With this year’s crop of newly bestowed Michelin love, the Bay Area now boasts more three-starred restaurants than New York (seven to five, if you’re counting). And now, we’re adopting more of New York’s food influence with the addition of The Beard House, a series of pop-up dinners hosted by James Beard Foundation Rising Star award nominees and winners.
It marks the first step in a plan to bring the Beard House to the West Coast full-time. (We’re like the pesky younger sibling: If New York has it, we want it, too.)
The Greenwich Village site is a performance space for visiting chefs, where they showcase their skills more than 200 days and nights each year. Partnering with Feastly, JBF comes to San Francisco with three Rising Star Chef of the Year semifinalists, nominees, and winners. Sara Hauman, chef de cuisine at Octavia, kicked off the series this week, and next up is Ryan Pollnow of the Ne Timeas restaurant group, who takes over on Monday, Nov. 20.
A Rising Star chef award nominee in 2016, he was honored with a Zagat “30 Under 30” award, and he’s currently chef de cuisine at flour + water, Central Kitchen, and Salumeria. Pollnow’s menu includes a smoked trout and gold beet gravlax, lobster and fermented chili ravioli, wagyu beef bavette, and Tomales Farmstead kenne (a soft-ripened goat cheese). Cap your meal off with a candied sunchoke with caramelized white chocolate, coffee, and dark chocolate ice cream.
The final dinner in the series sees Jennifer Puccio of the Big Night restaurant group run the show on Nov. 29. A James Beard Best Chef West award nominee in 2015, Puccio is the executive chef of Marlowe, Park Tavern, The Cavalier, Petit Marlowe, and Marlowe Burger. Her four-course menu is still in the works, so check back for details.
A Night With Ryan Pollnow, Monday, Nov. 20, 7-10 p.m.,
A Night With Jennifer Puccio, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7-10 p.m., at a Russian Hill address supplied at time of purchase. $100; eatfeastly.com