Top Chef Season 3 runner up Casey Thompson dominates this week's food headlines, with the news that she's finally opening a long-planned Bay Area restaurant of her own. Also up, Lers Ros in Hayes Valley gets shuttered by the health department, and former Oenotri chef Curtis di Fede is opening a ramen shop in Napa.
Where do you go if you need to find cardamom bitters, a rare rye whiskey, or some sarsaparilla soda from the Philippines? We know just the places.
The big food news item of the week is that Top Chef Masters contender Suvir Saran is opening his first West Coast restaurant in San Francisco, on Mid-Market, sometime next spring or summer. But we also have news of the opening of James Syhabout's latest project in Rockridge, and a new Greek spot headed to Hayes Valley.
Up next in the theater season being presented by Broadway importers SHN is the Peter Pan prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher. Following up its successful Broadway run, the musical creatively tells the story of how Peter Pan became the boy who would never grow up, using an ensemble of a dozen actors playing over a hundred characters.
These all get filed under "opening in eight months to a year (or more)," but sometimes it's fun to look ahead at the projects we know that are coming down the pipeline from some noted local chefs.
Big in food news this week is the imminent opening of AQ's spinoff, two doors away, called TBD; a chef shuffle at Comstock Saloon; Umami Burger moves into SoMa; and Maverick is struck by fire in the Mission.
The biergarten is already de rigueur in San Francisco. Exhausted the options? Cross over to the East Bay, where warmer climes have encouraged the beer garden boom, and raise a pint to Indian summer.
The new Michelin Guide to the Bay Area for 2014 drops today, and at a 'Stars Gala' at the Bentley Reserve last night all the chefs and restaurateurs honored with stars and Bib Gourmand status were feted. Most of them only found out about their renewed (or new) inclusion in the guide yesterday by phone, so it's a source of annual excitement for the local food world.
San Francisco is an amazing town for Italian food, with more than a half dozen regions represented by restaurants dedicated solely to one region, and dozens more places that reflect the Mediterranean influence of California cuisine and SF's long connection to the Italian people.
State Bird Provisions chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski just took what was probably a welcome break while the restaurant was closed for renovations since August. This weekend they return, and elsewhere in town we see that popular sushi spot Sebo is getting ready to shut its doors in Hayes Valley, and Michelin is getting ready to unleash their 2014 guide.
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