Wednesday Five: Cocktails at Blackbird, New Chef at 1760, and a Preview of Robin Song's JunJu

Carl Foronda takes over the kitchen at 1760, Blackbird's going the hip-hop route, and a major merger in the world of crappy beer. Here's your food news for this Wednesday, Oct. 7.
[jump] 1760’s New Chef and Menu
Carl Foronda, formerly a sous chef at Sushi Ran, is the new chef at 1760, and his new menu for the Russian Hill restaurant leans hard on Filipino and other Southeast Asian cuisine. The menu launches in full on Thursday, Oct. 15, but a teaser revealed a pork sisig (with sieved egg, heirloom tomato, and ginger aioli, $14), a corn coconut ravioli (with lemongrass, pimenton, and cilantro, $17) and a calamarata (octopus, tomato, and olive, $23). Look for a new cocktail list, too.
1760, 1760 Polk, 415-359-1212 or

JunJu Preview
Chef Robin Song, formerly of Hog & Rocks, is set to open his upcoming Korean restaurant, JunJu, sometime this winter. He’ll be previewing some of JunJu’s dishes as part of Alta CA’s #ALTALATENIGHT series, Sunday and Monday, Oct. 11-12, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. Look for a fish cake soup (with local seaweed, scallion and dashi, $6), beef tartare (with Asian pear, sesame, quail yolk, and crispy tendon, $18), and hand-cut noodles in dashi with chicken and autumn vegetables, $16.
JunJu preview, Oct. 11-12 at Alta CA, 1420 Market, 415-590-2585 or

Blackbird’s New Cocktails
Blackbird, in the Castro, has revamped its fall cocktail menu along the lines of ‘90s hip-hop and ‘70s cinema. As a Long Island native, I would be remiss in not pointing out the Strong Island (bourbon, rye, pineapple rum, Ancho Reyes, limoncello, and house-made cola, $11). More importantly, you get a 12- drink punch card that, upon completion, gets you a 13-track mix CD. It’s going to be a rainy winter, might as well drink your way through it.
Blackbird, 2184 Market, 415-503-0630 or

Recycled Beer
Can-focused, Half Moon Bay craft brewery Mavericks will unveil what it claims to be California’s first beer made with recycled water, at the Meeting of the Minds conference in Richmond on Oct. 22. Tunnel Vision beer, adapted from the same recipe as the Mavericks Tunnel Vision IPA, but with recycled water sourced from NASA. Cosmic! (Kinda makes that “save water, drink beer” T-shirt that one sees around town look a little less glib.)

AB InBev (the parent company of Anheuser-Busch, which makes Budweiser, Hooegarden, Labatt, and Michelob) and SABMiller (which makes Miller Genuine Drat, Coors Lightt, Blue Moon, and dozens of beers you’ve never heard of) may be merging. According to the Wall Street Journal, although the latter publicly rejected the former’s $104 billion offer, the two have been in talks for weeks to create the world’s biggest brewing conglomerate.

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