A positive Dungeness crab update
While it’s still very early on, testing for 2016/2017 Dungeness crab season is normal so far. Four out of six regions have tested positive for domoic acid, the toxin that caused so much trouble last season, but at this time of year, that’s normal. Read all the details in The Chron.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is now in LA
Los Angelenos will now know the pleasures of a cruffin, as Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is opening a location in LA’s Highland Park. Check it out on Eater LA here.
Polk Street’s Dakshin opens today
California makes salon boozing legal
In case you didn’t know that having a drink while you get your hair cut is illegal, surprise! It is. Until yesterday, at least, when Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that as of January 1 will allow salon customers to drink 12 ounces of beer or six ounces of wine during a visit before 10 p.m. — so long as that booze is complimentary, SF Gate reports. Read more about it here.
Blue Note Napa has a chef
The Napa opera house has been transforming into a jazz-themed supper club that opens on October 25, and there’s now a chef attached to the project. Chef Christophe Gerard, a native of Chartres, France, will be cooking “approachable California provençal-style” fare. He joins most recently from from Farm Restaurant at the Carneros Inn. Blue Note currently has locations in New York City, Tokyo, Honolulu and has plans to open three more locations in Beijing this year.
Apple Watch gets in with restaurants
NYC restaurateur Danny Meyer has formed a partnership with Apple Watch to integrate the technology into Union Square Hospitality Group’s front-of-house service. Specifically, at Union Square Cafe, every floor manager and sommelier will be wearing an Apple Watch. And when a VIP walks through the front door, someone orders a bottle of wine, a new table is seated, a guest waits too long to order her or his drink, or a menu item runs out, every manager will get an alert via the tiny computer attached to their wrist. Read all about it here. It’s probably only a matter of time until the service comes to the land of tech, SF.