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This week's tablehopper: power wash.

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This is how to begin a meal: chef Adam Sobel’s warm zeppole topped with caviar, uni, and lardo at the Mina Group’s new Cal Mare in Los Angeles. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Whooosh, the city just had quite the power wash, and it’s not just the rain I’m talking about. Today’s hopper is a bit of a beast of catch-up of two weeks’ worth of news while I was away for the holiday, and there’s even more in line for next week with upcoming projects. Ya with me? Good.

Did you catch last week’s issue, with my annual rant, the bore, of 10 things I don’t want to see in the new year? It has been pretty funny how many readers are sending me pics of torched sushi, their shared hatred of shiitakes (and ditto red bell peppers that turn up unwanted in too many dishes), and enjoyment over stemless wineglasses getting called out. I love you guys.

Hitting the wires today is my latest piece for Blackboard Eats on seven rad dishes you should eat right now, have fun. Bone marrow flan, I see you.

Speaking of rad dishes, I have received the final lineup of what our guest chef partners are making for our fundraiser party for Pencils for Kids next Wednesday January 17th, and the cocktails and wines too! And coffee! And it’s gonna rock! You know how well fed (and beveraged) you are at tablehopper events, and since I was in charge of the food and drink for this event, it’s going to be one heck of an Asian feast, from turmeric sausage from Esan Classic to oxtail stew with soft Hodo Soy tofu (bun bo Hue style) from Perle Wine Bar to black sesame kouign-amann from B. Patisserie! I know, bonkers good.

And then there’s the raffle! (Um, two round-trip tickets to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific!) Take a look at the updated post in today’s socialite. Please come, and thank you for supporting this event—it’s going to do a lot of good to help support the education of 2,200 amazing kids (and you’re going to have a fun evening while doing so!). We kept tickets for this event at a very affordable $75 so more people could attend. You know I want to sell this out! Let’s do this. Sawatdee-kaaaaaaaaa!

One more note for my fellow lovers of art, design, interiors, and more: don’t miss this week’s FOG Design + Art Fair at Fort Mason, running January 11th-14th. I always find a lot of inspiration and visual enjoyment at this event—check the schedule for talks and more.

All righty, let’s get to it!
Marcia Gagliardi

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Gossip & News (the word on the street)
Jan 9, 2018

Burnt Cawfee Tawk: Four Barrel Implodes, Restructures, and Renames in the Wake of Alleged Sexual Misconduct by Former Partner Jeremy Tooker

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Four Barrel Coffee founder Jeremy Tooker. Photo via Four Barrel’s Facebook page.

The specialty coffee world joined the #metoo fray when The Chronicle revealed in an article on Friday that former female employees of ~FOUR BARREL COFFEE~ filed a lawsuit against company founder Jeremy Tooker, alleging sexual assult and harassment. The Chronicle also spoke with other Four Barrel employees and uncovered a deeply toxic and misogynistic culture in the company, with multiple cases of alleged sexual misconduct and discrimination. Partners Jodi Geren and Tal Mor and their HR reportedly didn’t respond to and weren’t supportive of employees who would report instances of harassment and more—most appeared to be fired. Yeah, that’s a great solution.

Since the bombshell piece, the weekend was full of anger, backlash, and confusion in the restaurant and specialty coffee worlds, with many of Four Barrel’s wholesale accounts around the U.S. dropping their coffee left and right. Tooker ended up divesting from the company over the weekend (certainly different from the passive “stepping away” we keep seeing with all these other alleged incidents of sexual misconduct, like with Mario Batali, Ken Friedman, and East Bay’s Charlie Hallowell). After an initial tone-deaf announcement from remaining partners Geren and Mor that Tooker was no longer a part of the company (since taken down off their site, but here’s a handy “corrected” version from Jasper Wilde/Sassy Barista—and you can follow her Twitter feed for many more updates from the field), they then followed up with a second announcement on Monday, stating that Tooker’s 50 percent share of the company is going to go to the employees, with the goal of becoming a 100 percent employee-owned company in time. That’s going to take some time to work out. And they have ended the Four Barrel name, using the working title of The Tide for now (hey everyone, let’s focus on rebranding and not look at all the ways we let you down in the past!). And there’s a handy little sales pitch/plea at the end.

