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.
It’s been a big year for San Franciscan Joel Riddell, who won an IACP award for his Dining Around radio show and also had his longtime mentor, Gene Burns pass away. Riddell is a confidant to chefs, bold-faced wine and travel leaders and is the longtime partner to Robert Moon. Riddell shares his experiences of pride and homophobia within the culinary & media worlds.
Mary Ladd interviews Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland’s Councilmember At-Large, who was recently re-elected and is a champion of food businesses as a way to grow and ultimately improve the city.
In celebration of LGBT Pride month, Mary Ladd profiles culinary artist Yasmin Golan, who lives in Oakland and has worked locally in the pop-up scene and restaurant world. Golan’s ideas on cooking and living are based around community and sustainability.
The Brick Hut was a place for us all to create a space in the world
where we could be our complete selves.
The food was the community, the edible fare was our way of bringing it
all together, with love.
The Brick Hut Cafe was a haven for lesbians and gay men, an information center for LGBT activists, an anchor for a diverse community that included working girls, bad-boys, suburban queens, transmen and transwomen. We were the Dyke Diner: the Lesbian Luncheonette: the Chick Hut: the Brick Hug.
When is a dinner not a dinner? When it’s Dinner, a provocative performance of spoken word and live jazz at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, inspired by the exhibit Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories.
Power couple Chloé Harris and Frankie Frankeny are well known in the LGBT and creative worlds. Harris is the managing editor of StyleBistro.com and a writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. Frankie Frankeny is a photographer and film director who has worked in the fields of fashion, lifestyle and food. Frankeny shared their favorite San Francisco food spots for Date Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine Country Eats, Mom & Pop Joints, and Grocery Shopping.
Ejector Report: Where do Ben Holder and Ricky Terry go to eat when they aren’t performing and producing a new album? Holder and Terry make up the local band Ejector, an electro-pop duo behind the original title song for Billy Clift’s Baby Jane? film that premiered at the Castro on Tuesday night, for San Francisco’s Frameline LGBT Film Festival.
Guess who’s coming for din din? Billy Clift is the director of the upcoming drag-parody film, Baby Jane, which is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, June 22, at the Castro Theater. Baby Jane is a definite wink and nod to the original 1962 cult classic with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford starring as a pair of miserable sisters.
Bay Area Bites caught up with Clift via phone interview to get his favorite San Francisco food-centric picks.
Yes, Swish Steak.
Among my cookbooks, there is a recent acquisition I consider to be the jewel in my crown– a must-have for anyone who fancies herself (or, of course, himself) Queen of the Kitchen: The Gay Cookbook by Chef Lou Rand Hogan* (Sherbourne Press, 1965).
The Gay Cookbook: “the complete compendium of campy cuisine and menus for men… or what have you” was first brought to my attention by Celia Sacks of Omnivore Books on Food, who had a copy proudly displayed in her store window the last time I visited. She always seems to know what will pique my interest.
Naming all the LGBT chefs and business owners who have made the SF food scene what it is would turn this column into a fagelah version of Adam Sandler’s Hannukah Song, but still, let’s raise a glass to toast a few of the folks we’d love to make us dinner (or even better, breakfast.)