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Chef Joshua Skenes Is Lurking in the Woods, Waiting to Feed You

Plus, Anchor Brewing is giving away Giants tickets, and more intel

Joshua Skenes in the woods
Joshua Skenes

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  • Chef Joshua Skenes is known for his impeccable live fire cooking, which earned his restaurant Saison three Michelin stars and endless accolades, before he stepped back from daily operations in 2019. His restaurant Angler, which opened in 2018, was built on the foundation of that cooking, presenting pristinely and simply prepared seafood cooked over the embers. Throughout it all, Skenes has been cultivating his backwoods interests, including hunting and fishing. His desire to open an invite-only experience called Skenes Ranch, where he can serve game to small groups, has been in the works for years. A recent profile in Outside Magazine has bubbled these plans back up to the top, alongside some truly special Skenesian moments, such as almost burning a ranch’s bunkhouse to the ground during fire season. In it, he’s described as “a crazy, eccentric Lord of the Backwoods throwing the world’s coolest dinner parties.” And the author notes that with the invite-only structure of his plans he will be on equal footing with his clientele. “And while [Skenes Ranch] will be undeniably great for Skenes, it might be even better for affluent people sick of false pomp and phony transactional hospitality, and more than ready for the ultimate anti-celebrity chef, a survivalist underground maestro revered by cognoscenti.” [Outside]
  • Impossible Foods’ star continues to rise as its non-meat plant-based foods continue to gain popularity. Now it’s considering going public with a $10 billion valuation in the next 12 months. [SF Business Journal]
  • Anchor Brewing is excited for the Giants season this year, announcing a special promotion during the season. The brand announced the giveaway on Twitter, where it pledged to make a $10,000 donation to the Giant’s Community Fund and give away 2022 season tickets. There’s no purchase necessary to be eligible for the giveaway (besides being a game), but it wouldn’t hurt to be sipping on a Steam when it happened.
  • A small wine country town has been thrust into the spotlight after its mayor is the subject of allegations of sexual assault. Four women have accused Dominic Foppoli, also owner of Christopher Creek Winery, of misconduct spanning years. Foppoli has denied the allegation, as well as calls for his resignation. (Read the SF Chronicle’s fully reported story here.) Now residents are calling for a recall, and his own brother is calling for his resignation. [SF Chronicle]
  • Napa restaurant Kitchen Door is leaving its longtime home at Oxbow Market, heading to the First Street Napa development downtown. There it’ll have a bigger patio and more space, with the same favorites that have drawn locals for around a decade. It will move in June 2021. [Napa Valley Register]

Angler

8500 Beverly Boulevard, , CA 90048 (424) 332-4082 Visit Website

Saison

178 Townsend Street, , CA 94107 (415) 828-7990 Visit Website

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