Wednesday Nine: Grand Gelinaz Shuffle Tickets!

Bon Marché Gets Its First Tenant As It Looks to Become a Food Hall

Bon Marché’s (1355 Market) ultimate fate remains unknown, but Matt Semmelhack et al. aren’t wasting time trying to figure it out. Hoodline reports that Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement is the first pop-up of a projected six to open for lunch. Look for a buttermilk, hot sauce, and rosemary brined fried chicken (plus vegan options) every weekday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Miranda Opens in Uptown Oakland

Eater reports that the team behind Drexl has opened a 44-seat, upscale bar called The Miranda nearby, at 1739 Broadway. It’s open daily for cocktails, all of which are hotel-related, like the Bell Hop (Calvados, tonic syrup, Arabic coffee bitters)

Dandelion Chocolates Will Get a Pool

But it’s for a gym where elite athletes train, according to Socketsite. Still, the chocolatier plans to construct a new four-story facility behind its existing factory at 298 Alabama, which means more chocolate for everybody.

Eatsa Gives You Free Robo-Cookies Now

I atesa at Eatsa (121 Spear) yesterday and saw it with my own eyes: A free lemon chia cookie came in my cubby with my quinoa bowl.

Get Your Grand Gelinaz Tickets Right Here

On Nov. 10, 40 chefs from around the world will switch kitchens and diners won’t know who cooked their food until the end. It’s the second annual Grand Gelinaz Shuffle, and this year Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood and Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn are participating (Crenn for the second time running.) Tickets, while officially denominated in euro, are roughly $415-$642 at Meadowood $345 at Atelier Crenn. Go get ’em.

Clover Stornetta Charts a Course Toward GMO-Free Horizons

As the federal government overruled local GMO-labeling ordinances in Vermont and elsewhere, it looks like consumer preferences might do the heavy lifting. The Chronicle reports that Petaluma’s Clover Stornetta Farms will release a non-GMO milk next year that will cost, at most, 25 cents more than its other milks.

The 10 Most Culturally Significant Restaurants Includes Two Bay Area Classics

The New York Times looks at Paul Freedman’s book, Ten Restaurants That Changed America, which cites The Mandarin and Chez Panisse among the 10. Also Howard Johnson’s, FWIW.

Inside Julia Child’s Kitchen in Provence

Just as 10 out of 10 people who believe in reincarnation all believe they were Nefertiti, is there any foodie alive who doesn’t wish they could have met Julia Child? The New York Times‘ Eric Asimov does the next best thing: touring her kitchen in Plascassier, France. It’s much the same as it ever was, even if there’s no way to be sure Child used the utensils herself — for some heavy-duty tasks. “My modern kitchen doesn’t have a collection of powerful hand tools like mallets, ice picks and broomsticks,” Asimov writes, “tthe last, according to her editor, Judith Jones, was kept on hand for breaking the ankle bones of ducks and geese.

Remember That Grand Forks Food Critic Who Said Nice Things About McDonald’s and Olive Garden?

Marilyn Hegarty is back! She loved Mickey D’s and Olive Garden, now she’s all about the hibernating lobster at Red Lobster, where her server was a major in occupational therapy at the University of North Dakota. She is my Jordan Catalano.

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