A cloth painting of a smelt on the wall at Ramen Shop. [Photo: Blair Sneddon]
OAKLAND—Ramen Shop is hosting quite the shindig on Monday night to celebrate the release of the newest issue of Meatpaper (“the fishue”), with Tim Archuleta of Ichi Sushi, Doug Bernstein of Fish, and Jerome Waag of Chez Panisse dropping by to dish up TwoXSea-provided seafood, alongside beer from 21st Amendment and Trumer, booze from St. George Spirits, and wine from Scribe. Tickets are . [EaterWire]
THE MISSION—The Galley, the little pop-up nestled inside of infamous Valencia dive Clooney’s, is turning two next week, and they’re bringing in fellow food impresarios Rocky’s Frybread and Fogcutter to serve up French onion sandwiches, pickled pepper eggs, fried chicken bao, and lots of other tasty stuff. Those interested in playing chicken with indigestion can also enter a pickled pepper egg eating contest. [EaterWire]
BAYVIEW—If you love soul food, mark your calendar for the annual Black Cuisine party in the Bayview, which will be held next Saturday at the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center. The event features home-cooked fare like fried chicken, BBQ, yams, fried catfish, jambalaya, cornbread, and sweet potato pie. All the proceeds benefit services for low-income seniors in the area, and if you want to put your best recipe to the test, there’s also a cooking contest. Tickets are and available here. [EaterWire]
OAKLAND—Dungeness crab season is coming to a close, so if you want to score a crab from Russell Moore‘s wood-fired oven at Camino, this Monday is your last chance. The menu runs for half a crab and for a whole one, and includes a starter like soup or salad, as well as dessert. [EaterWire]
Inner Richmond: Heartbaker, a new bakery and café, is moving into the former Chapeau! space at 1408 Clement Street (at 15th Avenue), opening in March. [Richmond SF via Scoop]
Mission: Chefs are shuffling at Schmidt’s and Walzwerk. [Eater]
Hayes Valley: Smitten Ice Cream is looking for a new name for their patented, signature, liquid-nitrogen-powered ice cream machine, after a little trademark kerfuffle with Electrolux over its original name, Kelvin. [Hayeswire]
Oakland: Ramen Shop (5812 College Avenue) is hosting a release party for Meatpaper Issue 19, The Fishue on Tuesday, February 26. Tickets are . [7x7]
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Nana Joe’s granola wares, now available at the Ferry Plaza Thursday market. [Photo: Good Eggs]
THE EMBARCADERO—CUESA recently welcomed two new vendors to the lineup at the Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market: Sow Fresh Juice, which currently operates out of Yield wine bar in the Dogpatch, and Nana Joe’s Granola, which is working on a new series of Chef’s Choice granolas that will kick off with a version designed by Nopa chef Laurence Jossel (featuring pistachios, almonds, TCHO cocoa nibs, cherries, and apricots). [7x7]
UNION SQUARE—If you’ve ever wanted to hang with Charlie Palmer, now’s your chance: he’ll be popping into the Burritt Room and Tavern‘s new Berlinetta lounge for a Bubbles at Berlinetta party next Thursday night. Tickets are , and include a global selection of sparkling wines, small plates from executive chef Ashley Weaver, and Humphrey Bogart classics on the tube. There’s a full menu and ticket info here. [EaterWire]
OAKLAND—Oaklavore got to check out a preview dinner for James Syhabout‘s forthcoming Box and Bells, and was impressed by the fried chicken with raw-oyster mayonnaise, the poutine with blood pudding gravy, and the date cake with apple and vanilla chantilly. If you’re interested in sampling the fare for yourself, there are still two more chances to attend the previews at Hawker Fare, on March 3 and March 17. [Oaklavore via Grub Street]
PRESIDIO—If you’re looking to start a restaurant in a pretty grand space, the Presidio Officers’ Club may be for you. The historic building’s restoration should finally be complete next year, and the Presidio Trust is seeking a restaurant to operate in the space, which dates to the early 1800s and has played host to countless weddings. The new owners will need to serve both lunch and dinner, and play by the local/sustainable rules of the road. [Inside Scoop]
Everything changed when we turned back the clocks. We eat much more hot soup and porridge than usual, carefully consider our scarf options, and retire by 9:30 p.m. Now that hibernation time is upon us
Right on 6th Street where for the third year non-profit economic development company, Urban Solutions, presented their third annual “2 Blocks of Art” program last night. Regretting that you missed it? Despair not! You can catch the next one one on October 19 from 4-8pm)
This event coincides with the “24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival“ which also started yesterday and runs through October 21st. I really love these events which showcase such unique talent – art, music, performance and food – for which the City is so well known.
