Some of us here at 7x7 think that cake reigns supreme in the circular desserts category, while others believe the nostalgia, homeyness, and American spirit of pie trumps any layered creation. For the latter of us, we’ve ranked the best in the Bay. Get out your forks, and open your pie hole.
No feast is complete without a bottle (or ten) of the good stuff. We asked some of the top wine experts in the Bay Area and Napa for their pairing picks for your autumnal potluck. Our advice: better to overstock than not—you’ll need some wine to go with those leftovers, after all.
7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.
What would the winter months be without fresh-baked apple pie? Three Babes Bakeshop makes a mean Classic Apple—the stuff of Thanksgiving dreams—with crisp, organic seasonal apples (Granny Smiths, Pippins, Gravensteins, or Pink Pearls) and a flaky, flavorful all-butter crust.
For the November issue of 7x7, we asked some of the city’s best chefs to get in the giving spirit and share their recipes for standout side dishes to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck.
It’s that time of year, folks, when visions of giblets and gravy boats dance in our heads. If you happen to be hosting Thanksgiving this year, or acting as MVP by bringing the turkey to a potluck bash, you may be hot on the hunt for the perfect bird. And for gourmands that want to opt for something organic, heritage-bred, or just more flavorful, local Bay Area butchers and markets have you covered.
You can keep your turkey legs and gelatenous cranberries, thank you. Thanksgiving is all about stuffing. Lots of stuffing. Preferably doused in gravy. It is the ultimate comfort food in a holiday made up of comfort foods. In order to help you prepare Thanksgiving's most important dish, we have five recipes from esteemed local chefs to make your holiday feast magical.
Whether you're channeling Martha or just trying to get through Thanksgiving without an exploding turkey, a solid holiday dish requires a hefty dose of fresh herbs to dial up the flavor and bring on the festivities. When prepping your dish, it's essential to start with fresh herbs for maximum impact. Sure, dried and powdered herbs work in a pinch, but there's no comparison to the real thing.
Avoid the family drama and inevitable exploding mashed potatoes by feasting out or dining in on Turkey Day.
New Zealand Wine Dinners at Waiheke Island Yacht Club
America’s Cup has come and gone, but the New Zealand-themed pop-up restaurant it spawned is sticking around until the end of the year.
It’s not easy to please both Aunt Edith and your sister’s hipster boyfriend; to find a match for tart cranberry sauce, creamy green bean almondine (thanks, Edi) and freshly-foraged mushroom stuffing smothered in Turkey gravy. Such a challenge is nothing to be thankful for. But here are five wines that will get the whole happy family through the neverending Thanksgiving feast.