Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
The tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991, but legislation before Congress could finally change that. The restaurant industry says that will cost jobs and drive away diners. But in states where servers, bartenders and other tipped workers already make more than the federal minimum wage, restaurants haven’t been hurting.
Cooking for guests aboard a giant cruise ship has its own challenges: 24-hour service, rolling-and-rocking motion from the sea, and making many menu items from scratch. Mary Ladd found out why the Top Chef TV show hit the seas this season and she gets a behind-the-scenes view of the kitchens, buffets and restaurants aboard the Celebrity Millennium.
Wheat, nuts, fish, dairy–seems like everyone is allergic to something these days. What’s a host to do? An illustrated guide to the difference between intolerance and allergy. And tips for cooking for those with these conditions (and having them leave sated –and alive.)
“Spinning Plates” Documentary Comes to the Bay Area – A Film about Restaurants, Food, Family and Legacy
Why do we go out to eat? Why do people start restaurants–an admittedly grueling effort? A new documentary called Spinning Plates explores themes of food, family and legacy, and there’s appearances from Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, as well as looks behind the scenes for Gabby’s in Arizona and Breitbach’s in Iowa. Mary Ladd interviews director Joseph Levy about his new film.
The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Department at City College is a training ground for some of the Bay Area’s top line cooks, pastry chefs and food service workers. Alumni Sam Mogannam of Bi-Rite Market, Jeff Hanak of Nopa and Nopalito, and Martino DiGrande of Palio D’Asti talk with us about what would happen to the Bay Area culinary scene if City College were to close.
After 30 years of running the Thai restaurant Old Weang Ping, a locals’ favorite in East Oakland, owners Pat and Jook Sawanwatana are finally retiring. Does this mean the end of Old Weang Ping Village as we know it? Certainly not.
Brewmaster Dave McLean dishes about his new Dogpatch brewery, set to open soon. McLean is the owner of the Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery and Alembic hotspots and shares about the state of craft beer (hint: we’re in such a sweet spot for suds lovers).
Chef Dennis Leary explains his culinary style and is opening two new spots: a bar and a restaurant in San Francisco. The chef is also working with a Capay Valley farm, and will use produce from Gauchito Hill Farm at his sandwich shops and restaurants this summer.
Mary Ladd interviews Gitane restaurant chefs Bridget Batson and Patrick Kelly, who are married and share a Valentine’s tradition of making and eating uni pasta. The two talk about what it is like to live and work together.
Mary Ladd interviews Shelley Lindgren, who is a Bay Area success story: owner of the vastly popular A16 and SPQR restaurants, sommelier, wine director and cookbook author.