Jeremiah Tower, the legendary chef of Stars, hasn't been seen in San Francisco much in recent years, as he mostly divides his time between Italy and Mexico, where he restores houses and scuba dives. But he'll be returning to SF for one night on Thursday, November 7 to revive Stars at Foreign Cinema as a benefit for the James Beard Foundation. Alongside chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark, Tower will cook a menu from October 20, 1989, just after the Loma Prieta earthquake devastated the city and turned Civic Center into a ghost town. In the past, Tower has identified it as the beginning of the end for Stars, which he sold in 1998 and which closed the following year.
Pirie and Clark are bringing on a host of chefs who cooked at Stars to be part of the dinner, including former pastry chef Emily Luchetti (Waterbar, Farallon) and former chefs Loretta Keller (Coco500), Wendy Brucker (Rivoli), and Bruce Hill (Fog City). Dominique Crenn will also join the group. The menu will include all the old-school classics: steak tartare, caviar and blini, oysters, tea-smoked duck breast, and vintage Champagne. Reservations can be made by calling Foreign Cinema at (415) 648-7600.
· Stars at Foreign Cinema, with Jeremiah Tower and Friends [Foreign Cinema]
· Jeremiah Tower Talks Retirement [~ ESF ~]