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Dining, SFoodie Here Are S.F.'s 2016 James Beard Award Nominees

Here Are S.F.'s 2016 James Beard Award Nominees

Best Chef:…
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Dining, SFoodie Is Benu's Corey Lee One of <em>Food & Wine</em>'s Best New Chefs?

Is Benu's Corey Lee One of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs?

Every year, just before Food & Wine magazine announces its annual list of 10 best new chefs, editor Dana Cowin (@fwscout) tweets out hints about the winners, using the hashtag #BestNewChefs. At least one Bay Area chef usually makes the…
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Dining, SFoodie Pot Your Own Foie Gras, or Just Order It at Benu and Burger Bar

Pot Your Own Foie Gras, or Just Order It at Benu and Burger Bar

​​Counting down the meals before July 1, when California's foie gras ban takes effect. Today, noted foie gras booster Russell Jackson of Lafitte filed a Chow Tip on how to preserve foie gras. All you have to do is buy a…
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Dining, SFoodie Meet the Bloggers: Albert Law

Meet the Bloggers: Albert Law

You read them here, now find out who the hell they are: We give you the diverse group of men and women who cover the local food and drink scene for you on SFoodie. Albert Law Contributes: Food photography (look…
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Dining, SFoodie Stumbling &#x2015; Literally Stumbling &#x2015; On Benu's Burrito Cart

Stumbling ― Literally Stumbling ― On Benu's Burrito Cart

Imagine this scenario: getting drunk at Drink on Saturday night, going to the Huntington Hotel for an additional cocktail and a piano-bar mashup of Wizard of Oz songs, then jumping in a town car after failing to find a taxi.…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats

Fresh Eats

Countdown to Best Of By John Birdsall Compiling our annual list of San Francisco's best things to eat and drink is like packing for a yearlong sabbatical to Antarctica. You start by laying out on the bed all the clothes…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 91: Faux Shark's Fin Soup at Benu

No. 91: Faux Shark's Fin Soup at Benu

Around the midpoint of Benu's 12-course tasting menu, right when the fish courses are giving way to the redder meats and the sakes and white…
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Dining, SFoodie Interview with Benu's Corey Lee: Changing Fine Dining From the Inside Out

Interview with Benu's Corey Lee: Changing Fine Dining From the Inside Out

In my review of Benu this week, I noted ― more observation than criticism, really ― that while chef-owner Corey Lee may have streamlined and modernized the trappings of haute cuisine, a meal there feels very much in the spirit…
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Dining, SFoodie Benu Forges a New Kind of Haute

Benu Forges a New Kind of Haute

It can take a lifetime for an artist to forge a personal vernacular. Or if not a lifetime, then a bit longer than 10 weeks, for sure. At Benu ― subject of Jonathan Kauffman's review today ― French Laundry veteran…
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Dining, Eat Corey Lee's haute cuisine at Benu is almost flawless

Corey Lee's haute cuisine at Benu is almost flawless

View more photographs in Benu: The City's Newest Entrant into Haute Cuisine. The salad ($12) that began my first meal at Benu looked like it had drifted across the plate, blown by some wispy forest sprite. Curls of orange mimolette…
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Dining, SFoodie The 30-Year-Old Chefs Influencing What You Eat

The 30-Year-Old Chefs Influencing What You Eat

Our favorite morsel from the Web. Argue on your own time whether the Spice Kit guys belong with Ravi Kapur, Corey Lee, and James Syhabout. The August issue of San Francisco magazine has house food scribe Josh Sens waxing all…
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Dining, SFoodie The Hidden Dining Room &#x2015; Could Benu Spark a New Trend?

The Hidden Dining Room ― Could Benu Spark a New Trend?

During a special hard-hat tour of Benu, the future SOMA restaurant from former French Laundry chef de cuisine Corey Lee, we learned that Lee has plans to reinvent more than just food. He wants to change the overall dining experience,…
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