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ALICE'S UNIVERSE—The First Lady of Localifornia names her ten favorite "emerging" chefs. Unsurprisingly, most are Chez Panisse vets and even a few locals get named: David Chang, Skye Gyngell, Donald Link, Scott Peacock, Amaryll Schwertner, Michael Tusk, Russell Moore, Andrew Feinberg, Mona Talbott and Charlie Hallowell. Related: the Chez Panisse family tree. [GSNY]
THE MISSION—There's been a significant chef shuffle at Bar Tartine, per the Scoop. The talented Jason Fox, whose style didn't quite jibe with Tartine, is out, while Chris Kronner—last seen at Serpentine and Bruno's Thursdays—is in. [Chron]
OAKLAND—BA Veg reports that Souley Vegan reopened last week in its new Jack London Square location. The vegan soul food joint shuttered its original downtown location earlier this year. 301 Broadway, at Third Street, Oakland; (510) 393-9186 [BAV]
BAY AREA—Is LA burger chain The Counter finally coming to San Francisco proper? The Corte Madera location is due in August, but more are in the works: "It will be the fifth franchise to open in the Bay Area and the first in Marin, but not for long, according to Peter Katz, managing partner of the Northern California franchise. 'If all goes well, we'd like to open more,' Katz says." Indeed, San Francisco is in their sights (along with two dozen other cities). [MIJ]