I shopped the market recently with Eddie Lau, whose latest project, The Summit, is only a week or so away from opening its doors in the Valencia Street space that once housed the New College of California. As opening day approaches Eddie, who has cooked at both Orson and Poleng Lounge, is putting the finishing touches on his menu, which he tells me is modeled after a modern brasserie. He plans to source most of the ingredients for The Summit directly from local farms like Dirty Girl Produce, County Line Harvest and Full Belly.
Market Watch: Shopping the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market with Richie Nakano and Kitty Gallisa of Hapa Ramen
Earlier this year when Richie Nakano, Nopa’s then sous-chef, approached me about an idea for a ramen stand at the Thursday market, I was intrigued. Once I saw the menu –hand pulled noodles, house made broth, organic, seasonal produce-- I was hooked. Richie explained that he and his business partner Kitty Gallisa, both self-proclaimed ramen lovers, had been hatching a plan to create a business of their own focused on this traditional Japanese noodle soup. They planned to call it Hapa Ramen.
Last week Nopa’s Laurence Jossel and Nopalito’s Gonzalo Guzman, came down to the Thursday market to pick up a few things on their list including some almond meal and peaches and to see what else was looking good that day. Their car was already packed from earlier visits to both the Berkeley and Marin farmers markets, but with the late summer season in full swing they couldn’t resist a few impulse buys from the Ferry Plaza.
Chef Melissa Perello of Frances has been a fixture at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market for many years. Even when this well-known Bay Area chef was between restaurants, she still made it down regularly to see her favorite farmers, scope out the produce, and check in with fellow chefs. Now that Melissa is behind the helm at Frances, her much lauded restaurant that opened last December, she can once again be found at the market every week pushing her chef cart through the crowds, tasting, smelling and sampling for her menu of new American classics.
Every week, Lulu Meyer brings us the best of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and the chefs that shop there.
John De Wolf, sous-chef at Saison, is something of a farmers market junkie. He can be seen weekly at each of all the three Ferry Plaza Farmers Markets. He’s often alongside Saison’s executive chef Josh Skenes, pushing around a chef cart, selecting items for the menu, and chatting with the farmers.
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