The monstrosity is back
Porchetta food truck Roli Roti and the Mission’s Dynamo Donut are teaming up once again on a one-day-only donut porchetta sandwich, which is exactly what it sounds like. The donuts serving as bread are flavored with onion and thyme, holding juicy slices of porchetta straight from the rotisserie. They’ll be available Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at Roli Roti at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Last year, they sold out in less than two hours.
Watch Top Chef with a cheftestant
Spoiler alert: San Francisco’s Michelle Minori will be appearing on Top Chef this Thursday night. Does that mean the recently eliminated contestant will make an epic return via Last Chance Kitchen? Or do Tom and Padma have some other tricks up their sleeve? All we know is she’ll be on the show with chef Kim Alter of Nightbird — Alter was Minori’s mentor when the pair worked together at Aqua and Acquarello. They’re hosting a small watch party on Thursday at Linden Room, Nightbird’s cocktail bar in Hayes Valley, with complimentary bites from Minori. Get there before the episode airs at 8 p.m.
San Francisco’s restaurant industry conference is almost here
The Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s fifth annual Industry Conference returns April 15-16 to the Julia Morgan Ballroom for the first time. Session topics include workplace sexual harassment, tip sharing, robots, suburban expansion, and more. Early bird tickets are now on sale.
Familiar fast food gets even more familiar
The third East Bay Super Duper Burgers is coming soon to the Public Market in Emeryville — and an opening date has finally been set for Monday, February 25. Expect to see Super Duper’s usual fleet of burgers, sandwiches, fries, and shakes, plus beer and wine. It’ll be open Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Celebrating years of Manresa Bread
Thursday marks Manresa Bread’s fourth birthday, so Avery Ruzicka and the team will bring back some old favorites from over the years, including hazelnut brown butter cake, chocolate brioche, kale and parmesan scones, cheese epis, and cherry buckwheat sourdough. Fans can pick up these throwback hits at the Campbell, Los Gatos, and Los Altos locations, plus a free cup of coffee.
Special meals at Lord Stanley
Polk Gulch destination Lord Stanley is introducing a new $45 three-course menu every Tuesday through Thursday — a nice way to try out the Michelin starred restaurant without doing the full $105 tasting menu. (The restaurant offers an a la carte menu, too.) This week’s $45 special includes salt cod beignets with kimchi, roasted suckling pig with grilled pineapple, and malted sourdough ice cream with apple caramel and granola for dessert. The restaurant is also making its Sunday Suppers ($65 for four courses) a permanent fixture, held on the last Sunday of the month starting February 24.
No more MORE! at Jones
Drag icon Juanita MORE! is departing the kitchen at Jones, which she took over in September. MORE! tells SF Weekly that doing drag full-time and running the food operation was too much work, but the split was amicable, and she’ll return to Jones for her annual Pride party this summer.
Ferrari Brothers roll out
Hillside Supperclub (Bernal Heights) and Provender Coffee (Potrero Hill) co-owner Tony Ferrari and Austin Ferrari, who run pop-ups for Cincinnati chili and more under the Ferrari Brothers moniker, are headed back to their native Cincinnati to open a restaurant there. Hillside’s co-owner Jonathan Sutton will keep the restaurant running here, and the Ferrari Brothers expect to return from time to time.