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December 2014 Archive

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The Progress is open for dinner nightly in San Francisco As of December 16, 2014, The Progress is open for dinner nightly. It's a project from the busy people at State Bird Provisions, located within the same building. Expect prix-fixe menus wherein chosen dishes are served to a whole table, family style. The Progress, 1525 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, 415-673-1294.
 
Offal celebrant Chris Cosentino (Incanto), together with partner Oliver Wharton, have opened Cockscomb on Fourth Street in SoMa. The approachable, industrial 100-seat restaurant inside a former shoe factory (and formerly Zuppa) features two floors, art by Jeremy Fish and Sam Flores, and touches of Cosentino's signature dark wit (including a row of taxidermy roosters). Food is, as expected, a blend of whole butchery and fresh, local ingredients (beef heart tartare; duck fat cauliflower; Grandma Rosalie's tripe; wood-oven-roasted pig's head to share), and there’s an oyster bar, wood-fired-oven and plancha dishes. Two full bars feature wines, beers and Negroni on tap, as well as cocktails showcasing local gins. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Cockscomb, 564 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-974-0700.
 
Manresa restaurant may be closed due to a fire, but executive chef/owner David Kinch and staff are not idle. Head baker Avery Ruzicka, Kinch and Andrew Burnham have partnered to open a brick-and-mortar shop ManresaBread, inspired by the local farmer's market and pop-up retail success of Ruzicka's small-batch breads and pastries. On offer: levain and other classic breads, sticky buns, monkey bread and innovative selections such as kuri squash streusel muffins and polenta sourdough made at a permanent bakery near the retail space. ManresaBread, 276 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030, no phone.
 
The Lower Haight neighborhood's new little bakery, Choux, from French owner Laura Athuil, specializes exclusively in French cream puffs. Pastry puffs are filled with chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, coffee, salted caramel and a range of other custards. Catering is a specialty. Open Sun.-Thurs. Choux Bakery, 248 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94117, 415-757-0722.
 
398 Restaurant & Bar touts "Euro-American" cuisine from executive chef Sam Fechheimer (Delano Hotel Miami Beach, Il Cane Rosso); Fechheimer also helms nearby Klyde Cafe & Wine Bar. Menu items lean rich but affordable, including grilled scallops in a mushroom-truffle cream sauce, Caesar salad topped with Maine lobster, and a signature millefeuille dessert. Cocktails are a focus, crafted by Brian Felley and Mo Hodges of former bar Big, supplemented by a short list of local and international wines. The dining room (previously Max's on the Square) can seat 124. Dinner nightly. 398 Restaurant & Bar, 398 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-654-5061.
 

News Bytes

Manresa Back In Business
After five months of reconstruction due to a fire in July, David Kinch and the team at Manresa have announced they are accepting reservations starting the week of December 15 for New Year's Eve 2014 and regular dinner service beginning January 2, 2015. Reservations can be made online at manresarestaurant.com, by calling the restaurant or via OpenTable. Manresa , 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030, 408-354-4330.
 
The French Laundry Closed Temporarily for Renovations
The French Laundry closed temporarily for extensive renovations, including a new kitchen. (The dining room will remain unchanged.) The restaurant will re-open with the temporary kitchen on April 7, 2015. The French Laundry, 6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599, 707-944-2380.
 
Dine, Give Food at Off The Grid
Off The Grid food truck market gatherings will host local food bank representatives on select dates through December to accept donations of nonperishable goods. Check the market schedule at www.offthegridsf.com for when and where to take food items, or make a direct donation using Square for mobile payment.
 
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company's 15th Holiday Season Events and Specials
San Mateo County’s Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will commemorate its 15th holiday season with different events and specials. They will host a Funky Sweater & Sneaky Peat Winter Ale Release Party to introduce the new big, malty Sneaky Peat Ale. A “Funkiest Sweater” winner will be announced for a special prize, while everyone else in their funky sweater will also receive little gifts. The party will take place on Friday, December 5, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. You can also kick off an early New Year with the brewing company, who will host a family-friendly “Early Bird New Year’s Eve” from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31. A menu and drink specials will be available. Lastly, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will begin their “When it Rains, We Pour” specials from December 31, 2014, through March 31, 2015. If there is an 80% or more chance of rain in the Half Moon Bay area, drinks will be offered at happy hour pricing. Simply show them the forecast on your smartphone. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd., Princeton by the Sea, CA 94019, 650-728-2739.
 

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