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The Big Eat 2011 Scavenger Hunt Prizes

Grand Prize
The person who "spots" all 100 items on the Big Eat 2011 Scavenger Hunt (by taking a photo) will win two nights in a historic deluxe room at the Napa River Inn, dinner for two at Morimoto Napa, a private booth after dinner at John Anthony Wines and a $1,250 gift basket from CANVAS (details below). If no participant has spotted all 100 items by April 31, 2011, the person with the most items spotted on April 31, 2011 will win the Grand Prize.

Campton Spices It Up



I want to make this clear: Srijith, the executive sous chef of Campton Place Hotel restaurant, is not the kind of guy who's made his career cooking up a curry of the day. Before he arrived in SF, he was a chef at Deep End—an award-winning Conde Nast restaurant in the Maldives where the menu is Mediterranean.

Tuna and Beans

My good friend—Sandro Rossi (former Oakland cafe owner, food and wine savant) from our porcini mushroom adventure—was kind enough to drop off a bag of caponi beans and some bottles of Da Capo wines from Italy. (Seriously, life is good.)


School Spirit

Wine classes in the city abound. You can learn about reds and whites in any number of places, from City College to the CCA to multitudes of smaller, private institutions. But if you wanted to learn about spirits and cocktails there has been no organized way to do that. Until now.

Conduit: An Early Report


Conduit's sleek interior.

7 Things in Food

Check out these 7 things—all happening this week.

1. Green delivery: This is the first full week that Grub Hub—online delivery guide and ordering service—is purchasing carbon offsets for every delivery.

2. Dine like it’s 1998: In celebration of 10 years in business, Absinthe is rolling back prices on signature dishes and cocktails from January 20 to February 1.

3. Go ‘shroomin’: Black Truffle dinner at Palmetto is tonight (January 22 at 7 p.m.). Start with beef carpaccio and shaved celery salad, move to pasta, then roasted guinea hen and finally a duet of desserts.

The Fifth Floor Goes to Gascony


Chef Laurent Manrique is getting back to his roots.

Chefs get excited about things: “The Bay Area is almost the same latitude and longitude!” Laurent Manrique, the chef of Aqua and now consultant to the Fifth Floor, was telling me the other day, referring to the likeness of our geography to his native homeland, the Gascony region of France. They have a wine country (OK, so theirs is Bordeaux, one of the most famous wine regions in the world), forest, mountains (OK, theirs is the Pyrenees), and an ocean in close proximity—and so do we!

Santa Cruz Root Beer



My quest to find the perfect root beer continued with this oddity, purchased at the Ashbury Market. As you might expect, my quest will continue. This organic root beer is clear. Wearing its lack of artificial coloring on its sleeve might allow Santa Cruz to feel morally superior, but, come on, root beer should be brown and served in a frosty mug. (OK, I’m the one who put it in a wine glass.) Anyway, the flavor was not particularly rooty. It was more gingery and spicy. It’s drinkable, but not really satisfying as a root beer. Next!
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