Thursday Eight: Get Your Tickets to the Cider Summit

Plus Jonathan Waxman's Ghiardelli Square project will simply be called Waxman's, and Ho's Bootleg Tavern opens up on Van Ness.

[jump] Cider Summit SF Returns April 23
Early-bird tickets to the Cider Summit (Saturday, April 23, noon to 5 p.m., at the Presidio's Parade Ground) are on sale for $35 at the moment, which means 10 tastings tickets for about half the cost of a standard drink. I went last year, and it's a hell of a lot more than sugary-sweet fizzy drinks for people who hate beer: They spanned all points of the palate from kombucha to sauterne. Many of the ciders were unique and hard-to-find, and a few of them had that barnyard funk you'll never get from a hard lemonade.

Jonathan Waxman's Ghirardelli Square Restaurant Will Be Called Waxman's
Simple enough, no? Except it will be two 120-seat spaces: The fast-casual Cafe, a fast-casual spot, on one side, and the more formal Restaurant, with full table service, on the other.  (There will also be 100 more seats outside and on the Fountain Plaza.) This project was initially going to be called Brezza Emporio and Pizzeria, but it literally does not get any simpler than this.

Late-Night Spot Ho's Bootleg Tavern Now Open on Van Ness
It used to be GungHo Tavern, and Ho's Bar and Restaurant before that, but 2360 Van Ness Ave. is now Ho's Bootleg Tavern, and according to Eater, it's fully open after a little tease back in November. With a kitchen open as late as 3 a.m. on weekends, it's no surprise there's something called a Garbage Plate (waffle fries, hamburger patty with cheese, fried egg, chicken poppers, pork and beans, cole slaw, bacon, and Ho's gravy, $19). But there's also furikake popcorn and BBQ pulled pork sliders.

Oakland will Get a Checkers and Rally's
The East Bay chain explosion is not stopping. The Business Times reports that newly merged Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic burger chain Checkers and Rally's might open as many as 40 locations in and around Oakland.

Perbacco's Italian Staples Dinner Series
Starting Thursday, March 10, Perbacco (230 California Street) will throw $65 per-person dinners that each focus on a key ingredient in Italian cuisine. (You get a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and hors d'oeuvres, but there's also an optional $30 wine pairing.) First up is prosciutto, with dishes like casareccia (made with Parmiggiano Reggiano, arugula, and pan grattato) and maiale al latte (a milk-braised pork shoulder with panela, braised red cabbage, and prosciutto-wrapped riblet). It's sounds as if newcomer Volta, which is run by the same team, hogged so much of the attention that Chef Staffan Terje wanted to throw Perbacco a little love.

A Tea Party Senator is Holding up Relief for Flint
The people of Flint were poisoned by their state government, so providing federal relief for them should be a no-brainer, right? Wrong. According to the Daily Beast, Sen. Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, has three objections to the legislation: “not being put through the ordinary and time-consuming gamut of Senate procedures known as 'regular order'; [he] has objections on how money from the stimulus is being repurposed for water infrastructure; and [he] is concerned about the federal government getting involved in what he views as a local issue.”

Our Diets in 2050
According to Gizmodo, the British medical journal The Lancet predicts that by 2050, climate change will cause a slight decrease in the availability of meat, but that fresh produce will dip by a much more significant 4 percent. An increase of drought-resistant grains and cereals will keep people fed, but that's not a good solution for human health.

You're Really Glad You're Not Jared Fogle Right Now
Not to sympathize too much with a convicted sex offender, but according to Gawker, four months into his 15-year sentence, former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle “is regularly taunted by those who have it out for him” and gaining a lot of weight.

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