity, longevity, and health for the year to come. 5pm–10pm. 311 3rd St. at Folsom, 415-536-5800. 

Super Bowl Sunday is February 1st, and here are a few spots around town doing something special: ~ENRICO’S~ is hosting their annual party, Club Level, with even more TVs, couches, raffle prizes, and live music from Jazz Mafia after the game. Guests reserve couches rather than tables and watch the game on several big-screen TVs. You can smoke cigars on the patio, and munch on molasses-glazed chicken wings, pulled pork Cuban sandwiches, and sausage sandwiches. There will also be cocktail and menu specials during the game. There is no price minimum to reserve a section, but reservations are going fast. 12pm. 504 Broadway at Kearny, 415-982-6223.

Another option is also in North Beach, at ~JOEY & EDDIE’S~. There will be multiple TVs, drink specials, and complimentary eats at halftime from Butterfly Restaurant and Joey & Eddie’s. 1:30pm. 1652 Stockton St. at Union, 415-989-7800.

And for those of you who can’t be bothered with pigskin, ~CROWN & CRUMPET~ in Ghirardelli Square is hosting their usual afternoon tea that day, plus offering a complimentary Kir Royale or Golden Star non-alcoholic tea along with some door prizes. Reserve a table by calling 415-771-4252. 900 North Point at Larkin.

Next week, bollito misto returns to ~POGGIO~, running from Tuesday February 3rd–Saturday February 7th. I had a chance to check it out last year, and it’s pretty damned tasty. A special heated cart (carello) wheels up to your table, and a server will cut and serve a selection of seven slowly simmered meats. The selection includes house-made cotechino sausage, lingua (tongue), brisket, veal breast, coda (oxtail), and capone (chicken), served with an accompanying mostarda di Cremona and a few other sauces. The a la carte price is $19 and includes a selection of meats, potato puree, and sauces. There are also some special antipasti and pastas to choose from, in addition to the regular menu. 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415-332-7771.

Night owls and late-night partiers should know that ~ZARÉ AT FLY TRAP~ has launched Ten After Ten. Owner Hoss Zaré is offering parties of ten or more who are celebrating a special occasion 50% off the cost of food if they make a dinner reservation for 10pm or later. The deal is available Mon–Sat, and parties of ten or more must simply reserve their table and mention the special occasion they are celebrating: be it bachelorette, birthday, anniversary, or something else. The kitchen closes at midnight, and the bar stays open until 1am. 606 Folsom St. at 2nd St., 415-243-0580.

Over in Berkeley, ~CIOCCOLATA DI VINO~, an Italian dessert and wine café has opened. While the savory and sweet items are primarily Italian, the wines are international. Hours are Tue–Thu 9:30am–10pm, Fri–Sat 9:30am–11pm, and Sun 10:30am–9pm. 1801 Shattuck Ave. at Delaware, Berkeley, 510-898-1392.


Perhaps I’ve been spending too much time enjoying the fine eats in the Richmond, and so I mistakenly lumped the newly opened Hollow Café over there in last week’s column. But, Hollow is in the Sunset, which I actually knew, but just in case I didn’t, thank goodness there were over 15 tablehopper readers who wrote in to correct me. So, to prevent any confusion in the future, I’m just going to refer to anything west of Stanyan as the Outerlands, the whole lot, whether it’s the Sunset or the Richmond. I simply can’t afford to make any more mistakes and keep up with all the emails, especially the offended cranky ones. It was just a brain fart, kind of like how this little Outerlands nomenclature bit is a JOKE.

Before wrapping up, let’s circle back to Marcia thinking Cocina Poblana was yet to open in Jack London Square in Oakland, and whoops, that location is already open. How does Bon Qui Qui say it? Oh yeah, my bad! Who am I kidding? I am in the 510 about once a month, so my goof is just further proof of my East Bay ignorance. But I’ll be dining at Chez this Thursday, so I’ll be sure to pay lots of attention to what’s around me. And people wonder why I don’t cover the South Bay too…

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The Pizza Place

The Pizza Place
Whoa, dude, that IS a big pizza.

