Eat + Drink
When people talk Bay Area specialty roasters, especially in San Francisco, you tend to hear three names over and over: Blue Bottle, Ritual, and Four Barrel. Of course, there's good reason for that. All are excellent, and can be found all over the city. But of course there are many other great roasters in the Bay Area. And one in particular, Barefoot Coffee Roasters, seems to inspire an almost cult-like level of devotion and in this case one of the most, um, interesting job application videos we've ever seen.
Tyler Florence serves up some sinfully delicious classics at his new SF restaurant, Wayfare (buttermilk-brined fried chicken anyone?). He shared his recipe for deviled eggs with California Home+Design this month. Check it out here and get ready to seriously impress friends at your next brunch party.
Those of you who have been busy spotting Big Eat items on Foodspotting now have some more lists to get through! We're excited to announce that we're part of Foodspotting's 2.0 iPhone app and website launch, and now have our Big Sweet 2010, our Ramen Guide and our SF Burger Bonanza available for the hunt. So renew those gym memberships and get busy making plans to spot Fish & Farm burgers, Hapa ramen and Humphry Slocombe's Secret Breakfast ice cream. You can find all of 7x7's lists here.
Special Sake Dinner at Nombe
Lovers of sake should book a seat at Nombe's special dinner on August 18th. The restaurant will be serving four different sakes from the Miyasaka family of Suwa, Nagano, a tenth generation sake clan, accompanied by dishes prepared by chef Balla, including grilled rib-eye and squid and heirloom tomatoes with shiso. All-inclusive tickets are $50; for more information visit nombesf.com
Pickles and More at the Jewish Contemporary Museum
On August 19 the Jewish Contemporary Museum is hosting a special evening--for the $5 cost of admission, visitors can stock up at the gourmet pickle bar (and pick up tips from expert picklers onsite), enjoy snacks from Bi-Rite Market and hear Jane Ziegelman, author of 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement, read from her book. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. (the reading is at 7:30 p.m.)
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. 7x7 Nightlife Party at Infusion Lounge: Our annual Nightlife Guide is almost here, and to celebrate, we're throwing a party at Infusion Lounge with plenty of luminaries from the local entertainment scene. $3 rum cocktails and $2 beers will be on offer, with complimentary tastings and bites. The food and drink deals end at 8 pm, with a DJ keeping the party going until 10. RSVP here. (Thursday, August 19th, 7-10 pm, at Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis St., Union Square.)
I've been walking the streets of the Mission District for years now and while the long stretch of Valencia Street—and, of course, the 18th Street gourmet ghetto—has become nationally recognized as a dining destination, Mission Street itself has held tight to its collision of dollar stores, taquerias, cheap furniture stores and generally cheerful, Latin-influenced funk.
Mojo Bicycle Cafe, the Divisadero bike shop and cafe known for awesome coffee (they serve De La Paz and Ritual) and great outdoor seating (they were a Best of the Day 2010 pick), has been venturing into the dinner arena for the past few weeks now with a Monday Night Supper Club, featuring local chefs cooking up prix fixe dinners on their nights off. Tonight, the Supper Club continues with guests chefs James Lalonde and Joe McColgan, vets of Pizzeria Delfina, Town Hall, Fish & Farm and Bacar kitchens.
The CSA model has long been championed as the sustainable food lovers best way to get a piece of the action. Beginning with vegetable boxes, this direct-to-consumer approach eliminates the middle-man, putting consumers directly in touch with producers and ensuring that farmers have a home for the crops they raise.
And while vegetable CSA boxes are old news, the subscription model has since been extended to meat, cheese and, now, pastries, preserves, confections and savory breads. That's right—Tell Tale Preserve Company, the latest project from pastry chef extraordinaire William Werner (last seen at Quince) is launching the "Tell Tale Society," a monthly sack of goodies, to change with the seasons. Your $35 subscription entitles you to a monthly haul, which can be picked up or delivered to your door.