An insider's guide to the San Francisco culinary scene, organised by dining occasion, from one of the city's hippest and most-connected food writers. This book is a must-have for fans of the popular tablehopper website and the thousands who subscribe to the online newsletter, locals looking for a fresh take on San Francisco's dining scene, and the many tourists and tourism groups in the city. What do a first date, business lunch, and dinner with the parents have in common? NOT the venue! Macia Gagliardi, aka the tablehopper, knows that diners base their restaurant or bar choice on many more factors than simple geography, but no other guidebook addresses the fact that diners seek destinations to fit their occasion - not simply their location within a city. This book's occasion-for-entertaining structure takes into account the reason for going out and composition of the dining party (i.e., dating phases, girl's night out, business power lunches, and so on) and offers reviews for the best fit for that occasion written with the tablehopper's unique blend of enthusiasm, inside knowledge, and sass.
Marcia (rhymes with Garcia) Gagliardi is a freelance food writer and culinary personality, known as the tablehopper. Marcia and her free weekly e-column are among the Bay Area's most trusted resources for thoughtful recommendations on where to eat, drink, and hobnob. She has appeared on Oprah & Friends- The Gayle King Show, Playboy TV, the Martha Stewart Living Today radio show, and many local programs. She has been zipping around the Bay in her red Alfa Romeo since 1994, and has been writing about food since 2002.