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Jessica Battilana

Pebble Beach Food and Wine: Nice Work If You Can Get It

Whenever I consider grousing about my job, I try to remind myself that, in so many, many ways, I've got it pretty good. It's easier to remember this in early April, when the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival is right around the corner and, as an invited member of the press, I have the difficult decision of choosing the events I'd like to attend—a dinner with legend Jacques Pépin, a vertical tasting of some of the finest Burgundies ever made or a mid-morning Krug retrospective? The mind reels.

Eat It: Lots of Lamb, Urban Agriculture and a Slow Food Seder

Edible Art Contest at Omnivore Books

For Omnivore Books’ Edible Art Contest, “participants may enter their favorite food-related books or art, in the form of an “Edible” entry.” Perhaps you’ll recreate your favorite Dutch still life? Or riff on MFK Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf? The possibilities are endless! Participants can enter for free, eaters only are $5.

Rabbit: Where to Find It, How to Cook It and What to Serve It With

Deep Dish: Mission Beach Café devotes every Tuesday to several varieties of pot pie. The rabbit version is loaded with vegetables—turnips, English peas, carrots and parsnips—that could have been stolen straight from Farmer Brown’s garden. 198 Guerrero St., 415-861-0198,

Portland to Get a Taste of SF

Here's the good news—the team behind Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope (brothers Mitch and Steve Rosenthal and Doug Washington) is opening a new restuarant. The bad news? The new restaurant, Irving Street Kitchen, is in Portland, Oregon. Like their restaurants here in San Francisco, Irving Street is housed within a historic building in the Pearl district, amidst many other repurposed warehouses—the construction photos above reveal a very familiar landscape. Not that there's anything wrong with that—the three restaurants they own now have been  huge hits here in San Francisco, and we're betting they'll do just as well up North.

Marlowe: South Food and Wine Transforms Into a Cal-Bistro

If there’s one thing that doesn’t fly during a downturn, it’s the status quo. But when faced with the option of either shuttering or reinventing, restaurateurs have been opting for the latter, like Madonnas of the dining world. Although Acme Chophouse has just changed into Mijita/Public House, a proven success of this kind of 180 would be Coco500, which, until 2005, was Loretta Keller’s beloved Bizou.

Why San Francisco is Not a Gay Town

Is San Francisco a gay city—or just a gay man's city?

When I moved to San Francisco five years ago, I'd internalized a very powerful myth—that this place was the gayest city in America, the streets paved with pride flags, and that my wife and I would fit right in.

First Bite: Ebb and Flow

Well, we ought to all be able to agree on one thing: Ebb and Flow has one of the most coveted locations in all of San Francisco. This is some seriously prime real estate, across from Tartine Bakery, down the block from Bi-Rite and Delfina, with giant windows on all sides. When the sun is going down, flooding with room with a sunset glow, and the parade of misfit San Franciscans decamping from Dolores Park crowd amble by, there are few finer seats.

Sightglass Ushers in Coffee's Fourth Wave

You say siphon—I say Slayer. If the hype is to be believed, then the Fourth Wave of coffee has begun. In the life span of java, the four-wave theory is broken down thusly:

The post-WWII rise of instant coffee (first); Starbucks and Peet’s (second); obsessive, bean-sourcing micro-roasters like Blue Bottle and Four Barrel (third); and what I’ll deem the “machine age” (fourth).

Eat It: Hot Dogs, Spring Feasts and Underground Food

All-You-Can-Eat at Showdogs

Chow down on dogs, onion rings and microbrews—all for a good cause! On March 25th, Showdogs is hosting an all-you-can-eat bonanza. For $20, you’ll have unlimited access to beer, gourmet sausages, bbq fries and onion rings. There will also be live music and an auction of gift certificates to both Show Dogs and sister restaurant Foreign Cinema. Proceeds will benefit the nearby SF City Academy.

Absinthe Team Prepares to Dominate Hayes Valley

If all goes according to plan, this is shaping up to be quite the season for the Absinthe crew.  We've been tracking the developments over at Comstock Saloon—highlights include a mid-April opening and pickled eggs—oh, yes, and drinks from Jonny Raglin and Jeff Hollinger, as well as a tricked out location in a historic building on Columbus. Now, via Grub Street and Tablehopper comes word that the Absinthe crew is taking over the Citizen Cake space—soon, Hayes Valley domination will be complete.

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