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Taste of the Nation Nears, Bushi-Tei Goes Seasonal, More!

COMING ATTRACTIONS - Taste of the Nation is about a week away at the Bently Reserve. If you didn't purchase tickets yet, and you like those dine-around events with scores of restaurants offering bites and lots of cocktails and wine; now would be a good time to take the plunge. A little teaser: Spruce will be offering a chantenay carrot soup with turmeric dates and Spanish almonds and Baker & Banker is doing pink peppercorn shortbread with duck liver pate and candied kumquats. Over 20 other restaurants of this ilk are participating and the executive chefs usually man the tables so you can chat them up. All proceeds go to Share Our Strength. [EaterWire]

CHEF SHUFFLES - Japantown's Bushi Tei has brought on a new chef Michael Hung, a former Jardiniere sous chef who has also worked at Bacar (back in the day) and Lark Creek Inn. He plans to shift things to more of a seasonal approach while keeping the Europe-meets-Asia menu theme. You'll see the difference in a few weeks. [ISSF]

LISTICLES! - No salad as a meal has brought forth its Bay Area dining picks, grouped into serviceable categories like "Best Bay Area on the cheap" and "Best Bay Area restaurant Burger." Their pick for "Best Bay Area restaurant. Period"? The French Laundry. The full list is here. [NSAAM]

PLYWOOD - Ex-Seattle bagel bakery man Jay Glass is starting up an artisanal bagel wholesale facility called Spot Bagel in Burlingame. His unexpected, seasonal bagel flavors like orange-poppyseed and Meyer lemon-sea salt will be available at Bi-Rite Market, Dolores Park Cafe and Duboce Park Cafe in June. Here's the Facebook. [Tablehopper]

Corey Lee of Benu readies tastes at last year's Taste of the Nation. [Photo: CA]

The French Laundry

6640 Washington Street, , CA 94599 (707) 944-2380 Visit Website

Benu

22 Hawthorne Street, , CA 94105 (415) 685-4860 Visit Website

Taste of the Nation 2011 @ Bently Reserve

301 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA

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