No rest for weary chefs
In a piece for Food & Wine about an epidemic of very exhausted chefs, SF’s Richie Nakano, (who knows about these things firsthand as the former chef of Hapa Ramen) discusses how some chefs stay healthy. He talks to Ryan Lachaine of Houston restaurant Riel, and Sarah Rich, co-owner of SF’s Rich Table. To unwind these days, Nakano writes that chefs are turning more to exercise than post-service bar runs. “It is exhausting and stressful, and a real push every day,” Rich describes her routine as a working parent running a Michelin-starred restaurant and two spinoffs. “I will fight to find time to take care of myself, exercise, and get my mind right, but unfortunately that’s the first thing to go if time is an issue.”
Two local French restaurants bid adieu
Laurent Legendre, proprietor of popular Glen Park restaurant Le P’tit Laurent, has reportedly closed his 2016-opened bistro Chez Marius in Noe valley. The space at 4063 24th Street (between Noe and Castro) is dark, but Legendre hasn’t yet commented on the closure, Hoodline reports. Elsewhere, Garcon won’t be returning to the corner of 22nd and Valencia after a closure for a seismic retrofit of the building. Instead, an Indian restaurant called Aditi has put up grand opening signs, Mission Local indicates.
The young guns of organic dairy
The Chronicle has a look at several 20- and 30-year old dairy farmers recently tapped to supply Straus Family Creamery in Petaluma. Their age puts them outside the norm in the dairy business, but Marina and Sonoma’s organic farms are themselves outside the usual, experiencing more stability in aspects like pricing in part because organic products can fetch higher prices, Straus founder Albert Straus explains.
San Jose is in for a Sicilian treat
South Bay pop-up Holy Cannoli! is taking over the former 2nd Story Bakeshop space on Santa Clara Street, the Mercury news reports. Proprietor Jamie Whitmire will start serving Sicilian pastries, coffee, and more in October.
Disclosure: Carolyn Alburger, the Cities Director for Eater, is the author of Rich Table’s cookbook. She has recused herself from involvement in any Rich Table coverage on Eater.