The Pizza Place

The Pizza Place on Noriega
3901 Noriega St.
Cross: 46th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122


Sun–Mon and
Wed–Thu 12pm–10pm
Fri–Sat 12pm–10:30pm
Closed Tue

Apps $2–$7
Pizzas $16.50–$27
Desserts $4–$5


JANUARY 27, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO Hey dude. Wassup, bra? Hungry after catching those swells at Ocean Beach? It was bitchen’ today, you should have been there. Even those who don’t have sand in their hair and toes are making the trek to ~THE PIZZA PLACE ON NORIEGA~, a no-nonsense pizza joint just a few blocks from the beach that is shining its pizza beacon citywide. Or wait, is it a tractor beam?

As soon as you walk in, there’s a long bar with sexy sandy surfers wolfing down slices and drinking pitchers of beer, a box of surf magazines in the corner, some skateboards propped up against the wall, an open kitchen with good-looking guys tossing and making pizzas. If guys aren’t your thing, there are some cute and sporty women working the place, too. Nice folks all around. Music is pumping, tables are talkin’, the air is wafting of bread and cheese, and with one look at the cutout of a Buick LeSabre on the back wall with rotating pizza tires (click here for the live action video), I was ready to pull on over and tuck in.

The first order of business: a pitcher o’ suds. There’s PBR on tap for $9 a pitcher, or you can upgrade to Trumer Pils, Sierra Nevada, Eel River Brewing Company Amber Ale, Anchor Steam, and Widmer Hefeweizen (all $15). There are also some Italian wines on the list—I didn’t expect to find falanghina or nero d’Avola here, but wow, dude, there they were, right there on the list. But I’ll keep the wine pairings relegated to my visits to Pizzeria Delfina—this joint says beer to me.

Once that order is in, if you’re starvin’ Marvin, you can start with marinated olives ($2), an order of Buffalo wings ($7 for six or $13 for 13), or if you’ve decided fear of carbs be damned, there are the sweet potato steak fries ($7) that a Sunset-residing friend of mine swears by. Then again, it’s not a pizza party without an iceberg-lettuce salad ($4.75-$8), right? Or you can do a mixed-greens salad ($5-$8.25) or a wilted baby-spinach salad ($7). We went for the oven-roasted cauliflower ($5) with chili and small pieces of orange—it was a touch too salty, but the flavors were good.

To the main event. First, these pizzas are the biggest I’ve seen in town. The large is a 20-inch flying saucer that would be able to transport Paul Prudhomme on it, while mediums are a sturdy 14-inch discus. Even the slices are ginormous. I liked the hand-tossed crust—it was very East Coast in style. Thin but crispy, and substantial. Ah ha, the owners are childhood friends from Baaaahston! But they cooked at a variety of local restaurants, like Farallon, The Blue Plate, Acquerello, Globe, and fish in Sausalito before opening The Pizza Place. Got it.

There are ten pies to choose from, with mediums running from $16.50-$19.50, and larges $21.50-$27.We had a large Dimitri (sausage, pepperoni, garlic, mushrooms, tomato sauce, and cheese) on one half, and then the Rotten Robby on the other (sausage, mushrooms, feisty fresh jalapeņo, pesto, tomato sauce, and cheese). I preferred the kick of the Rotten Robby, but both had perfect and even ingredient dispersal—you could taste all the ingredients in each bite. Muy importante. The tangy sauce was not shy, either.

I managed to finish one slice of each. And that was it—wave the yellow caution flag. These pizzas are hefty and mean business—if they were a person, they would be a big guy named Tiny, who lives to collect, and eat. This pie could easily feed four hungry stoners who have been harvesting all day.

This was fork-and-knife pizza, well, until I was halfway through the slice and the lip of the pizza could support the weight of the slice. HEAVY slices. The tables are set with cute vintage silverware, although my butter knife was kind of useless when facing off with this toothsome crust.

Can I tell you how happy I was to bring leftovers home, and discover a slice a few months later in my freezer when I was totally hung over? That thing warmed up like a champ. It was better than finding a twenty-dollar bill in my jeans, let me tell you.

