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Eneko Atxa to Visit Manresa; Applauze Books Dinners

LOS GATOSDavid Kinch is bringing Basque chef Eneko Atxa to the Bay Area in mid-May, when he'll cook at Manresa for two nights. Kinch wants to bring more attention to the three-Michelin-starred chef of Azurmendi, and is even growing some special produce just for his visit. [Inside Scoop]

SAN FRANCISCO—Ticketing app Applauze is moving into the restaurant space, offering special tasting-menu dinners at hotspots like Rich Table, Roka Akor, and The Abbot's Cellar on various Fridays over the next month. The dinners run $400/couple ($250 for Abbot's), including drink pairings. They're also doing a "Brandy 101" education session with Cask and Local Edition. [EaterWire]

SAN FRANCISCOOpenTable is now testing an app that would allow diners to pay directly from their smartphones at select SF partner restaurants. Pretty soon, the paper bill may be a thing of the past. Here's more info; Jardiniere, Dosa on Fillmore, and Radius are some of the test restaurants. [Inside Scoop]

THE EMBARCADEROLa Cocina grad Clairesquares is hoping to make 100 cheesecakes for the needy on Valentine's Day, so founder Claire Keane is donating 100% of sales of her pre-made shortbread pie crusts (available at La Cocina's Ferry Building kiosk or online) for the entire month of February to support the effort. Cheesecakes will be given to the SF Food Bank, La Casa de las Madres, and other organizations that help those in need. [EaterWire]


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