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Is Eddie Lau the Executive Chef at The Summit?

CHEF CLUES - Earlier today we posted a revealing picture of the new executive chef, albeit with blurry head, at Desi Danganan's not-yet-open The Summit. Soon after, several savvy commenters weighed in with strong suspicions that the chef is Eddie Lau. And then, Steven Yee, reached out on the tip line: "The chef in the Batman shirt is actually my good friend Eddie Lau. We are high school buddies from Boston who both now live in the Bay Area. =)" Thank you, Steven. Welcome to your moment in the spotlight. As you see here the images do appear to line up...as do the facts: Lau, who's also the blogger behind Hot Food Porn, worked at Danganan's now-shuttered Poleng Lounge and also Orson, where he likely cultivated that freedom and creativity Tim Luym spoke of. Still we're waiting on confirmation from Danganan, who seems to be convinced his new chef is Bruce Wayne. [EaterWire]

BRUNCHWIRE - It's almost the weekend friends, and that means it's time to mull brunch prospects. This saucy report from Uptown Almanac caught our eye earlier in the week, so we thought we'd bring it up now when it's appropriate. Bollyhood Cafe has a "Beats n' Brunch" vegan brunch on Saturdays and Sundays where Missionites converge over foods non-vegans may or may not enjoy eating: "sweet bread pudding, Korean pancakes, flat bread sandwiches, massive salads, mimosas, sangria, and MORE." Either way, this is where to go if you want a side of hipster with your seitan. [Vegansaurus via Uptown Almanac]

EMBARCADERO -- On Tuesday, Lafitte Chef Russel Jackson, a.k.a. "the pirate," emailed us about a new and mysterious ingredient he'd procured: "I have the items in my possession, I have confirmed the fact that I am the first in CA to serve it and I also believe the western US. It will be on the menu tomorrow.. " And today it becomes clear he's been up to his piratey ways, as GrubStreet brings news Jackson is now serving Iberico pig from La Alberca, Spain on his "menu of logic." Sounds like he'll be working his way through all the piggy parts over the next few days, so if you want a rare taste of "one of the most prized animals in all of European pig-dom" do book a res. [Grub Street SF]

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777 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA

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