It’s a lot to digest, and brings up many complicated questions, from what does this mean for The Mill and Josey Baker’s affiliation with the company and De La Paz (another one of Four Barrel’s companies) to wondering if this is going to be a company worth supporting in the future for the sake of the employees? (I have been working through it with friends on a private Facebook post the past few days.) A lot of this is a wait-and-see situation, and it has been quite the intense drama to watch unfold.

Sending so much support to the victims, and I commend their bravery to organize and come forward with these shocking and awful stories of sexual misconduct that needed to be known and addressed and people held accountable for. And to clean some house, because that one was filthy. The Tide—yeah, it needs to come in high and wash things up. It feels like it’s time to bust out some T.S. Eliot: “The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere / The ceremony of innocence is drowned.”

Four Barrel Coffee - 375 Valencia St. San Francisco - 415-252-0800

Vicoletto Now Pasta Pop-Up from the Il Casaro Team in North Beach

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Beet spaghetti with burrata at Pasta Pop-Up. Photo courtesy of Francesco Covucci.

There’s a new project from the ~IL CASARO~ team (Francesco Covucci and Peter Fazio) in their former Vicoletto location in North Beach, and now they have opened ~PASTA POP-UP~, although it’s actually going to be permanent. Anyway, the idea is that it’s supposed to be an easy place to swing by, maybe you just want a plate of pasta and you want to head home. Or maybe you want to enjoy some wine and graze through some snacks with your friend. Maybe you want it all.

The good news is you can have it all, because they worked really hard to keep the prices low and affordable (no pasta is over $14 on the current/soft-opening menu, subject to change). But they didn’t want to sacrifice quality or good food ethics either, so any seafood is sustainable, and their ingredients are local.

And they’re making the pasta in-house! There’s rosemary pappardelle with slow-braised lamb shoulder and tomato sauce, and gnocchi Bolognese (yes, please), and spaghetti with clams. Oh yeah, and there’s squid ink spaghetti with clams, mussels, squid, and cherry tomatoes. Sign me up for that too.

Starters include calamari fritti, ‘nduja-stuffed potato croquettes, broccolini, a salad, and more—nothing is over $7. You’ll have a varied list of Italian wines by the glass to choose from, plus some beers too. Covucci tells me they are also going to be integrating a charitable component into the business; stand by for more on that. The place got a little refresh and feels a bit warmer, although it was always a cozy little spot. Open Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. 550 Green St. at Stockton, 415-433-5800.

Also in the news: they have decided on what they’re going to call the project they’re opening in the former Panta Rei: ~BARBARA~. And if you click through, you’ll see they are planning to serve Roman-style pinsas. And cocktails. They’re targeting an opening at the end of February. I’ll be updating you with details on the project soon! 431 Columbus Ave. at Vallejo.

And for Castro residents eagerly awaiting the opening of the second ~IL CASARO~ on Church, it’s looking like February as well. Cin cin! 235 Church St. at Market.

Bar Crenn Opening Next to Atelier Crenn in February

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The exterior of Cellar Door. Yelp photo by Kamran S.

Things are getting closer for Dominique Crenn’s new wine bar project, ~BAR CRENN~, which is slated to open in the former Cellar Door in Cow Hollow on February 20th. In a post on Instagram, she shared that “wine director Matt Montrose has amassed a collection of the great wines of France and beyond that channel their shared philosophy of environmental responsibility, where vignerons and domaines are showcased that prioritize traditional methods of viticulture as well as careful and thoughtful stewardship of the land. A rotating collection of wines are available by the glass as well as a more developed bottle list of some remarkable producers of world-class wine.” There will also be some low-ABV cocktails, along with “old-style French apéritifs,” which will integrate some NorCal ingredients and style.

