Posts for November 30, 2012

Delfina Decorates for the Holidays, Announces Winemaker Dinner

Pretty.Photo: Grub Street

Delfina got itself gussied up for the holidays this week with some pretty paper lanterns. And they just announced a special dinner on Monday, December 10 benefiting the San Francisco and Marin food banks, and featuring three young Northern California winemakers: Kevin Kelley of Natural Process Alliance, Lioco and Salina; Angela Osborne of Grace Wine Company; and the crew from Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery. The winemakers will pour tableside and discuss the wines, and you'll have the option of the regular a la carte menu, or a Whole Hog Tasting Menu that will feature a pasture raised, brewer's-grain-fed, heritage breed pig from Devil's Gulch Ranch. More details here. Call 415-552-4055.

Travel Across France Next Spring With Traci Des Jardins

Should you have an extra thirteen grand lying around, you may want to consider this luxe trip being organized by Royal Insider in conjunction with the James Beard Foundation. It's dubbed The Best of France, and will include tours of Beaujolais, Burgundy, and Champagne, stays in fine chateaux, lunch at Paul Bocuse's l'Auberge du Pont de Collanges, and personal presentations from Michelin-starred chefs on local products. There will only be a dozen people along for the ride, so, pretty intimate. Details and tickets here. Proceeds benefit the JBF.

FuseBox Starts Dinner Service Next Saturday, One Night a Week

In its first six months, Korean-style izakaya FuseBox (2311A Magnolia Street) in West Oakland has kept some odd hours. At first, they were only open Thursdays and Fridays for lunch. They only added Saturday lunch last month. And today we learn that they're finally opening for dinner, but on Saturdays only, starting December 8. Hours will be 5:30 to 9 p.m., and they will now take credit cards. We've been told by several people that the food is pretty great, we just don't, ourselves, take lunch, so we can't yet say ourselves. Call 510-444-3100 for a reservation, or email them.

Gagliardi Loves the Sandwiches at Stag’s Lunchette; Hirsch Discovers Candybar in NoPa

Ms. Tablehopper (Marcia Gagliardi) pays a visit to five-month-old Stag's Lunchette (362 17th Street) in Oakland, and falls in love, first, with their house-cured pastrami sandwich. She writes, "[It's] one of the very, very best I’ve had in the Bay Area" and adds, "the amount of handiwork that goes into each sandwich here is notable." She also calls out Stag's version of the Reuben, with "housemade kimchee-like kraut inside, spiked with caraway." And there's also the "chicken melt with their utterly SICK house-cured bacon, Swiss cheese, and grilled radicchio and onions on focaccia." You heard the woman. [Tablehopper]

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The New Parkway to Open By Year End in Oakland’s Uptown District

One of two screening rooms at the new Parkway, with a new hodgepodge of thrift-store furniture.Photo: Facebook

There are couches. There is beer. And yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Parkway is back in Oakland, just not where it used to be. As reported earlier this year, new owner and principal manager (there are actually 56 investors in total) J. Moses Ceaser has worked for years to revive the popular movie theater on Park Boulevard, with its dusty frat-house couches and beer-and-pizza concession. Ceaser was never able to strike a deal with the landlords at the original theater, and eventually landed on a new location, a former glass sheet factory at 474 24th Street in the hip and increasingly well trafficked Uptown area. A buildout has been ongoing all year, as Oakland North reports, including a full kitchen and two screening rooms with stepped seating, including couches — one seats 145 and the other 125.

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SFMOMA Hosting a Colombian Lunch Pop-Up Today

If you're in the vicinity of SFMOMA this lunch hour, you may want to brave the rain and check out a one-off pop-up lunch event they're doing today in conjunction with their exhibit and event series Here, There, and Elsewhere: Assembling Communities, a collaboration with seven Bay Area art institutions. The food today will be provided by Colmbian catering outfit Maité, and they'll be selling cheese and beef arepas, as well as chicken, corn, herb, and yellow potato soup called ajiaco. All items are $7 or less. It goes until 1:30 p.m.

