As proud Bay Area dwellers, we boastfully tout San Francisco as the food capital of the West. But if we were to concede to a runner up, a talented but still maturing, younger sister, that city would inarguably be Portland. In 2008, it captured our attention with its food trucks, and we have kept a finger on the pulse of their food scene ever since. Two of those chefs at the forefront of the growth, Andy Ricker and Gabriel Rucker, are paying a visit to San Francisco.
On Wednesday December 3, chef Andy Ricker will join Omnivore Books to celebrate the release of his first cookbook, Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand. The celebrated expert of Thai cuisine opened the original Pok Pok in a Portland garage in 2005; in the eight years that followed, Ricker has expanded his tasty empire to include six more restaurants, as well as a line of cocktail-worthy drinking vinegars that can be found at Bi Rite.
The following Monday, Omnivore is joined by another PDX powerhouse, Gabriel Rucker of the wildly popular (and eternally hipster) French-inspired Le Pigeon. The James Beard Rising Star Chef gained acclaim by serving what he refers to as "cracked out mountain food with a slightly refined edge." His debut cookbook, Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird features a collection of over 125 recipes (think Beef Cheeks Bourguignon, Lamb Belly BLT, and Toasted Foie Gras and Jelly) from his seven year old restaurant.
Both events begin at 6:30 p.m.
Omnivore Books: 3885a Cesar Chavez Street (at Church Street); 415-282-4712