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.)
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.
Wendy Simon Armstrong, Victoria Yeager Sawyer, Jackie Chimera
Kim Jackson, Natasha Monahan, Lindsay Bolton, Barbara Brown
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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