Eat + Drink
The label is called Fledgling and the wines are a Pinot and a Chardonnay. The partner in the project is Crushpad, SF's public, urban winery, where the wine is obviously going to be made. Of the $20 cost ($240 a case), $5 per bottle goes to the charity aimed at improving education in the developing world.
It's always struck us as odd that the Castro—so close to the hallowed culinary ground occupied by the Bi-Rite, Delfina and Tartine trifecta, with a gorgeous theater as its centerpiece and, let's face it, filled with the "disposable income" types the right-wing media are always talking about—has never been a great spot for eating. We're happy to see that there seems to be a change afoot. The Castro has its own farmers market now (Wednesday nights until October 28) and Starbelly is quickly becoming the go-to neighborhood restaurant.
You may have seen his hopeful visage sprayed onto abandoned buildings or sketched in chalk on the cracked sidewalks of despair. Perhaps you've recently heard his name praised in the songs of local children or run into a band of teenagers who have left home to go in search of him. Whatever the case, there can be no doubt: The Wine Guerrilla is rising. It is his time.
Between the Buns
This Friday, after a wait that at times seemed interminable, Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar opens! Beginning at 10:30 a.m. (really) you can crowd into the space and check out the buffalo, kobe, salmon and vegetarian burgers. But please note: you can only make reservations for parties of 13 or more.
We all know what this first big rain storm of the season means: more are on their way. I'm ready, actually, for soup and for roasted root vegetables and for an end to tomatoes. It's OK. I think I'll feel even better about the change of seasons once I get my hands on a butter pecan scone with Rittenhouse whiskey glaze, or a fig-fromage blanc scone with honey glaze. Where to purchase such goodies?
Tickets for this coming weekend’s SF Food Wars sold out in one hour and 3 minute.
And that's not just because this month’s food war is called the “The Mini Cupcake Clash" and the 170 ticket-holders are the designated eaters. Last month, tickets for Mac and Cheese competition sold out in 20 hours.
And that’s not just because Mac and Cheese is the savory comfort food equivalent to the cup cake.
Food warfare is just plain fun -- whether it’s a high school cafeteria food fight with edible projectiles or an Iron Chef culinary show-down.
In a continuing effort to get a little more down to earth and recession friendly, the 2010 Bay Area Michelin Guide just released its "Bib Gourmand" picks, adding an extra 18 selections (Flour + Water and Dosa from SF) , for a total of 62. (The starred restaurant picks will be released on Monday.) In order to qualify to be considered for this Bib Gourmand selection, a restaurant must be able to get a customer out the door with two dishes and one glass of wine or dessert in their belly for under $40.
There are approximately 600 restaurants in SF that have a burger on the menu. But who makes the ultimate gourmet burger, the pièce de résistance, the gold standard by which all others should be measured? To narrow it down, we set some standards (burgers must be high-end, include all-beef patties and be served for dinner), then we tasted, pondered and scrutinized 20 of the city’s best. Here they are, ranked in order, from 10 to one. The victor? It’s not who you think it is.
Photography by Ed Anderson.