Vegans, there’s a pie here with your name on it. Well, actually, it’s called Timmy’s Pie, but it can be yours, too. Anyway, it comes with vegan pesto, roasted potatoes, red peppers, mushrooms, mini tomatoes, and caramelized onions.

I haven’t been out here during the day, but there’s a menu of grinders from noon until 4:30pm. There’s a house-made meatball grinder ($6.50), an Italian grinder, plus roasted turkey, ham, or a veggie chicken version. All the meaty ones are made with Zoe’s Meats, and come on Amoroso subs from Philly!

You can finish up with something sweet, like tiramisu ($5), a sundae ($5), or a root beer float ($4.50), but I really have no idea where you’re going to find the room. Unless your name is Tiny, so in that case it’s none of my goddamned business.

the lush

Edible SFJANUARY 27, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO ~BLOODHOUND~, the bar I mentioned last week that’s now in the old Cassidy’s space in SoMa, is due to open this Thursday, FYI. Open 4pm–2am daily. 1145 Folsom St. at 7th St.

There are a few wine dinners coming up, including this lovely-sounding Italian wine dinner at ~TERZO~ on Tuesday February 3rd. The five-course menu is $125, with wine included (exclusive of tax and gratuity.) The dinner will feature food by executive chef Mark Gordon with wine pairings by chef Gordon and the president of Robert Chadderdon Selections, Alan Sobczak, highlighting estates that believe in a non-interventionist organic approach to their products. Let’s just say the evening begins with wine from Giuseppe Quintarelli, his bianco secco, to be exact. You can check out the menu and pairings in this PDF. Reservations are for one seating at 7pm, with appetizers passed at 6:30pm. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to New Door Ventures, which helps at-risk youth in San Francisco get ready for work and life by providing jobs, job-readiness, and supportive community. Reservations can be made by emailing Terzo General Manager Janice Clement at 3011 Steiner St. at Union, 415-441-3200.

~SPRUCE~ is hosting a Drouhin Family Winemaker Dinner on Tuesday February 24th. From the event announcement: “Drouhin is one of the finest domaines in all of Burgundy, with a beautiful range of wines from Gevery-Chambertin to Puligny-Montrachet. Their top wine, Clos de Mouches, from Beaune is the kernel of the Domaine, producing a pinot noir of outstanding quality that will be served at this dinner. This dinner will feature selections from the old and new world regions, highlighting pinot noirs and chardonnays from France and Oregon.” The dinner is $130 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 415-931-5100 to make a reservation. 3640 Sacramento St. at Spruce.

the socialite

Seafood and Lettuce Cups

Citrus Season

Citrus Celebration
Sat. Feb. 7th, 2009

CUESA’s teaching kitchen
Ferry Building (north side)
San Francisco, CA


Free (suggested donation of $1 for some activities)

Citrus Modernista Dinner
Fri. Feb. 20th, 2009

320 Village Lane
Los Gatos, CA 95030


$140 per person, exclusive of wine, tax, and gratuity

California Citrus Menu
February 2009

Chez Papa Resto
4 Mint Plaza
Cross: 5th St.
San Francisco, CA



JANUARY 27, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO A variety of citrus events have crossed my desk, so I thought I’d do a little roundup.

On Saturday February 7th, The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) will host a ~CITRUS CELEBRATION~. Here’s the line-up of events: 

10am–1pm: Citrus tasting challenge
Try over a dozen citrus varieties and challenge yourself to guess which is which.

10am–1pm: Kitchen techniques gallery
Learn about zesting, candying, and other kitchen citrus tricks.

10am–1pm: Orange smile digital photo booth
Smile wide with a wedge of citrus in your mouth, and they’ll email your snapshot to you.

11am–11:45am: Cooking demonstration
Alessandro Cartumini of Quattro Restaurant and Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley will demonstrate a salad and a pasta dish, both featuring citrus.

