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Absinthe's Chef Jamie Lauren: Top Chef Calls


God, it feels good to be right.

If you haven't already read our coverage of the Top Chef casting calls, which I wrote about in April, click here. Back then, I made the proclamation that SF's own Jamie Lauren—currently the executive chef at Absinthe—was definitely headed for fame.

And if you haven't already heard, I was right. Jaime is going to be on the next Top Chef, as what they call a "cheftestant."

Although Lauren is certainly headed for potential ridicule as well as fame (aren't all reality show contestants?), I've always thought of Top Chef as being ok, as reality shows go. But then, I watched one of the video clips on Bravo's site, where they ask TF's judges and host—Tom, Padma and Gail—what gives them a "culinary boner?" (Can you see me cringing? I'm cringing.)

The Party Line

In spite of the invitation's ominous admonishment ("Dinner, Finger-pointing, Denials, Live Auction and Immediate Resignations"), it was all peace, love and Obama down at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts last week where Artists Ball 7: The New Party '08 won a decisive victory in the fight for your right to party -- as well as access to and support of great local artists and art.

David Byrne at Davies Symphony Hall

David Byrne rocked Davies Symphony Hall on Tuesday night, playing from his recent release with Brian Eno,  Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.  Check out the photos below.

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Gin Wigmore Performs at 330 Ritch

Gin Wigmore performed at 330 Ritch on Tuesday.  Check out photos below.

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Talib Kweli Photos from Hip Hop Live Tour

The Hip Hop Live Tour featured Talib Kweli, David Banner, and Little Brother at The Grand Ballroom.

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SF Fashion and Beauty Events


Courtesy of Loyal Army Clothing

What:
Loyal Army’s “Party for the Pets”

When:
7 p.m., Oct. 16

Where:
Loyal Army Clothing, 1728 Haight St., 415-897-9797
 
Why:

Scala's Bistro: A bright spot

One of our fabulous informants snapped this picture and sent it our way—suffice to say, this particular diner clearly found Scala’s Bistro to be a little too dark, and decided to remedy the situation by turning her mag light—er,  flood light—on the menu. Funny stuff. My question: does this diner travel around with this massive flashlight in her handbag?

26th Annual Macy’s Passport Fashion Show

On Thursday, September 18, such stars as comedian Dame Edna, No Doubt drummer Adrian Young, the Jabbawockeez dance crew and designer Tommy Hilfiger rounded out the guest list at the 26th annual Macy’s Passport HIV/AIDS fundraising gala. Models strutted timeless fall staples at the eagerly awaited fashion show and main attraction of this event.


Wendy Simon Armstrong, Victoria Yeager Sawyer, Jackie Chimera

Ferragamo Boutique Hosts Candace Bushnell Book Signing

Salvatore Ferragamo and Denise Hale hosted an afternoon soiree on Friday, September 26 to celebrate the publication of One Fifth Avenue. Candace Bushnell signed copies of her new book for guests and donated 10 percent of the day’s sales to benefit Children of Shelters.


Kim Jackson, Natasha Monahan, Lindsay Bolton, Barbara Brown

Strange Fruit: The Latest from the Farmers Market

It's an heirloom-tomato-eat-heirloom-tomato world out there at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. SF's resident foodies, not content to settle for something as banal and yesteryear as an Early Girl (unless it's dry-farmed, of course) are always on the lookout for what's new, hot, the latest!

Beyond a small frenzy over Ella Bella's dry-farmed tomatoes (I saw Italian cookbook author Carol Field buying up bagfuls), this is what my trip to the market last Saturday revealed:
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