What’s Cookin’

Weekly Intro and Updates (Coming in hot...)
October 16, 2018

I wish I had this cocktail in front of me right now: Becky with the Good Hair, at the brand-new Prairie! Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Oh, hi there. Yeah, today’s issue is late—it was trying to drown me! At least there are a bunch of fun news items in today’s column. And just in case you want some more, this week’s Table Talk has plenty of goodies in it too (and trust me, you don’t want to miss reading about the pork sung roll!). I also have this recent post I wrote for Blackboard Eats on some of the best SF counter-service restaurants, because SF sure is tough on the wallet these days.

Tickets are now available for the Macy’s Culinary Council panel I mentioned a couple weeks ago! Joining me are Reem Assil, Dani Boglivi-Fiori, Shirley Chung, Dominica Rice-Cisneros, Tanya Holland, and host Yvonne Kim. We’ll be discussing what it’s like to be a woman in the culinary industry on Thursday October 25th at 6pm at Macy’s Union Square. Hope to see you there. Fempire in the house.

Tonight, I can’t believe I get to see René Redzepi and David Zilber at their sold-out talk at the JCCSF—they’ll be talking about their brand-new book, The Noma Guide to Fermentation. The JCCSF is producing some great culinary events—check out this one coming up with Magnus Nilsson and this event with chef Crystal Wahpepah, who will be discussing Native American cuisine.

Did any of you go to the Treasure Island Music Festival this past weekend? You couldn’t have asked for better weather, what a gift. I only made it on Sunday, but seeing Tame Impala play the most incredible set left me feeling amazed—their show was truly a thing of beauty. It was also so refreshing to see so many female artists on Sunday, and art, and the dreamy music at sunset was just peachy (it helped make up for all the dust, which was the opposite of fresh).

Okay, let’s dive in here. Would love to see you at Macy’s next week!

Marcia Gagliardi

October 2, 2018

The Monday night prime rib special at Perle Wine Bar in Montclair. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy, amigos. Happy fall, although I really can’t believe it’s October. I need to get a beach day in before I will fully commit to the changing season.

It’s going to be a busy month, with so many fab food and wine events and new openings and happenings. I’m particularly pleased to be speaking on a Macy’s Culinary Council panel discussion on what it’s like to be a woman in the culinary industry. #metoo and #timesup will definitely be discussed. Joining me are Reem Assil, Dani Boglivi-Fiori, Shirley Chung, Dominica Rice-Cisneros, Tanya Holland, and host Yvonne Kim. It’s on Thursday October 25th at 6pm at Macy’s Union Square. I’ll announce on social media when tickets are available, so mark your calendar for now.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram have already been drooling over the prime rib special at Perle I posted, and you can read all about it in this week’s Table Talk on Bay Area Bites, and here’s last week’s column, with a look at Juanita More’s new Sunday drag brunch at Jones. FUN.

I want to do a quick thank you to Emily Beaven for including me in this post on SF’s Female Food Influencers & Where They Live: The Writers from the Western Addition & Haight Ashbury.

Okay, that’s it, let’s dive in. My fingers are tired from typing. Marcia Gagliardi

September 18, 2018

You think you’re about to bite into a briquette, but really, it’s Gaggan’s taste story about a samosa you’d find in India’s chai parlors. (And it was one of my favorite courses of the meal.) Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Greetings from Santa Rosa, where I’m up here for a two-day cannabis trade show (Hall of Flowers)—and we got to listen to a rousing keynote from Gary Vaynerchuk last night. So cool.

After you read through today’s column, I want to be sure you also hop over for more news and events in this week’s Table Talk column (which includes a tip on where to find fab falafel in the Lower Haight, an awesome dumpling deal, and the Musica Marin Festival), and last week’s column includes a hands-on curing class, an awesome event this Friday about SF’s post-Quake restaurant history (see you there?), how to score a free scoop of PB&J ice cream from Humphry Slocombe, and should get you inspired to track down the bodacious double cheeseburger at The Board. Also: don’t forget Oakland Cocktail Week is happening through the 23rd!

Last week, I attended the #50BestTalks (a program from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants), with talks from chefs Dominique Crenn, Enrique Olvera, Daniela Soto-Innes, Lara Gilmore, Gaggan Anand, and Virgilio Martínez—take a peek at my post about Lara Gilmore’s talk, which I found particularly inspiring. The after-party and sneak peek of Angler was pretty fabulous—am excited for the upcoming opening.

A side benefit to having these chefs in town was a special and over-the-top pop-up dinner at Eight Tables, where chef-owner George Chen hosted chef Gaggan Anand from Bangkok (Gaggan is number one on Asia’s 50 Best list). Gaggan is famous for his emoji menu, which is the only clue you have to what the dishes will be (until you’re taking your first bite—many of the dishes are not what they seem). It’s playful, unexpected, full of storytelling, and so very delicious (especially with some elevated wine pairings). I can’t believe I got to experience it in Bangkok, and now another version one year later in SF. Kudos to both Gaggan’s team and the entire Eight Tables crew for pulling off such a sophisticated and complex one-night-only tasting menu. I think everyone was having a lot of fun, and not just the guests.

Okay, I need to get back to scouting some new products for mymilligram. See you in a couple weeks!

Marcia Gagliardi