La Boulangerie takes back its sixth location
After announcing a year ago that it would buy back five of its locations, La Boulangerie has settled back into the city like it never left. Now, LB will take back a sixth location, the one at Kearny and Sutter Streets (222 Sutter St.). The large space will reopen in October for breakfast and lunch, with plenty of grab-and-go options to cater to the working neighborhood. In that vein, there will be mobile ordering so people can skip the line as needed, plus an expanded catering program for nearby offices.
Daniel Patterson gets political
Just days after East Bay Express food critic Luke Tsai published his thoughts on cuisine appropriation, chef Daniel Patterson joined the conversation in an essay he co-wrote with Mandy Aftel. He writes, “The rich, diverse cooking traditions of countries like China, India and Mexico, which date back thousands of years, were lumped into a category called “Ethnic” food. “Ethnic” food, usually cooked by immigrants who learned the dishes in their native country — or invented ones on their new turf, adapting their heritage to new ingredients and neighbors — was stereotypically perceived to consist of fast, cheap and highly spiced dishes, often served in a strange-smelling, unhygienic environment. It implies otherness, un-Americanness, and the assumption has been that while it could be tasty, it should be cheap and not taken too seriously.” Head here for the full read.
Raze report: Elbo Room becomes condos, Doc’s Clock moves down the block
Dive bars can’t catch a break in this town, and the latest evidence of that is that Elbo Room on Valencia Street will become condos in 2018, Mission Local reports. Owners Matt Shapiro and Erik Cantu plan to find a new space for the bar, so stay tuned. In the meantime, the beleaguered Doc’s Clock has found a new home at 2417 Mission St., just one block north of its current location. Owner Carey Suckow plans to bring all the same staff, furniture, games, and more by July 2017.
Get FOMO while seeing what you’ve missed at the MAD 5 Symposium
Danish chef René Redzepi’s MAD Symposium has returned, the nearly-annual gathering of chefs, food academics, purveyors, and food journalists in Copenhagen for food presentations, eating, and drinking. This year’s theme was “Tomorrow’s Kitchen” — here’s what you’ve missed.
Hang out with celebrity chef Carla Hall
The Chew host Carla Hall sat down with Eater’s podcast Eater Upsell, sounding off on everything from catchphrases and mocktails to what to do when you find yourself coming down with a case of the fuck-its. Head on over here for a listen.