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This issue is dedicated to the bright and shiny memory of the life lovin' Don Steele.
You will be so missed by so many.

Whoa, am I on terra firma? Finally, after one hell of a start to the month. I just got back from Spain Friday night, and I think I finally kicked the jet lag after the monster 23-hour journey. My week in Jerez was muy fantastico—I am so fired up on sherry I don't know what to do with myself. I'll be recapping the trip soon, sharing my pics and discoveries from the numerous bodegas I toured (sometimes up to three a day—yup, which meant barrel tastings at 10am), and you know there will be a tablehopper sherry tasting at some point. I managed to eat jamón daily, and even had some Bellota for breakfast (I was also busy falling in love with creamy salmorejo on toast). What a country.

As a food-and-wine warm-up for my trip, I got to attend the Papillon VIII event at Mondavi Winery a few weeks back. Chef Alvin Leung (aka the Demon Chef) of Hong Kong's Bo Innovation had six tables going with two dishes offered at each, all paired with a variety of Robert Mondavi and Opus wines. A fave for me included Iberico ham wrapped around morel-braised vermicelli with saffron foam (I think I imageate three of those), and there was a taste of the exotic: "Cheung Fun" of yak milk's cheese wrapped up in rice paper, with the texture of creamy gnocchi. The hit of the event was the side-by-side pairing of xiao long bao soup dumplings, one stuffed with veal cheek topped with truffled caviar, and the molecular version, which popped in your mouth with the tang of vinegar associated with the dish. It was exciting to taste a modern take on Chinese cuisine—more like a teaser, really,

Speaking of Michelin stars, I was dining at The French Laundry the following evening, so you know I was eating like a bird in between the feasts. The gracious service was breathtaking, the room was surprisingly comfortable and lively, and the dishes, well, they varied on the charm-meter for me. I expected more flavor from some, but then others totally delivered with fantastic textures and taste. The presentations were certainly artful. The two visiting sous chefs from Hong Kong at our table promised me some of their images, so I'll hopefully be able to post an album soon enough. I will say this: that oysters and pearls dish really is a thing of beauty.

Hey y'all, thanks for the nice notes about my appearance last week on Eye on the Bay covering street food with Liam Mayclem; we visited Kitchenette, Da Beef, and Little Skillet. If you want to take a peek, the segment is now posted on the website. (Just call me chuckles.)

This week is full of so much news, holy moley—it took over the column. (I obviously had some catch up to do.) I also have a Spanish-themed sugar mama giveaway for you, check it out.

Hasta luego,


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Jack London MarketSEPTEMBER 22, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO Some big news at ~JARDINIÈRE~: after 10 years at the restaurant, executive chef Craig Patzer is leaving (he reportedly wants to spend more time with his daughter). His last day will be Saturday. Taking his place is Morgan Mueller of bacar, who has been working at the restaurant since last week. In a funny twist, Mueller was actually hired as a line cook at Jardinière back in 2002, and left as an executive sous chef in 2007—kind of like a chef boomerang, right? 300 Grove St. at Franklin, 415-861-5555.

Another chef shift: after four years at ~AME~, executive chef Greg Dunmore is leaving to do his own thing—he said it was time to try something new. He has to be a little vague at the moment, telling me his project is in the Bay Area, but until things are signed, he's keeping it all on the D.L. Dunmore's last day is October 21st. Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani of Ame and Terra tell me his replacement is lined up and will start soon. All they could reveal is that the chef is a Terra alum, but want to leave it at that for now. I'll keep you posted on Dunmore's whereabouts, and who the new hire is at Ame. 689 Mission St. at 3rd St., 415-284-4040

I know I am not the only one super stoked with this tidbit o' news: Katharine Zacher and Ryan Ostler, formerly at Broken Record in the Excelsior, are going to be showcasing their kitchen skillz in ~BRUNO'S~ in the beginning of October. They will be serving their much-loved Southern-American fare, like brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and yes, rotating dishes like gumbo and their famed Frito pie, plus delicious desserts, and some new seasonally driven dishes, like salads. I also hear a special sous vide fried chicken (a la Thomas Keller style) and waffle is in the works. And not just any waffle: howzabout a parsnip waffle! (That Katharine, I swear.) And yes, the menu will continue its super-affordable price point. Dinner will be served downstairs Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5:30pm-10pm, making room for the nightclub to take over in the later evening. This is also TBD, but Alex Fox (Bar Crudo) may be consulting on their beer and wine list. I'll let you know when the opening is in sight, and you can follow their Twitter feed here. 2389 Mission St. at 20th St., 415-643-5200.

