August 15, 2010

“We are born for meaning, not pleasure, unless it is pleasure that is steeped in meaning.” – Jacob Needleman

Inside the Elms Mansion at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans

It’s been quite a week with the ongoing party of SF Chefs and more high profile restaurant openings (Commonwealth, Benu, Bar Agricole). At SF Chefs, besides attending numerous seminars, tastings & parties (recap in next issue), I was one of three judges at a Top Chef Happy Hour in the W Hotel (former Top Chef contestants from the show facing off for best cocktail). I also emceed a chef demo at Williams Sonoma’s flagship store with Chef Jason Berthold and Pastry Chef Nick Flores of RN74. A delightfully exhausting week!

On the home front, Top Tastes highlights new SF openings, molecular experimentation, Boston-style roast beef sandwiches and duck confit tacos. Around the Bay reviews a slew of new (and not so new) eats in Wine Country, from Morimoto Napa to Spoonbar.

Now for Tales of the Cocktail and New Orleans coverage: a rundown of most memorable moments in On the Town. On the Town Part Two covers winners along with my photos from TalesSpirited Awards Ceremony (Mad Men celebrity shots included). Imbiber lists the most memorable cocktails at Tales.

Fence outside Fuel Coffee in New Orleans

Wandering Traveler eats and drinks through the French Quarter with proper cocktails, Italian Creole cuisine, burgers at 3am, and divine Creole Cream Cheese Red Velvet Cake ice cream.
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Here’s recent entries in my SF Bay Guardian column, Appetite:
Three Gourmet Cheap Eats in Sonoma
Tales from Tales in New Orleans
SF Chefs returns
Two Sodas for the Epicure

**Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Virginia Miller**