Now, as for the snacky section, here’s where it gets interesting. Crenn states the food will be an homage to French classics, and in a move à la In Situ, the menu will be featuring dishes made from recipes provided by famous chefs and restaurants, including Alain Ducasse, Guy Savoy, Yannick Alléno, Pierre Sang, and many other top-rated chefs. Her team will also be working on some of their own variations of French classics. 3131 Fillmore St. at Greenwich.

One more note: ~ATELIER CRENN~ has closed until January 24th—they will reopen that Wednesday. She also has chef Julien Royer of Odette Restaurant, Singapore, visiting and cooking a collaborative dinner with her on February 12th.

Atelier Crenn - 3127 Fillmore St. San Francisco - 415-440-0460

Openings Include Doma, Botellón, Dosa Allee, a Third Rooster & Rice, Krispy Kreme, and More

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The new Doma sushi in Bernal. Yelp photo by Genevieve Y.

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The spacious bar at Botellón. Photo courtesy of Botellón.

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Take your pick of classic dosas at Dosa Allee. Yelp photo by Arfan Muhammad “Arfann” M.

A bunch of new openings have joined the scene, so here are some quick recaps for ya.

Over in Bernal, there’s a new sushi restaurant called ~DOMA~, serving omakase for $45, $65, and $85, and a “brunch” omakase, which one Yelper outlines: “aji, uni, hamachi, scallop, tuna, amaebi plus soup, salad, dessert of pine nut tea and mochi rice cake.” The seafood selections sound pretty straight-ahead, but it’s reportedly a small and charming spot, with lots of white in the dining room and space for 10-12 guests seated at a horseshoe sushi bar with a live tree at the middle. Hours are 5pm-9pm daily. 433 Precita Ave. at Alabama.

Now softly open in the former Hecho in the Castro is ~BOTELLÓN~ from the Andalé Management Group—the grand opening is scheduled for Wednesday January 17th. While the name is from the word for Spanish street gatherings (where some bottles are involved), the menu actually skews more Cal-Med and fusion, with dishes from executive chefs Nicholas Andoe and Matthew D’Ambrosi like chorizo oil cornbread and lamb pops, while larger dishes include housemade pappardelle with pork sugo, a winter harvest pizza with seasonal vegetables, and a burger.

Cocktails from bar manager Jesse Ostroski (Hi Lo BBQ, Hog and Rocks) and consultant Saul Ranella (La Mar, Hog Island Oysters) include cocktails by the bottle, seasonal herb-infused syrups, and slushies. Check out the appealing menu here—and there’s that big bar where you can perch. Brunch is coming soon. Open Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-close (kitchen until 12am), Sat 4pm-close (kitchen until 12am), Sun 4pm-10pm. 2200 Market St. at Sanchez, 415-800-7559.

Dosa lovers can get their fix at the new ~DOSA ALLEE~, which opened in the former Show Dogs in Mid-Market. In addition to South Indian dosas, there are also appetizers, curry combination plates/lunch specials, desserts, and beer and wine. Open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm and Sun 11am-9pm. 1020 Market St. at Taylor.

I reported on this café ages ago, and it’s finally open. ~FLOR DE CAFE~ is serving sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and coffee, plus breakfasty dishes like eggs and waffles. The pride of their menu is their Chilean lomito sandwich, featuring pork tenderloin prepared for three days (you can get chicken or vegetarian sandwiches too). Open daily 10am-7pm. 1020 Valencia St. at 21st St., 415-333-3335.

Downtown workers will be happy to know there is now a third location of ~ROOSTER & RICE~ that has opened in the FiDi (in the former Urban Picnic). You can enjoy their awesome khao mun gai (poached chicken with super-tasty chicken fat rice). It’s the best hangover cure, or equally great when you’re sick. Open Mon-Fri 11am-8pm. 125 Kearny St. at Post. [Via Hoodline.]

