October 2, 2018
Some exciting stars have been spotted at PICCINO in Dogpatch, starting with Leonardo DiCaprio, who came in for an early dinner. He was in town for a huge auction his foundation put on in Santa Rosa with Jackson Family Wines, raising $11 millon for environmental causes (which I hear also counted Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve, Edward Norton, Jane Goodall, Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Campbell, Dakota Johnson, Lukas Haas, and Tobey Maguire as guests, with a performance by Chris Martin, can you imagine?).
August 23, 2011
The lovely Jane Fonda was back in town, visiting Betelnut in Cow Hollow, where she tried the dragon dumplings, firecracker shrimp, green beans, tapioca pudding, and mochi, and had a Belvedere martini up with an olive (atta girl). Chef Alex Ong said in a tweet: “Such a gracious lady. Still beautiful & witty.” She even autographed plates for chef (pictured) and a server. In a note to me, chef Ong said, “Very gracious, charming & absolutely lit up the room.”
January 4, 2011
I love it, even Jane Fonda takes pictures of her food at restaurants. Well, not just any restaurant. The 73-year-old Barbarella dined at Chez Panisse for the first time with partner Richard Perry, and friends Jodie Evans and chef Scott Peacock (they returned later that evening for the official New Year’s Eve celebration). Thanks to Berkeleyside for the tip-off and details about the evening, and you can read more and check out pics on Fonda’s blog post. What did Hanoi Jane think of the cuisine? “Orgasmically great.”