As most of you know, 6th Street is located in the Mid-Market district – increasingly becoming referred to as MIDMA – I believe this acronym was coined by artist Richard Perri and you can watch on this You Tube clip about one of his public art installations. He’s right he when says that MIDMA is becoming the center of the art movement in San Francisco.
And not only is MIDMA becoming the arts center of the City, there is so much positive development going on there that it’s taking shape as a real community – live (new residential developments by Avalon Bay at 55 – 9th Street and Crescent Heights at 1401 Market); work (Twitter has moved into 1355 Market and Dolby has relocated their HQ to 1275 Market) and eat (try Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers and Dottie’s True Blue Cafe at 6th & Market) and entertain (The Warfield, The Orpheum, American Conservatory Theater relocating to the site of the former Strand Theater) and play (numerous bars and clubs such as The Monarch where Urban Solutions held their reception last night).
I think a lot of people are still fearful of MIDMA but remember “we have nothing to fear but fear itself”! It’s really okay in MIDMA – more than okay. So, on with the party with a tune from the great Sam Cooke.
p.s. thanks to the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development, San Francisco Arts Commission, Urban Solutions, Sylvia & Young Yi, Fair Market Properties, Central Market Community Benefits District, Pooky and the many many people who have faith that MIDMA is a great place to be and have taken action on it.
PizzaHacker’s new coconut oil drum oven. [Photo: Flickr/Mi Piace Kate Design]
THE MISSION —PizzaHacker Jeff Krupman heads up a Scoutmob celebration of tomato season from noon to 4 p.m. on August 26 at Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (2323 Mission). The event includes a summer flight of his pizza cooked from his spanking new coconut oil drum oven, two Bloody Marys (from a build-your-own bar) or specialty beers, bites from PizzaHacker collaborator /CSA provider Luke’s Local, and take-home tomato seed packets from Graze the Roof. Admission is and available here. [EaterWire]
COMING ATTRACTIONS — Zagat is hosting a Google Hangout live video chat with Michael Bauer, Nancy Oakes, Mourad Lahlou, and Gary Danko at 3 p.m. on August 23 for Zagat followers on Google+. RSVP here to attend virtually. [EaterWire]
PLYWOOD UPDATE — Even after more than a year of work, the roastery and cafe for De La Paz Coffee (1081 Mission) still isn’t quite ready, but the coffee stand in front is now open again from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The full cafe should be ready in about five months. [ISSF]
EAST BAY — The 25th annual Oakland Chinatown StreetFest takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 25-26. Admission is free and food options include Thai BBQ. [East Bay Dish]
In case you haven’t heard, it’s all about gin. No really. It was already, and we’re sure that vodka is so far out that it’s probably destined to be in again soon, but while we’re talking about gin, here are two events gin lovers may want to know about:
Hendrick’s “Voyages Into the Unusual,” June 20 & 21: This is the second event that Hendrick’s has thrown in recent months with a quirky theme centering on “oddities” and “curiosities.” Tonight’s event is at the Swedish American Hall (2174 Market Street) from 7 to 10 p.m., and continues tomorrow too. More info here.
St. George Spirit-Pairing Dinner, June 25: St. George will be featuring their pretty awesome Botanivore and Terroir gins among another spirits being paired with food at an event Monday night at Spruce. It starts at 6:30 p.m., and there more details, including the menu below.
