Events & Festivals

Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM lets you get inside the mind of select San Franciscan chefs

Plus a dinner at Bar Agricole

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San Francisco is home to numerous talented artists and on February 16, Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM, in conjuction with Kitchit, will host a one-hour panel discussion with some of the faces behind the scene at local kitchens. This program will get you up close and personal with local chefs such as Brandon Jew of Bar Agricole, Brett Cooper of Outerlands, Michael Gaines of Central Kitchen, Evan Rich, formerly of Coi, and pastry chef William Werner. The forum will focus on San Francisco’s rich culinary tradition, innovative cooking techniques, and local products. Tickets for the panel are $7 for students and $25 for general admission. 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. Read More

Kickin’ it old school on a ‘New Order Monday’ at Beer Belly

Tell me, how do I feel?

Mondays just aren’t your thing, you miss the days when buying a meal meant receiving a free toy, and your haircut was akin to a family group of ocean-birds. Beer Belly in Koreatown is offering a solution to your pesky problems. Introducing New Order Mondays – when never before seen menu items will be revealed along with a selection of 80′s music including, you guessed it, New Order. Guests wanting to know the items on next week’s menu can check Beer Belly’s Facebook or Twitter.

Beer Belly will also be instituting changes to its happy hour menu (everyday until 7PM) which will now include food specials, 50 cent hot wings, $4 Duck Fat Fries, and a $15 Hoppy Meal (duck fat fries, a dozen jidori chicken wings, and a craft beer).  Happy hour also means all draft beers are $1 off. 532 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020. 213-387-2337.

Buon Appetito al Ristorante Italiano (that’s right, it’s Italian)

Original Joe's now open in North Beach

If you enjoy those burgundy-red booths and Italian American comfort food, then listen up. Original Joe’s is now open in the North Beach neighborhood on Union Street. The eatery is operated by the Duggan family whose grandfather, Tony Rodin, debuted the original Original Joe’s in 1937. Showcasing classic Italian/American fare like: Joe’s Burger, Veal Scallopini, the Joe’s Special, Filet of Sole, and Chicken Parmigiana. Libations at Original Joe’s include a cocktail list inspired by an Original Joe’s cocktail menu circa 1950, with offerings such as the Vesper, Manhattan, Aviation, Screwdriver, Grasshopper, and Sazerac. The new Original Joe’s is open Sunday through Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM and Thursday through Saturday, 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM. 601 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94133415-775-4877.

Photography provided by Joey DeRuy

Jace's Drink This

Golden Road Brewing Hefeweizen

From L.A.'s fastest growing brewery

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I’m back! Happy New Year! Wait, is that right? Have I actually not reviewed a beer this year? Well, certainly I have drunk a ton of them, and that may be a part of why I am somewhat hazy on the question of my recent review history. I am sure you have all been very entertained by the NFL Playoffs, The Golden Globes, and ABC’s Working It.

I, too, have been busy. On January 15th, my wife and I (yes, I’m married– sorry, sir) welcomed our first child, Gwynn Abbott Milstead. While parenthood is wonderful, as they said it is, and the sleep deprivation terrible as they say it is, I must say I am so happy to report that my drinking has not been curbed nearly as much as I feared. And, so, as is my fortune, I continue to taste and test the best of the world of beer.

On that front, I am happy to announce another new arrival. This one is perhaps more anticipated than mine, at least amongst non-family circles. ‘Tis the birth of Golden Road Brewing‘s Hefeweizen cans. Read More

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La Poubelle Bistro in Hollywood launches weekend bottomless mimosa brunch

Starting Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 AM

Drinking in the mornings is absolutely okay! Especially Bloody Mary’s or Mimosas. In this case, Mimosas. La Poubelle Bistro in Hollywood is launching “Bottomless Mimosa Brunch” starting Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 AM. $15 will get you bottomless Kir Royal and Bellini’s. Executive Chef Johnny Zone is cooking up French breakfast featuring dishes like: Breakfast Crepe (eggs scramble, fresh ricotta, heirloom tomato, Applewood smoked bacon, basil) for $10; and Tartine Parisienne (two eggs any stle, merguez sausage, harissa, arugula, heirloom tomato, on an open-faced Ciabatta) for $11. See the entire menu here. 5907 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068. 323-465-0807.

TV

Think you have the face to cook on TV? ‘Top Chef’ to cast for season 10

Starting in N.Y. and ending in L.A.

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Bravo’s reality cooking competition show “Top Chef” will be looking for contestants to take part in season 10. The first audition will be held in New York at “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio’s Colicchio & Sons on February 21 from 10 AM – 1 PM. Other locations include Linger in Denver, Empire State South in Atlanta, Kitchit in San Francisco, Graffiato in DC, and The Foundry on Melrose in Los Angeles. Any hopefuls will need to fill out an application and create a video. Read More

Taco Asylum undergoes an imaginative takeover for a day

With chef Ryan Carson

If you’ve never eaten at a restaurant with no actual location (pop-up!), here’s you’re chance. For the first time in Orange County, chef Ryan Carson will be hosting his touring restaurant, ‘Pri-vē, at Taco Asylum. Taco Asylum is a gourmet taco restaurant at The CAMP in Costa Mesa that pulls from a wide array of global cuisines, showcasing ingredients ranging from Mediterranean-style grilled octopus to East Indian-style curried paneer. Read More