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  1. Celebrity Settings
    Larry David Dines at Grand Café; Glenn Close Hits SpruceThis week in celebrity sightings.
  2. Deals
    Oh, Right. It’s Almost Dine About Town TimeThe semi-annual event kicks off its January leg on the 15th.
  3. Booze You Can Use
    Gin Is In: Hendrick’s Throws Another Party Tonight; St. George DoesThe St. George event actually features more than just gin.
  4. Oeno-File
    Spruce Now Has a Fancy SommelierChris Gaither just passed his Level 3 exam.
  5. Chef Shuffles
    Another Chef Shuffle at SpruceSous chef John Madriaga is getting a promotion.
  6. Chef Shuffles
    Two Chefs and a Year Later, Café Des Amis Gets an OverhaulChef Gordon Drysdale is out.
  7. Neighborhood Watch
    New Chef Takes Helm at Spruce, a New Izakaya Comes to SoMa, and MoreAlso, Mirepoix in Windsor is shuttered for good, and will reopen as a BBQ joint.
  8. Lists
    Spruce, Bix, Dining Room at the Ritz All Dropped from the Chron Top 100Bauer calls the last year “the most exciting” for restaurants “in more than a quarter century,” meaning his entire tenure at the Chronicle. Thus a bunch of restaurants had to fall off the list.
  9. What Willie Wants
    Willie Brown Demands Large-Typeface Menus, No More Amuse-Bouches“Some time ago I raised questions about the testing that goes on with the so-called little treats that restaurants send out. Please give me the option to say yes or no before you show up with them.”
  10. Chef Shuffle
    Cohn Out at Spruce
  11. Lists
    Michelin 2011 Guide Released: Meadowood Rises to Three Stars, Chez PanisseThe Bay Area is abuzz with its new three-star promotion.
  12. Chef Shuffle
    Mark Sullivan Hands Off Exec Chef Reins at Spruce, May Be Looking at a NewSpruce’s chef de cuisine Ben Cohn will be taking over as exec.
  13. Trimmings
    Take a Virtual Tour of Café Des Amis, Opening TonightSan Francisco’s answer to Balthazar is a pretty swank spot.
  14. What to Eat
    What to Eat at Café Des Amis, Opening at Long Last TomorrowAfter a three-year delay, the Spruce team’s new Cow Hollow brasserie makes its debut.
  15. Neighborhood Watch
    Rocketfish Gets Ready for Liftoff, Café Des Amis to Debut Tout de Suite,Also, Zeitgeist gets bathrooms, and Slow comes to Berkeley.
  16. Deals
    Blackboard Eats, a New Restaurant Deal Tracker, Launches In S.F.The new exclusive deal service is giving away a 30% off coupon code for SPQR today.
  17. Video Feed
    Take a Look Inside Spruce’s Second Location in Park City
  18. Foodievents
    What We’re All Missing at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine FestA legion of celebrity chefs descend on the resort town this weekend along with a bunch of wine makers and all those who could afford tickets.
  19. Booze You Can Use
    Bartenders Debate Whether Vodka Deserves Their HatePeople still love their vodka, but many local bartenders have been trying mightily to make them stop.
  20. Endangered
    Bacchus Walks Away From Aqua DealCould the venerable seafood restaurant may be nearing its end?
  21. Back of the House
    Bacchus Group Acquires Aqua
  22. Lists
    Maxim’s 2009 Food AwardsThe lad mag presents their annual round up of favorite eats around the country.
  23. User’s Guide
    The Burger Register: San Francisco’s 22 Most Notable BurgersAdmire 25 of the city’s most important hamburgers, right here in one place.