Atelier Crenn's pastry chef, Juan Contreras, is among this year's James Beard semifinalists. (Courtesy of @nathalie_cuisineinspired)

SF earns 21 James Beard nominations, Teatro ZinZanni brings the circus back + more topics to discuss over brunch


We already knew this was home to some of the best culinary talent ever. Now, James Beard Foundation is highlighting our gourmet gifts with 21 nominations for San Francisco restaurants plus eight more around the Bay Area.

Plus, Mayor London Breed might get a cameo in Matrix 4, Instagram-famous Edo salon's co-owner gets her five minutes of NYT fame, and more local headlines you may have missed this week.

The Work Diary of a Hairdresser So Coveted, She Travels by Private Jet, The New York Times

Jayne Matthews, co-owner of cult-favorite Edo Salon, has mastered the art of the modern shag—and has more than 90,000 IG followers prove it. NYT shares a day in her life. Read more.

SF lands second-most nominations on 2020 James Beard Awards Semifinalists list, SF Gate

Surpassed only by New York City, San Francisco's 21 nominations include newcomers Beit Rima and Verjus, Gaby Maeda of State Bird Provisions, and semifinalist veterans Quince and Trick Dog. Read more.

Berkeley artist's work in storage auctioned off: 'My entire life has just been sold,' SF Chronicle

After an art dealer tracked him down by the signature on his work, Kevin Keaney was shocked to discover that all 225 of his own art works, plus a library of books and love letters—all of which he thought were locked safely away in a storage unit—had been sold. Read more.

Teatro ZinZanni Heads Back to the Embarcadero With Hotel Attached, SFist

Newcomers to the city won't remember the zany dinner theater—filled with cabaret, acrobatics, and a healthy dose of chaos—that closed eight years ago. But now the circus is back, making its official return to Pier 39 with an adjacent Marriott Hotel and public park by August 2022. Read more.

Mayor Breed may appear in Matrix 4, SF Examiner

Word on the street is that the mayor had a costume fitting and may or may not have been at a Thursday evening shoot in FiDi for the film starring Keanu Reeves. Read more.

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