Plus Bon Appetit includes three S.F. eateries in its list of 50 finalists for Best New Restaurant, Lazy Bear takes on a new pastry chef, and Humphry Slocombe honors Tony Bennett.
[jump] Bon Appetit Includes Three S.F. Spots in Its 50 Finalists for Best New Restaurant
It's not a pure ranking of the 50 best, but grouped by region. Of the seven in the West, three are in San Francisco: Tacos Cala, The Perennial, and Lord Stanley. Bon Appetit will announce the Hot Ten on Aug. 16, two weeks from today. Good luck to all!
Humphry Slocombe Honors Tony Bennett's 90th Birthday With Ice Cream
He's also on the cover of SF Weekly this week, just sayin', but Humphry Slocombe has honored Tony Bennett's 90th birthday — which is tomorrow, Aug. 3 — with a flavor called Duet. A mix of Tahitian vanilla and a Limoncello sorbet with house-made fennel biscotti, it will be available at the dedication of Bennett's 8-foot bronze likeness at the Fairmont (Friday, Aug. 19, 11:30 a.m.) and at both Humphry Slocombe locations (2790 Harrison and in the Ferry Building) from Aug. 19-21.
Black Sands Brewery Turns One, Puts Out New Beer
The Lower Haight brewery that gives away all its recipes, gives homebrewers access to strains of hops that are otherwise available only commercially, and lets people make beer on their equipment, is about to turn one. To celebrate, Black Sands (701 Haight) will launch their Barrel Aged Beers on Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Ice Cream Bar Slashes Root Beer Float Price for Nat'l Ice Cream Day
The Ice Cream Bar (815 Cole) will celebrate National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, Aug. 6, from noon to 11 p.m. by cutting the price of a Russel's Root Beer Float in half, from $8 to $4. Pick one up on your way to Outside Lands, maybe?
Soberanes Fire Jeopardizes Monterey Vineyards
The massive Soberanes fire in Big Sur burning to the windward side of Monterey County's viticultural region threatens to destroy the entire vintage. It's not because the vines themselves will burn, but because smoke might taint the grapes, especially thin-skinned Pinot Noir. Some 5300 firefighters are battling the conflagration, and while the grapes haven't passed through the veraison stage where their skins change color and become more sensitive to things like smoke contamination, the winds are blowing due east. And to put it all in perspective since one person has died and 57 homes and a vineyard have burned, smoke-tainted grapes are infinitely preferable to dead humans.
Lazy Bear Has a New Pastry Chef
Eater reports that Edward Martinez, formerly of the now-shuttered Cadence, will follow Maya Erickson as the new pastry chef at Lazy Bear (3416 19th St.). Exact deets on his start date remain up in the air.
American Grilled Cheese Kitchen Gives Back
As the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen (1 South Park Ave. and 799 Battery) already employs people through The Arc, a nonprofit that helps developmentally disabled people find work, it makes sense that they'd reinvest in such do-gooding. Hoodline reports that for the month of August, the eatery will donate 10 percent of Monday sales to The Arc.
Time Inc. Has a Bacon Critic
Fishbowl reports that name is Scott Gold, he lives in New Orleans, and he's the author of The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers. He now writes for Extra Crispy, Time Inc.'s breakfast site (which is not part of Time magazine.)