Starbelly Patio Picnic Series
Where: Starbelly, 3583 16th St. (at Market), 252-7500
When: Tue., Mar. 29-Tue., Sep. 20; 5-8 p.m.
Cost: $39 per person, wine and beer beverage specials available separately.
The rundown: With the weather finally acknowledging the start of spring, a good way to celebrate is at Starbelly's new season of patio picnics, which begin tomorrow night. Chef Adam Timney kicks things off with a whole roast pig, house-made sausage and fregola pasta, broccoli di ciccio, butter lettuce salad, and chocolate-hazelnut filled bomboloni (Italian doughnuts). Timney has been honing his charcuterie skills since his days at Bacar, so keep an eye out for the cured meats, patés, and sausages, all made on-site. The picnics are served family-style on the back patio, which has a retractable cover and heaters -- the restaurant equivalent of dressing in layers.
Reservations strongly recommended; call 252-7500
Picnic themes and dates:
Mar. 29: whole roasted pig
April 26: fried chicken
May 24: grilled Santa Maria tri-tip
June 28: smoked baby back pork ribs
July 26: seafood cioppino
Aug. 23: house made Prather burgers and dogs
Sep. 20: whole roasted pig