Posts for February 5, 2013

Culinary Students to ‘Clash’ at Luce; The Mill Slightly Delayed

SoMa: Next month, Luce is hosting the second annual Culinary Clash, a series of Sunday dinners cooked by competing culinary students from the Art Institute and the California Culinary Academy. The three-course dinners are $40 per person, with proceeds benefiting the schools' scholarship programs, and they happen each Sunday, March 3 through March 24. [Grub Street]
Western Addition: The Mill (736 Divisadero, between Grove and Fulton), the new coffeeshop cum bakery from Four Barrel and Josey Baker Bread, is now looking to open on February 12. [Tablehopper, Earlier]
Design District: Aracely has replaced the Axis Café at 1201 8th Street (between 16th and Irwin), and things are fairly similar to before. See the menus here. [Scoop]
Mission: A new local nanobrewer, Pine Street Brewery, is launching its first beer this week, Atom Splitter, at parties at Shotwell's and The Sycamore. [Eater]

1760, a Casual Spinoff of Acquerello, Coming to Polk Street [Updated]

On Friday we caught wind via the Scoop of a mystery project going into the former Parilla space at 1760 Polk Street from the team behind Acquerello. Today Tablehopper has more of the pieces of the puzzle, and the restaurant is indeed going to be a casual spinoff called 1760. The menu is going to be, unsurprisingly, Italian-driven, with a weekday appeal and comparisons drawn between sister restaurants Quince and Cotogna across town. The executive chef will be Adam Tortosa, a chef from L.A. who's most recently been working at Ink with Michael Voltaggio, but also has sushi cheffing experience via sushi master Katsu-ya Uechi at Kiwami. Longtime Acquerello co-owners Giancarlo Paterlini and Suzette Gresham are of course involved, but this sounds like the pet project of wine director Gianpaolo Paterlini, Giancarlo’s son, who recently took a research trip with Tortosa to Italy. They're hoping for a late April opening — and you can add this to the long roster of exciting new stuff coming in the spring — but stay tuned as these things are always subject to change. [Tablehopper]

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Coi Kicks Off a Year of Monthly Winemaker Dinners This Month


On February 21, chef Daniel Patterson will launch the first of a dozen monthly dinners at Coi featuring noted California winemakers and their wines. The first dinner will be in collaboration with Josh Jensen of Calera Winery, who was the Chron's Winemaker of the Year in 2007, and each dinner will be five courses, tailored to and paired with wines, and will be $150 inclusive of pairings.

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In Consolation for Super Bowl Loss, Look to the Burrito

In keeping with their latest trope of feel-good photo posts, and in consolation for Sunday's very close game that didn't quite go the Niners' way, BuzzFeed gives us a roundup of "10 Reasons Why It's Still Awesome To Be A San Francisco Fan." We're not sure the Mission burrito is going to assuage anyone's disappointment, but it is true: We can drink Fernet without making a face. [BuzzFeed, Earlier]

Bauer Is Not On Board With the No-Reservations Generation, But He May Need to Be Soon

Outerlands, packed on any given evening.Photo: Dawn D./Flickr

Today Mr. Bauer sounded off on one of his big pet peeves, which also happens to be a trend among our urban centers' most buzz-happy restaurants: places that make him, and everyone else, wait for a table instead of allowing reservations. It's something that New York Mag's Adam Platt complained of when he reviewed the uber-popular, new-wave Asian spots Pok Pok Ny and Mission Chinese Food last year, both of which were imported from elsewhere to New York, and both catering to what he dubs the No-Reservations Generation.

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‘But I’m Huge in Flavortown!’

The Superdome wasn't the only thing to lose power this weekend: Guy Fieri was rejected from the VIP section of a New Orleans Super Bowl party, according to the always-trustworthy sources at Us Weekly. The social anthropologists at Us note that Fieri, perhaps still smarting from his New York Times beatdown, "caused a total scene" when he was denied access to the exclusive area. Apparently he "didn't have the right bracelet, and nobody in New Orleans knows who anyone is." Emeril totally would've gotten in. [Us, Earlier]

Booze It Up in Style Aboard the Brewtruc Beer Week Shuttle


Brewtruc, the mobile taproom aboard a converted schoolbus run by Hugh Schick, is taking people out for spins during both the weekends of Beer Week. It's a good option for those overwhelmed by the myriad options at myriad bars and restaurants on the schedule beginning on Friday, and the deal is simple: $25 gets you a 90 minute shuttle ride and three ten-ounce pours of craft beer, as well as a comfortable ride and guided tour between beer destinations. As Schick puts it, "Jump on the brewtruc, grab yourself a beer, and park yer semi-drunk ass in a leather seat ... En route, we'll tell you what's up, who's sold out, and where the real buzz is." You can opt to pay $50 for the whole evening, or two full loops, as well, and the shuttle is running February 8, 9, 15, and 16 between 8 and 11 p.m. Purchase tickets here, and seriously, if you plan on doing any serious crawling, this is a far better deal than a cab or Uber cab. [Earlier]

Lots of High People Are Taking Advantage of Free Pancake Day at IHOP

A nation stops counting calories for a moment of unity.Photo: Corbis

When it comes down to it, would you rather spend your afternoon plugging away at Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities, or just read a lot of tweets written by people who are really high and/or psyched about Free Pancake Day at IHOP? Because, you know, the chain is trending on Twitter, and buttered short-stacks loom large in the collective unconscious of our social media. Carry on, then.

