All posts filed under: feasters

A Story of Suka

My eating repertoire used to be sadly bereft of Filipino food. My foray into the varietes of Asian cuisine started with lo mein out of a take-out box. I blame this mostly on my East-Coast upbringing. Had I wanted a Filipino meal while living next to the Atlantic, it would have required a jaunt to the nearest major metropolis. Even then, I wouldn’t have found Pinoy chefs on every corner. But why? Phở is as ubiquitous as a cheeseburger, so where has lumpia been hiding? A popular theory was that Filipino cuisine was undefinable, as it melds flavors from other powerhouse food cultures, like Malaysian and Spanish. Over the last few years, however, there has been a huge influx of Filipino food culture in part thanks to the Bay-Area based Filipino Food Movement. Recently, Bon Appetit rated a Filipino restaurant, Washington D.C’s  Bad Saint, as its #2 pick for “America’s Best New Restaurants 2016.” This surge has paved the way for chefs like Eric Pascual of Eats By E, who shares his Filipino heritage and his Hawaiian childhood with …

My Evening With Chef Ma

A great pop-up meal is a distinct dining experience, accomplished through a unique venue or a limited-time menu. For me, though, the memories evoked through the food and the stories shared at the table are what elevate a meal from ordinary to unforgettable. *** Savory aromas waft from the kitchen where Chef Ma Mona tends the night’s ingredients. Guests tentatively wander in and join me at the communal dining table. Perennially early and dining solo, I am grateful for the new company. Ma enters, explaining what distinguishes her dishes from those at longstanding Burmese establishments, of which she is a veteran: “Everything is made fresh today,” she tells her diners. “At the restaurant, food is prepared two to three days in advance and put in the fridge.” She adds, “That’s why I’m so tired after a dinner.” This garners a chuckle and a round of applause before she retreats back to the kitchen and her sous chef, who is also her brother. She begins the meal with a surprise appetizer, a crunchy vegetable slaw. “I …

Top 5 Reasons Brunch is ALWAYS a Good Idea

1. It is totally acceptable and encouraged to order dishes like “Nutella, Honey Bacon Stuffed French Toast Caramelized with Candied Pecans and Tiny Marshmallows”. 2. Because drinking champagne during the day makes you feel like this: 3. You can order a full entree AND a stack of pancakes on the side, because you want a “few bites” of something sweet. No shame. 4. Brunch options are so good, serious focus is vital when it comes to deciding what you are going to order. 5. The feeling of achievement when you order the best dish and all your friends gawk at the beauty and magic that is your plate(s). Love brunching? Feastly now has a ton of fantastic brunches, including sous-vide fusion, Parisian fare and Japanese classics. Check them out at Get your brunch on.

Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Miss The San Francisco Bacon Showdown

1. Bacon has you all like: 2. You love the smell of this bouquet. 3. You would wake up at 7am just to surf these waves. 4. When you look  up at the sky this is all you see. 5. You’re ready to take the plunge into a culinary adventure of EPIC BACON proportions. Get your bacon fix going and book tickets asap to the The SF Bacon Showdown! Take part in this epic culinary battle showcasing everyone’s favorite BFF…BACON. What: SF “Bacon v. Bacon v. Bacon” Pop-up Who: Feastly When: Saturday, August 1st, 6-8pm Where: Secret Pop-Up Space in Mission, SF How: Book Tickets Here You’ll get your hands on three different bacon-centric dishes deliciously prepared by Feastly top chefs (Break & Gather, Geoffrey Reed, Eric Pascual), along with wine and live music. Who will hog the trophy? You be the judge.  

Feastly Recap: The 2015 Fried Chicken Sandwich Showdown

On June 6th things really went cluck at the Feastly headquarters as top Feastly chefs battled it out for their fried chicken sandwich to reign supreme in our inaugural launch of cooking showdowns. The Fried Chicken Sandwich Showdown brought fierce competition and hungry Feasters to some fowl battle. Feastly chef competitors included Cayce Terrill Wilson and Ryan Ochsner of Break and Gather, Tracy Goh of EatWithTracy and Sadie Dawson of TaDa Table. 50 Feasters arrived at a loft in the Mission and were warmly greeted with the sweet aroma of crispy fried chicken in the air, white wine and live music from folk singer Dane Ohri. The judges included Grant Marek from Thrillist , Stephanie Hua of Lick My Spoon, Peter Kane from SF Weekly, Susannah Chen from CHOW and Feastly COO, Leigh Goldstein. While the judging was extremely close and the competitors “battered” it out well, Break and Gather took home the winning trophy with their “Buttermilk Biscuit Bun Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich with Fried Pickles”. Sadie’s Crispy Fried Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich with Green Papaya …