Ike Shehadeh of Ike’s Place and chef Ryan Scott have taken over the Castro’s ~SWEET INSPIRATION~, which has been around since 1981. They gave the place a light refresh, and the new menu includes egg sandwiches, all-you-can-eat pancakes for $7.99, a killer burger, and a fried chicken sandwich, plus some Ike’s-style sandwiches. Cake slices are still available, and consulting pastry chef Cheryl Burr is revamping the cake recipes, plus they added some big cookies. Hoodline also reports there is a beer and wine license in the works, so the place won’t quite be the sober hangout like it used to be. Open daily 8am-9pm. 2239 Market St. at Sanchez.

Did someone say Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Yup, SF finally has a ~KRISPY KREME~ doughnuts location, just next door to In-N-Out in Fisherman’s Wharf, so you can go eat all the dirty things there and then leave. Open Sun-Thu 6am-11pm and Fri-Sat 6am-1am. And there’s a 24-hour window. 353 Jefferson St. at Leavenworth. [Via Hoodline.]

On the slightly more, uh, wholesome side, ~WHOLESOME BAKERY~ has opened on the Divisadero Corridor, serving gluten-free and vegan baked goods—plus they are soy-free, trans fat-free, and low glycemic. The menu includes cupcakes, cakes, lemon tarts, brownies, bars, cookies, and more. Eater notes owner Mandy Harper wants everyone to enjoy the quality of the bakery’s offerings, not just people with dietary restrictions. (Note that their counter inside Alite camping store in the Mission has closed.) Open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm and Sat-Sun 8am-8pm. 1001 Page St. at Divisadero.

Closures Include The Butler & The Chef Bistro, Red Door Cafe, Primo Patio Cafe, Juhu Beach Club

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The sunny yellow exterior of The Butler & the Chef. Yelp photo: Andrew D.

At the beginning of the year, there’s always a slew of restaurant closures, many of them downright unfortunate. Here we go.

A reader let me know that ~THE BUTLER & THE CHEF BISTRO~ officially closed over the New Year, and owner Joël Martin has served his last pain perdu and eggs Benedict in that beloved location with the sunny yellow exterior. Many of his loyal guests and friends who did not get a chance to say goodbye will be happy to know there is a “New Year’s barbecue and potluck” this Saturday January 13th from 1pm-5pm at the bistro for “staff, family, customers, and vendors all welcome to join us to close a chapter of life with sharing food, drinks, stories, and hugs together.” Awwwww. And so, another longtime South Park business has shuttered. 155A S. Park St. at 3rd St., 415-896-2075.

Nearby, another café I remember from the days when I worked in SoMa, ~PRIMO PATIO CAFÉ~, has closed after 25 years. Hoodline reports owner Noel Kelton struggled with the rent, but didn’t want to raise prices further, so she decided to close. It’s sad news for the tight crew they had working there and all their regulars. Best wishes to all. 214 Townsend St. at 3rd St.

And another quirky SF classic has closed: ~THE RED DOOR CAFE~. Some folks loved the chef-owner’s over-the-top antics, including sexual innuendo on everything from the menu to the dickorations to how he flirtatiously served you your brunch. Others never made it in because they broke the rules, like no wearing sunglasses while in line because it’s shady. Literally. I have been tracking the location for a couple of months since an ABC license transfer was under way, but could never get anyone to pick up the phone on the weekends to confirm the impending closure. Eater noted it appeared to be finally closed over the holiday—and so another part of freaky SF is gone.

A business called 1608 Bistro appears to be moving in (from the owner of the Filipino AJ’s BBQ & Cafe), but I haven’t been able to get a response from them, so we’ll just have to see. 1608 Bush St. at Franklin.

And yet another classic only-in-SF spot is closing: ~WICKED GROUNDS~, the kink/fetish/BDSM café, boutique, and community space in SoMa is having a tough time with their business and has decided to close. Those who want to help can read more on their site. Hoodline mentioned they are having a clearance sale, in case you want to get some new gear or books. 289 8th St. at Clementina.

