Posts Tagged ‘top chef’

Your Lunch Today in the FiDi = Pico de Gap Taco Truck! Tacos + Mexican Coke = $1.69! Hurry! Hurray!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh man, Andy Wright and Marie McIntosh from the The Bay Citizen get into it, I mean, they really get into it. C'mon! El Gappo ofrece simple tacos, chicas!]

OMG, it’s back in the Financh today, Wednesday, August 17th, 2011, but for a limited time only.

Check it:

Lunch at 615 Sacramento St., between Montgomery & Kearny! Stay tuned for our doors up tweet!”

I figure they’ll open around elevenish this AM. Limit four tacos per person.

But this deal is just too sweet, just too much of a bargain, so get there before they run out of tacos. (I mean, don’t show up at 1:00 PM expecting them to still be open is what I’m saying. Maybe, but who knows.)

This is a 100% certified great deal. All hail our corporate overlords at The Gap, Inc.

All the deets:

Well, here it is, straight outta West Pico Blvd, it’s the Pico de Gap Taco Truck!

Check out the sked on Twitter to find it around town to score two tacos plus a bottle of Mexican Coke or a similar such fruity drink for just $1.69, which is redolent of 1969, the year the first Gap store opened up on Ocean Boulevard.

See? This lovely Gap Gal is holding all four available tacos (designed just for S.F. by famous Top Chef “cheftestant” Ryan Scott) plus a $20 off coupon for “1969″ jeans:

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Your choices:

  • 1. Chorizo and Crispy Potato Taco with goat cheese, watercress, and charred lime salsa verde
  • 2. Mole-braised brisket Taco with pumpkin seeds, red onion marmalade, queso fresco, and Mexican chocolate vinaigrette
  • 3. Raw Yellow Corn “Ceviche” Taco with dirty green rice, poblano aioli, guacamole, and charred tomato salsa
  • 4. California taco with pasilla-braised chicken, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, pepper jack cheese, and Cool Ranch Doritos

And here’s a close-up, 4,2,1,3 I think:

They’re all delish.

Here’s what it looked like in the Hayes Valley a few days back:

Hurray!

OMG, the “Pico de Gap” Food Truck is Totally Awesome! Two “Top Chef” Tacos + Mexican Coke for Just $1.69

Monday, August 15th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh man, Andy Wright and Marie McIntosh from the The Bay Citizen get into it, I mean, they really get into it. C'mon! El Gappo ofrece simple tacos, chicas!]

Well, here it is, straight outta West Pico Blvd, it’s the Pico de Gap Taco Truck!

Check out the sked on Twitter to find it around town to score two tacos plus a bottle of Mexican Coke or a similar such fruity drink for just $1.69, which is redolent of 1969, the year the first Gap store opened up on Ocean Boulevard.

See? This lovely Gap Gal is holding all four available tacos (designed just for S.F. by famous Top Chef “cheftestant” Ryan Scott) plus a $20 off coupon for “1969″ jeans:

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Your choices:

  • 1. Chorizo and Crispy Potato Taco with goat cheese, watercress, and charred lime salsa verde
  • 2. Mole-braised brisket Taco with pumpkin seeds, red onion marmalade, queso fresco, and Mexican chocolate vinaigrette
  • 3. Raw Yellow Corn “Ceviche” Taco with dirty green rice, poblano aioli, guacamole, and charred tomato salsa
  • 4. California taco with pasilla-braised chicken, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, pepper jack cheese, and Cool Ranch Doritos

And here’s a close-up, 4,2,1,3 I think:

They’re all delish.

Here’s what it looked like in the Hayes Valley a few days back:

Today, Monday, August 15, 2011, they’ll be in the corrupt Twitterloin on Market betwixt 7th and 8th:

“Pico de Gap SF will be between 7th & 8th Streets on Market tomorrow in #SF for lunch! Get tacos y denim starting at 11AM while supplies last”

Hurray!

OMG, Senator Leland Yee Hosts Noriega Street Food Fair August 6th, 2011!

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Whatever you do, avoid the intersection of 22nd Avenue and Noriega, you know, because of the historic gunplay at that location

…when you’re on your way to 31st Ave. for the Second Annual Noriega Street Food Fair on Saturday.

