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April 12, 2022

Friendly reminder: The nice folks at Pastel are offering tablehopper readers an exclusive $25 off your first order of $40+! Snag the code TABLEHOPPER.

Tasting notes from Marcia: I’m always on the hunt for tasty things, and it can be a full-time job driving all over the Bay, but I love how Pastel makes it easy with one neighborhood pickup. From the bacon fat tortillas from XULO (your next breakfast taco will thank you), to the latest creation from Pizzeria Delfina (the best frozen pizzas on the market, IMHO), to quiche from Arsicault (they’re not just makers of SF’s top croissants)—and don’t forget the noodle soups from new-to-me makers like Chiang Beef Noodle—it’s like your dream shopping experience. I also dig how they run their business, and make sure everyone is paid fairly. I’m so excited for you to check this out, which is why I asked for an extra-special discount code for my extra-special readers. Enjoy!

Wait, what’s Pastel? Pastel is a startup that brings the buzziest treats to your neighborhood—and supports small food businesses. Pastel was founded during the pandemic by a small business owner: Amanda Nguyen also owns Butter&, known for its beautiful buttercream cakes. Unlike third-party delivery apps, which take as much as 30 percent from restaurants, Pastel food makers pay a sustainable 10 percent. The purple vans roll to 20 neighborhood pickup locations all around the Bay Area. Hungry for more? Check out the Pastel blog and follow them on social media.

March 29, 2022

Calling all cheese lovers! Get your tickets now for the 16th annual California Artisan Cheese Festival on Saturday May 7th in Santa Rosa.

Spend the day tasting Calilfornia’s finest artisan cheeses and other local, handcrafted products, perfect for pairing with cheese. And, of course, there will also be beer, wine, cider, and spirits to taste…plus so much more! Meet the local cheesemakers, winemakers, brewers, and distillers while sampling and enjoying live entertainment by the King Street Giants. Don’t miss this afternoon of cheese bliss!

Buy tickets at and follow @caartisancheesefestival for cheesy pics.