Eat the Week SF: Cafe Fanny, Toast

Eat the Week SF: Cafe Fanny, Toast

1. Cafe Fanny, Alice Water’s legendary little coffee and breakfast spot in Berkeley gave little notice to the public (and employees) that it was closing down for good on March 9th, reported The Huffington Post. The 28-year-old cafe, with lines around the corner on most days, was not “economically viable” according to what the managers and owners told Inside Scoop SF. Rumors are stacking up in Slow Food kitchens across the Bay, but the official word is finances.

2. Good news for aspiring pickle makers: Inna Jams owner Dafna Kory is gearing up to open a food craft school with classes on pickles and jams and other crafty food things in Oakland’s Jack London Square, according to SF Gate. It’s the only reason that anyone might pay over $2000 to get themselves into a pickle or a jam … class that is.

3. Irish whiskey enters the cocktail scene with 30-some odd surly players at Swig, an Irish bar in Union Square, says SF Gate. This ever-classic spirit is trending right now, says Grubstreet.

4. Food truck wrangler Off the Grid is back on for the summer, this time with a beer garden, reports SF Gate. YES!

5. Mani Niall’s annoyingly insignificant claim to fame is working for Michael Jackson in the 1980s, says East Bay Express and Grubstreet. Among his most notable accomplishments are Mani’s Bakery in Los Angeles, a bakery that was doing the gluten free and organic thing waaaaay before everyone else. He’s now opening Sweet Bar in downtown Oakland, just blocks away from the bustling arts district that is home to the First Fridays Art Murmur, says Oakland Local.

6. Jake Godby, of quirky ice creamery Humphrey Slocombe, pops up at a gay bar called Truck, on a Monday. Duck fat Chex mix, and a host of other upscale savory offerings is the result, reports Grubstreet. They call it Truck Stop, and the Twitter feed’s got the details.

7. Market & Rye, formerly Please & Thank You, a take-out sandi shop dreamt up by Ryan Scott, is set to open this week, says Grubstreet. The Top Chef’s salads and sandwiches are sure to please even those who aren’t die-hard fans, SF Eater tells us.

8. KQED has your Cali-style St. Paddy’s Day recipes right here. Think kale, because it’s ya know, green. There is also a great list of Irish brews for the occasion.

9. Authenticity is an ever-changing concept for Diego Salinas, the chef at Cana, the Bay Area’s only “authentic” Cuban restaurant, says East Bay Express. The Cuban chef wants to give the menu a little California twist, but that may compromise the realness of the Cuban fare.

10. Cheryl and Chris, owners of Citizen Band and Pinkies Bakery, both cut class in high school to work in kitchens, they told SF Weekly. The two talk candidly about the restaurant industry in part one of a two-part interview.

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