Joshua Skenes

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    July 24, 2013
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    November 8, 2012

    Omnivore World Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow

    This weekend, for the very first time, the Omnivore World Tour will be pit-stopping in San Francisco. The program includes a slew of classes, cooking demos, and a mighty glamorous lineup of chef collaborations and dinners. The festival is a traveling showcase of the culinary world's young and innova ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Is Benu's Corey Lee One of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs?

    ​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 >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Starbucks is a "Diamond-in-the-Rough", Jeremy Fox May Not Come Back, and Saision News

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Mega green: Eater SF reports Starbucks will open a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified location in the Castro at 2221 Market (at Sanchez). While it will incorporate the same el ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Oldest Liquor Store Folds, Dear Mom, and Saison Eyes a New Place

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Born the year Prohibition ended, the city's oldest liquor store has passed on. Tablehopper shares that John Walker & Co. has shut its doors for good. What Eater SF and Grub Street had first reported as a ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Saison is Moving, Doggie Diner to Crumble, and an Eight Year Wait

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Grub Street reports Saison is on the move. After Food & Wine posted the chef Joshua Skenes's profile with the news, Grub shared that it's headed to either the Financial District or Jackson Square. Skenes ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Vinyl Wine Bar's Kris Esqueda on Popups, Food Trucks, and Pretension-Busting

    Markris WineVinyl Wine Bar's Kris Esqueda, right.​The Sunday night pasta dinner at Vinyl Wine Bar that I wrote about in this week's review almost qualifies as a popup within a popup. Owners Kris Esqueda and Mark Bright -- who are also behind Saison and Markris Wine Group -- set up the wine bar in ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Win-Win: For Skenes, an F&W Nod; for Kauffman, a Hot Pineapple Bun

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Congratulations are in order. As many of the food blogs picked up on before the official announcement, Joshua Skenes, chef of Saison, is the Bay Area pick for Food & Wine's 1 ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

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    December 20, 2010

    The Year in Food 2010: Big-Ticket Dining Surges

    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 >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Daniel Patterson Talks Storytelling and Food, Zings New York Chefs

    ​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 >>

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    July 26, 2010

    The 30-Year-Old Chefs Influencing What You Eat

    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 >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Big-Ticket Summer: S.F.'s Pricey New Restaurants

    ​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 >>

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    May 19, 2010

    How We Chose Flour Water as Best New Restaurant

    bittermelon/FlickrTake a good, long look at your aspirations, S.F.​Picking the year's best new restaurant is a Sophie's choice, only without the exquisite Streepian hysterics. For SF Weekly's Best of San Francisco 2010 ― which dropped today ― we picked Flour Water. "Other new restauran ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Yup, Carte415 is Gone, and Isn't Coming Back

    LookWhatIMade/FlickrStick a fork in it.​Carte415's Joshua Skenes told SFoodie his downtown lunch cart is, in fact, dead, and won't be returning to its space in the Atrium Lobby of 101 Second St. (at Mission). "I've been busy focusing on Saison," Skenes explained, "doing three nights a week, pl ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009
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    November 17, 2009

    Early Bird Special: Saison

    J. BirdsallHalibut in smoky seafood broth at a Saison prix fixe from July.​An early nibble from the Weekly's Wednesday food review. In any kind of normal economy -- you know, the one where the roast chicken at Zuni was a logical weeknight option when you didn't quite feel like pushing a cart ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Upscale Street-Food Lunch Cart Ready to Roll

    Carte415 plans to roll out weekdays in the atrium lobby of 101 Second St.​After weeks of bureaucratic delays, Carte415 -- chef Joshua Skenes' upscale street-food lunch cart -- finally has a roll-out date: tomorrow. Skenes told SFoodie late yesterday he'd just gotten the green light to begin se ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    Hot Meal: Joshua Skenes' Saison at Stable Cafe

    Intensely summery: Roasted goat with corn foam over cracked hominy. Last night marked the official opening of Saison, a Sundays-only fine-dining prix fixe at Stable Café (2128 Folsom at 17th St.) in the Mission. It's a joint venture by sommelier and wine consultant Mark Bright (Restaurant Mic ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    High-End Downtown Food Cart Faces One Last Street Bump

    Joshua Skenes: Ready to go.The owner of a long-planned high-end FiDi lunch cart told SFoodie his launch date is in lawyers' hands. Chef Joshua Skenes had hoped to roll out Carte 415 by early May. But several delays -- including custom fabrication in Canada of the cart itself -- left Skenes' rollout ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    High-End Street-Food Project Still Waiting for Wheels

    Skenes: Cooling his heelsThe hot young chef who'd hoped to roll out his upscale lunch cart in FiDi last week is still cooling his heels. Joshua Skenes told SFoodie his plans to launch Carte415 at Second Street and Mission are being held up by paperwork, and, well, the arrival of the custom cart itse ... More >>

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