Eat + Drink
All these rockers--young and old--were buying wine. And thanks to Peter Eastlake of Vintage Berkeley wine shop, who organized the whole wine pavilion, they were sipping on some unusually good vino.
The monumental Slow Food Nation affair is finally here! Time may have felt like it slowed down since you first heard that the largest Slow Food event in America was coming to San Francisco for Labor Day weekend, but with all the events quickly selling out it’s time to pick up the pace and make plans. You can slow down again once you get there. Here are our picks for the best of show.
photo by John Olmstead
1. Urban farm excursion
A bowl of figs at the SFN dinner are worth a million words.
Sunday night I attended a fundraiser kick-off dinner for Slow Food Nation, hosted by Alice Waters, Thomas Keller and Peter Coyote. Held at City Hall in the rotunda (with hors d’oeuvres passed in the impressively thriving Victory Garden which is cranking out 100 pounds of produce a week, which then makes its way to the Food Bank), and catered by Paula LeDuc, it was quite an evening.
Though it was a spring release, there's still Lagunitas "Sirius" Cream Ale to be had. Go out and get some immediately - it's likely one of the most delicious beers that will pass your lips this year.
Sirius is one of Lagunitas' many seasonal releases. Traditionally, a cream ale is a sort of cross between a lager and an ale. It often contains some portion of corn or rice, similar to a classic American lager like Budweiser, in order to lighten the body and thin out some of the flavor.
The other night I was taken to Oyaji, a sushi spot on Clement Street, so far out in the avenues you might as well get on a plane to Tokyo. I’ve heard a lot about it from my friends that frequent it. They talk about the sushi, sure, but what they really talk about is Hideki-san, the theatrical, ham-of-a-chef and owner who knows his fish and drinks like one too.
1. Mondays with Morrone
Award winning Bay Area chef George Morrone will add his seasonal influences to the Fish and Farm menu on Mondays for the rest of August and the entire month of September (with the exception of Labor Day, September 1). Each Monday, the menu will also feature one of Morrone’s famous soups from his cookbook, Simply Elegant Soup. Call 415-474-3474 to make a reservation.