11:30am–12:30pm: Meet the citrus farmer station

Save the date: on Friday February 20th, David Kinch of Manresa presents the ~CITRUS MODERNISTA DINNER~, a once-a-year celebration of local, California-Coast citrus. Chef Kinch cooks with extraordinary varieties of citrus including Mandalo and Ruby Red grapefruit, Kalpi lime, Kishu mandarin, Vangassay lemon, calamondin, yuzu, Mexican lime, and Indio Mandarinquat grown at an exclusive citrus farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean.

The five-course dinner is $140 per person, exclusive of wine, tax, and gratuity. Open seating begins at 5:30pm, with the last seating at 9pm. Two wine pairings selected by sommelier Jeff Bareilles will be available.

Beginning this February, Chez Papa Resto will be offering a monthly changing themed four-course prix-fixe dinner menu (plus an amuse bouche) served every night for $50. (An optional wine pairing will be available for an additional $35.) Executive chef David Bazirgan’s February menu will be a ~CELEBRATION OF CALIFORNIA CITRUS~, including Maine lobster salad with a Meyer lemon and black truffle emulsion; shaved celery, fennel tuile, and ice wine gastrique; compressed baby beets with pomelo, oro blanco, ricotta salata, ras al hanout, and toasted pine nuts; Liberty Farms duck confit with celery root, clementines, and Grand Marnier; and orange blossom panna cotta with Buddha’s hand confit and Cara Cara oranges.

Seafood and Lettuce Cups
A bell pepper "heart" I found in my rice. Awww.

Seafood and Lettuce Cups
Seafood and lettuce cups at Great Eastern.

Valentine’s Day
Sat. Feb. 14th, 2009

JANUARY 27, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO Love it, hate it, into it, avoiding it, I have no idea what ~VALENTINE’S DAY~ means to you. I do know that probably every restaurant in town has something special going on that night. I have probably received upwards of 60 press releases and restaurant announcements about it (oh dear God, please make it stop). I sorted through the pile, and here are a few ideas for you, depending on your romantic situation, or not.

Rose-Free Dining
Who needs red roses when you can have black truffles for $20? ~COCO500~ is offering a four-course tasting menu (guests have three options per course) for $85, and you can have Perigord black truffles shaved to order on the entrée you choose for an additional $20—they’re being cool like Spruce and offering them at cost. 500 Brannan St. at 4th St., 415-543-2222.

Valentine’s Day with Someone New
Nothing like having V-Day appear after three nice dates with someone new. So keep it nice ‘n’ easy, and do something like ~UVA ENOTECA’S~ offering: four courses for $45 per person. On the menu: an aperitivo/glass of prosecco; lamb prosciutto from Salumi, Seattle, WA, and Andante Cheese “Quattro Stagioni” served with truffle honey, quince jam, and panforte; chanterelle mushrooms, sunchokes with arugula and pecorino, or heirloom beans; burrata salad with grilled chicories and Asian pears poached in saba; house-made sausage with farro or Anson Mills polenta with assorted vegetables, and gelato coppetta for dessert. 568 Haight St. at Steiner, 415-829-2024.

Don’t feel like being seated at a two-top at a restaurant with a red rosebud on the table, or cooking an intimate dinner at home that night? Maybe you’re just a social couple, or single? Check out ~JAMES STOLICH’S ANTI-VALENTINES'S DAY INTERACTIVE DINNER~. You will produce a multi-course meal (some of you will help James make the gnocchi). For those who don’t wish to cook, you can relax, drink wine, and watch the action!

The menu: burrata with wild arugula, and red and yellow roasted beets; hand-made potato gnocchi with butter and sage; winter braise of Prather Ranch beef with white wine and San Marzano tomatoes; saffron panna cotta with seasonal fruit and balsamico; and a very special piece of chocolate for each guest. Cost is $85 per person and includes wine. Sign up by emailing

Dinner and a Movie
~FOREIGN CINEMA~ is hosting a four-course dinner with some classic aphrodisiac dishes (yup, oysters), plus arugula salad with rose-petal vinaigrette, followed by Moroccan-spiced duck breast or New York steak, and dessert. Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast will be playing on the courtyard wall, plus there will be live music. $85 per person, excludes beverages, tax, or gratuity. 2534 Mission St. at 21st St., 415-648-7600.

