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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

True Sake Announces Regular Saturday Pop-Up at Off the Grid

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 2:18 PM

click to enlarge True Sake's Beau Timken says being at Off the Grid will help break the "sushi-sake paradigm." - TOKYOFOODCAST/FLICKR
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  • True Sake's Beau Timken says being at Off the Grid will help break the "sushi-sake paradigm."

More developments at Saturday food pod Off the Grid: McCoppin Hub. For weeks now, a companion indoor dining space has taken over Jackie's Vinoteca and Café at 105 Valencia, truck-goers could sit, use the facilities, and buy a cheap beer or a crème brulee. But starting this Saturday, Jan. 22, Jackie's will be the site of a permanent (well, for at least 6 months) pop-up space for Hayes Valley's True Sake. Owners Beau Timken and Miwa Wang tell SFoodie they'll offer regular sake pairings ― including flights ― that will change according to which food vendors are setting up outside. Timken says the Jan. 22 debut is a kind of pre-opening for future Saturdays, with the chance to expose a new audience to the joys of sake ― what he calls "breaking the sushi-sake paradigm."

"We know how well sake functions with food," Timken says. "Wine can do things, beer can do things, but so can sake." Timken and Wang plan to offer three or four sakes this week, all geared to what Timken calls value. "This is our gauntlet, and we plan to throw down," he says. True Sake will set up at Jackie's from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday's food vendors include 51st State and Little Green Cyclo.

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