B. Patisserie has not one, but three announcements. (Courtesy of Hillary Dixler Canavan via Eater SF)

Belinda Leong Makes Mochi, SF Slays With 16 James Beard Semifinalists + More Topics to Discuss Over Brunch

A handful of headlines you may have missed this week.


B. Patisserie Is Launching a Mochi Company With Doughnut Mochi and More, Eater SF

Badass lady chef, Belinda Leong is pulling out the big guns with three major announcements. She'll be doing a series of pop-ups in March before settling on a permanent mochi space; adding a number of new choice additions to B. Patisserie like savory evening eats, and a dessert bar; and opening a branch of B. Patisserie in Seoul, Korea. Read more.


James Beard Awards: See How San Francisco Fared, Patch

Spanning across 21 categories for national and regional chef, and restaurant awards, the James Beard Awards are undoubtedly a life achievement; and we're happy to announce that in more than 20,000 entrants, 16 from San Francisco made the cut...including Belinda Leong. Read more.


San Francisco's Massive New Whole Foods Set to Transform Mid-Market, SF Gate

The biggest Whole Foods in SF comes to save the day. Set to open in 2021, it will coincide with some major changes in the area. The neighborhood is undergoing a major transformation with the building of Trinity Place, a four-building rental complex as well as 5,000 other new housing units and jobs. Mid-Market is getting a total makeover, and soon may be unrecognizable. Read more.


San Jose Announces Ambitious Renewable Energy Program, CBS

In a new program that has plans to build new homes where jobs are, doubling the number of car-charging stations, and converting the airport bus fleet to electric, San Jose also wants to roll out a plan for their one million residents to buy solar or wind energy in bulk—as a city—at a lower cost. Aiming to put into action the goals in the Paris Climate Agreement that Trump withdrew from last year, it's being called one of the boldest plans in the U.S. Read more.


Ryan Coogler Greeted Ecstatic 'Black Panther' Fans at Oakland, San Francisco Premieres, Mercury News

The superhero genre takes a spin with Marvel's Black Panther. With special meaning to locals, Coogler—who directed Fruitvale Station—flew into town and stopped by the Metreon in San Francisco and at the AMC Bay Street 16 in Emeryville. Read more.