The cost is 0 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and you can reserve a seat at 415-931-5100. The preliminary menu is below.
Spirit pairing: St. George Botanivore Gin
Cocktail: Grand Pendennis (St. George Botanivore Gin, house-macerated apricot brandy, lime, Peychaud’s Bitters, Dimmi foam, burnt bitters)
Zuckerman’s Farm Jumbo Asparagus / Sauce Gribiche / Speck
Spirit pairing: Aqua Perfecta Pear Eau de Vie
Poached Alaskan Halibut / Smoked Oyster Butter / Brassicas
Spirit pairing: St. George Terroir Gin
Cocktail: Deconstructed G&T (St. George Terroir Gin, housemade tonic syrup, Fever Tree club soda)
Prime Rib-Eye / Kohlrabi / Young Onions
Spirit pairing: Breaking & Entering Bourbon
Cocktail: Little Italy (Breaking & Entering Bourbon, Cocchi Barolo Chinato, Regan’s Orange Bitters)
Dark Chocolate Cake / Aqua Perfecta Raspberry Sabayon / Toasted Almonds
Spirit pairing: St. George Absinthe Verte
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What: Chop Bar Pig Roasts
Where: Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden Street, Oakland
When: Starting April 15th at 4 p.m., then every third Sunday through September, weather
Wild Kitchen. [Photo: Laurie Eanes]
POP-UPS — Iso Rabins’ Wild Kitchen hosts its last dinner series of the season from February 23-26. The first two nights will be a la carte service for walk-ins at 710 Florida Street, while the 25th and 26th will be ticketed prix fixe affairs purchased via Eventbrite and held at a secret location. Looks like you’ll have to do your own gourmet foraging for a minute after that. [EaterWire]
FREEBIE WIRE — Vinyl Wine Bar (359 Divisadero) is throwing a Neighborhood Holiday Pizza Party tomorrow night (Feb. 22) with a nice gratis deal. Purchase a PizzaHacker pizza and receive a free glass from the happy hour wine selection. Soup Junkie returns for a pop-up night on Feb. 23. [EaterWire]
AWARDS SEASON — Zagat debuts its new 30 Under 30 list and bestows up-and-coming hotness on local food professionals. Honored youngsters include chef Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food), pastry pro Melissa Chou (Aziza), and sommelier Desmond Echavarrie (The French Laundry). [Zagat]
WINE — Paul Einbund, the sommelier at Frances (3870 17th St.), reps SF in an in-depth feature by Eater National on wine hotness. He finds the city to have a notable concentration of “labor-intensive small lists” and professes particular love of the selections at Slanted Door, RN74, Spruce, and Bar Tartine. [~ EN ~]
EaterWire: Poolside Happy Hour Party at Chambers, District Expands to Oakland, Details on brewtruc, and More
POOL PARTY - Party in the Tenderloin! Chambers Eat + Drink is throwing a pool party tomorrow with beers and cocktails from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hey, it’s sunny out, and once you’re inside the Phoenix Hotel, you could really be anywhere. More info here. [EaterWire]
EXPANSION WIRE – The owners of SoMa’s gargantuan wine bar, District, have jumped on the closed Levende East space in Oakland. Although the space will look similar to the popular SF original, there will be liquor and cocktails, which should make it quite the “wine bar.” [ISSF]
SWITCHEROOS – Back from Turkey, Mme. Tablehopper finds out what’s going on with the new owners at the Parea Wine Bar space. They’re turning it into Etcetera Wine Bar. It’s opening soon, and they’re not saying much more than that for now. [Tablehopper]
BEER TRUCK - Following yesterday’s Rumormongering, GrubStreet passes on the Facebook page for brewtruc, which will hopefully launch around Oct. 10 as “a luxe taproom for restaurant-adjacent beer gardens; and a non-profit beer education hub.” Owner Hugh Schick is also retrofitting a 1961 Nash Metro with a mesquite-grill. That’ll be called 800-lb Grilla when he’s done with it. Then 800-lb Grilla and brewtruc can
make babies do tandem events. [GrubStreet]