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Popular Bay Area Chef Killed in Head-On Collision

Also: Contra Costa County reopens dining rooms, and more news to know today

Bay Area chef Todd Shoberg was killed in a West Marin vehicle collision this week.
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  • Todd Shoberg, a local restaurant industry figure who most recently served as the executive chef of Brewsters Beer Garden in Petaluma, was killed in a vehicle collision Monday, the Marin Independent Journal reports. According to the IJ, as Shoberg drove on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road he “drifted across the center divide” and “crashed into a Peterbilt dump truck.” Shoberg gained attention for his work at Mill Valley’s Molina and El Paseo, two long-standing spots where he reportedly reimagined the menu after taking the helm. Prior to that, he did time at upscale spots like Town Hall and Mill Valley’s Piatti. Via Instagram, celebrity chef and former El Paseo partner Tyler Florence said that the 42-year-old Shoberg (sic) “was a father, a husband and one of the most talented Chef’s here in California.” In his Instagram bio, Shoberg identifies first as “father of 2 girls,” before listing his professional accomplishments.
  • San Francisco’s dining rooms aren’t the only ones that are back in business this week: Contra Costa County reopened its dining rooms on Tuesday, the SF Business Times reports. That means that Sonoma County is the only Bay Area region that isn’t allowed to reopen for indoor service, the SF Chronicle notes, as it remains at the “purple” stage in the state’s color-coded reopening plan. Meanwhile, restaurants in Santa Clara County are putting pressure on city officials to allow indoor dining to resume, the Palo Alto Daily Post reports, with one saying that “with the upcoming weather change, without indoor dining options, we cannot exist.”
  • Oakland Cal-Italian spot Sister, the revamped restaurant that was once known as scandal-plagued Boot and Shoe Service, has a new chef: Melissa Perfit, who spent years at Bar Crudo and drew national attention for her turn on Top Chef. “She isn’t planning any radical changes,” the Chron reports, but diners should still “expect Perfit’s expertise in seafood to carry over to Sister as she slowly makes the menu her own.”
  • SF-based Dandelion Chocolate seems to have emerged unscathed from recent allegations of systemic racism by management, and “has just introduced a line of ganache-centered chocolate truffles.” [New York Times]
  • East Bay fave Cholita Linda is coming to SF, opening a location this winter in the former Mijita space in the Ferry Building. [SF Chronicle]

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