And look who’ll be there waiting for you – it’ll be Marisa Churchill, former Top Chef, Food Network Challenge competitor:

All the deets:

Noriega Street to Host 2nd Annual Food Fair on Saturday - Hundreds of residents expected at community event

Who:

Senator Leland Yee
Assemblywoman Fiona Ma
Marisa Churchill, former Top Chef, Food Network Challenge competitor and author of Sweet & Skinny
Heather D’Eliso Gordon, Registered Nutritionist at Kaiser Permanente
Marci Harnischfeger, Head Dietician at Shopwell.com
James Cabigon, Personal Chef
Chefs of Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine
Self-Help for the Elderly Lion Dance Team
Live salsa dance performance and vocals by local talent Tracy Samiento

When:

Saturday, August 6, 2010 at 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where:

Noriega Street, between 31st Avenue and 33rd Avenue, San Francisco, California

What:

The Office of State Senator Leland Yee is proud to announce the second annual Noriega Street Food Fair, which strives to empower the community by demonstrating how to prepare simple, healthy meals and by providing resources to encourage a health-savvy lifestyle. It is also designed to rally the community and promote the diversity of merchants and restaurants along the Noriega Street corridor.

Everyone is invited to sample an array of tasty eats from the Sunset and far beyond, including Chinese cuisine, tacos, Jamba Juice fruit smoothies, tofu treats and even meat-free German currywurst. This free event will also offer five healthy cooking demonstrations, nutritious recipe ideas, healthy food samples from vendors including Pirate’s Booty and Honest Tea, free giveaways, health education and free consultations from Chinese and Western health-care professionals, pony rides, live entertainment, children’s activities and more.

Oh My: See the TasteTV “TASTY AWARDS” at the Sundance Kabuki in January, 2010

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Let’s see here, the TasteTV Network is going to put on the TASTY Awards Show” at the Sundance Kabuki in Japantown on Thursday, January 14th, 2010. It will be:

“…the most exciting and prestigious event ever to celebrate food and fashion programs on television, in film, and online.”

O.K. then. But why food and fashion together?

“The viewer appetite and response to food and style programs has surged over recent years, making them some of the highest watched video content. The TASTY AWARDS spotlight the year’s best achievements in food and fashion programs on television, in film, and on the web.”

All right, now I’m on the trolley. But who’s going to be the draw? Well it’ll be hosted by Zane Lamprey, who will introduce to the crowd:

Tyler Florence (Food Network), Joanne Weir (PBS), G. Garvin (TV One), Tanya Holland (Food Network), Leslie Sbrocco (PBS), Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library TV), Marcy Smothers (Radio), Novella Carpenter (Author), Anita Chu (Author), Dominique Crenn (Food Network – Next Iron Chef)), Brian Solis (New Media Guru), Marissa Churchill (Bravo, Top Chef)

OMG, it’s Tyler!  

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He’ll be there. And who could get awards whether they show up or not? Well, for starters, how about toothy Giada De Laurentiis?

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You can’t beat that. And there’ll be some VIP after-party at the New People Building down the street. Are you all a Twitter yet? (NB: They”ll have lots o’ chocolate.)

The deets, after the jump.

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Top Cheffer Casey Thompson Stars at Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival 2009

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Here’s the thing about the 14th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival that just finished up - there’s chocolate everywhere. And what’s nice about it is that there’s no fences or checkpoints or anything. What your $20 gets you is not admission but a cafeteria ticket with 15 checkboxes. So go around and sample what you want. You can get your fill, and if you wanted to, you could go full Augustus Gloop.

It is truly the Land of Chocolate – don’t miss the 15th Annual in 2010 next September.

Famous Chef-testant Casey Thompson lectured on the subject of chocolate waffles or something like that. Look what she has – dark chocolate, the hard stuff:

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Here’s how it works – find something that looks appealing and then line up to get a sample. They’ll check your card off and then you can move on. People could spend hours just milling around and noshing and watching the demonstrations, etc…

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The whole thing looked exactly like this, from SF Weekly’s Hanna Quevedo.

Best in Show would have to be these colorful Truffle Bars from Sterling Confections. I didn’t actually taste the things, but they look to be packaged well and that’s half the battle when your shopping for a gift, right girlfriend? Sterling can pick up the slack after the recent Joseph Schmidt Confections (“The Soul is For Hire, and They’ve Sold the Heart”) sell out.

