|Rice Paper Scissors; Photo by Phil Carter|
This weekend, Macy’s and Project Open Hand kick off a series of cooking demonstrations leading up to their annual Dessert First benefit on May 5 at Four Seasons Hotel with a demo of a spring rhubarb and ricotta cake with white chocolate streusel and Meyer lemon panna cotta by Murray Circle pastry chef Ethan Howard at 2 PM on Saturday, March 9. The series continues on March 16 with Terri Wu from Farallon, and concludes March 23 with Yigit Pura, whose Tout Sweet Patisserie is located up on the department store’s third floor. Admission for these demos are free but requires an RSVP via Eventbrite.
Rice Paper Scissors’ Cutting Edge Beer Hall
Also on Saturday, Anthony Bourdain featured roaming chefs Katie Kwan and Valerie Luu, aka Rice Paper Scissors, on his San Francisco episode of The Layover, and the ladies have stepped up their game significantly since the airing. Their next offering is a Vietnamese-inspired Good Luck Biagarten from 6-10 PM on March 9 at the shuttered Florida Street Cafe (710 Florida St.). Take in buckets of beer (Tiger Beer, Lagunitas IPA, Lagunitas Pils) and choose from an à la carte menu that includes grilled pork garlic noodles, five-spice roasted chicken with red rice and Buddha’s Delight cellophane noodles.
Meat The Weekend
Gotta love silly food “holidays” - the next one is National Meatball Day on March 9, which can be celebrated at Union Square’s bustling Puccini & Pinetti. The restaurant will run an all-day special of signature meatballs with a beer on tap (including Anchor Steam, Lagunitas IPA and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale) for $9.
Cooks With Books
Also on March 9, New York chef Michael Romano, the culinary director and partner of the 25-time James Beard award winning group Union Square Hospitality, is cooking as part of Book Passage’s wonderful and intimate Cooks With Books series at Left Bank in Larkspur. He’ll cook from his new tome Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home and also do a book signing. The event begins at 6:30 PM and admission is $120/$170 for a couple, which includes a copy of the book, wine, tax and gratuity.
SundayTaste The Boot
The non-profit, Italy-promoting Istituto Italiano Scuola (814 Montgomery St.), which is affiliated with the San Francisco Italian Cultural Institute, hosts a “Tastes of Italy” benefit at its headquarters from 4-6 PM on March 10. Sample Italian wine and food products and enter a raffle for a chance to win prizes such as language courses in Italy, a 10-week class at IIS, or a Wine Country overnighter. Tickets are $40 (advance) and available via Eventbrite - they’re $50 at the door.