Also in SoMa, I received a tip from a longtime reader that ~BIG CHEF TOM’S BELLY BURGERS~ closed over the New Year, and it looks like owner Tom Pizzica has headed back to Philly. Thanks for all the pork belly burgers over the years, Tom! 1550 Howard St. at 12th St.

Also closed: ~SHIDO SUSHI BAR AND GRILL~, the casual Japanese place that opened in the former Buck Tavern a couple of years ago, has served its last rock ‘n’ roll. 1655 Market St. at Brady.

It’s rough out there, right?

Here’s more:

The New Fillmore announced that Monetta White and David Lawrence of the former 1300 on FIllmore and ~BLACK BARK BBQ~ are going to be relocating their barbecue joint—they did not reopen after the holiday. They cite the lack of foot traffic (due to the beleaguered Fillmore Heritage Center) as a primary impetus for them to move. It sounds like they have a location lined up and plan to reopen in the spring, so stand by for some confirmation on the where. 1325 Fillmore St. at Ellis.

SFWeekly reports ~FRJTZ~ will be closing and serving their last fries on Sunday January 28th. But the 13-year-old spot is “currently in negotiations with a smaller venue in the Mission District that will require a complete build-out so stay tuned.” 590 Valencia St. at 17th St.

Now this isn’t a permanent closure, but Eater writes the ~MINA TEST KITCHEN~ has closed for now since they don’t have a restaurant lined up just yet for their incubator, and besides, chef Adam Sobel is busy with Cal Mare in LA, plus other big openings in the Mina Group. Stand by for what’s coming next in the space in about four months or so (btw, it’s a great private event space).

And we knew this was coming but it still sucks: Temescal’s ~JUHU BEACH CLUB~ has closed (via East Bay Express). Owners Preeti Mistry and Ann Nadeau sold the location and are focusing on their other restaurant, Navi Kitchen, and their recent cookbook launch. We’ll have to see what’s going into the space and what’s next for Juhu (it was reportedly coming back in some other form).

And also in Oakland, Rockridge’s ~DUCHESS~ has closed after a year in business. The owners may be rejiggering the space and concept, stand by. 5422 College Ave. at Kales, Oakland. [Via Eater.]

And Nosh announced the adored ~SLIVER PIZZERIA~ in downtown Berkeley is closed and relocating. 2132 Center St. at Oxford, Berkeley.

Whoosh, that was a lot. Sorry, everyone, it’s tough out there. Thank you for all your efforts to feed us!

SO Many New Openings in the East Bay, and More News

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“Old-school” pad Thai with head-on/shell-on shrimp from Monterey Fish Market and Hodo Soy tofu at Funky Elephant. Instagram photo via @funky.elephant.

Gang, whoa, the 510 is en fuego right now with new openings. So many places I want to visit! To be honest, I wish I had the time to recap all these openings from the past two weeks, but I don’t, and I have some carpal tunnel flaring up with all this writing, so I’m going to give you some quick teasers and you just click through to what you’d like to read more about. Which will probably be everything. :)

There’s a new Thai place in Berkeley’s Gilman district from a former chef de cuisine at Hawker Fare in San Francisco serving Thai comfort food with housemade ingredients (like their green curry): ~FUNKY ELEPHANT~. [Via EBX.]

There’s another Thai place that just opened in North Oakand, ~BIRD & BUFFALO~, a fast-casual place from the owners of Soi 4 Bangkok in Rockridge and Basil Thai and Basil Canteen in SF. [Via EBX.]

Chef Tu David Phu is “launching Chef’s Hawker Centre, a nationwide pop-up series celebrating Asian ingredients, techniques, and culture in collaboration with Cochon555” and Feastly, starting this month. (Let’s hope they get some ladies in that lineup.) [Via EBX.]

