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An Alice Waters Documentary, Motze Launches Lunch, and More A.M. Intel

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An Alice Waters documentary is forthcoming

PBS has announced a new documentary series on “American Masters,” and four out of the thirteen focus on influential American chefs. Most relevant to San Francisco’s interests is the one on Alice Waters, which will air on Friday, May 26 from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. on PBS. The other three chefs spotlighted are James Beard, Julia Child, and Jacques Pépin.

Motze launches lunch

Motze, the new Japanese project from Bar Tartine chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns, has been open in the Mission for just over a month now, and it’s ready to launch lunch. Starting tomorrow, Saturday, December 3, a la carte lunch will be available Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dishes like nare rice porridge bowls and cold ginger noodles with sunflower tahini and seven spice.

Get ready for Justin Mauz and Robin Song pop-ups

Coi chef de cuisine Justin Mauz and Junju chef Robin Song are both holding (separate) pop-ups in the coming weeks. Mauz’s is through Feastly on January 5, focusing on seafood, while Song is holding court at Nightbird on December 18 and 19 with Korean-focused fare. Grab tickets for Mauz’s event here, and keep your eyes on this link for Song’s tickets to go on sale very soon.

Tonight’s Shark Tank features Nomiku

Bay Area brand Nomiku, the Wifi sous vide device, is on Shark Tank tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC. CEO Lisa Fetterman and co-founder/CTO/husband Abe Fetterman raised $1.3 million on Kickstarter, but they are vying for more money. Tune in to see if they succeed.

Check out the Flavor Napa Valley 2017 lineup

Next year’s schedule for food and wine festival Flavor! Napa Valley has been released. You can see it in full here, but highlights include an “Icons” dinner with La Toque’s Ken Frank and State Bird Provisions’ Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, as well as a “Rising Stars” dinner with Miminashi’s Curtis di Fede and Nuri’s Josh Balague and Ethan Speizer.

The Commissary has a new chef

Traci Des Jardins’ The Commissary in the Presidio has a new executive chef in Rogelio Garcia, who joins from Angéle and The French Laundry. He plans to continue the Spanish-influenced California fare.

Dip sets opening date

North Beach has French dip sandwiches coming its way, via Dip at 1318 Grant Ave., the new restaurant from Mo’s Grill owner Mahmoud “Mo” Khossoussi. It’s officially opening on Friday, December 9. Check out the full menu here in the meantime to get ready for all the dip.

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