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Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Eight: Farm to Fork SF's High-Production Philanthropic Pop-Up

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click to enlarge Still the best damn G&T I know: Jonathan's Gin and Tonic, at Calavera - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
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  • Still the best damn G&T I know: Jonathan's Gin and Tonic, at Calavera
Plus the short-lived Antoinette will become Limewood, Second Act Marketplace winds down, and Hamlet temporarily closes for a second act of its own.

Claremont Club's Ill-Fated Restaurant Space to Become Limewood
For a short time this year, it was Antoinette (41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley), until a clash of creative visions between Chef Dominique Crenn and the management caused Crenn to walk away. Now Eater reports that Joseph Humphrey — most recently of The Advocate, also in Berkeley — will take over and the space will become a more casual spot called Limewood that should open later this month. I am going to watch its Yelp reviews very closely, because Antoinette's very low rating felt suspiciously like a campaign waged by longtime Claremont patrons who really liked its predecessor, Paragon, and were angry that it changed.

Second Act Marketplace Ditches the Marketplace Part, Becomes (Temporary?) Event Space
The Haight's two-year-old food hall, Second Act Marketplace (1727 Haight) already had some trouble after tenants RAW, Burma Bear, and Crepe La Vie moved on, and Hoodline reports that a massive rent increase caused the owners to re-conceive it as an event space while they look to unload it altogether. Second Act's calendar currently shows a lot of less-than-marquee events through early September, like a children's music class and church services.

Hamlet Will Close For Three Days and Reopen More Like Caskhouse
Owner John Dampner has concluded that the mid-level restaurant market is "saturated," and rather than imitate its literary namesake as the paragon of indecision, he's decided to retool Hamlet (1199 Church) to become more like its sister restaurant, Caskhouse (3853 24th St.). After closing on Monday, Aug. 15, Hamlet will reopen on Thursday, Aug. 18 with Alex Gutierrez replacing Stephan Chan in the kitchen, an extra five taps, a "Reservoir Dogs" boilermaker, two large-format punchbowl cocktails, breakfast tacos and egg sandwiches on weekends, and more. Additionally, for the first four days of its reopening, Hamlet will have happy hour prices all weekend long, plus free bacon-butter pretzels and fries. Best of luck to the finest Danish prince we know!

click to enlarge SF Weekly contributor Mary Ladd is in Taiwan and sent us this delightful cultural mash-up. - RED HOUSE IN XIMENDING DISTRICT OF TAIPEI
  • Red House in Ximending District of Taipei
  • SF Weekly contributor Mary Ladd is in Taiwan and sent us this delightful cultural mash-up.
Five Bars and Restaurants Among the S.F.'s First Legacy Businesses
The Lone Star Saloon (1354 Harrison) got a lot of attention this week when it became the second SoMa gay bar to thwart its potential demise with activism, elbow grease, and legislative pluck by landing a spot as a Legacy Business. It's one of nine 30-year-old spots — or, in its case, a 20-plus-year-0ld spot threatened with displacement — that's included in the first registry, a nonet that includes four other veteran bars and restaurants: the Outer Richmond's Pacific Cafe (7000 Geary), the Inner Richmond's Toy Boat Dessert Cafe (the successful repeller of Starbucks at 401 Clement), North Beach's Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Café (12 Williams Place), and the Lower Haight's Two Jacks Seafood (401 Haight). Congratulations, Class of 2016.

CUESA Cosponsors an All-Female Panel Discussion About Inequality in Food
As part of CUESA's series Big Solutions to Big Problems, it and several leading foodie nonprofits and for-profits will convene a panel discussion on Monday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Swedish American Hall (2147 Market) to discuss corporatization of the food supply, wage inequality in the industrial food system, and how farming perpetuates social injustice and environmental degradation. Moderated by Bi-Rite's Shakirah Simley, Women Leaders at the Table: Addressing Inequity in the Good Food Movement includes Joann Lo (executive director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance), Brittni Chicuata (government relations director of the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association), Dominica Rice Cisneros (chef-owner of Oakland's Cosecha Cafe) and Kristyn Leach (farmer at Namu Farm). Tickets are free for members, $20 for non-members.

Farm to Fork SF's Authentic Rome Pop-Up With Mattia Marcelli
Additionally, the busy bees at CUESA are the beneficiary of a five-course, $120 Roman-style dinner by 54 Mint's Mattia Marcelli for Farm to Fork SF, to be held at The Village (969 Market) on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. Farm to Fork is a dinner series that applies high-production documentary storytelling and philanthropy to restaurant pop-ups, and diners will watch a screening of the film prior to the meal.

Some Dude in Maine Caught a Blue Lobster, for the Second Time
The odds of that happening are very small, unless you happen to catch millions of lobsters. Only one in every 2 million lobsters is blue, although yellow ones are even rarer (one in 30 million). However, lobsters have been inexplicably plentiful for the last several seasons, spurring the Washington Post to consider them sustainable. All may not be well in phylum arthropoda, however, as the explosion of the lobster population is suddenly making them into cannibals, which is something they typically do only in captivity.

Marijuana Is Basically As Bad As Heroin, FDA Says
I mean, I don't blame the Obama Administration for punting on this one when the presidential race is Hillary's to lose at this point, but this is no good. The federal government has declined to adjust its prohibition on cannabis, meaning the drug effectively remains the peer of heroin and LSD. Even though 25 states and D.C. disagree with the Schedule I listing that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use," the FDA's ban on research remains intact.
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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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