Oh hai, here are some ladies. ~OESTE BAR & KITCHEN~ has opened in Old Oakland from Sandra Davis, Lea Redmond, and Anna Villalobos (read more backstory on them here), featuring a daytime café, cocktails, nighttime vibes, dishes like chicken and sausage gumbo and a burger, and an upcoming rooftop deck. [Via EBX.]

And, I am quite sure y’all saw this already about Charlie Hallowell (Pizzaiolo, Boot and Shoe Service, Penrose) stepping away from his restaurants after 17 female former employees came forward with allegations of sexual harassment, abuse, and misconduct. Like the Four Barrel/Jeremy Tooker allegations, it brings up a lot of complicated questions (like “Is Hallowell still benefiting from his company? Yes? If not, is it okay to show support to his employees by dining there?”). There is some dialogue about this on an Instagram post from Ordinaire Wine, which is no longer offering Boot and Shoe pizzas at their shop.

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Jan 9, 2018

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Bar News & Reviews (put it on my tab)
Jan 9, 2018

New Cocktail Events: A Mixing Class and Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market

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Seasonal cocktails will be in abundance at Paws & Pours: Cocktails of the Farmers Market. Photo: Amanda Lynn Photography.

A couple of cocktail events to warm you up this January! On Thursday January 18th, Reza Esmaili is hosting a hands-on tequila and whiskey mixing and tasting class, partnering with Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey, and Tim Zohn (formerly The Alembic, AQ) will be joining him. You’ll enjoy cocktails, bites, and learn some tips and techniques behind the bar. 6:30pm-8:30pm. $59, tickets here. At ~TRACE~ upstairs at W San Francisco, 181 3rd St. at Howard.

At the end of the month, on Wednesday January 31st, CUESA and the San Francisco chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild are hosting a warm and cuddly winter edition of their seasonal fundraisers, Paws & Pours: Cocktails of the Farmers Market, in partnership with the San Francisco SPCA. You get to enjoy seasonal ruff-freshments (ha-ha!) and vegetarian bites from top bartenders and chefs (including Dirty Habit, Horsefeather, The Front Porch) in the Ferry Building’s Grand Hall. Plus, the SF SPCA will host a doggy petting enclosure, where you’ll have the chance to cuddle with some adorable pups! Yes, fun. Sign-ups to snuggle with a pooch are first come, first served, so don’t delay in arriving.

Guests receive three full-size signature cocktails with the featured spirits, along with unlimited sample-size drinks; restaurants serve small bites, and CUESA, the USBG, and SF SPCA will provide some games and prizes.

Tickets are $60. Use code “tablehopperpartyanimal” for $5 off. 5:30pm-8pm.

Ferry Building - One Ferry Building San Francisco - 415-983-8000

the socialite

Shindigs, Feasts, & Festivals (let's party)
Jan 9, 2018

Enjoy an Incredible Spread of Asian Dishes, Cocktails, Quality Wines, and More at Next Week's Pencils for Kids Fundraiser Party

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Bhel puri from Indian Paradox, ready to be paired with many quality wines we’ll have at the event from Chambers & Chambers. Photo courtesy of Indian Paradox.

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Chef Rob Lam (Perle Wine Bar) is going to be making his amazing oxtail stew with soft Hodo Soy tofu…bun bo Hue style! Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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Megawatt smiles and cuteness during a Pencils for Kids visit to the Praratchadamri Church Project in Chiang Rai. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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The chic Cambria Gallery in SoMa is the perfect party venue, and the bar is going to be well stocked and hoppin’. Photo courtesy of Cambria.

Event Info

Wednesday Jan 17, 2018
6:30pm–9:30pm
$75
Tickets
Cambria Gallery
1045 Bryant St. between 8th and 9th Streets

Am I going to see you at this amazing event next Wednesday January 17th? As an Honorary Chairperson and Ambassador for Pencils for Kids, Inc., I’m curating the restaurants and wine and spirits for their fundraiser event in San Francisco: Small World. Big Flavors. We’re hosting the event at the stylish Cambria Gallery in SoMa (the same fab place where I hosted the fundraiser for Mexico in October!). I’m so excited for us to be back there; it was the perfect party pad, with wonderful hosts!