The Mill Aiming to Fully Open By Late December on Divisadero

The current, kiosk set up at The Mill, open Wednesday to Sunday, morning to mid-afternoon.

The ongoing Valencia-fication of Divisadero will turn a new corner in the new year when Bi-Rite opens its second location next door to Nopa. But before that happens, Four Barrel's second location, The Mill, which is paired with a bakery by Josey Baker, will make its full-fledged debut at 736 Divisadero (between Grove and Fulton). The team is now quickly putting finishing touches on the space, after operating for most of this year out of a curtained-off kiosk up front, serving just coffee and a daily homemade toast (today's was apricot bread with butter, brown sugar, and maldon salt). And now they're hoping to have the completed space ready by the end of the year, though construction and final inspections could always delay things. Also, let's not forget about the Portola branch of Four Barrel (San Bruno Avenue at Burrows Street), which should also be opening soon. [Earlier]

Psy Gives His Blessing to Rogue ‘Gangnam Style’ Restaurant

Psy: Increasing the peacePhoto: Patrick McMullan

Soju Town, a stop for Korean bar food in Los Angeles, recently swapped its generic title for one that is so fleeting, it already feels dated. Of course, the restaurant recently renamed itself after Psy's "Gangnam Style," but never actually cleared the idea with Psy himself. Oops. Naturally, TMZ had to consult the singer on the matter, learning that he originally considered suing the place, but soon gave it up, most likely as he's confident his next song is going to be a much bigger hit. Or maybe, like a bow-tied Billy Elliot, he just wants to dance. In any case, "Gangnam Style" the Restaurant officially now exists. [TMZ]

Marlena’s in Hayes Valley Rolls Out Their Collection of 1,400 Santas

Photo: Marlena's/Facebook

It's that time of year again when Garry "Marlena" McLain packs up all the Halloween and Thanksgiving gear, stows it back in storage, and pulls out his biggest collection of holiday tchotchkes: the Santas. McLain tells Hayeswire that it all started in 1990, with just three Santas, back when his little neighborhood gay bar Marlena's (488 Hayes) was new, and Hayes Valley was nothing like it is today. The collection has grown over the decades, with the help of gifts from fans and patrons "from Russia to Czechoslovakia to South America," to be 1,400 strong, and it takes six days to set up. We should note there are some valuable antiques in the mix — McLain values his collection at around $200,000 — not to mention a few un-PC blackface Santas hiding among them, and at least one or two from Holland with Sinterklaas's fictional helper, Black Pete (Schwarze Pete or Zwarte Piet), something Americans never understand but the Dutch insist isn't racist. Anyhow, there's tons of them! Hanging from ceilings, adorning every surface. McLain welcomes families with children to come in any afternoon to look at the Santas, between noon and 5 p.m., but after that it's adults only, and buying a drink would be encouraged. [Hayeswire]

Stuffed, a New Pierogi Spot, Coming to Mission and 24th [Updated]

Mmm, pierogis.

Speaking of wintry food... A new pierogi restaurant called Stuffed is making its way to the small shop space that currently houses Mission Sub (2788 Mission between 23rd and 24th). Grub Street catches the news this a.m. and some further digging reveals that owners Dana Sacco and Andy Schoengrund have been developing their pierogi bar concept for a number of months now. We've reached out for some further details and an opening timeframe (it will obviously be 2013) and will let you know as soon as we know more. For now, as far as we can tell, Mission Sub remains open. Update: As the owners of nearby Wise Sons Deli joke via Twitter, "It's becoming a 24th Street shtetl." Update 2: Sacco reaches out to say that they're aiming for a mid- to late-January opening after a brief remodel, and among the types of pierogis served will be a traditional pierogi with potato, farmer's cheese, and cheddar cheese and optional bacon wrapping; a pulled pork pierogi with walnut butter sauce and fontina cheese; and a spicy Buffalo pierogi with potato and blue cheese, pan fried in spicy Buffalo sauce. Here's the menu.

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