Eat + Drink
I must admit it: I have a bit of a love affair with Fergus Henderson, the chef of London's St. John restaurant. I've never eaten at his restaurant--which is something of a canteen for the London art set--but I warmed immediately to his cheeky approach to food, as demonstrated in his terrific cookbooks and this series of funny videos on the St.
Welcome to the second annual Big Eat: a serious melting pot of flavors made up of timeless classics, off-the-beaten-path gems and a few – how shall we put it – experiences. Because restaurants in this town are always on the move, 40 of last year's picks have been replaced with memorable newcomers, as well as some oldies and goodies. There's just one caveat: You only have one year to get San Francisco in your belly.
It's Kentucky Derby time, which means the pressure is on to make a killer mint julep.
So in the name of great Derby parties citywide, we're teaming up with Liquor.com to bring you three no-fail julep recipes from Erick Castro, bartender and general manager of Rickhouse. Check out the recipes below and read the full article on Liquor.com.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
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)?
Then we need your help.
As the Italians continue their quest to make New World wines, San Franciscans continue to bow only to the old.
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.