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Dining, SFoodie Tuesday Six: Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Cookbook, Michelin Stars Gone Wild

Tuesday Six: Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Cookbook, Michelin Stars Gone Wild

The world of Michelin stars gets ever more competitive for chefs but easier to manage as a diner. Freddie Prinze Jr. releases the cookbook you’ve been waiting for your entire life  Re member when it was the '90s, and everything…
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Dining, SFoodie Thursday Four: Corridor Cafe Coming in Late January, Fort Point's Ferry Building Kiosk

Thursday Four: Corridor Cafe Coming in Late January, Fort Point's Ferry Building Kiosk

Corridor Cafe to Open in Late January Mid-Market's explosive growth is about to…
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Dining, SFoodie Thursday Four: Millennium Falcon Made of Dark Chocolate, Little Gem Opens

Thursday Four: Millennium Falcon Made of Dark Chocolate, Little Gem Opens

Thomas Keller's Little Gem Opens The Thomas Keller Group has opened a new restaurant in Hayes Valley named for a lettuce. The…
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Dining, Eat Bacon Bacon: Pork-Centric Haight Cafe Is More Than a Novelty

Bacon Bacon: Pork-Centric Haight Cafe Is More Than a Novelty

Ah, bacon, that undying American obsession. Salty, cured pork belly has been part of the country's diet since the beginning, but the bacon mania that we have indulged over the past few years has more to do with our times…
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Dining, SFoodie Fall Book Preview: 5 Local Food Titles to Anticipate

Fall Book Preview: 5 Local Food Titles to Anticipate

When it comes to food-centric books, the Bay Area is a publishing powerhouse, and this fall is no exception. Here are the titles we're most anticipating this season, presented in chronological order: The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting,…
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Dining, SFoodie Sandra Lee in Cher Drag, New Developments in Ramen: This Week in Food Bloggery

Sandra Lee in Cher Drag, New Developments in Ramen: This Week in Food Bloggery

​Highlights from the blogs: 1. Michael Leaverton begins his new series of TV reviews with a flash of smoke and a cackle: It's the Sandra Lee Halloween special! Sandra Lee as Cher, Sandra Lee as Mad Hatter, Sandra Lee…
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Dining, SFoodie Thomas Keller's Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Flour Put to the Test

Thomas Keller's Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Flour Put to the Test

Thomas Keller has jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon. Everything that Chef Keller touches turns to gold, so it is no surprise that his new flour has created quite the buzz among the gluten-free community. And the TV food world, too:…
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Dining, SFoodie Are "Emperor Chefs" Like Michael Mina and Thomas Keller a Good Thing?

Are "Emperor Chefs" Like Michael Mina and Thomas Keller a Good Thing?

Wolfgang Puck. Michael Mina. Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Thomas Keller. Chefs, who used to be invisible and nameless kitchen generals, have become celebrities. And since the 1990s, more than that -- they're empire-builders. Yesterday, Huffington Post ran a feature about the…
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Dining, SFoodie Magical Filipino Cookies, Thomas Keller Speaks

Magical Filipino Cookies, Thomas Keller Speaks

1. The Bay Area's other best cookie? On the way back from the Pacifica Fresh & Easy last week, I stopped in…
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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop and GraffEats Offer a Culinary Tribute to the Art of the Cover Song

Noise Pop and GraffEats Offer a Culinary Tribute to the Art of the Cover Song

There's a shared culture between musicians and chefs, says Noise Pop Industries marketing manager Dawson Ludwig, ticking off concrete examples, like getting off work at 2 a.m., and the more esoteric shared sense of underground and independent spirit.…
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Dining, SFoodie Michelin's Stripping Chez Panisse of Its Star No Ding on Alice

Michelin's Stripping Chez Panisse of Its Star No Ding on Alice

The news dangling from the release today of this year's Michelin Guide for San Francisco is even flimsier than usual. Chris Kostow's Meadowood joins French Laundry in three-star territory. But the real news, if you even casually stick your head…
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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, 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 Planned Foie Gras Protest Targets Thomas Keller

Planned Foie Gras Protest Targets Thomas Keller

San Francisco Citizen is reporting on plans for a foie gras protest targeting Thomas Keller's restaurant empire this Saturday. A press release from the Animal Protection and Rescue League says its three-pronged fourchette will stab Per Se in New York…
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Dining, Eat Soups, small plates, and snacks shine at Taste of Formosa

Soups, small plates, and snacks shine at Taste of Formosa

Has it been long enough since the Great Pork Belly Craze of 2005 to stage a revival? The people who care about fashion have sneeringly returned bacon to its populist origins, though bacon is still giddy from the attention and…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Crowd Goes Nuts for Medium Rare

The Crowd Goes Nuts for Medium Rare

The Bocuse d’Or is considered the Olympics of food, and for such a laurel, teams train by setting fire to money. The American entrant Timothy Hollingsworth, for example, prepared by buying a replica of the kitchen he’d be using on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don’t Be Chicken

Don’t Be Chicken

With Ad Hoc at Home, it seemed that the Yountville champion of don’t-try-this-at-home cooking, Thomas Keller, was going soft on us, bowing to the trend of chefs dumbing down their food for the home cook who only has thirty minutes…
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Dining, Eat The New Grazing

The New Grazing

A recent piece by ex-San Franciscan Kim Severson in The New York Times, "Is the Entrée Heading for Extinction?," deliberately overstated its case in its first line: "The entrée, long the undisputed centerpiece of an American restaurant, is dead." Having…
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Music, All Shook Down Per Se Server Tells All: Vomit In The Dining Room And The Imaginary Bitchalots

Per Se Server Tells All: Vomit In The Dining Room And The Imaginary Bitchalots

The recent stories and speculation about uber-foodie Thomas Keller and his swelling empire just keep on making news. First came the frozen French fries (gasp!), then the line of frozen food (impossible!), and now the icing on the cake:…
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Music, All Shook Down Is Thomas Keller The Britney Spears Of Fine Dining?

Is Thomas Keller The Britney Spears Of Fine Dining?

French Laundry impresario Thomas Keller may officially be the new Britney Spears of the food press, with stories far and near popping up to declare his fall from the dizzying apex of fine dining. With five Keller-brand restaurants under…
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