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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tuesday Six: Dominique Crenn to Open Brasserie in the Claremont Hotel

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click to enlarge Whole rainbow trout at Petit Crenn. - KEVIN KELLEHER
  • Kevin Kelleher
  • Whole rainbow trout at Petit Crenn.

Plus Kung Pao comedy returns, Comal rings in 2016 in style, there is such a thing as an olive blessing, and the New York Times says yes to GMO labeling.

Brasserie Crenn?
Now that the Claremont Hotel is morphing into the Claremont Club & Spa, a fourth restaurant for the property is in the works and it seems that Dominique Crenn (of Petit Crenn and the two-Michelin-starred Atelier Crenn) will be the one to do it — sorta. Inside Scoop reports that Crenn's involvement may be limited to a design capacity. It's possible that the paucity of details relates to the fact that this got leaked at a very preliminary juncture, so we'll just have to sit tight for the deets, but this is pretty exciting. 

The Feast of the Seven Fishes
It's Italian tradition on Christmas Eve to gorge on seven seafood dishes, and as it winds down the Little Italy phase of its ongoing pop-up, Michael Mina's Test Kitchen in the Marina is taking on the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Chef Adam Sobel's $125, six-course menu includes Spaghetti Alla Chitarra and Lobster Bolognese with Saffron Rigatoni, with Burrata and Calvisius Caviar thrown in as an appetizer.
Feast of the Seven Fishes, Thursday, Dec. 24, $125, at Mina Test Kitchen, 2120 Greenwich, 415-625-5469 or

Build a Gingerbread House at Bon Marché
Not quite as easy as a Lego McMansion but certainly less taxing than an Amish barn-raising, the art of building gingerbread houses has delighted gumdrop lovers and people who use frosting to hide imperfections in the crown molding joints. Bon Marché's pastry chef Rikki Garcia will host two kids-only classes, on Saturday Dec. 12 and 19. Lunch is included in the $55 ticket, but you have to be older than five to ride this ride.
Bon Marché Gingerbread for Kids, Saturday, Dec. 12 and 19, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., $55, at Bon Marché, 1355 Market, 415-802-1700 or

click to enlarge Wendy Liebman - DANA PATRICK
  • Dana Patrick
  • Wendy Liebman
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Returns
I'm pretty sure The Force Awakens will draw a fair number of non-Gentiles to the cineplex this year, but if the idea of the Millennium Falcon filmed with a shakey-cam is just too much, there is an alternative. Creator and emcee Lisa Geduldig's Kung Pao Kosher Comedy returns to New Asia Restaurant with two seatings daily (a $67 5 p.m. dinner show and a $47 8:30 p.m. cocktail show) on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Boxing Day, featuring comics Wendy Liebman, Dana Eagle, and Mike Fine. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy kosher comedy, but it wouldn't hurt.
23rd Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 24-26, at New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific, 925-855-1986 or

NYE at Comal
Once Oaxannukah is in the rearview mirror, Berkeley's legendary Mexican restaurant Comal will ring in '16 with a dance party for foodies. DJ Jose Ruiz of KPOO and KPFA (who has a Thursday night residency at Comal already) will play funk and Latin music from 9 p.m. until late. There will be an original cocktail (exact ingredients TBD) plus Oaxacan street food like chorizo molotes, chipotle deviled eggs, and quesadillas. So as not to risk a line out the door at 11:50, the restaurant is offering free lucha libre masks for the first 300 attendees, and if it's warm enough, the beer garden will be open. Hurray, this one has sold out the last three years.
New Year's Eve Dance Party, Thursday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $45, at Comal, 2020 Shattuck, Berkeley, 510-926-6300 or

Get Your Olives Blessed
Although it might confuse people that the 2015 olive oil season celebration starts on Jan. 1, 2016, it does. January 1 is a Catholic Holy Day of Obligation (which means you have to go to church even though it's not a Sunday, in this case for the Solemnity of Mary) but if you want to skip if, you have a special dispensation from me. But you have to go to to the Blessing of the Olives at the Mission in Sonoma, the northernmost in California, on Jan. 2. It's free, and it's for your health.

The NYT and GMOs
The New York Times' editorial board, for whatever it's worth, has come down on the side of GMO labeling. More specifically, they're against a bill in Congress that would nix a state's ability to compel producers to label genetically modified products (as Vermont does).

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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