Eat the Week SF: Red Vic Rebirth

Eat the Week SF: Red Vic Rebirth

1. Michael Bauer, uber-critic for the SF Chronicle, says the Healthy SF 4% surcharge has “become confusing and annoying” to patrons of restaurants that choose to pass on the cost of the city-mandated healthcare program to its’ customers. Grubstreet is not amused and said that Bauer has been rallying comments and “blogging peevishly” on the subject.

2. The Red Vic, a shuttered independent theater in SF, is set to reopen in late 2012 — this time with food vendors and generous hangout space for patrons of neighboring bar, the Alembic, according to Uppercasing. The theater has been closed since last year, but the owners, who have had the spot since 1980, unveiled the new plans on Wednesday.

3. Cocktail experts, competing in Nail or Fail, a Drambuie-infused bartenders battle, say to use liquor instead of simple syrup in your drinks, reports 7×7. I hope it’s a trend. SF will be sending the winner, Eric Saldana, to a national competition this spring.

4. Forage SF goes hog wild, sending patrons around SF for a pork-themed scavenger hunt, says 7×7. The funds raised from the event will go towards building the Wild incubator kitchen (though not so wild anymore since it had to get permits).

5. John Campbell’s Irish Bakery is being sued by former employees for over $50,000 in lost wages, says SF Examiner. According to Grubstreet, this isn’t the first time that owner Campbell has been sued for not paying his employees.

6. Pan-Asian E&O Trading Company will be closing on tax day (April 15th) for a much-needed update, says Grubstreet. The “month-long, million-dollar redo” will include a new bar menu complete with late-night hours, says SF Gate.

7. In a post last week, The Bold Italic asked, if the Best Beer in the World, Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Younger, comes from the Bay Area, and small batch brews are super trendy, why are there so few microbrewers?

8. The now-iconic UC Davis pepper spray cop has made his way onto a bottle of hot sauce at Frjtz, says SF Weekly. The image shows a cop spraying the sauce on a bunch of french fries, not a group of cowering college students supporting the Occupy movement.

9. The Exploratorium will host a Gastronomy night, Thursday, April 5th, says Tablehopper. What better place is there to sample liquid nitrogen ice cream and sous vide eggs?

10. Foie gras induces death threats towards chefs, said the  East Bay Express last Wednesday. Chef Russell Jackson of SF’s Laffite isn’t scared enough to take it off the menu.