Watch out Bumgarner, here comes Keller
Thomas Keller, lord of the French Laundry and lover of Giants, will throw out the first pitch at tonight’s Giants game against the Rockies. He’s there hosting a special event in the Virgin America Club Level from 5:15 p.m.- 7 p.m., where snacks like lobster rolls and fried chicken sandwiches will be handed out. Keller himself will be there shaking hands and kissing babies until he’s called to the mound — a big deal for one of the team’s most avid fans (he geeked out and had Matt Cain sign a plate when he dined at the French Laundry). Fans with tickets to tonight’s game can buy an “add-on” ticket to attend the event for an extra $60, or just eat garlic fries like usual.
Alameda County gets its first “Dunkins”
East Coast expats in Alameda County will get their first Dunkin’ Donuts next week: A branch is opening in Fremont on September 27. The first Bay Area location of the extremely Massachussetts chain arrived in Walnut Creek last summer, and there’s one as close to SF proper as South San Francisco near SFO.
Cook at home like Duna does
Local food and meal kit delivery service Good Eggs has been teaming up with popular chefs and cookbook authors for their Luminary Series, offering collaborations so far from Julia Sherman (Salad for President) and Samin Nosrat (Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat). From September 24th to 26th, the luminaries are Nick Balla and Cortney Burns of Duna. Their kits, available to order online, include dishes from the new Central European restaurant like chopped summer salad with Duna dips and rye bread and Duna-style Chicken thighs with roasted mushrooms and egg noodles.
Saucy Asian celebrates grand opening with 50 percent off bowls
Since June, Saucy Asian has been serving California-Korean fusion (Korean bowls, burritos, and more traditional items like bibimbap and ddeokbokki) at 17th and Sanchez. But owner Andrew Shinn has been refining the menu and service over the past few months, and he’s now ready to celebrate a “grand opening” this Thursday with 50 percent off bowls all day and free kombucha from Joyride Coffee with purchases until they run out. For the grand opening menu, he’s also added soondubu, or tofu stew.
Safeway never sleeps
Fans of the all-night grocery shopping afforded by 24-hour Safeway locations have had a difficult six months while the Market and Castro Safeway and others began closing their doors for several hours each night. In fact, there were no 24-hour Safeways left. But the trial period is over, Safeway representatives say, and they’re back to their 24-hour model. The Market Street, Marina, Potrero, La Playa, Bernal Heights, and Outer Mission locations are all back on the night shift.
Construction begins to rebuild Dick’s Bakery
After a two-alarm fire closed beloved San Jose bakery Dick’s, customers have been at a loss without their burnt almond cake fix. The good news: The bakery is now under construction and could be back open in time for Christmas. “Thank you to our loyal customers for being patient,” a representative of the 1947-founded bakery writes on Facebook. “We love and miss you all”
Vegan Donut Gelato opens in Oakland
A new vegan donut option in Oakland — there’s already one in the popular Pepples Donut Farm — is open East of Lake Merritt at 411 E 18th Street. Sam Kang is the baker behind the project, and this is his second location: His first shop opened in Modesto last December. The gelato, which will be made from an almond milk base, isn’t ready yet, because the machine hasn’t arrived.
HBD Powder Shaved Snow
Taiwanese shave ice cream shop Powder Shaved Snow is one-year-old today, and to mark the passage of time on Divisadero, they’ll serve a collaboration dessert with B. Patisserie this Saturday, September 23rd. It’s a black sesame kouign amann with Powder’s strawberry shaved snow, black sesame glaze, black black sesame powder, and whipped cream.