Nicolaus Balla of O Izakaya and Lounge is going to be leaving the restaurant at the end of October, and will be working with the partners of Sozai Restaurant (chef-owner Mari Takahashi and sake consultant/GM Gil Payne) to open ~NOMBE RESTAURANT~ in the Mission. (Let's hope he brings his delicious pork belly and kimchee dish with him.) I alluded to this project a few weeks ago: the izakaya will be opening in the former Tacos Santana Bar & Grill space. There will be 80 seats, and over 70 brands of sake, plus shochu cocktails, beer, and wine. Look for a November opening, and a possible window for Japanese street food offerings on the weekends. 2491 Mission St. at 21st St.

Am fired up to check this one out: opening this Friday in the Inner Richmond will be ~PRIME RIB SHABU~ from Luke Sung of Isa and Domo. It's opening in the former Wang Daegam tofu/BBQ house, a few doors over from Troya. Sung will have quality American rib-eye on the menu for the shabu, with the fatty part cut by hand into thick, luxurious pieces, while the remaining leaner part will be machine sliced thinly, all for dunking in a special chicken stock. The vegetables will be top quality and organic, including special cress from Star Route Farms. There will also be udon, naturally dried Korean rice noodles (not bleached), and sweet potato vermicelli noodles. Michael Brennan designed the 46-seat space, and you know the all-you-can-eat shabu special for $24 Tue-Thu nights is going to be a hit. Dinner Tue-Sun, starting at 5:30pm. 308 5th Ave. at Clement, 415-379-4678.

Chef ~JAKE DES VOIGNES~ (formerly Fifth Floor, Fish & Farm) and a mystewious business partner have the keys to a new space on 24th Street, but details about the restaurant-to-be are on lockdown at the moment, including the cross street. Des Voignes is off to get married (at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, how cool is that?) and honeymooning in New Zealand, but once he returns, I should be able to learn more details. Since a kitchen is being built out in this mystery space, it won't be opening until early 2010.

Big news on Market Street: according to the San Francisco Business Times, the ~FOREIGN CINEMA~ folks aren't just busy with their hot dog place, Show Dogs, or their upcoming project in Sebastopol at the former West County Grill. The article announces the team's plans for a new 255-seat restaurant flanking the Warfield Theater. The article mentions, "it would include a basement level speakeasy-style bar, which will be connected to the Warfield Theater, as well as outdoor seating atop a steel-plated canopy 18 feet above the street." Stay tuned. 988 Market St. at Taylor.

imageOh, and small sidebar: fans of the fantastico egg dishes at Foreign Cinema will want to swing by ~OMNIVORE BOOKS~ in Noe Valley on Sunday September 27th from 3pm-4pm, when chef-partner Gayle Pirie will be talking about Country Egg, City Egg and signing copies (it's a great little book). 3885A Cesar Chavez St. at Church, 415-282-4712.

Workers and residents in the South Beach area can now add ~IRONSIDE~ to their lineup of breakfast, lunch, and (soon—in October) happy hour, dinner, and brunch locations. This offshoot from the neighboring District has the same executive chef, Bob Cina, at the helm. Located in the Chronicle Books building, the all-day eatery is serving breakfast bites, including yogurt with granola and fruit, breakfast buns with flavors like maple and smoky bacon, or breakfast empanadas, plus Four Barrel Coffee. Lunch includes a "cukes and quinoa salad" and a porchetta sandwich, plus a veggie Cubano. You can read all the menus on the site if you're curious (there's also online ordering). For now, hours are 8am-2pm. There will also be beer and wine on tap. In case you were wondering about the name, it was inspired by the building's legacy as the machine shop for the Moore Shipbuilding Company, which built and repaired thousands of ships. The design by Je Anne Ettrick features walnut tables and benches, a barn wood and zinc counter, and a chandelier made from a seven-foot wooden gear. There is also a second level reached by an industrial steel and timber staircase made by Oakland-based metal artist Grant Irish. 680A 2nd St. at Townsend, 415-896-1127.

