Jacques Pepin Turns 75
The inimitable Jacques Pepin, master chef and KQED booster, is turning 75. In honor of the occasion, Waterbar is preparing a special birthday party on October 14, and party-goers can expect baked oysters, truffled grilled cheese sandwiches, foie gras torchon and much more. Should you have a chance face-to-face with the chef, we suggest discussing his hobby, pétanque. Tickets are $125; to purchase, call 415-392-4400 or visit cityboxoffice.com
“I’ve always loved onion rings. There is a majesty to them when they are done well. My ideal version are the ones we serve at [my new restaurant] Showdogs, sweet onions that we soak in buttermilk and then batter with rice flour. But when you need a fix, you need a fix: If we have meetings at Foreign Cinema, we’ll frequently indulge in a white paper bag of rings from Jay’s Cheesesteak. They are sort of the classic, overbreaded, super-crunchy style. Zuni puts out a good onion ring—Judy [Rodgers] and I are of the same school. There’s always a gorgeous onion under a lacy, crispy crust. In the late ’80s, before I had kids, I used to go to Edinburgh Castle. I’d order a lager-and-lime and onion rings and douse them with malt vinegar.