Plus the winners of hte James Beard Foundation Awards in Journalism were announced, and we've got details on the forthcoming Homage, Evil Eye, Delage, and even Hamburger Mary's.
[jump] James Beard Award Winners in Journalism Announced
Former SFoodie editor John Birdsall won his second James Beard Award for his essay “Straight-Up Passing” in Jarry. Serious Eats' Managing Culinary Director J. Kenji López-Alt's book The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science won in the general cooking category, while cookbook all-star Heidi Swanson's Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel picked up an award for photography (also her second). The main JBF event, the Chef and Restaurant Awards, happens next Monday in Chicago.
Dominique Crenn Wins “World's Best Female Chef”
Congratulations to Dominique Crenn for winning The World's 50 Best Restaurants' World's Best Female Chef 2016. Crenn's achievement as the first woman in the United States to win two Michelin stars is very impressive, but can we please retire that title and recognize culinary talent irrespective of genitalia?
ATwater Tavern Opens May 3 in Mission Bay
Presumably a play on nearby AT&T Park and the old-timey way of giving out a phone number (a la PEnnsylvania 6-5000), the 10,000-square-foot ATwater Tavern opens for dinner Tuesday at 295 Terry A. Francois Blvd., with lunch and brunch soon to follow. There will be Crab Louie and cioppino on Executive Chef James Versfelt's menu, and pretty fancy views from the deck.
Evil Eye Takes Over Coco Frio
Corneal corruption is the name of the game at the former Coco Frio space at 2937 Mission. Hoodline reports that the new restaurant-bar is called Evil Eye, and it will open around the end of May.
Homage Horns into the Financial District
David Kurtz of Maven will open Homage this coming Monday, May 1 at 88 Hardie Place. And unlike so much of what's around there, it's no glorified cafe, either. According to Eater, the menu will rotate every two weeks with a salute to a different farm, beginning with Santa Ana's Knoll Farms. There's a liquor license too, for surreptitious midday boozing.
Really Good Developer Chosen for Pier 29
If you've ever been to the Ponce Market in Atlanta or NYC's Chelsea Market, you know that Jamestown LP was a good choice for redeveloping Pier 29 into a artisanal destination. According to SocketSite, the century-old 10,000-square-foot pier might have “an urban brewery, winery or coffee roastery, and possibly all three,” in partnership with SF Made. The renderings make it look like a stylish airplane hangar full of cool shit, i.e. Ferry Building II.
Rich Condo Jerks Hate Do-Gooder Nuns
Remember the nuns who dedicated their lives to serving the hungry and who lost their lease only to see Tony Robbins swoop in and help them out with $800,000? Well, according to Mission Local, some — not all — of residents of 1930 Mission Street don't want a soup kitchen run by the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth in their building. “I’m concerned about rats and negative property value that a soup kitchen will bring,” says someone who moved to the Mission hoping to live in their own private Orinda.
Might Hamburger Mary's Open Soon?
I give up on trying to read the tea leaves with The Patio Cafe/Hamburger Mary's, but Hoodline reports that owner Les Natali has surrendered his liquor license for repairs. Counterintuitively, he's framing it as some kind of steppingstone towards an eventual opening, but remember: Repairs were also cited as the reason The Patio Cafe closed in 1999 — temporarily.
UPDATED: Cowgirl Creamery's Ferry Building Shops Close for Renovation
The 12-year-old Sidekick will go dark from May 2-5, while Cowgirl Creamery proper will shutter for a bit longer, until early June. Update: Don't panic, however, because there will be a pop-up outside the shop selling a limited selection of cheeses.
Oakland Gets an Omakase Restaurant, Delage
The East Bay Express' Luke Tsai reported that the omakase phenomenon has taken up in Oakland now that the not-especially-Japanese-sounding Delage has soft-opened at 536 Ninth St. with room for about 22 diners. As sushi chef Masa Sasaki has a Michelin star from his tenure at Maruya, the $40-$60 per person price point is a pretty affordable omakase experience.
Cubans Love American Whiskey
Starbucks is already on the island, but it turns out that what Cubans really lust for is booze, or so says FiveThirtyEight.