Guy Fieri grilled preseason lunch for the Raiders, no big deal
Guy Fieri, a resident of Santa Rosa and the the mayor of Flavortown, was seen prepping lunch for his favorite football team this week during their preseason training in Napa. The Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives host has become an annual guest chef for the Raiders, and this year, he coached Marshawn Lynch through his whole chicken-roasting strategy. Lynch, who returned from retirement to sign with the Raiders, might be taking notes: He recently bought Scend’s Restaurant and Bar, a 1967-opened soul food restaurant on the Oakland-Emeryville border, to keep it from closing.
Former Henry’s Gallery Cafe owners aided by fundraiser
The owners of the recently shuttered Henry’s Gallery Cafe in Uptown Oakland, Jung Sook Park and husband Yong Soo Jung, have received more than $20,000 in donations after friends and customers learned the couple had lost their life savings in a robbery and had been unable to renew their business’ lease. Without proof they own a small business, the could face deportation to South Korea, but they’re now actively looking for a new space to reopen. Meanwhile, the new, incoming tenant to Henry’s former space, Beauty’s Bagels, has been caught up in the story.
Castro’s House of Chen is closed after 28 years
A nearly 30-year-old Chinese restaurant, House of Chen, has closed at 335 Noe Street. The owners ended their run “to start a new chapter of our lives — retirement. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the community over the past 28 years and to see it grow and evolve,” they wrote.
Cookie dough stand moving in to the Myriad on Market Street
Doughp, a business selling scoops of cookie dough that’s edible raw (no eggs) and served like ice cream, is moving in to its own kiosk at the Myriad food hall at 2175 Market street (between Church and Sanchez Streets). The company, pronounced “dope,” has been selling its wares, which are also bake-able at home, at food truck gatherings and private events. Starting in September, the Myriad will provide Doughp a stronger, more permanent foothold. Also like ice cream, Doughp comes in different flavors, ones with names like “white girl” (dried cranberries and white chocolate chips) and “cold brew is bae” (cold brew cookie dough, coffee grounds, chocolate chips).
Bon Appétit is obsessed with Tartine’s ice cream pie
The food magazine isn’t done gushing over Tartine Manufactory, which it named one of its Best New Restaurants of 2017. They’re now saluting Tartine Cookies and Cream’s ice cream pie as “the best dessert we’ve eaten all year.” Co-owner Liz Prueitt and pastry chef Samantha Baum concocted their Carvel-inspired creation with a PB&J throwback. The PB&J pie is made with Concord grape sorbet swirled with fior di latte (sweet cream) soft serve, grape pate de fruit, candied peanuts, and peanut cookie shell.