Sunday, September 7, 2014

Rustic Bakery Popup Wine Bar

Gourmet appetizers from Rustic Bakery - Photo by TasteTV

Rustic Bakery in Larkspur, California has a tasty pop-up wine bar every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and it is quite the deal. Three Gourmet appetizers combined with a glass of locally produced wine, for only $14.

Situated in the Marin Country Mart complex 15 minutes outside of San Francisco, the selection of appetizers alone is worth the experience. 

They range from tarts and cakes to prosciutto sliders, duck and fig tapas, and ceviche shooters. 

A recent wine pairing include 2011 and 2010 Pinot Noir vintages from Orentano of the Russian River Valley.

Orentano Wine mother and daughter winemakers - Photo by TasteTV

Rustic Bakery Dark Chocolat Tart - Photo by TasteTV

Rustic Bakery Appetizers 

Orentano Pinot Noir - photo by TasteTV

The popular Rustic Bakery in Marin Country Mart, Larkspur California - photo by TasteTV

Monday, July 14, 2014

TV Celeb Chef Bobby Bognar Max Oyster Popup Dinner

Celebrity Chef Bobby Bognar (of TV's "Food Tech" fame) and his wife Chef Mayet Cristobel are preparing a multiple course family style meal featuring lots of seafood at Bobby's place, "The Point" in Culver City (LA).

The name of the dinner is the Max Oyster Popup and takes place on July 26, 7mp.

Says Bobby,

"We have 60 seats available, all at 7pm on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Reservations required. $50 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax, and tip. To make reservations, please email the name of the party, number in the party, and a cell phone number to us '', and we will confirm."

The menu is quite tantalizing:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bastille Day Weekend Popup Dinners at Rigolo

IN HONOR OF BASTILLE DAY (Monday July 14), TasteTV has partnered with Rigolo Cafe in San Francisco for a special Prix Fixe menu promotion for 2.

This is good for Saturday July 12th through Monday July 14th 
"Bastille Day Weekend Popup Dinners at Rigolopresented by  TasteTV"

4 Course Meal - $40 for 2 persons

Course 1: Nouvelle Mixed Green Salade, with Champagne Vinaigrette
Course 2: Cup of Soupe du Jour
Course 3: Choice between Entrees - 
  • A) Steaks Frites - 
  • Cast iron grilled hangar steak with pomme frites 
  • B) Roasted Chicken - 
  • All natural 1/2 roasted chicken with truffle mashed potatoes, haricots verts and garlic jus
  • C) Seared Salmon - 
  • Served with crispy polenta cakes, roasted vegetables and beurre blanc
  • D) Ratatouille - Classic French vegetable stew with with crispy polenta cakes
Course 4: "Let them Eat Cake" Warm Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

PLUS: 1 Complimentary Glass of Wine (white or red) per person

Note: Must be over 21 for glass of wine. No menu substitutions. No refunds for non-use after dates of promotion have expired. 

To reserve this package, go here 

Rigolo Cafe
3465 California Street 
(in Laurel Village) 
San Francisco, CA 94118 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Puerto Rican Popup Restaurant in Seattle

Sofrito Rico POP UP

Sunday, Jul 20 5:30pm
Where: Island Soul
4869 Rainier Ave. South, Seattle, WA, 98118

Puerto Rican Popup includes 3 course meal created by Michael William Figueroa, owner and chef of Sofrito Rico.

Aperitivo/Appetizer: Camarones en Escabeche (pickled blanched prawn with red onions, red bell pepper, garlic, olive oil, lime juice, spanish olives, capers.) with Mofongo (fried plantain with pork crackling and garlic.)

A Shot Of Soup

Plato principal/Main Dish: Your choice of a Tamarind Rum Glazed pork chop or an adobe (puerto rican seasoning ;) Salmon and Grilled onions. Served with arroz y habichuelas white rice and red kidney beans.