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Things got a little frenetic when they started throwing gelato containers off the back of the refrigerator truck. It was Brother Against Brother:

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See you next year!

(And let’s hope all the official vendors come back in 2010.)

•   Chef Demonstrations in the West Plaza
SATURDAY
1pm: Mitchell Hughes, Spun Sugar
2pm: Casey Thompson, Top Chef Finalist
3pm: Kara Lind, Kara’s Cupcakes
4pm: Ghirardelli Chocolate School by Steve Genzoli

SUNDAY
1pm: Jason Etzkin, Fairmont San Francisco
2pm: Casey Thompson, Top Chef Finalist
3pm: Rebecca Lugtu, Sweet Dreams Bakery
4pm: Ghirardelli Chocolate School by Steve Genzoli

•   Wine & Chocolate Pairing Seminars at Cellar360 at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30
Space is limited; 1st come, 1st served
$5 per person (refunded with bottle purchase)

•   Chocolate Tea Party
Saturday at 3pm and 5pm & Sunday at 3pm Crown & Crumpet will host a tea & chocolate pairing on their patio.
Enjoy 3 types of chocolate tea paired with food items such as chocolate chip scones, tea-infused truffles and chocolate-hazelnut tea sandwiches for just $12.
Space is very limited, advanced reservations recommended. Call 415-771-4252 for reservations.

•   Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest on the Main Stage at 2pm daily! Earthquake (adults) on Saturday only. Children’s contest both days.

•   Amella Caramels
•   Ana Mandara
•   Arlene’s Gourmet Toffee
•   Bella’s Gourmet Fudge
•   Boomerang Vodka Chocolate Martinis
•   Bo’s Best Pancakes
•   Cafe Razzi
•   Ciao Bella Gelato
•   CJ’s Stix & CJ’s Bitz
•   Cookie Tree
•   Cost Plus World Market
•   Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon
•   D’ Sweets
•   Desserts On Us
•   Embrace Sweets
•   Gelateria Naia
•   Ghirardelli Chocolate
•   GUDFUD
•   Island Breeze Macaroon
•   Kara’s Cupcakes
•   Kika’s Treats
•   Lori’s Diner
•   Mary Louise Butters Brownies
•   McCormick & Kuleto’s
•   Mighty Leaf Tea
•   Mrs. Munchies!
•   Napa Valley Fudge Company
•   Organic Pastures Dairy
•   Project Open Hand
•   Pacific Puffs
•   Pete’s Gourmet Confections
•   Rock-n-Roll Gourmet
•   Rustic Bakery
•   Spun Sugar
•   Sterling Confections
•   Sugar Bowl Bakery
•   Sweetface Bakery
•   The Tea Room
•   The Toffee Company

“SF Chefs Food Wine” Festival Coming to Union Square August 6-9, 2009

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Step right up and get your tickets, cause the Golden Gate Restaurant Association will soon put on their big August festival.

San Francisco is abuzz. Check it:

SF Chefs. Food. Wine is a four day food and wine event celebrating the unique flavor, diversity and bounty of Northern California. The main tasting tent will be in Union Square, where chefs, wine makers and distillers will offer an exploration of taste featuring local products. Classes and seminars will offer interactive opportunities for the public to participate with local farmers, ranchers, chefs, winemakers, distillers, media, luminaries, authors, vintners, mixologists and culinary experts in an entertaining forum.

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Event Dates: August 6-9, 2009
Location: Union Square and surrounding hotel and retail spaces as well as restaurants throughout the city.
Guests: 1500 attendees per day
Tickets: Go on sale Friday, May 22nd. Click on the ticket icon about for more information. Children free at Sunday family activities.

The Cause. The event supports four charities. San Francisco Food Bank (a member of Feeding America) provides food to over 133,000 people every year through more than 600 community programs. Meals on Wheels provides food and meal delivery especially to seniors and others with mobility issues. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation provides funding for culinary and hospitality students based upon economic need. Project Open Hand provides Meals with Love to people living with HIV/Aids in San Francisco. All four charities will receive funding from the weekend’s activities.

And all your favorite  celebrities will be there, like Thomas Keller, Chris Cosentino,  Martin Yan, Hubert Keller, Cindy PawlcynMichael Chiarello, Joanne Weir and Top Chef-ers Jamie Lauren, Jennifer Biesty, Elizabeth Falkner and Ryan Scott.

See you there!
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