It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
People are giving up gluten. Whether it’s due to celiac disease or a dietary lifestyle choice, the need for more and more gluten-free food options is growing. Now, what if you are vegan? Ethical choices don’t change, so the elimination of gluten just gets added to your lifestyle! Luckily, the Bay Area has multiple options for a great meal.
Tamara Palmer gets some expert winter produce advice from Jen Biesty of Scala’s Bistro, Eric Tucker of Millennium Restaurant and Aaron London of Ubuntu.
Pastry chef Deanie Hickox is known to Northern California diners for her work at Manresa, Ubuntu, Rubicon and her current post, Coi. This year, Hickox received a semi-finalist nomination for the coveted James Beard 2010 Outstanding Pastry Chef award. She worked with Jeremy Fox at Ubuntu and Manresa. The two were married but parted ways after Ubuntu. Her Beard nomination was from her work at Ubuntu in Napa. She is a grad of the San Francisco California Culinary Academy pastry program, and was a 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Rising Star Chef, a 2008 Best Pastry Chef and a 2009 Napa Sonoma Rising Star Pastry Chef.
Hickox’s picks cover Santa Cruz, Sonoma, and Napa, with some good finds in between.
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.
At gala events you expect to see top chefs preparing bite-sized nibbles for guests. But at StarChefs events working chefs are not just preparing the food, they are the ones being celebrated. StarChefs is all about the chefs of today, and the rising star events are a great way to get a taste of the future.