3/25/2013 12:08:00 PM

Russell Jackson Hosts Final SCD Dinners (For Now)

Chef Russell Jackson shuttered his waterfront restaurant Lafitte in April 2012 and relocated to New York, where he will soon announce a new project that he asserts is the culmination of a 30-year cooking career. Since the closure, he has resurrected his intimate underground supper club SubCulture Dining with special events in both San Francisco and New York. He's set up a dinner series in April that he says will be the last on this coast - for now.

The dinners will be held on April 12-13, April 19-20 and April 26-27, all based around a theme of what brought Jackson to San Francisco for 14 years and the core SF foods that he loves, like Iberico pig.

"I'm doing this since I was the guy to drop the Iberico flag here on the West Coast," he says, "but dishes will be Asian, French and Italian styles and include a range of proteins and vegetable dishes. It's an ode to my old stomping ground, building up to the big announcements."

Apply for a SCD membership to gain access to these special events as well as the SCD Larder. It's an occasional store that Jackson stocks with special food items, which has included the now contraband foie gras. Though these are the final SCD dinners for the near future, Jackson doesn't plan to be totally absent from the area.

"New York wants me and the culture of food and the support of the NY business system is much better for chef/owners and small businesses," he notes. "But I'll never really be gone from SF."

The Dissident Chef, as he likes to be called, also has a special television appearance ahead. Catch Jackson in action against Iron Chef Jose Garces on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, airing on April 7.

Meanwhile, there's new life in Jackson's former Lafitte space as Michael Chiarello prepares to open Coqueta, a small plate Spanish restaurant, as soon as April.

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