Another opening: ~SAGE LOUNGE~ in SoMa seems to be making the neighborhood happy with good coffee, breakfast bites, and sandwich and salad offerings. Open Mon-Sat 6am-10pm. 1601 Howard St. at 12th St., 415-552-7243.

In the happy re-openings category, if all goes well, ~CHOW~ on Church Street will be back open this Friday after getting knocked shut by a nasty fire. Just be sure to call first before heading over for your wontons. 215 Church St. at Market, 415-552-2469.

Froyo phreeks, it's official: ~FRAICHE YOGURT~ has opened on Fillmore next door to Woodhouse Fish Co. Hours are 11am-11pm (until 12am Fri-Sat), and starting on the September 28th, it will open at 7am (open at 8am Sat-Sun). 1910 Fillmore St. at Pine, 415-674-6876.

Hot restaurant spaceAnd now, some closures. Was sorry to learn from one of my readers that ~ELIZA'S~ on Potrero Hill is closing on September 27th. (The 2877 California Street location will stay open.) My reader reports: "Apparently, the owner is just tired of running two locations and wants to spend more time with her teenage daughter, but (unsubstantiated) rumor has it that a rent increase may have forced the decision." 1457 18th St. at Connecticut, 415-648-9999.

Also, around the corner from Eliza's on Connecticut, a new taqueria called ~MONO LOCO~ is taking over the space once occupied by Delirious Shoes. Is this crazy monkey any relation to Lingba's monkey theme? Couldn't get an answer from the Lingba folks. Anyone? 317 Connecticut St. at 18th St.

Noe Valley Blog noted that ~MI LINDO YUCATAN~ on 24th Street is closing at the end of the month; you can see the sign in the window here. 4042 24th St. at Noe, 415-826-3942.

In the Haight, tablehopper reader Jason B. reports ~BAGHDAD NIGHTS~ is closing, and according to permits, Sushi Raw (there is one in the Excelsior) seems to be taking over the space. 682 Haight St. at Steiner.

Jason also noted this: chocoholics will be bummed to learn the ~CHOCOLATE BAR AND CAFÉ~ (504 Castro St. at 18th St.) is closed, to be replaced by Puff N Stuff, yup, a smoke shop. But despair not, because ~SARATOGA CHOCOLATES~ has opened in the relatively nearby (former) Joseph Schmidt space. You can read more on Daily Candy. 3489 16th St. at Sanchez, 415-861-8682.

~SAISON~, the weekly pop-up restaurant in Stable in the Mission, has now extended its hours to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, with seatings at 5pm and 8pm. The multi-course meal from Joshua Skenes is $70, with wine parings from Mark Bright for $40. Call for reservations. 2124 Folsom St. at 17th St., 415-828-7990.

Lunch is hot, all over town. And it comes in many permutations. Let's do it. (Lunch, that is.)

The Power Lunch:

Is this a good sign for the economy? I would think so. ~AQUA RESTAURANT~ has reopened for lunch Tuesday through Friday, starting today. Chef Jason Pringle has added some new dishes, and there's a $27 two-course business lunch now available (the initial menu features a veal terrine with pickled cherries, mustard fruit, and fresh arugula as a starter, and grilled branzino with root vegetables as the entrée). Lunch is served 11:30am-2:30pm. 252 California St. at Battery, 415-956-9662.

The Going Back to Cali Lunch:

~TWO~ resumes lunch service this Wednesday the 23rd, with a new menu of salads, sandwiches, and pizzas, all designed for fast service. Lunch is available Tue-Fri from 12pm-1:30pm. 22 Hawthorne St. at Howard, 415-777-9779.

