Quick Hits: New Menu at Mina Test Kitchen, Meals on Wheels Gala This Weekend

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A raw fish preparation at the Mina Test Kitchen
A raw fish preparation at the Mina Test Kitchen

If you’ve been wondering when the Mina Test Kitchen is going to debut it’s next concept, hold up. Apparently, the Michael Mina team is having too much fun with the current coastal Italian theme that they’re not changing it just yet. Instead chef Adam Sobel has debuted new menu items at Postcards of La Costiera, the incredibly delicious multi-course Italian seafood extravaganza. New spring menu items include amberjack carpaccio with charred rapini and candied kumquat; ravioli doppio with lobster, fava beans and ricotta; and spicy lamb strozzapretti with English peas and mint. The Test Kitchen is open Wednesday through Saturday and reservations are recommended.

Chef Ravi Kapur plates one of the courses at last year's Meals on Wheels Gala
Chef Ravi Kapur plates one of the courses at last year’s Meals on Wheels Gala

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

This Sunday, May 21 is the 30th anniversary of the Meals on Wheels San Francisco Star Chefs and Vintners Gala at Fort Mason. Many of the city’s top chefs are cooking at the event, which includes a VIP reception, live auction lots, and a sensational multi-course dinner. Everyone from Mourad Lahlou of Mourad to Peter Armellino of Plumed Horse to Michael Tusk of Quince will be plating dishes at the gala. Auction lots include a wine adventure in the Willamette Valley, a dinner for eight cooked by chef Melissa Perello at Scribe, 30 Robert Parker 100-point wines, and a personal tour of Seattle with restauranteur and gala chef chair, Nancy Oakes. Last year’s event raised a record-breaking $3.3 million, so it’s an excellent way to give back to the community while having a fabulous night on the town.

Bubbly being poured at the 2016 BubblyFest
Bubbly being poured at the 2016 BubblyFest

Also this Sunday at Fort Mason: the fourth annual pop-up Bubblyfest, a luxe sparkling wine tasting at the General’s Residence. There are two sessions on Sunday, May 21, one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and another from 3 to 6 p.m. A ticket involves unlimited tastes of 20 different types of bubbles. Participating wineries include Gloria Ferrer, J Vineyards, JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset, and Voveti Prosecco. Light appetizers will be served at the event, which is the perfect antidote to those who want to avoid the craziness of Bay to Breakers.   

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