There’s only one thing better than a delicious meal, and that’s a delicious meal that doesn’t cost you anything.
Congratulations to all our Bay Area James Beard Award 2015 semifinalists! You'll see some familiar names and some new names. The final nonimees will be announced next month, and the awards will take place on May 4 in Chicago. Until then, check out which locals made the first cut.
As a culinary mecca populated with world renowned chefs and recreational foodies alike, it makes sense that San Francisco is a hot spot for underground supper clubs. These social dining experiences can take place anywhere from a victorian house in the Mission to a houseboat on the bay. They're often themed and typically feature local ingredients, but the off-the-grid aspect of the dinners is arguably their most alluring quality.
You know you're supposed to get elbow deep in that new bbq recipe at some point over the next few days. It is Labor Day weekend, afterall. But sometimes life isn't giving you pork butt and spices, it's giving you pop-ups. Since these underground dinners and impromptu "restaurants" are coming out almost as fast as food trucks these days, perhaps this weekend is a good time to avoid the grill all together and check out an outside-the-restaurant-box meal event. We picked our some of our favorite upcoming pop-up events to take you into this weekend, and the coming month too.
Remember micro-herbs? About two years ago miniscule strains of cilantro and basil were sprouting up on the most progressive menus around town. "Now the movement is towards more of a modern naturalism," says Ravi Kapur of Prospect. He's talking about flowers. Edible petals, blossoms, sprays and shoots are sprouting up everywhere.
They might look rare, but some of these blooms are about as easy to find around town as rosemary. David Barzelay of the Lazy Bear underground restaurant sees the current uptick as a result of our ever-tightening bond with local farmers coupled with chefs' growing desire to get out in the field and forage for themselves. Here's a handy guide to the most popular edible blooms of San Francsico and where to find them.