Taste of the Nation Brings on Melissa Perello for No Kid Hungry
San Francisco’s benefit for the anti-childhood hunger campaign has signed up Melissa Perello of Frances and Octavia to be the Chef Chair for next year’s event, to be held on March 24, 2017.
Oakland’s Grand Fare Market Shuts for the Second Time
This one looks pretty permanent. Thirteen months after opening, eight months after closing, and four months after reopening, the ambitious Grand Fare Market (3265 Grand Ave., Oakland) has closed for good. Eater reports that the only business to plug ahead is Brothers and Sisters flower shop, which is run by Freya Prowe, the wife of Grand Fare owner Doug Washington, and operates on an independent lease. They gave it their all, no doubt.
Merigan Sub Shop Space to Become S.F.’s First Sajj
With two South Bay brick-and-mortar locations and some food trucks, Mediterranean fast-casual joint Sajj will take up residence in the former Merigan at 636 Second St. Look for lunch next week, with dinner to follow sometime this winter.
Coqueta/Bottega Chef Michael Chiarello Busted for a DUI in Napa
Eight months after two dizzyingly lurid sexual harassment lawsuits that involved suggestive baguettes, one’s-not-enough-and-three’s-too-many comparisons of martinis to genitals, and hints of offering “chef’s cream” to a dairy-free actress, Eater reports that Michael Chiarello, the chef of S.F.’s Coqueta and Yountville’s Bottega, was arrested early yesterday morning in Napa for a DUI and possession of an unspecified controlled substance.
Drink the Election Away at Hamlet
There was a period when I was keeping FiveThirtyEight open as a tab in Chrome and refreshing it like every hour but I can’t even handle it anymore. Are you like me? Then go to Noe Valley’s Hamlet (1199 Church) on Election Night from 4 p.m. on, for $2 oysters — Miyagi, Shigoku and Beausoleil, not the crappy kind — plus happy hour all night long on draft beer, cocktails, and wine by the glass.
Drake’s Brewing Celebrates the Eighth Jolly Day
Hoist the Jolly Roger — as Adam Ant once sang — for the release of 2016’s Drake’s Jolly Rodger Imperial Dark Ale at Jolly Day next Saturday, Nov. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. As with Anchor’s Christmas Ale, the San Leandro brewery (1933 Davis) creates a different formula each year for its seasonal brew, and this year’s has wintry-sounding notes of caramel, raisins, and baking spice. There will be a Caribbean jerk feast and bottles of previous Jolly Rodgers for purchase, and while the event is free, $15 gets you two 16-ounce pours.
E&O Kitchen Throws a Luau
Next Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m., E&O Kitchen (314 Sutter) will throw a three-course luau dinner with paired cocktails by executive chef Sharon Nahm. There will be Kalua pork with chicken katsu and pulehu ribeye, Hawaiian rolls, mashed taro root, and lilikoi mousse cake and malasadas for dessert. It’s $60, and tickets are available here.
There Are David Bowie Emoji! (Also Avocados)
iOS 10.2 took some steps closer to emoji gender parity by making its lady pictograms do more than just apply nail polish — there’s a female firefighter now! — and released boy and girl Ziggy Stardust emoji, along with a Mrs. Claus who looks like Sophia Petrillo from The Golden Girls. Also, food emoji aplenty: clinking Champagne flutes, bacon, a foil-wrapped burrito, a pita pocket, half an avocado, and — paging Michael Chiarello — a baguette.