The Box Lunch:

Fish & Farm has launched a takeaway box lunch program called ~AMERICAN BOX~, serving sandwiches, salads, and specialty items Mon-Fri from 10:30am-1:30pm. Sample boxes include a chop salad ($9), the much-buzzed-about juicy Lucy cheeseburger ($8), a line-caught tuna salad sandwich ($9), and more. Chef Chad Newton is very committed to using local ingredients, and makes many of the sauces himself. Follow up with some of Gracie's daily sweets ($3) and you're set. You can order from an array of boxes each day in the adjoining space called the Fishbowl, and take 'em away or eat in the dining room next door. Cash only, and prices include tax. 339 Taylor St. at O' Farrell, 415-474-3474.

Lunch from a Truck:

~LIBA'S~ falafel truck has come to town, parking at DeHaro and Alameda from 11am-2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Follow the truck's Twitter feed here.

Street Food Lunch:

Some of the Thursday Market at the Ferry Building's street food vendors are launching a Friday lunch in SoMa: Tacolicious, Namu, and Ryan Farr's 4505 Meats. It all kicks off this Friday September 25th, and they'll be serving lunch every Friday from 10am-2pm. Look for the courtyard (or just follow the smell of the grill) at 631 Folsom St. at 2nd St.

Sexy Time Lunch:

I couldn't believe this item on GrubStreet, but it's true: Alain Rondelli is coming out of hibernation to start ~RONDELLI DELI~, a "takeout food operation … which he hopes to license to existing businesses who would theoretically sell his sex-themed box lunches all over town." Goodness. We'll have to see how this one, uh, firms up.

More on the 18-and-older side: a "kink café" and boutique called ~WICKED GROUNDS~ has opened in SoMa (and you thought I was going to say Noe Valley). There's Ritual Coffee and treats to eat, along with special nights when you can tell your bad, bad coffee date to drink their latte out of a dog bowl, get your boots blacked, and more. And whaddya know, it opened just in time for leather week and the Folsom Street Fair. Hours are Tue-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-2am, and Sun 11am-8pm. 289 8th St. at Folsom, 415-503-0405.

GastronomicaJust in time for the tail end of our Indian Summer, ~THE PIZZA PLACE ON NORIEGA~ is due to open their back patio this Wednesday. It's a bit bare bones for now: there are just three picnic tables while the others are being built. No waiter service to start—simply order inside at the counter and your food will be brought out to you. Oh yeah, and no smoking or pets. Just you, your pizza, a pitcher, and your pals, dig? 3901 Noriega St. at 46th Ave., 415-759-5752.

More outdoor fun: Mint Plaza is hosting its first street fest this Saturday September 26th called ~SUMMERLAND~. There will be bands, DJs, 70 Bay Area fashion designers, art, live painting, drink specials, and food. Chez Papa Resto will host their usual patio brunch as well as a tartine cart, and 54 Mint will offer a panino with porchetta and a glass of wine; there will also be Let's Be Frank dogs, and a Mexican popsicle stand (Artisanal Paletas Paraiso) will be selling paletas in traditional Mexican flavors. Free, all ages welcome. 11am-5pm. On Jessie and Mint Streets, off of 5th between Mission and Market Streets.

Also on Saturday the 26th, Jason Fox, the former chef of Bar Tartine is doing a dinner at ~MISSION STREET FOOD~ featuring Israeli street food. He will be offering dishes like house-made pita with a trio of traditional dips, making his own gefilte fish, shaksuka (a stew of tomatoes, potato, and corn with a slow-cooked egg), tuna brik, and shoouit, an old Jerusalem stew of lamb, tomato, and green beans with medieval spices. 2234 Mission St. at 18th St.

There are a couple Yom Kippur meals around town on Monday September 28th. ~JARDINIÈRE~ is doing a special "Breaking the Fast" dinner as part of their Monday night prix-fixe meals, featuring matzo ball soup; braised brisket, glazed carrots, and Le Puy lentil salad; and apple, grape and oatmeal tart , with three wine pairings for the (usual) price of $45. 300 Grove St. at Franklin, 415-861-5555.

