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- The owners of Santa Clara Vietnamese restaurant Le Bon discovered shattered windows in what was an apparent act of anti-Asian vandalism, they told KTVU on Monday. Le Bon co-owner Charlie Tran said in an Instagram story that after discovering the damage and first assuming it was done by “neighborhood delinquents,” he found “a racist note” while cleaning up that read, “Dirty f—ing [anti-Asian slur], go back to your home.” Tran added that this “is not going to stop us from what we love to do,” and chef and co-owner Jeff Nguyen thanked supporters and said they would not be seeking donations for the damage in his own story posted to Instagram. [KTVU]
- A former Utzutzu sushi chef and server have teamed up for an omakase pop-up called Sushi Salon, with plans to open a permanent restaurant in Oakland, reports the SF Chronicle. From Utzutzu opening chef Joji Nonaka and Anna Osawa, Sushi Salon pops up every other week at Fish & Bird Sousaku Izakaya in downtown Berkeley, serving wild fish from a Japanese broker who Nonaka says doesn’t sell to anyone else in the U.S. Pop-ups are held every other week on Tuesday and Wednesday; to reserve a seat, sign up for info on the Sushi Salon site. [SF Chronicle]
- Proceeds from a new Napa Valley cookbook will go directly to local restaurant workers impacted by the pandemic and recent wildfires. The Essential Napa Valley Cookbook, created in partnership with Feed Napa Now, includes recipes from top wine country chefs and restaurants, like Gott’s ahi burger and Charlie Palmer Steak’s lobster corn dogs, accompanied by a suggested wine pairing from a Napa Valley producer. It’s on sale now at napavalleycookbook.com.
- Six months after opening Sweet July, a coffee and retail shop in Oakland, celebrity food figure and Bay Area restaurateur Ayesha Curry has launched her online product line under the same name (also the name of Curry’s lifestyle magazine and production company). Sweet July sells coffee and olive oil, as well as jewelry, tableware, and other products from Bay Area makers.