We’re going to be hosting a walk-around tasting with restaurant partners making Asian street food for the event. You ready for the lineup? YES! We have the new Perle Wine Bar of Montclair joining us (chef Rob Lam is going to be making his amazing oxtail stew with soft Hodo Soy tofu…bun bo Hue style!); the charming Cassava is making their barbecue pork ribs with Indian spices; and Indian Paradox (one of my favorite hidden gems on Divisadero for Indian street food—and they just launched brunch!) is making a classic street food dish of bhel puri (crispy crackers and puffed rice mixed with jaggery and mint chutneys, tomatoes, potatoes, and mango served in a cone) and warm masala peanuts. The Burmese Grocery Cafe (which has a new location in Jack London Square in Oakland) is making their rustic mango chutney pork stew with creamy coconut rice (it’s a crowd pleaser!). We also have Cambodian Nyum Bai joining us—Nite Yun will be serving a salad (she is opening her brick-and-mortar location in 2018!). And you can check out the flavorful Thai-Laotian dishes from the new Esan Classic (from the Lers Ros team)—they will be making spicy turmeric sausage (ground pork, turmeric powder, chile, lemongrass), and Thai iced tea to cool you off.

You’re definitely going to want to save room for dessert, because Belinda Leong of B. Patisserie is going to be making black sesame kouign-amann and milk tea macarons. The fine folks at HelioRoast are going to be offering coffee service—you’ll get to taste their local, microroasted coffee!

There will be fab cocktails: the White Tiger (almond butter-washed The Botanist gin, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Cocchi Americano, five spice bitters) and House of Painters (The Botanist gin, Cointreau, shiso, lime, kumquat shrub, fizzed), both courtesy of our generous sponsor Rémy Cointreau, plus beautiful wines kindly provided by Chambers & Chambers (those of you who came to the SF Loves MX fundraiser remember those two gorgeous French rosés!).

We will also have a silent auction and raffle with some fantastic items (like how about two round-trip tickets to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, are you kidding me?) and a goodie bag!

Tickets are only $75 (the event is 6:30pm-9:30pm), and since it’s a tablehopper event, you know you’ll be well fed (and beveraged, heh) while doing a whole lot of good. All the holiday parties are over, so let’s have some fun in January! I really hope to see you on Wednesday January 17th!

As many of you already know, I visited Northern Thailand this past May to be a part of the 10th anniversary mission of Pencils for Kids, Inc. It’s an amazing nonprofit that raises funds to deliver backpacks filled with school supplies and uniforms to children in Myanmar, Indonesia, and Thailand every year. In 2017, PFK delivered more than 2,200 backpacks to children in need!

My visit to the villages in Chiang Rai to help deliver backpacks was incredibly moving, and as someone who cherishes my education and independence, it felt good to help encourage access to education for others who are less fortunate. And it’s why I’m helping Pencils for Kids with their annual fundraiser in San Francisco this year, with 100 percent of the event proceeds going directly to supply children with backpacks.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, please visit PFK’s donation page, thank you!

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Classifieds (let's get it on)
Jan 9, 2018

(Matchmaker): Riva Cucina Is Looking for a Server

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Our Northern Italian cuisine, sustainably sourced from nearby farms and waters, is inspired by our chef’s region, Emilia-Romagna. We pride ourselves on providing warm and attentive service and excellent regional cuisine. We are looking for front-of-house professionals with strong teamwork skills.

Learn more about this job and apply by clicking here.

(Matchmaker): Munchery Is Looking for a Food Stylist and Culinary Assistant

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Munchery is a whole new way to eat. Founded in 2011, Munchery cooks and delivers chef-prepared meals and cooking kits throughout the Bay Area, Southern California, Seattle, New York, and Washington, D.C. Our website, apps, and behind-the-scenes tech make it all possible, but we know it’s the food that comes first for our customers.

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