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August 2012 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

The team behind Foreign Cinema and Show Dogs has opened a mid-Market Street venue (adjacent to Show Dogs) called Machine Coffee & Deli. The shop serves artisanal meats that are smoked and roasted in-house, specialty sandwiches and house-roasted coffee beans in a range of specialty, hand-cast coffee drinks. The business is one of many indicators of the emerging Sixth and Market area, the new daytime stomping grounds for many high-tech ventures and start-ups. Machine Coffee & Deli, 1024 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-592-8440.
 
Lark Creek Blue has opened in San Jose The Lark Creek Restaurant Group has yet another new enterprise in Lark Creek Blue, located on Santana Row in San Jose. The restaurant features sustainable, ocean-fresh seafood as well as USDA Prime and grass-fed steaks and local, seasonal produce. Chef is Paul Bruno, a Johnson & Wales graduate who has worked at Tavern on the Green, Oceana and Michael Mina. Design is casual and contemporary, with indoor seating for 90, four seats at a circular raw bar, 12 bar seats, an open kitchen and a large outdoor patio with room for 60 and covered seating. Lark Creek Blue, Santana Row, 378 Santana Row, Ste. 1100, San Jose, CA 95128, 408-244-1244.
 
Hayes Valley macaron purveyor Chantal Guillon has a new location in Palo Alto. The eponymous French-owned business specializes in locally-made, organic macarons naturally free of additives, colorings and gluten. Classic and limited edition flavors come in single cookies and boxes of two, six, 12 and 24, along with high-end themed packages for special occasions such as weddings or corporate events. A selection of Mariage Freres tea is also available. In San Francisco: 437 A Hayes St., 415-864-2400. Open daily. Chantal Guillon, 444 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301, 650-322-2255.
 

News Bytes

"Bespoke Dining" Company Kitchit Brings in More Chefs
Kitchit, which arranges "bespoke dining" experiences, has added several names to its roster of chefs available for private, in-home events. The company's culinary talent now includes Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), Matt Accarrino (SPQR), Jason Fox (Commonwealth) and Mourad Lahlou (Aziza). Kitchit members can work with these chefs to create custom menus for dinner parties and other events. For more information, visit www.kitchit.com.
 
RN74 Celebrates Julia Child
Julia Child would have turned 100 years old this month, and in homage RN74 will feature Child-inspired dishes on special prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner from August 7-15. Menu items include vichyssoise, lamb stew, cauliflower au gratin with cheese (dinner only), and rum babas. The four-course dinner prix-fixe is $39 per person ($30 additional for wine pairings), and for lunch, three courses cost $29 per person ($20 additional for wine pairings). Bon appetit! RN74, Millennium Tower, 301 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-543-7474.
 
Dialogue Series at Atelier Crenn
As part of an ongoing series of collaborative dinners at Atelier Crenn, chef-owner Dominique Crenn hosts chef Scott Anderson of elements restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey, on August 14-15. Both evenings will feature ten courses with alternating dishes from Crenn and Anderson to comprise a "conversation" (the event series is called "dialogue"). Cuisine is $160 per person with optional wine pairings for an additional $150. Call for reservations. Future chef dialogue dinners include ones with Alex Talbot (Ideas in Food) and Mary Dumont (Harvest) in September, George Mendes (Aldea) in October and Phillip Foss (EL Ideas) in December. Watch http://ateliercrenn.com/ for details. Atelier Crenn, 3127 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-440-0460.
 
More From Off The Grid
Off The Grid, the food truck collaborative that hosts 18 weekly gatherings around the Bay Area, has announced yet another new congregation spot. Every Monday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., street food vendors such as Five Ten Burgers, Curry Up Now, Seoul on Wheels and Kinders BBQ will gather in downtown Hayward in the triangle lot between Foothill and Mission Boulevards and D Street. The weekly event will also include live music from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Visit offthegridsf.com for the full list of Off The Grid events and participating vendors.
 

Chef Shuffle

Ron Siegel has been named executive chef for Michael Mina He started as a line cook at Michael Mina's Aqua back in 1991, and now Ron Siegel is returning to that location as the new executive chef for Mina's eponymous restaurant Michael Mina. Siegel's impressive career includes work as opening sous chef for The French Laundry, an "Iron Chef" win and acclaim helming Masa's, Charles Nob Hill and, for nearly a decade, The Dining Room and now Parallel 37 within The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. Mina and Siegel call their relationship a "true collaboration" and look forward to bringing the best of their respective careers together for the benefit of Michael Mina diners. The transition will take several weeks; no news yet on Siegel's successor at Parallel 37. Michael Mina, 252 California St., San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-397-9222.
 
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana's new executive chef, 29-year-old Diego Oka, is a native Peruvian with Japanese ancestry who was part of the opening teams of the first La Mar Cebicheria in Lima, Peru, and subsequent La Mar openings in Mexico City and Bogota. Oka has maintained the high-end chain's chef-owner Gaston Acurio's classic, but inspired, Peruvian cuisine --- waterfront-appropriate ceviches, causas, empanadas, grilled skewers and traditional entrées such as lomo saltado. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-397-8880.
 

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