~CAV WINE BAR & KITCHEN~ is also hosting their fourth annual Yom Kippur Break Fast on Monday September 28th. They will start serving H&H bagels, gravlax, sturgeon, and more, starting at sundown (no need to be fasting or even Jewish—all are welcome). 1666 Market St. at Gough, 415-437-1770.

September is ~HUNGER ACTION MONTH~, which brings a variety of events to be aware of, including this week's The San Francisco Food Bank Hunger Challenge, asking participants to survive on a food stamp budget of just $4 per day, then share their experiences via blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other media. (Consider trying it for a day?) And next Tuesday September 29th, help fight hunger in San Francisco by dropping off non-perishable food items at the SF Food Bank warehouse on "Take it to the Bank" Day. As a special treat for anyone who makes a donation, food cart vendors will be selling their wares outside the Food Bank at 900 Pennsylvania Ave. at 23rd St. 3pm-7:30pm.

This week is also Share Our Strength's ~GREAT AMERICAN DINE OUT~ (running until September 26th), with thousands of restaurants joining together to raise funds to help end childhood hunger in America. Some will donate a portion of sales for the week; others will promote a special menu item or a prix-fixe menu. Since it's a nationwide effort, look up participating restaurants in your city at

imageMore Soul Food Farm benefits: on Sunday October 11th, ~IL CANE ROSSO~ at the Ferry Building is hosting a three-course menu served family style for $50 per person, including wine (exclusive of tax and gratuity). All proceeds benefit Soul Food Farm. There are two seatings: first is 5:30pm-6pm; next is 7:30pm-8pm. For reservations, call 415-391-7599.

Over in Berkeley, there will also be a benefit dinner for Soul Food Farm at ~CAFE ROUGE~ on Monday October 5th from 6pm-9:30pm. The tickets are $50 for a prix-fixe family-style meal with wine. The event menu is being designed by Marsha McBride of Cafe Rouge, Christopher Lee of Eccolo, and other guest chefs. Food is being provided by some of the top farms in the area, e.g. Full Belly Farms is providing produce. More details and tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets and the Soul Food Farm blog. 1782 4th St. at Hearst, Berkeley, 510-525-1440.

This Sunday September 27th is the Rockridge Out & About Street Festival, when Market Hall merchants take to the street at College and Shafter for the annual ~PICNIC IN THE STREET~. You'll find Oliveto spit-roasting whole pigs for porchetta sandwiches, The Pasta Shop will offer adobo pulled pork sandwiches with cabbage slaw with salsa (yay, more pig!), Paul Marcus Wines will offer wines by the glass, and authors Clark Wolf, Janet Fletcher, Fran Gage, and Nicolette Hahn Niman will be present and signing books. It runs from 11am-6pm, free to attend except for purchases. Oakland's Rockridge Market Hall, along College Avenue between Shafter and Ocean View, adjacent to the Rockridge BART Station, 510-250-6010.

And now, the return of the Errata section:

Looks like I was a little too excited about a Curtain Time "Mid"-Night Special cocktail at Jardinière, mistakenly calling it the Tickler's Delight instead of its proper name, the Tippler's Delight. Here's hoping that naughty drink turns up on a cocktail list somewhere soon—I think it could be quite the hot item for Folsom Street weekend, non?

I went to Spain and all I got was this lousy diphthong.

This little treasure in my inbox was too good to keep to myself. It was in response to my sentence "Jerez, to be exact (can you hear me lisp it?)" in my September 8th column:

"Marcia, while I generally enjoy your column, let's get something clear, the Spanish 'z' and 'c' before an 'e' or 'i' is not a lisp. When you say 'thought' in English do you call that 'th' a lisp? No, it's a diphthong. It's part of the language and for someone who claims to be cultured, this shows rash insensitivity to another people. And before you ask, no I'm not Spanish, I'm Croatian.