Dessert: Vanilla, Hennessy Flan

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Recap on FT. Article: Pop-up developments boost Moscow’s property market

A very interesting article appeared recently in the Financial Times (, about how in Moscow they are using the presence of pop-up art galleries and museums in building to enough "chic" to sell high end condos.

Per the article, written by Gisela Williams:

"From the taxi, glowing in the Moscow skyline, there is a light in the darkness: the words Door 19 written large in neon on the top of a five-storey brick compound. At a two-building complex still under construction, visitors give their names to the first of two bulky doormen. Ushered into an elevator, they are taken to the top floor where they are confronted by a strange human-like sculpture with the face of a weasel. Eventually, they enter a sprawling industrial-style penthouse with stunning views of the city. The brick walls are covered in graffiti sprayed by one of the city’s best-known street artists, Zhenya Ozzik, and the room showcases an eclectic mix of industrial chandeliers and vintage furniture. 
Over the past two months, many of Moscow’s oligarchs, art collectors and curious food lovers have filled this soaring loft to eat at Door 19, a pop-up dinner series. Each week a different pair of international star chefs, from Paco Morales to Sebastian Mazzola, took over the kitchen and served four courses each. Award-winning mixologists, many from London, served speciality cocktails.  
Door 19 was not just a successful pop-up restaurant and the man behind the project is not a restaurateur but a real estate developer. Andrey Grinev owns the sprawling top-floor loft in which the temporary restaurant took place, a high-end apartment on the market for $25m."

See the rest of the article here on

Friday, May 2, 2014

ZOETIC Pop-Up Dinner: Vegan Dinner Series in Venice Beach

An upcoming Raw-Vegan Pop-Up Dinner in Venice Beach, CA on May 22nd. This is the first dinner by ZOETIC which was an extremely popular dinner series in Detroit that went by the name of Chartreuse. Only 18 seats are available for this dinner.

Zoetic Supperclub
ZOETIC - formerly known as Chartreuse - a wildly popular vegan pop-up dinner series in Detroit heads to Los Angeles by way of Chef Corinne Rice. Zoetic will offer a 4-course meal and live music at various locations throughout Los Angeles. All dinners will include locally sourced ingredients specific to the region. The first Los Angeles event will be held on Thursday, May 22nd at the G2 Gallery in Venice Beach. Only 18 seats are available for this dinner so don't hesitate. 

If this date doesn't fit into your schedule, tickets are on sale for the July 26th dinner at C.A.V.E. Gallery.

firstpurple carrots. peas. brussel chips. avocado cream. mint. basil. black sesame foam   
second | hazelnut chaga cream soup. ginger harissa oil. pickled chamomile. nasturcium. 
third | brassicas. saffron coconut curry. cilantro pesto. grapes. 
fourth | Mexican red velvet custard. pistachio pastry. reishi chocolate sauce. smoked salt 

Beverages  filtered water, BYOW

What: ZOETIC Pop-Up Dinner
Where: G2 Gallery - 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach, CA 90291
When: Thursday, May 22nd, 8pm
Tickets: Only 18 seats available. Get your seat here.

About Corinne Rice

Corinne Rice graduated from Matthew Kenney Academy, deemed one of the best raw culinary schools in the world. She started Chartreuse- a traveling, raw-vegan restaurant in February of 2012. With Chartreuse, she popped up all over the city of Detroit at art galleries, historical buildings, and urban farms. The dinners featured local artists and live music, and the menus (all four course, organic, mostly heirloom, and soy and gluten free) were all different and completely based around what produce was available from urban farms within Detroit's city limits. In Detroit, Corinne is a local celebrity. She has prepared six-course meals for up to 75 people at a time and was the executive chef for David "Avocado" Wolf's birthday dinner in 2011. During the spring of 2013, Rice relocated to Venice, CA, where she started ZOETIC, a spin-off of Chartreuse. 

