The Chronicle’s 2018 Rising Star Chefs

The San Francisco Chronicle just released its list of 2018 Bay Area Rising Star Chefs, and we thought we’d share their names with you. The Chronicle’s feature includes of course a lot more detail and explanation. The chefs on this list have fewer than five years’ experience running a kitchen.

When choosing this year’s group, the Chronicle team considered several factors. Culinary talent and delicious food were, of course, paramount, but they also wanted to celebrate those chefs who are changing their industry for the better. According to the piece, if you take a look at these chefs and their restaurants and venues, you’ll start to understand what Bay Area cuisine means in 2018 — and where it’s going.

Here they are:

  • Nichole Accettola Kantine 1906 Market Street, San Francisco
    A modern Scandinavian cafe — done her way
  • Francis Ang Pinoy Heritage Pop-ups and events
    Honoring Filipino heritage while pushing boundaries
  • Christa Chase Tartine Manufactory 595 Alabama Street, San Francisco
    Leading by example, from the kitchen at Tartine
  • Alexander Hong Sorrel 3228 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
    The pop-up path leads to the stellar Sorrel
  • Nite Yun Nyum Bai 3340 E. 12th Street, Oakland
    Her Cambodian cuisine finds a home in Oakland
  • Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Jocelyn Jackson, and Saqib Keval People’s Kitchen Collective No brick-and-mortar address, instead community dining as a social practice,  in collaboration with individuals and organizations at various venues
    Rise of the revolutionaries
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Foodie Tuesday: Robot-Made Burgers in San Francisco

At Creator, a new restaurant in SoMa, high-tech robots are now making  $6 hamburgers.

It’s the culmination of years of research aided by some of the region’s best and brightest minds who have worked at the likes of Tesla, NASA, Walt Disney Imagineering and Chez Panisse. It’s not like these robots are driving cars, but still this is pretty impressive!

Do you think this might go over well in San Francisco? You bet it will. The place just opened and there’s already a wait-list to get in. We’re not talking hours. We’re talking weeks and months. As of now, you need to buy pre-paid tickets to visit Creator — but there are none available. According to its website, tickets are sold out for June and July, and there is a wait-list for August.

Never-the-less, we’re told it’s worth the wait so be persistent! Watch the video to learn more.

Creator 680 Folsom Street, near Third Street, San Francisco creator.rest

Food and Fireworks: Where To Dine Out On The 4th

If you’re like us, you want to dine out and watch fireworks in roughly the same location, as it will be tough to get around tomorrow night. It seems to us the best bet might be Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, and so we’ve gone right to the source for their recommendations.

To visit the Fisherman’s Wharf website for restaurant and cruise suggestions,  along with a rundown on the activities and concerts scheduled to take place that day and night, please click here.

Happy 4th!

Birdsong: San Francisco’s Latest High-End Restaurant

Birdsong opened in early May and it’s already caused quite a stir! And why not. The folks behind this new place spent time in some of the finest restaurants in the City, including Saison, Atelier Crenn, Benu, and Monsieur Benjamin.

According to Sarah Chorey with 7×7.com,  Birdsong is all about heritage cooking. Chef Chris Bleidorn plays with many elements of nature throughout his multi-course affair. The menu blends together the flavors of the Pacific Northwest and his East Coast upbringing. The cooking techniques are intricate and exquisite, finessing fundamental techniques like open fire, fermentation, smoke, and dry-aging.

Each day a new menu is crafted based on the finest offerings from the restaurant’s network of small farms, ranches, and fisheries. They say that they intentionally avoid conventional agriculture in order to support local substantiality and bring flavor and creativity to the forefront.

Limited à la carte options will be available beginning July 1.

Birdsong, 1085 Mission St., SoMa, birdsongsf.com

The Mission’s Best Mexican and Latin American Restaurants

Although the Mission District may be losing its Latino residents — according to the San Francisco Chronicle quoting a 2017 City report, since 2000 the Latino population of the neighborhood has decreased from 33 percent to 15 percent — the neighborhood is still the culinary heart of San Francisco’s diverse Latin American community.

As the paper says, “Anyone can get burritos in the Richmond and the Bayview. But the Mission’s Mexican, Salvadoran, Nicaraguan and Peruvian restaurants are owned by — and, more importantly, operated for — Mexican, Salvadoran, Nicaraguan and Peruvian American diners.”

They list a bunch of places that they say are the best Mexican and Latin American restaurants in the Mission. Here are five of our favorites:

To see the Chronicle’s entire list, along with descriptions, click here.

30 SF Restaurants That Intrigued Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain’s death was sudden and stunning. He was hugely popular, a celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He was loved by his fans, and considered one of the most influential chefs in the world by many commentators.

When visiting a city, he was known for eating at hole-in-the-wall restaurants frequented by locals, and in San Francisco he put many of these on the map. SFGate.com has put together a slideshow that looks at 30 SF restaurants he visited, and includes some of the things he said about them. Not all of these spots are hole-in-the-wall places, but his remarks are always priceless.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:

Swan Oyster Depot Polk Gulch
“A touchstone in my worldwide wanderings. A happy zone. If I read about myself dying at this counter I’d say to myself, ‘That was one lucky guy.'” —Anthony Bourdain, “Parts Unknown,” 2015

House of Prime Rib – Nob Hill
“This is the American Dream right here.” —Anthony Bourdain, “No Reservations,” 2009

King of NoodlesInner Sunset
“The thing to eat are the wontons, and of course noodles, made fresh in-house.” —Anthony Bourdain, “The Layover,” 2012

Tonga RoomNob Hill
“They’re not f***ing around … This is completely, completely awesome … This is like the greatest place in the history of the world.” —Anthony Bourdain, “The Layover,” 2012

Coi – North Beach
“Top of the fine dining world.” —Anthony Bourdain, “Parts Unknown,” 2015

To see the entire slideshow, please click here.

1st Annual Ghirardelli Square Festival & Street Fair

Ghirardelli Square invites you to its 1st Annual Festival & Street Fair!
Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM and Sunday, 10 AM-6 PM.

They say come eat, drink, play, and create. A San Francisco landmark, Ghirardelli Square is shutting down Polk and Beach Streets, and offering something for everyone — arts and crafts, live entertainment, festival food favorites, craft beer and wine, and fun for all ages, along the breathtaking bayside Aquatic Park.

Here’s some of what you’ll find:

  • Music // Ill Camille / Slim Jefferson / Jansport J
  • Food // The Cheese School of San Francisco / San Francisco Brewing Co. / Wattle Creek Winery
  • Art // Romy Aura Maloon / Exploratorium / Maker Studio SF / Nick Sirotich

The festival is family friendly and admission free. For more information, please click here.