Learn some proper castellano before you go and pleasant travels."

Have I ever shared how much I love passive-aggressive emails from uppity Croatians who need to brush up on what a diphthong is? And everyone please excuse my rash insensitivity—I should suit up in an orange jumpsuit and go pick up trash on the freeway in recompense for my thoughtless ways. Let's start with some lingual management classes: for those of you who would like to further your education along with me on phonemes in Andalucía (and that includes you, Señor M. from Croatia), check out this Wiki on the ceceo and seseo.

And… fin.

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Hot Restaurant SpaceSEPTEMBER 22, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO "Breaker-Breaker 1-9, this is Italian Stallion, calling you from the van. Looks like I've got the fuzz on my tail, I'm toast, over." You too can practice your CB radio chatter skills at the new ~KOZY KAR~ bar. The former N Touch is now tricked out like the custom vans of the 1970s, complete with naked pinups lacquered into the bar top, waterbeds, shag carpet, mirrored ceilings, the works. And yes, CB radios. The bar serves canned beer (Schlitz, PBR, Hamm's, Olympia), box wine, and booze, with 70s rock on the sound system. Oh yeah, and eight tracks, too. Open Tue-Sat 6pm-2am. 1548 Polk St. at California, 415-336-2340.

Monday Night Football fans should know that Pizza Politana will be pulling up with their wood-fired brick oven at ~BLOODHOUND~ for every Monday night football game. There will also be $3 draft beers all night. 5pm onwards. 1145 Folsom St. at 7th St., 415-863-2840.

More pizza and booze: ~222 HYDE~ has finished its transformation under new ownership, and according to this post on GrubStreet, there's a new menu of pizzas from their electric oven ($10-$12) and new beers on tap. Which is exactly what you need after working up a sweat on the dancefloor. (Plus new bathrooms, hallelujah, the potty dungeon is gone.) 222 Hyde St. at Turk, 415-345-8222.

~SAKE DAY 2009~ is coming up on Thursday October 1st at the Jewish Community Center, with over 100 sakes to sample. True Sake and Mari's Catering are also setting up four sake pairing stations, including Japanese, Californian, El Salvadorian, and Mediterranean dishes, plus a Japanese street food station with mini veggie okonomiyaki, chicken yakisoba, soy grilled corn, and sausage on a stick. (To honor Jewish Community Center's Kashrut policy, they are not using pork or shellfish for this event.) Vegetarian options are available—just ask at each station. There will also be 12 more stations of vendor-provided sake. Advanced tickets are $80/person, $85 cash at the door. Buy online at until September 30th or at Sozai Restaurant and Sake Lounge (corner of Irving St. at 16th Ave.). Registration: 5:30pm, doors at 6pm, event runs until 9pm. Please bring a valid I.D. 3200 California St. at Presidio.

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Sunday Supper
Sun., Oct. 4th, 2009

San Francisco Ferry Building
1 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA


5:30pm: reception in Ferry Building Marketplace

7pm: seated supper in Ferry Building Grand Hall

Reception only: $75
Reception & Supper: $200

SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO It's time for the seventh annual ~SUNDAY SUPPER~, an important fundraising event to benefit The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), the operator of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

It's quite the shindig, starting with a gala reception at 5:30pm in the Ferry Building Marketplace, including 27 hors d'oeuvre stations, four artisan cocktails, and wineries. Times are tight for everyone, so if you can't spring for the dinner, at least consider the reception, which is quite the spread—your ticket helps support such an important part of our local food scene.

The evening continues upstairs in the Grand Hall, with a five-course feast served family-style and prepared by top local talent, including Laurence Jossel, NOPA; Craig Stoll, Delfina; Bruce Hill, Bix and Picco; Staffan Terje, Perbacco; Ravi Kapur, Boulevard; and Elizabeth Falkner, Orson and Citizen Cake. For a complete listing of chefs, click here. The meal will also include quality wine pairings.

