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Weekly Intro and Updates (Coming in hot...)
November 22, 2022

Pumpkin cheesecake from Noe Valley Bakery. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hello hello! I know I’m not the only one fired up for this short week, whew. The past couple weeks have had me waaaay over-busy, including the two Jewish Food Society events I helped produce (check out my Reel recap here!), and last Friday, I had the opportunity to interview Phil Rosenthal of Somebody Feed Phil for his book tour appearance on stage at the Palace of Fine Arts. Interacting with his audience of 900 amazing fans was an incredible experience—I loved hearing how his show has inspired so many folks to travel and see the world. So uplifting! Another big lift: seeing The Flaming Lips perform at The Warfield on Saturday night, what a show.

I have some exciting news updates for you in today’s column, and I’m also including a recap from my summer press trip to Greece when I went to learn about kiwis! (Stand by for my piece on cherries next!)

If you haven’t figured out your Thanksgiving reservations or takeout or pies yet, I have a ton of tips in my Instagram Thanksgiving Highlights, which can be helpful for you last-minute folks!

As you can imagine, there are so many special meals and events and experiences coming up for the holidays. Look for my Instagram Holiday Highlights for all the latest on Hanukkah latkes and winter cocktails and Christmas dinners and more (I’ll be updating it daily).

I know many of you are gearing up for holiday shopping since this is the week of crazy sales. I wanted to be sure you knew I’m going to be doing another hopper holiday gift bag this year in case you want to shop small and local! Like in years past, I’m curating a bunch of unique, quality, and delicious products from local restaurants, bars, and makers. And just wait until you see this year’s tote! (I’m just sayin’.) Stand by for details VERY SOON! It isn’t easy putting this all together, so I hope you’re still excited to support our local F&B industry and community for a third year by purchasing this awesome tote of artisanal treats!

Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Native American Heritage Day, and holiday. I have so much to be grateful for, and you’re a big part of that, so thank you. I’m looking forward to getting together with my adorable family (sis and I are bringing our kitties, so the grand-cats will surely be getting spoiled with lots of snuggles and bites of turkey). Wishing you safe travels, good health, and happy times at the table.

Gratefully yours,
Marcia Gagliardi

November 8, 2022

Fusilli con grassato di capra (housemade knitting needle pasta with braised goat) at a luncheon at Rosetta and Lino Costantino’s home to celebrate the launch of Pasta Grannies: Comfort Cooking. It was like being back in Calabria at my relatives’ dinner table. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hi gang, I know today is a tense one—hopefully the welcome rain and a stiff cocktail (or quality and low-dose weed beverage) will help you deal with things. It’s a good night for some mac and cheese. (I have a bunch of pasta recipes on my Pinterest board, in case you’re looking for carb inspo.) Did you vote? You have until 8pm!

Tonight, I’m busy in Oakland with the first of two Schmaltzy events I’m co-producing this week with the Jewish Food Society (you should check out their new site)! SF’s event is on Thursday—looking forward to seeing you! Both events have sold out, and the waitlist is pretty long, just FYI!

One event you can still get tickets to is an evening with culinary goddess Nigella Lawson, who is touring the U.S. right now, and stopping in SF on Monday November 14th! (She will also be appearing in Santa Rosa on the 16th.) I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing her for Nob Hill Gazette’s November issue, you can read my piece here. We could have chatted for hours. She’s so warm, earthy, and simply divine!

With Thanksgiving coming up quickly, I’m posting updates daily on where to go out for or take home a turkey (or plant-based) dinner, pie, sides, and more in my Instagram Stories Highlight!

You can imagine I am beyond swamped this week with my newsletter deadline hitting the same week as these two events, so I need to bounce! I have a big story in today’s column about the return of the Savoy-Tivoli in North Beach, plus another new project in the neighborhood, love to see it.

Take good care,
Marcia Gagliardi

October 25, 2022

So on-brand for fall (and deeeeelicious): Delfina’s latkes with salmon roe and crème fraîche at Foodwise Sunday Supper. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy friends. How are y’all doing after that 5.1 rumbler today? I now know Fortuna does not sense earthquakes ahead of time—kind of like ShakeAlert, where was my early notification? Nothing like being on the top floor of an old building to really feel it, eeeeee! At least my go bag is by the door and well-stocked with weed and bourbon, ha.

It was wonderful to see so many of you a week ago at the Foodwise Sunday Supper, what a fabulous reunion of our farmer, culinary, and cocktail community! Did you know Foodwise raised $440,000 in support of local, sustainable family farmers and food makers at Foodwise farmers markets, and food access programs?! It was their most successful Sunday Supper yet, all thanks to you.

You’ll want to head back to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market at the Ferry Building this Saturday October 29th for the new Pop-Ups on the Plaza series. Celebrate the harvest season with a day of fall festivities, family fun, and delicious food from local, Black-owned food businesses, including A Girl Named Pinky, Melan-AID, Rome’s Kitchen, Tha M’fn Vegan, Wanda’s Cooking, and many more. There will also be cooking demos and plenty of activities for the kiddos. 9am-1pm.

Also this Saturday, Prubechu is hosting a night of fashion, food, music, and natural wines with BTFL Studio and Stagiaire Wines. Did someone say roast pig fiesta plate? Tickets are almost gone, get yours here. See you there?

I’m very excited (and busy!) co-producing these two Schmaltzy events in November with the Jewish Food Society! Schmaltzy is their signature live storytelling event—it’s like The Moth, but with noshes! On Tuesday November 8th, join us for an intimate Schmaltzy salon at The Alice Collective in Oakland, featuring a story from Sydney Arkin, founder of Bad Walter’s Bootleg Ice Cream, with bites and beverages from Covenant wines and a cocktail from Junípero gin, thanks to Hotaling & Co.! Tickets are limited and can be found here.

On Thursday November 10th, we’ll be at the stylish Four One Nine venue in SoMa. Hear stories from “Good Mythical Morning’s” Nicole Hendizadeh, Nopa chef-owner Laurence Jossel, and Rabbi Sydney Mintz from Temple Emanu-El will share a tale about her Buddhist monk brother and chocolate chip cookies. (Yours truly will be emceeing.) Then, stick around to party and snack on the dishes from each story. We’ll enjoy pours from Covenant wines and Nopa’s 50/50 Martini with Junípero gin, thanks to Hotaling & Co. Extremely limited SF tickets can be found here.

Don’t forget: this week is San Francisco Restaurant Week, running through Sunday October 30th. This year, over 180 restaurants in SF are participating with prix-fixe lunch, brunch, and dinner menus available for onsite dining, takeout, and delivery. Get out there and support your favorite restaurants while discovering some new-to-you ones, too! Buon appetito!

Wishing y’all a Happy Halloween and scintillating Scorpio season—stand by for some exciting news from me in November!

Marcia Gagliardi