Friday Eight: Drink Bourbon and Watch at Top of the Mark

Plus Bojack Horseman's Lisa Hanawalt tears apart the preciousness of foodie b.s. with a new graphic novel, Tacolicious's Guest Chef Series returns to the Ferry Building Farmers Market, and toast gets even fancier.

[jump] La Folie Chef Series Lets the Kitchen Staff Take Over
Starting Monday, June 27, Chef Roland Passot of La Folie (2316 Polk) will launch a dinner series called Rising Stars of La Folie in which his underlings will take the helm for occasional pop-ups. Inside Scoop reports that the idea came from nearby Stones Throw, and that since La Folie has generated more than a few people who've gone on to stardom, it makes sense to let chef de cuisine Jeremy Wayne and chef de partie Greg Lucero put together a five-course meal (which will cost $80 plus $60 for an optional wine pairing, although the full deets haven't been hammered out yet).

Top of the Mark Movie Night Returns Tuesday
Starting Tuesday, June 7 and running through the end of August, Top of the Mark (atop the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, One Nob Hill) will throw a complimentary wine or spirit tasting at 5:30 p.m., followed by a film at 7:00. It's pretty S.F.-heavy, too, with The Birds (June 7), Sister Act (June 14) and Star Trek IV (the funny one, with the whales, June 28) among the first four screenings. June's spirit is Koval Bourbon, bottled for the hotels 90th birthday this month.

Manos Nouveau Falls Off the No-Tipping Bandwagon
So reports Inside Scoop, which has the owner admitting the higher prices listed on Manos Nouveau's menu caused sales to drop by 30 percent in the 13 months since the restaurant switched over. So it's tipping time once more.

Lisa Hanawalt Tears Into Pretentious Foodies
Los Angeles cartoonist (and producer of Bojack Horseman) Lisa Hanawalt has released a watercolor-filled graphic novel, HOT DOG TASTE TEST, that skewers a topic near and dear to this snobbish food jerk: the pretentiousness of foodie culture. (She describes one wine varietal as “it makes your tits itchy,” for instance.) . Hanawalt will be at Pegasus Books in Downtown Berkeley on June 23 to discuss it, and hopefully make you laugh.

Tacolicious' Guest Chef Series Resumes at the Ferry Building
Starting June 23 and running through mid-August, every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Tacolicious stand at the Ferry Building will rope in a guest chef or two to create tacos to benefit CUESA's Schoolyard to Market Program. Gorge on bites by Rich Table's Saran and Evan Rich (June 23), 4505's Ryan Farr (July 7), Quince's Michael Tusk (July 21) and more. 

The Boxing Room Turns Five
Alligator chomp chomp! Hayes Valley NOLA favorite The Boxing Room (399 Grove) is turning five, and to celebrate, they'll throw a birthday on Thursday, Jun 16, with all-you-can-eat crawfish and Cajun food, $5 drink specials, and more. Tickets are $55. 
Chiu Chow Arrives in SoMa in the Form of Tēo Restaurant & Bar
It's surprising that Chiu Chow cuisine, a regional Chinese cooking style that eschews heavy seasoning in favor of fresh ingredients, hasn't gained more traction around these parts considering how it meshes so well with California's culinary ethos. Be that as it may, the 80-seat Chiu Chow eatery Tēo Restaurant & Bar is now softly open at 1111 Mission, serving marinated goose, chicken and pine mushroom soup, corn pancakes, Chilean sea bass and pickled sea bass, and mochi, along with craft cocktails.

Oliveto Morning Toast Service
If you thought toast had reached peak fancy-pants-itude, think again mister. Rockridge's Oliveto Cafe (5565 College) las launched a seven-mornings-a-week Toast Service that takes whole grain flours from Community Grains and bakes into long-fermeted breads that are then served in thick slices with sweet and savory toppings like almond butter, ricotta, or the spreadable salame known as cicciola. Pastry Chef Andrew Chaney is a CIA graduate who worked at Gary Danko and Boulevard, and if you check his new offerings between June 6 and 12, you'll get a free shot of Mr. Espresso, too. See? Fancy!

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