Source: Gayle Keck
Today's Restaurant News celebrates an opening, anniversaries, great deals, some tempting food events and a big new list of chefs, restaurants and food carts to follow on Twitter. Bon appetit!
, the new restaurant from Chef Scott Howard (Fork, Howard, Left Bank), opens this week at Berkeley’s newly renovated Shattuck Plaza Hotel. I’ll be checking it out and reporting back on Friday. Looks to be a very sexy space, with a wine list focused on organic and biodynamic labels. 2086 Allston Way, 510.845.7300.
Several restaurants are celebrating anniversaries this week, with some nice specials. Why not turn out to congratulate them for surviving in a tough business during a tough economy?
>>The Cliff House
celebrates its 100th anniversary by turning the clock back to 1909. At the Bistro only, they’ll be offering a 3-course dinner every Wednesday for $19.09. OK, that’s not exactly 1909 pricing, but still a pretty good deal. There’ll be a new menu posted here http://www.cliffhouse.com/home/pdf/1909_PrixFixe-special.pdf every week. First up is salad of baby greens with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette; lobster thermidor; and fresh strawberry shortcake.
celebrates its fourth anniversary on July 13, by handing out free glasses of sparkling wine to diners, from 5-10 pm. 3316 17th St. Reservations are always a good idea at this tiny spot, 415.863.3061.
>>Michael Mina SF
celebrates its fifth anniversary this week, with a classics menu, $5 drinks and $5 glasses of wine.
>>Every bottle of wine at every Lark Creek Restaurant
Group restaurant (The new Tavern at Lark Creek, One Market, Yankee Pier, Parcel 104, Lark Creek Walnut Creek) is half-price throughout July. Cheers!
in Larkspur Celebrates its 15th Anniversary by featuring its original 1994 menu and prices, July 3-12 – at the Larkspur location only.
>>Twofer Tuesdays continue at the Let’s Be Frank shop on 3318 Steiner. Any two dogs are $8.
>>Urban Tavern is still offering five hours of free parking in their garage when you have lunch or dinner. 333 O’Farrell St., 415-923-4400.
Street food vendors are cooking up a “Street Food for Singles” event this Friday, July 10, at a yet-to-be-named location (most likely in the Mission). Keep an eye on tweets from the Magic Curry Kart and others on my Twitter list for an update.
>>Look out – there’s a huge food event headed our way at the beginning of August. It’s SFChefs.Food.Wine, with workshops, tastings, chef rock bands (!), wine seminars, gala dinners and more, from August 6 to 9. Event planners promise the opportunity to interact with local farmers, ranchers, chefs, winemakers, distillers, media, luminaries, authors, vintners, mixologists and culinary experts. Most of the action centers in and around Union Square. Tickets and day passes are on sale now.
>>La Cocina, the community kitchen that helps low-income and minority food entrepreneurs make a start, is hosting a street festival, August 22, 11 am to 7 pm, Folsom St. between 25th and 26th Streets, in front of La Cocina. They promise, “global street food, from tacos and tamales to pierogi and fried dough, with La Cocina's micro-entrepreneurs and some of SF's most notable chefs.”
>>The inaugural San Francisco Natural Wine Week, celebrating traditional methods of wine making, will be held August 24th through August 30th, with nightly events and festivities in partnership with several San Francisco restaurants, wine bars and wine shops. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, Chez Spencer, Nopa and Uva Enoteca are set to participate.
>>Tacos, tamales, chaat, ice cream, soul food, pho and BBQ will star at the Eat Real Festival, August 28 to 30, at Jack London Square in Oakland, which promises “the greatest food on wheels.” The event will also feature a “beer shed” pouring “dozens of NorCal microbrews.”
More Twittering chefs, food carts and restos
Lots more Twittering chefs for you to follow today. If you didn’t see my original list of nearly 100 chefs, restaurants and food carts to follow, you can check it out here. And be sure to follow me at SFRestoNews for all the latest news culled from everybody I follow. Now, here are the new tweepf for the Twitter Roll:
More chefs and restaurants
– Magnolia Pub
– John Castanon of Florio Bar & Cafe
slowclub – Slow Club
sebosf – Sebo
– Farm:Table coffee house
– Underground chef James Stolich
– Chef Charles Phan of Heaven’s Dog
, Slanted Door, etc.
– Annie Stoll of Delfina
– Chef Brett Emerson of Cantigo
– Cafe Gratitude
– David Mur, who has a restaurant on the way
– Spork Restaurant
– Mission Pie bakery and cafe
– The Corner Restaurant
– Chef David Lawrence of 1300 Fillmore
– Napa charcuterie
More food carts and trucks
– meat and veggie pies
– BBQ, currently getting set up in a new spot
– cookies at present, with ice cream sandwiches promised for the future
– vegan cookies, baked donuts and other goodies
– fresh–squeezed juices
– Pho truck
– a falafel truck, "coming soon"