To entice you further, I received a sneak peek of a menu at one of the tables—let's check it out:

First course
Taylor Boetticher, Fatted Calf: bresaola with persimmons, shaved fennel, and Taggiasca olives
Wine paring from Chris Deegan of Nopa

Second course
Lane Milburn and Craig Stoll of Delfina: ceci soup with cockles and Calabrian chili oil (minus the cockles for vegetarians)
Beer pairing from Magnolia Brewery

Third course
Jamie Lauren of Absinthe: pork confit with braised greens, pickled beets, and grain mustard sauce
Wine paring from Chris Deegan of Nopa

Fourth course
Farmers Market artisan cheese and dried fruit platter

Fifth course/dessert
Yigit Pura of Taste Catering: slow cooked Tory Farms pluots, Japanese génoise, pluot confit, and Hitachino Nest White Ale sauce
Coffee service from Blue Bottle with Straus cream

The event will be MC'ed by local chef Bryant Terry, and a live auction will include exclusive packages, such as a private dinner for 10 with Michael Pollan at The Moss Room. (Dinner with yours truly and Janet Fletcher is part of another auction package.)


Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 Tasting
Wed., Oct. 14th, 2009

The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center
101 Henry Adams St.
Cross: Alameda St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

VIP ticketholders at 6pm


General admission: $95
VIP: $125

(Each ticket includes a one-year subscription to the magazine.)

SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO 100 premier wineries from around the world convene in San Francisco once again for ~WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE'S SIXTH ANNUAL TOP 100 EVENT~. Selected by W&S editors, the wineries honored at the event have consistently delivered the best overall performances in the magazine's tastings throughout the year. Hailing from more than 50 winegrowing regions across the globe, the Wineries of the Year will be announced and profiled in the winter issue of W&S, which will be available on newsstands on October 13th, 2009.

Introducing a new component at this year's event, W&S critics will select 10 recently opened Bay Area restaurants whose chefs will showcase their talent and creativity in matching foods to the varied styles of wine. The list includes Il Cane Rosso, RN74, and others. (Attendees will be able to vote on their favorite food and wine pairing, with a report on the favorites in Wine & Spirits.) Local artisanal purveyors will also serve signature specialties.

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit San Francisco Baykeeper.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO Since I am back from Spain, it seems appropriate to do a giveaway of the cookbook PINTXOS: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition by local chef Gerald Hirigoyen of Piperade and Bocadillos. This book (from my wonderful publisher, Ten Speed Press) features 75 California-inflected versions of Spanish tapas and French Basque dishes specially written for the home cook.

I will be giving away three copies. tablehopper readers can enter to win by forwarding this week's tablehopper newsletter to 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 (not a blog!), or point out an event or happening that you think your friend would like. Simply CC or BCC so I know you sent it—I promise I won't use anyone's email address.

Deadline to enter is midnight Friday September 25th—I'll notify the winner over the weekend. ¡Buena suerte!

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) shared a table with all of the members of The Killers (except for Brandon Flowers) at A16. They reportedly came in super late and only a few of them ate (my spy says "they all have this Jesus look going on right now"). Later that night, The Killers came in to the Redwood Room around midnight with a group of 10 and enjoyed a variety of cocktails. Russell Martin of the Dodgers was seated right next to the Killers, and introduced to them by a staff member. After the intro, the two tables soon became one big party and closed the bar. And… scene.

Hiro Sone (Terra, Ame) met his hero on Friday night at Ame. Eric Clapton came in for dinner and Hiro and Eric exchanged autographs: Hiro gave Eric a signed Terra Cookbook and Eric signed Hiro's guitar. Awww, from one artist to another…

The main star of Entourage, Adrien Grenier, was spotted having lunch at Brix restaurant in Yountville with a group of five friends, including his girlfriend. He ate the Greek salad, quinoa salad, and the Chioggia beets and cherries, as well as other sides. The table shared Frank Family chardonnay. Grenier and a friend also had dinner at NOPA, a pre-concert meal before his performance in The Honey Brothers at the Independent.

And Anjan Mitra of Dosa reported that Citizen Cope had dinner at DOSA before his show at the Fillmore.

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