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Weekly Intro and Updates (Coming in hot...)
October 8, 2019
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The Kuch Kuch Hota Hai at Besharam, which comes with pani-puri water! Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Whooosh! How you doin’? I feel like I have flames coming off me, the past few weeks have been non-freaking-stop. I had an outstanding visit to New York: the weather was truly epic, my friends’ wedding was so sweet and special, and I was fortunate to squeeze in a few visits with some of my beloved pals out there. I got nailed with a nasty stomach bug while I was out there (how’s that for the worst timing—there is definitely something going around), but I did manage to get a few sweet meals in, like Lalou and La Mercerie. It was also fun to check out Montesacro’s fab location (and full bar and kitchen!) in Williamsburg, toss back some East Coast oysters, and got my cruffin on at Supermoon Bakehouse. If you’re into new food and beverage and wellness products, don’t miss a visit to the well-curated Pop-Up Grocer, which is running through this month in the Bowery.

Now, what are your plans this weekend? This Saturday October 12th is the 10th anniversary of the La Cocina Street Food Fest, and you can use this link or my code (Tablehopper) for free entry (or $20 off VIP)! It’s going to be such a great event (it always is), don’t miss a single bite!

You a fan of breakfast for dinner? Me too! Monday evening, I’ll be at the Hilda and Jesse pop-up at Marla Bakery, get your ticket!

Mark your calendar/get your ticket for the WCR (Women Chefs and Restaurateurs) Spotlight Event on Monday November 4th, honoring the one and only Joyce Goldstein, with some amazing tastes curated by chefs Kelly Fields (NOLA), Amanda Cohen (NYC), Elizabeth Falkner, and more (the lineup is amazing)! I just found out I’m going to be co-emceeing with Liam Mayclem, so it’s going to be a rowdy good time. Join us!

Lastly, I have to do a special thank you to everyone who joined us for the tablehopper spirited supper at Besharam a couple weeks ago. It was such an incredible meal! Chef-owner Heena Patel blew our minds, from our first bite of drunken pani puri to the spectacular Andhra fish stew, what a heartfelt Gujarati feast. Thank you, Heena, and the fab Besharam team!

If you couldn’t make it and want to experience an abridged version of our event menu, Besharam is offering a family-style menu for just $50. Incredible. Get some friends together and check it out before they come to their senses.

Our generous sponsor, Mount Gay Rum, cooled us down with the GLIF (Good Looking Indian Friends) welcome punch with Mount Gay Black Barrel, Besharam-spiced iced tea, peaches, and citrus (I want a glass of it right NOW) and Besharam’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Mount Gay Rum Black Barrel, cilantro syrup, lime, pani-puri water) was the party hit I expected it to be. Don’t miss that cocktail!

Now I’m thirsty. Cheers, gang.
Marcia Gagliardi

September 24, 2019
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My dream summer dinner: salade niçoise! Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy! How you doing out there? A little warm? Kinda sweaty? My apartment is such a hotbox today (and no, not the weed kind—I’m on deadline over here!). But here’s one way to cool off: tonight (Tuesday September 24th) is the tablehopper spirited supper at Besharam with Mount Gay Rum, and we had just one ticket open up! Join us for this family-style, Gujarati feast, with some incredible cocktail pairings! Starts at 6:30pm, dinner at 7pm. And the price is SO right—just $88.15, all-inclusive! Go ahead, be impulsive, join the party! (We know it’s a school night—we’ll wrap up by 9:30pm.)

Just in case you don’t want summer to end (I’m with you!), there are still tickets remaining for the Kendall Jackson farm-to-table dinner series in their estate gardens on October 12th!

Things are officially nutty since I’m heading back out of town this Thursday and off to New York! So excited for the balmy weather they’re having—perfect for eating a slice of Joe’s Pizza outside! Thanks to everyone who sent me their affordable faves. I can’t wait for a sabich from Taïm, been toooooo long.

Hey, NYC media friends who write about cannabis (or are canna-curious about infused food and beverages!)—if you want to meet up next Mon or Tue (9/30-10/1), let me know! I have all kinds of mymilligram news and new product updates to share (and more!). Would love to catch up.

Okay, I need to snap into hostess mode (i.e. switch from home caftan to party caftan)! Have a wonderful week, see you soon!

Marcia Gagliardi

September 10, 2019
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Happiness is a wagyu katsu sando at Hiroshi in Los Altos. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy, friends! Here we are, almost into mid-September, how did that happen? I’m clutching these last moments of summer tightly. Fig toast and zucchini-and-dill pasta help. Actually, I’m about to get completely fried as I head to Palm Springs for Females to the Front, a women in cannabiz retreat, and temps look like 109 on Saturday, oh my. I think I’m only going to be able to go into the pool at the Ace Hotel at night.

Things will definitely be feeling like fall when I head to New York at the end of this month for a friend’s wedding and whirlwind long weekend. If you have any recos of some recent NYC favorites, I’m all ears. (But they have to be affordable, I’m on such a tight budget, ugh! Fortunately, the liang pi at Xi’an Famous Foods is priced like a dream.) Can’t wait for a slice of Prince Street Pizza, and Joe’s! I’ll be staying in Fort Greene, but obviously I trek everywhere.

The last tablehopper issue was all about my PDO feta trip to Greece, did you catch it? Today’s issue is full of catch-up news from the past month—I’m just hoping I haven’t made any mistakes, this was a bit of beast.

The most important piece in today’s hopper is the upcoming tablehopper spirited supper at Besharam on Tuesday September 24th with Mount Gay Rum! I’m so excited about this dinner—chef Heena Patel’s Gujarati cuisine is so vibrant, and the culinary-driven cocktails are going to rock your world, plus there will be some special pours and education from Rémy Cointreau’s Trent Simpson. I know it’s a school night, but you can do it. The price on this dinner is a screaming deal—don’t miss it. I look forward to seeing you, it has been too long!

I’m also in a mood to celebrate: this month commemorates my twenty-fifth year of living in San Francisco! Silver! I can’t believe it. What a rich adventure. I raise my glass to SF (again and again)!

This city is also so tough right now—if you haven’t read Jay Foster’s piece on closing his restaurants, you should.

But to end this intro on a happy note, I want to raise a glass of the finest vintage Champagne to the marvelous Cecilia Chiang, who just celebrated her 100th birthday this past weekend. Our grande dame!

Cheers, gang!
Marcia Gagliardi