Eat + Drink
For the past nine months, Bistro Aix—the beloved Marina restaurant—has been undergoing a Heidi Montag-like remodel—fully gutted and rebuilt. But unlike The Hills starlet, the 15-year-old restaurant is no Barbie-en-Provence. It might not be the hippest spot in town, but it's been redone in fine, grown-up good taste. Dark-wood gives the restaurant a cozy lodge feeling, which is accentuated by a custom-made, roaring wood-fired grill, which, should you choose to sit at the bar, you can see flickers of from your seat. The back patio now has a permanent glass pyramid ceiling for the indoor/outdoor effect without the need for a heat lamp.
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Last week I joined chef Scott Youklis of Maverick restaurant as he checked items off his shopping list and sampled some early stone fruit varieties. Maverick is one of over a dozen local restaurants that will be participating in a nation-wide campaign called “Dine Out for the Gulf” next week. It’s an event spearheaded by Jimmy Galle, owner of Gulfish, a local company that supplies restaurants with crawfish, blue crab and shrimp from the Gulf region. From June 10–12, Maverick will donate 10 percent of all sales to communities impacted by the oil spill.
Sample Persian Pub Grub at Zaré at Fly Trap
On June 3, 4 and 5, Zaré at Fly Trap will be hosting a special dinner series celebrating “Persian Pub Grub.” Each course of the menu will be paired with both wine and beer and dishes include sumac couscous with Dungeness crab, Caspian seafood stew and more, concluding with a refreshing lime sorbet. The dinner is $75 per person, inclusive of wine and beer pairings. To reserve your space, call 415-243-0580 for a reservation.
Restock Your Cellar at CAV’s Annual Wine Blow-Out
Who wouldn't like two free tickets to the porcine event of the summer season? Cochon 555’s road show concludes this Sunday, June 6, at the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, where the final batch of five chefs will compete for the coveted “Prince of Porc” title. Staffan Terje (Perbacco), Anthony Strong (Pizzeria Delfina), Dennis Lee (Namu), Thomas McNaughton (Flour and Water) and Morgan Maki (Bi-Rite) will go snout to snout, each using an entire pig to create the winning gastronomic spread.
It's Memorial Day weekend, which signals the start of summer (nice 11th hour appearance, sun) and with it, festival and fair season. One we're particularly excited for is the CUESA Urban Eats festival at Giants County Fair on June 20th. We're big fans of CUESA (see their weekly Market Watch column) and our fabulous Eat + Drink editors Sara Deseran and Jessica Battilana will be judging the fair's local homemade and homegrown food contest.
Shopping with chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto restaurant can be an adventure. His Food Network series Chef vs. City and his many appearances on shows like Iron Chef America and Best Thing I Ever Ate have made him something of a local celebrity. As we walked through the market on a recent Saturday heads were definitely turning and I even caught a few folks whipping out their camera phones to get a candid photo of the chef in action. Chris’s gregarious personality lends itself well to television, but he’s deeply dedicated to the Bay Area and has a tremendous amount of respect for the farmers who grow the food he cooks.