Every year, just before Food & Wine magazine announces its annual list of 10 best new chefs, editor Dana Cowin (@fwscout) tweets out hints about the winners, using the hashtag #BestNewChefs. At least one Bay Area chef usually makes the cut. Last year, it was Joshua Skenes of Saison, and the y ... More >>
BenuYoon Ha (left).SFoodie is calling up food types around the city to ask them about
their favorite discovery of the past year, whether it's new or ancient,
an ingredient or a person. We'll be running their responses through the end of the year.
Yoon Ha, head sommelier at Benu, astonished SFo ... More >>
Carina OstBenu cooks Luis and Julio set up a burrito cart late Saturdays, featuring leftover meats from the high-end kitchen.Imagine this scenario: getting drunk at Drink on Saturday night, going to the Huntington Hotel for an additional cocktail and a piano-bar mashup of Wizard of Oz songs, ... More >>
1. The critics take on Modernist Cuisine. As SFoodie mentioned yesterday, Nathan Myhrvold's 2,438-page Modernist Cuisine is now out, and most of the big papers are running reviews today. Legendary cookbook author Michael Ruhlman, writing in the New York Times, and Washington Post contributor Andr ... More >>
Jonathan KauffmanSee the almost imperceptible strands of fake shark's fin? Wild osetra, now that it has almost disappeared from the Caspian Sea, has been replaced by farmed sturgeon roe with no loss of status. As I was writing this week's article about the proposed shark fin ban, I wondered: Can ... More >>
Justin LewisThe faux shark's fin soup at Benu.SFoodie's countdown of the 92 best things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition.Around the midpoint of Benu's 12-course tasting menu, right when the fish courses are giving way to the redder meats and the sakes and white wines cede to the ... More >>
Lara Hata/SF WeeklyProspect: High-end dining in San Francisco is not in danger.Twelve months, ten storylines: It's SFoodie's annual look back at the year in food.Back in January, people were talking about the San Francisco restaurant scene as if it were flagging fast. The fretting was fueled by t ... More >>
Nicole S./YelpBenu's lobster bouillon.It can take a lifetime for an artist to forge a personal vernacular. Or if not a lifetime, then a bit longer than 10 weeks, for sure. At Benu ― subject of Jonathan Kauffman's review today ― French Laundry veteran Corey Lee isn't just reassembling the ... More >>
As a prelude to Le Fooding's upcoming New York vs. San Francisco "showdown," The New York Times' T magazine asked David Chang and Daniel Patterson to talk about West Coast vs. East Coast food. Patterson, first up, started by yawning at the question, then asking a different one: What makes a regio ... More >>
Darin L./YelpCorey Lee's Benu is one of 26 places donating six-person lunches.The Brown Bag Lunch Project, an online fundraiser for the San Francisco Community School, is auctioning off meals from 26 S.F. chefs and restaurants. The school is seeking to raise $5,000. The list of providers so f ... More >>
chez pim/FlickrJames Syhabout (foreground).Our favorite morsel from the Web.
Argue on your own time whether the Spice Kit guys belong with Ravi Kapur, Corey Lee, and James Syhabout. The August issue of San Francisco magazine has house food scribe Josh Sens waxing all Dawn of a New Age on the ... More >>
Tamara PalmerCorey Lee and Richard Bloch.During a special hard-hat tour of Benu, the future SOMA restaurant from former French Laundry chef de cuisine Corey Lee, we learned that Lee has plans to reinvent more than just food. He wants to change the overall dining experience, too.
Working with ... More >>
Everyone who writes about food in San Francisco has spent the past year talking about how the city's restaurant scene is downscaling. Evidence: The proliferation of street carts and food trucks, pizza and burgers, and sandwiches of every shade and stripe, not to mention the migration of chefs to ... More >>
We're no fans of the optimistic predictions that the recession is over. But October saw the fewest closures of San Francisco restaurants in the past six months. And for the ones that did close, new tenants were generally already in line.
yuichi.sakuraba/FlickrYou still got roughly two months to get ... More >>