July 15, 2012

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious… He to whom this ’emotion’ is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder, or stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. His eyes are closed.”
Albert Einstein

Unforgettable 6/14 Outstanding in the Field dinner in a secret beach cove, dinner by Chef Ravi Kapur

In the throes of Summer, I am about to depart for my beloved New Orleans, soon to bring you even more food & drink recommends and Tales of the Cocktail highlights.

Back here at home, chef Ravi Kapur gears up for more LihoLiho Yacht Club pop-up dinners (7/15 and 7/22), this time at one of my top restaurants in SF, State Bird Provisions (make reservations on their website). Dining on one of his ten course, Hawaiian-influenced, gourmet menus from the last round at Citizens Band, and even more recently his unforgettable menu at an Outstanding in the Field dinner, I’d recommend checking out one of his upcoming dinners.

Top TastesManresa & Atelier Crenn: Collaborative dinners between chefs at two fine dining restaurants illuminate the experimental creativity currently thriving in the Bay Area.

ImbiberBar Talent & Rare Bourbon Barrels on 16th St. – Divey digs with craft creations at classic Mission bars, one with a rare tasting of four single barrel bourbons.

LihoLiho Yacht Club pop-up dinner at Citizens Band: beets w/ seaweed Ranch and crunchy nori

The LatestPizza Pie: Exploring the latest pies in town from Gioia to Del Popolo.
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Recent entries in my Bay Guardian column:
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