"Back from my high-atus to remind you all its free pancake day at IHOP." »

A Woman Pulled Out a Gun at a Chuck E. Cheese’s Last Night

Not a kid's toy.Photo: Cabela's

This isn't good: A Connecticut woman was arrested last night for pulling a semi-automatic handgun on another woman at Chuck E. Cheese's, according to NBC. It's hardly the first time parents have brawled at Chuck's: Over the summer, a woman crashed a Chuck E. Cheese's kids' party to slice off a romantic rival's ear. Who needs farm-to-table when there's buffet-to-jail?

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Bacon Bacon Gets Complaints From Bacon-Hating Ashbury Heights Neighbors

Bacon Bacon's bacon bouquet.Photo: Courtesy of Bacon Bacon

Perhaps it's a lesson in how certain non-Mission neighborhoods aren't too keen on attracting the young foodinista set, but Bacon Bacon is facing a challenge to its conditional use permit at Ashbury Market (205A Frederick Street), which it's held since opening inside the market a year ago. At issue, according to owner Jim Angelus, is the cell phone chatter and gatherings of customers outside the market on the quiet street, which is actually labeled as part of the Frederick Knob microhood, between Ashbury Heights and Cole Valley. A couple of disgruntled neighbors have set about trying to get Bacon Bacon's permit revoked under new city regulations that a) force them to reapply for the permit they already received, and b) allow for such challenges by any vocal minority. Bacon Bacon is seeking support from its fans at a gathering at the store on Tuesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars, ye who believe in all things bacon. [Uppercasing]

High-School Students Arrested for Starting Food Fight


Clearly the principal of Georgia's Ola High School is not an Animal House fan. He got nine students jailed for staging a food fight in the cafeteria, and they're facing charges of disruption of public school, inciting a riot, failure to disperse, obstruction, and possession of marijuana (that last one's an oops). Since five of the pranksters are adults, this could go on their record. School officials found out about the shenanigans ahead of time and asked the students to halt their plans. Now they're on a witch hunt, looking at surveillance cameras to try to identify more food-throwers. Relax: Sloppy Joes and spaghetti never hurt anyone. [11 Alive]

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Still Likely Done For

A federal judge in Alameda County yesterday denied Drakes Bay Oyster Company's appeal of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision to evict them from the Point Reyes National Seashore, effective March 15. The company has operated there for 47 years, however the 1976 Point Reyes Wilderness Act decreed that Drakes' lease would have to expire, and the land be returned to protected wilderness status. [Chron, Earlier, Earlier still]

The ‘Big Mac Index,’ Now Extra Well Done

Packed with number-crunching power.

"The Big Mac index was invented by The Economist in 1986," the magazine writes, "as a lighthearted guide to whether currencies are at their 'correct' level." It's since become the benchmark for understanding the relative values of currencies around the world. It may not be constructed on the best foundation of economics, but that's why they call it "burgernomics," and anyhow — fortified with raw GDP as it is — the chart is not without its insights. Check out the new, "interactive" version of the Big Mac Index here, then school yourself in exchange-rate theory by dredging through the comments, and all that special sauce. [Economist]

Duff Goldman Offers to Bake for Lesbian Couple That Experienced Discrimination


Last month, an Oregon baker refused to help a same-sex couple who wanted to purchase a wedding cake. The women claim that Sweet Cakes Bakery owner Aaron Klein referred to them as "abominations unto the Lord," and said he'd rather close down his business than "be forced to do something that violates my conscience." That's exactly what may happen; Klein's now under investigation for violating the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As sad and vile as all of these stories of discrimination are, what's inspiring is that people are quick to stand up and defend others.

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Cookie Monster’s Carbo-Crime Spree Comes to an End in Germany

The shocking crime has rocked the city of Hanover to its very foundations.Photo: Michael Thomas/Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

You probably heard about last month's theft of an ornamental, gilded bronze biscuit that had been hanging without incident just outside the German bakery Bahlsen's office in Hanover, Germany, for 100 years. Bahlsen's makes Leibniz biscuits, and this 44-pound model is emblematic of the company's history; so naturally, Bahlsen's chair Werner M. Bahlsen appealed to the robber through the press, offering 1,000 euros for any information leading to the gold Leibniz's safe return. But, nothing. But then, just days after the crime, newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung received a really weird ransom note. It was from Cookie Monster.

The outrageous demands. »


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