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Eat It: Jacques' and Showdogs Celebrate, We Get Wild

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

Bay Area Power Couples: Gayle Pirie & John Clark of Foreign Cinema & Showdogs

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

Obsessed: Gayle Pirie (owner of Foreign Cinema) on Onion Rings

“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.

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