Fruit Pie Time, French Laundry Luxe Gift Cards & More
Fruit Pies Around the Bay Area
There are cake people. And there are pie people.
For pie lovers, you can’t ask for a better time to indulge than summer when fresh fruit ones abound.
At San Francisco’s Bluestem Brasserie, enjoy more hand-held pies. Its “Happy Camper Pies” ($9.50) are filled with fruit-herb jam and seasonal fruit. A scoop of vanilla bean ice cream accompanies, as what’s pie without ice cream, right?
Prospect in San Francisco get a load of peach fry pie ($9.50) — little pies fried up crisp with a filling of Blossom Bluff peaches, then garnished with raspberries, tayberries and Bavarian buttermilk ice cream.
Traditionalists will revel in the apple pie with brandied cherries and cheddar tuille ($10) at Epic Roasthouse in San Francisco.
French Laundry and Per Se Launch “Experience Cards”
These may very well be the ultimate gift cards.
No longer will Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Yountville and Per Se in New York issue issue plain ol’ gift certificates made of paper. Nope, now you can purchase “Experience Cards,” made of sleek metal and sent in an elegant bow-wrapped box.
Geared for two people to dine, the cards allow for dinner with extras. The normal French Laundry prix fixe is $270 per person. But with the silver card ($750), dinner for two begins with a glass of champagne, followed by a nine-course chef’s tasting menu or “tasting of vegetables.” The gold card ($1,500) includes all of that, plus a selection of canapes and personalized service from the team of sommeliers. The black card ($2,500) includes all of that, plus a more extensive array of canapes, exclusive wines customized by the sommeliers, and a special gift at the end of the meal.
Per Se offers similar cards: silver ($800), gold ($1,550), and black ($2,500), as well as the salon one ($250) for a la carte dining in the salon.
Of course, being the fortunate recipient of one of those glam cards doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to dine there. You still have to land a reservation at either restaurant, never an easy feat.
“Eye on the Bay” Chef Demos at the Ferry Building in San Francisco
Liam Mayclem of TV’s “Eye on the Bay” invites you to a series of chef demos he’ll be hosting at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco in conjunction with the upcoming SF Chefs event in August.
* July 7 at 2 p.m.: Learn to work with dough with Sour Flour’s Chef Danny Gabriner. Tickets are $45 each.
* July14 at 2 p.m.: Enjoy a lamb and beer pairing. Tickets are $35 each.
* July21 at 2 p.m.: Pastry Chef Francis Ang of the Fifth Floor demonstrates a host of sweet treats. Tickets are $35 each.
Reserve a spot to any of the demos by clicking here.