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What We’re Reading This Week: Hometown Heroes

As many of you know, Feastly started in San Francisco. This week, we’re switching up our top reading picks with a celebration of some hometown heroes. These chefs are kickin’ it locally and turning out some of the most innovative food in the Bay Area.

+After spending six years heading up the kitchen at SF’s AQ, chef Mark Liberman is taking his fine-dining chops to Oakland. The chef has been treating Feastly diners with menu previews for Mago, his new venture.

+Our HQ team is obsessed with bubble tea, so we’re amped that the trio behind Boba Guys and Korean pop-up Sunday Bird are slated to revamp the food program at SF’s Asian American Art Museum.

+Modern lumpia master and Feastly alum Alex Retodo has found a semi-permanent home for his long-standing Oakland pop-up, The Lumpia CompanyEater SF has the scoop on Retodo’s plans.

+Reem Assil will open a second location following the massive success of Reem’s California, her massively successful Arab street food spot in Oakland. Dyafa will be a fine-dining concept in Jack London Square.

+Top Chef Season 15 alum and Feastly chef Tu David Phu is in the midst of launching his nationwide pop-up series, Chefs Hawker Centre. 

Catch the chef and his collaborators in SF, LA, Oakland, Brooklyn, and Rhode Island.

+Yelp announced their “Top 100 Places to Eat in the US”, and two Bay Area establishments made the list: a casual vegan spot in Belmont dubbed Falafelle and Petra Middle Eastern Cuisine in Livermore.

+The 2018 James Beard Award semifinalists have been announced, with the Bay Area being heavily represented. Nominees include Manresa’s David Kinch (Outstanding Chef), Christopher Kostow’s The Charter Oak (Best New Restaurant), and The Alembic’s Rachel Aranow (Rising Star Chef).

+An oldie-but-a-goodie from the SF Chron: Feastly SF chefs Laura Millan and Sayat Ozyilmaz are Istanbul Modern, an ever-popular Middle Eastern pop-up that showcases their Michelin-starred resumes.

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