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American Cupcake 1/3 Open; Chad Newton Plans Parcel BBQ

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COW HOLLOW - Despite what the yelp reviews may lead you to believe, the Sunday gathering at American Cupcake was not an opening, merely a sneak peak. You'll be happy to learn AC will actually be a sit-down restaurant at night, that is, they plan to serve more than cupcakes. A menu of American fare, beer, wine, and champagne cocktails are currently under development. The space, designed by owner Devin Alper, has a futuristic, Willy Wonka-esque feel, intended to be "like a candy store for adults." The cupcakes, with their fluffy frosting and sticky/gooey interior, are quite different from what the 'hood is used to. Until the opening which may happen in 10 days or so, they'll be "1/3 open." So you can sample a limited selection of cupcake flavors available to-go, like black-and-tan, bubblegum, and lemon, and provide feedback and suggestions to Alper, who is "totally open to that." [EaterWire]

SAN RAFAEL – Sales were “through the roof” at Arizmendi’s newest location, opened yesterday in San Rafael. The worker on duty told us they made more in their first day than any other bakeries did upon their birth, and actually sold what was projected for month ten! Things calmed down a bit today. The bakery will be offering the standard Arizmendi repertoire of house-baked breads, pizzas, and treats. [EaterWire]

BBQ NEWS - Paolissimo tells of Fish & Farm Chef Chad Newton's latest movement via The Chron's Inside Scoop. As of April 17, Newton will take off to work on a new "simple, sticky-finger barbecue" concept , Parcel BBQ, with F&F owner Frank Klein. They'll also be expanding the American Box operation they started running out of F&F in September. Current sous chef, Obed Ix Yah, will fill Newton's void in the F&F kitchen, which will continue producing the same menu of "new American seafood and artisan meats." [SF Chron]

THE MISSION - Heart wine bar will be hosting its first in a series of special 60-seat private dinners on April 27th. The communal-style meal, focused on the food and wine of Segovia, costs $100/person, and a roast suckling pig will be served. You can reserve by emailing [EaterWire]

NAPA VALLEY - From a tipster via the Napa grapevine comes news that "Jeff Jake, Executive Chef at The Carneros Inn for the past 3 years or so was let go this past Friday. Didn't hear anything about the reasons, but the property in general is not doing well." Further tips along these lines gladly accepted here. [EaterWire]

JAPANTOWNEatrip, a Japanese documentary about food’s role in daily life, will stage its American premier at the Viz Theatre on April 10. There’s a Japanese-themed reception afterwards hosted by the director, Yuri Nomura, with Joto sake and snacks made by Peko-Peko. [7x7]

PENNINSULA -- Via Teemoney/Tamara Palmer, over at SFoodie, we learn the Creme Brulee Cart and the Magic Curry Kart will roll into Palo Alto tomorrow, right in front of Moxsie's offices on Hawthorne and High. Korean taco truck, MoGo BBQ, will be outside next Thursday, and possibly Sam's ChowderMobile later in the month. You can keep up on the latest Moxsie street eats on this nifty calendar. [SFoodie]

American Cupcake

1919 Union St., San Francisco, CA