In the kitchen, Corinne prepares organic, plant-based fare with a focus on sourcing locally and creating seasonal dishes. She uses only the finest quality ingredients that are gluten- and soy-free, and whenever possible she uses heirloom varieties. She believes in taking care of our bodies now, by nourishing them with the foods and herbs they need, so that each and every body will be able to live a long, healthy life- one that is filled with joy and happiness.


Thursday, May 1, 2014



MAY 3, 2014
11:00AM - 3:00PM

415 931-7433

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Upcoming: Wander, Bolete, and Zou Bisou Bisou Pop-Up Dinners

Popup Event news via our friends at

Wander Pop-Up Dinner w/ Chef Dante Cecchini
Tuesday, April 29 6pm, 8:30pm
Hillside Supper Club (300 Precita Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States)

"Chef Dante Nicholas Cecchini of Mission Bay’s Marlowe, listed by SF Gate as one of the “Rising Star Chefs” of 2014, presents this four course tasting menu pop-up at the Hillside Supper Club."

Bolete Pop-up Dinner w/ Chef Aaron Martinez
Monday, April 28 5:30pm, 8:30pm
20th Century Cafe (198 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA, United States)

"Chef Aaron Martinez of Oakland’s Michelin starred Commis presents this five course pop-up dinner at 20th Century Cafe. Martinez is one of the rising stars of local cuisine: before making his way over the East Bay, the chef cut his chops at Quince, Addison in San Diego, and Belgium’s In de Wulf."

Zou Bisou Bisou: A French & Vietnamese Pop-Up Dinner
Friday, May 2 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Bicycle Banh Mi Pop-Up (1555 Burke Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States)

"The mother and daughter team behind Bicycle Bánh Mì are teaming up with Lotus Eater SF for this one night only pop-up dinner in the Bayview."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Upcoming: Taiwanese Pop-Up Dinner event with Seattle True Foodies

Meetup Group Seattle True Foodies will be attending a Taiwanese Pop-Up Dinner event. More details about the event and the Meetup group here.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
6:00 PM

Bloom Restaurant
5410 17th Ave Nw, Seattle, WA

Description (per Organizer):
Pop-up restaurants make a debut at some local establishments. These one-night-stand restaurants take the cuisine in a decidedly different direction than what you usually would find at the address. The plating is less fussy, the cooking more like your grandma's.

Our very own event organizer Olive also happens to be a very talented chef, as some members have tasted her wonderful dishes during many potluck meals. Her style of cuisine is modern International with an Asian twist. Recently, she decided to further develop her culinary passion from "CookingDolls":  a private chef service and invitation only Dining Club.  And now we're pleased to announce that she is hosting her first ever pop-up dinner event!

Cooking Dolls Pop-Up Dinner at Bloom Restaurant in Seattle (Ballard)

Signature Dishes of Taiwan

"Come enjoy an evening exploring the delightful tastes of Taiwan, served with a modern twist. I would like to share some very-close-to-my heart family recipes with you, many from my childhood. "


Liang Mein 
Chilled noodles with sesame dressing served with spicy fresh pickled cucumbers

Senbeiji (Three Cup Chicken)
Diced organic chicken, sautéed in sesame oil, glazed with caramelized ginger, rice wine, soy sauce, and fresh basil

Taiwanese-style Risotto
Savory shrimp and scallop sauce, combined with finely minced Shitake mushroom, shallot, and fresh garlic. Mixed with sweet rice and steamed with bamboo leaves. Topped with crispy taro root

Classic Luffa
Stir-fried Luffa, with garlic oil, crispy shallot, scallion and a hint of fermented tofu


Tropical Fruit Panna-Cotta - Made with fresh mango and coconut cream. Topped with watermelon, pineapple and mint salsa

Beverages (alcoholic and not alcoholic) are being sold separately by Bloom Restaurant. Participants will be ask to pay Bloom separately at the end of the event

Presented by Cooking Dolls

Your RSVP spot is not guaranteed unless you purchase a ticket from Brown Paper Tickets. Here is a link to the event:

The price for this multi-course dinner is $40.00 ($42.39 w/service fee).