Plus a wine geek weighs in on the current fad for odd wines, sourdough babysitters are trending in Sweden, and Beretta has a new head bartender who's up to something.
[jump] It's Not So Bad to Be Dumped at Taco Bell As Long As It's the Taco Bell Cantina
That's what Broke-Ass Stuart suggests in this 10 Best Restaurants For Breakups in S.F. (Don't worry, fancy people. Benu is in there, too.) Someone in the world of B.A.S. has nachos on the mind, though, because
he's teaming up with SoMa StrEAT Food Park to throw Nacho Typical Festival on Saturday, April 9. Admission is $5, and for $30, you get all-you-can-drink beer, nacho dishes from all the vendors, and live music.
Off the Grid Partners With Intrude, The Rabbit Art Thing
Intrude, Amanda Parer's public artwork with the five 23-foot-high, internally illuminated bunnies, will debut outside City Hall on Monday, April 4. The following evening, Tuesday, April 5, from 5-9 p.m., Off the Grid will bring five food trucks, live music, and a beer garden. Additionally, on the three Fridays during Intrude's run (April 8, 15, and 22) the usual daytime OtG Civic Center truck array will relocate to Larkin Street.
Hospital Food, the Final Frontier
Now that airports are gourmet destinations, could a public hospital be far behind? The Examiner's Laura Dudnick writes that the newly renamed Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center got a $100,000 grant to revamp its kitchen, hiring an executive chef and getting ready for a farmers market. Makes sense, right?
Beretta's First Female Bar Lead Starts a Monday Night Social Club
The spectacularly named California “Cali” Gold is set to take over the bar at Beretta after Dominic Alling departs at the end of March. As an inaugural ball of sorts, Gold will launch Beretta's Monday Night Social Club, partnering with a different spirit to create three $8 specialty cocktails available from 9 p.m. until closing. The first up (Monday, April 4) will be Arkansas Black Apple Brandy, with Pierre Ferrand Cognac to follow on April 11.
Wine Must Be Interesting!
W. Blake Gray writes a solid essay in San Francisco Magazine about the changes afoot among young sommeliers who often prize offbeat wines over traditional varietals. Quoting a somm from Farallon, he notes, “Take grüner veltliner. That took San Francisco by storm when the rest of the country didn’t know anything about it.” Now, of course, grüner veltliner is so 2011. “People tell me, ‘I already know about the Jura, I know about the Canary Islands. What else have you got?'”
Food Films at the Sixth Annual Green Film Fest
This year's Earth Day-related Green Film Festival includes two shorts and two feature-length documentaries based on food. The four-minute Soil Solutions to Climate Problems looks to Michael Pollan to fix the world, while the six-minute Walt profiles a grape farmer who aims to restore the San Joaquin River. Among the features are the locavore odyssey An Acquired Taste and Of the Sea, a profile of California's beleaguered fishing families. The San Francisco Green Film Festival runs from Thursday, April 14 – Wednesday, April 14, at the Castro Theatre, the Roxie Theatre, the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, and at a few venues in Berkeley.
Sourdough is so popular in Sweden that people are paying $3 a day for professionals to keep an eye on their starters while they take their five weeks of vacation. According to NPR, it's happening even though the microorganisms involved aren't especially delicate.
A Brief History of Toast
“Some of the country’s finest hotels were serving ornate ingredients atop bread that had been exposed to radiant heat at least as far back as the 1850s,” writes fivethirtyeight.com's Anna Maria Barry-Jester. Squab toast used to be really popular.
A Very Simple Way to Fight Childhood Obesity
According to Salon, it's access to water fountains in schools, to keep kids from drinking too much soda.