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Thursday, December 17, 2015

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

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 12:30 PM

  • Kollar Chocolate
Plus, today only, you can order a stocking full of candy canes and airplane bottles of booze.

Thomas Keller's Little Gem Opens
The Thomas Keller Group has opened a new restaurant in Hayes Valley named for a lettuce. The 78-seat Little Gem, which debuts this evening, is a gluten- and dairy-free place that seems to fall between fast-casual and sit-down. (You order up front, but servers deliver your food.) It's dinner-only for now, with breakfast and lunch coming soon. Prices seem very reasonable: almond and quinoa flour pancakes for $7, a Marin Sun Farms slow-roasted pork shoulder for $12. There is also a textured plaster wall with — in the greatest of PR-speak — a "targeted burst of visual excitement." Move over, Bibb!
Little Gem, 400 Gough, 415-914-0501,

  • Minibar

Boozy Stocking
If you're dreading the prospect of flying somewhere for the holidays, salvation awaits. Today only, you can order a Rockin' Stocking from Minibar to be delivered to you, complete with 10 mini bottles of liquor (Fireball, Peppermint Schnapps, Jim Beam, Skyy) to make your own in-flight cocktails. They throw in some candy canes and Hershey's Kisses, too. It's only $25, and will keep you sane on a flight full of elves making a connection to the North Pole via SFO, hogging up the overhead bins with extra carry-ons.

Chocolate Millennium Falcon
This is so awesome. For $60, you can be the proud owner of Kollar Chocolates' Millennium Falcon (it's dark chocolate, not milk, and possibly flavored with smuggled spices from the Kessel Run. Definitely no gumdrop Mynocs chewing on the power cables, either.) But they're, um, shippable.

  • Waterbar

Waterbar's Gingerbread Palace of Fine Arts

Not to be outdone in the sculpture department, Waterbar's executive pastry chef Angela Salvatore has created a 24-inch-by-18-inch replica of the Palace of Fine Arts to commemorate the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition. She included gummy penguins, candy cane pillars, and mini gingerbread men as substitutes for the "weeping women." It's up and open to the public through New Year's Eve.
Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, 415-284-9922,

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Peter Lawrence Kane

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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