The restaurant scene is roaring back to life in the South Bay and a common theme among them is restaurants featuring a unique bar program paired to a dining menu equal in creativity. While the concept of bringing together your favorite bar with gourmet bar bites is no new feat, here are 15 top-notch gastropubs in the South Bay.
Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller, the husband-and-wife team behind Napa and S.F.’s Fatted Calf, released their first cookbook this week. Boetticher sat down with BAB’s Kate Williams to talk the ins-and-outs of butchery and book publication.
Bailie is the woman behind Pig + Woman + Knife, which gives hunters, home and restaurant cooks hands-on knowledge and tutorials on breaking down pig, duck and lamb. Bailie practices her butchery and charcuterie craft while working at Fatted Calf, which has locations in San Francisco and Napa.
A vegetarian and a vegan open a butcher shop…Stephanie Rosenbaum catches up with Joshua and Jessica Applestone, owners of Fleisher’s Grass-Fed Organic Meats and authors of The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat.
Ryan is the butcher/chef/teacher and front man of the 4505 venture, and his wife Cesalee does much of the administrative and logistical work. The two also have an eight month old son, named Tanner, who may soon try Fatted Calf liverwurst (more on that later). Cesalee & Ryan Farr answered Bay Area Bites questions via email and phone interview.
“Is this Satan’s dinner party?” asks my companion, eying the whole skinned goat hanging from hooks in the middle of the room, surrounded by eager diners digging into plates of raw goat carpaccio. No, it’s just The Butcher and The Chef, an underground dining event that’s demonstrating, in the most deliciously visceral way possible, just how food goes from animal to ingredient.
Julie Powell visited KQED’s The Writers’ Block to record a reading from her latest book, Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession. She was open to participating in a video interview and shared her thoughts about the importance of transparency in the process of transforming animals into meat; how the fame she received from Julie and Julia affected her career path and personal life; revealed some themes for her next fiction novel and showed us her tattoo.
The lamb brains, I was told, were simply smashing. Like meaty custard, in the best possible way. But the lamb brains weren’t the half of it. The outdoor tables at last weekend’s first Primal Napa event were a head-to-tail, guts-and-all celebration of going deep with meat.
18 Reasons, the Bi Rite-affiliated gallery space on Guerrero near 18th Street, has made such conscious, well-examined consumption its mission, offering exhibitions, lectures, tastings, and classes to draw clear bright lines between food, people, and place, existing essentially as the embodiment of its intention, as a local meeting spot for people who love food and want to talk about it, share what they know, and learn from others. The gallery has received some local press love but this summer’s offerings deserve special mention.
Thanksgiving cooks will be brining, stuffing and roasting their way into next week’s turkey feast. Foodies looking for a bigger culinary challenge can find it at a San Francisco market where home cooks can learn to be their own butcher.
If you’re into eating locally grown food and plan on including roasted chestnuts with your holiday meals, we have good news for you. California is one of the few places in the U.S. where you can still find American chestnut trees. Four types of them grow on Skyline Chestnut Orchard — a grove perched above the Northern California town of Woodside.