For the Locavore Couple
On Friday February 13th, the ~FERRY BUILDING MARKETPLACE~ is hosting the sixth annual Food from the Heart event. The public can stroll through the Nave without paying any admission fees. Marketplace food vendors will offer small bites ($2-$4 per taste) and wine pours ($4-$6) from members of Napa Valley Vintners. Participating vintners include: Andretti Winery, Miner Family Vineyards, Salvestrin, Swanson Vineyards, Signorello Vineyards, and Zahtila Vineyards. There will also be music by Golden Gate Hot Club (gypsy jazz), Tango Milonga, and a classical music quartet, as well as tango dancing. No prior ticket purchase is necessary to attend, and there is no admission fee. All proceeds benefit Slow Food San Francisco. 5pm–8pm. Ferry Building Marketplace.

Kiss the Cook
Fired up to cook at home? Get some skillz at this ~PARTIES THAT COOK!~ event on February 12th and 13th: Date Night Valentine’s Day Couples Cooking Class at the Dacor Kitchen Showroom kitchen in South San Francisco. Champagne included. $170 per couple. For more details, click here.

Parties That Cook! has you covered, too. PTC is hosting a Cooking Crush Valentine’s Day Singles Cooking Class on February 12th at Crushpad Winery in San Francisco. 6:30pm–9pm. $95 per guest. For more details, click here.

Out with the Gang
Or, you can do what I do with my single friends each year: we get together and go out for a big Chinese banquet dinner. A few of our coupled-up friends even ask if they can come, but we politely deny their request. Some years we gain a few friends at the table, other years we lose a few. I just hope I don’t host this thing forever, okay?!

Last year we did ~GREAT EASTERN~, and five of us ordered the “Chinatown Selection” ($88), which came with minced seafood with lettuce cups (fabulous texture); shredded dried scallop soup; sautéed sea conch and scallops with yellow chives (also tasty); fresh Dungeness crab with XO sauce; sautéed soft bean cake and Chinese mushrooms with tender greens; steamed fish (our night it was catfish—really savory); and oranges and cookies for dessert. Yeah, a ton of food. And the joint is open until 12am! 649 Jackson St. at Grant, 415-986-2500.

Or you could do it up at ~LICHEE GARDEN~ or my current favorite, ~FIVE HAPPINESS~.

Loving you!

the bookworm

Country Egg, City Egg

JANUARY 27, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO I normally have Pete Mulvihill of Green Apple Books write this column, but I had to add this book into the mix, because I love eggs so much, oh yes I do.

I have coveted Foreign Cinema’s cookbook, Country Egg, City Egg, for a long time. The first edition was out of print for a while, so I could only look at my friend’s copy, until now! The book has been republished in-house and is again available for purchase for $19.95 at the restaurant and through the website (well, you’re supposed to be able to, but the site still says it’s out of print, so stand by).

You know how good Foreign Cinema’s egg dishes are, right? Now I know how they make their delicious balsamic-fried eggs! And I just learned the trick of putting truffles into beaten eggs a day before using them to infuse more flavor, brilliant. And I now have a plan for the leftover duck fat I have in my fridge. Yes, I will be frying eggs in it, and then going for a long and strenuous walk.

the matchmaker

Cook Great—Do Good!

New, non-profit “social enterprise kitchen” is looking for a PRODUCTION CHEF to execute high quality “grab and go” entrees line utilizing scratch cooking and farm-fresh ingredients. Working under the Culinary Director, the candidate will be responsible for product development, costing, scaling, safety policies, inventory, and more. Strong organizational skills and experience in training and staff management mandatory.

Also hiring a CULINARY ADMIN ASSISTANT for developing, implementing, and documenting kitchen procedures, program management, and customer service.

Profits will benefit established programs serving the elderly and disabled. Think Newman’s Own—using your skills to benefit the common good. Send resume and salary requirements to Joan Simon, Full Plate Restaurant Consulting at and put PRODUCTION CHEF or CULINARY ADMIN in the subject.


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