Eat + Drink
Notable Wine Importer Kermit Lynch at Absinthe
Kermit Lynch, notable wine importer, author and—yes—musician, will team up with chef Jamie Lauren for a special four-course wine dinner at Absinthe on May 6. No word on the menu yet, but the evening begins with a Champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6:30 p.m., and tickets for the intimate soiree are $150. To RSVP, call 415-551-1453 or email Vanessa Harris at email@example.com
DIY Show-and-Tell at 18 Reasons
Have you eaten enough Secret Breakfast to get drunk? Been guilty of hoarding the maple caramels from Sweet Revolution? Thrown yourself a party as an excuse to have more than one of the Sweet S'More cupcakes from Kara's? Gone to Zuni just to get the espresso granita (extra whipped cream)?
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As should be obvious by the enthusiasm with which I threw myself into last summer's bonanza, I like a good burger every now and again. Within a short walk of my house in the lower Haight there is a Burger Joint, a Burger Meister and, as of late, the brand-spanking new Super Duper Burger. SDB opened earlier this month and is the latest project from Adriano Paganini (Beretta, Starbelly, Delarosa) and partners Deborah Blum (Beretta, Starbelly, Delarosa) Edmondo Sarti (Starbelly). Paganini is the founder and former CEO of Pasta Pomodoro, which formerly occupied the space where SDB now stands.
I'm in St. Helena for an excellent conference at the CIA. I spent my morning listening to powerful talks from sustainability pioneers Fedele Bauccio of Bon Appetit Management Company and farmer Lee Jones of The Chefs Garden. What an inspiration those men are. But that's another story for another day.
Formerly local chefs say this city’s myopic focus on rusticity and pizza is a yawn. Yet in NYC—freed from SF’s trappings—they’re still cooking up meatballs, and New Yorkers aren’t complaining.
Last year at the NYC Food & Wine Festival, when Momofuku chef David Chang “called bullshit” on SF restaurants, asserting that they were all “serving figs on a plate with nothing on it,” he inadvertently started a heated debate that—as more and more SF chefs resettle in New York—continues.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
Learn to make French macarons
Pastry chef Thip (formerly of Cortez and Luce) is teaching two-hour hands-on classes in French meringue technique. A demonstration is followed by hands-on practice, taught in a private loft in San Francisco. Cupcakes are so three years ago. For more information about the classes and schedule, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anchor & Hope celebrates its second anniversary!
Local: Mission Eatery is not a sandwich shop. That is, it’s not only a sandwich shop, though every day chef Jake Des Voignes (formerly of Fifth Floor and Fish & Farm) is making a half-dozen sandwiches, including one with roasted potato and green-garlic ricotta and another with braised lamb and Cara Cara orange marmalade. It’s not a restaurant, either, though a few nights a month the kitchen stays open late, serving a family-style menu that’s both prepared and served by the chefs. It’s not a bakery, though Knead Patisserie, headed up by Des Voignes’ wife, Shauna, has set up shop in the far corner, making a small selection of cookies, parfaits and cakes.