Thereâ€™s something to be said about living in the upper Tenderloin, an area that sometimes reminds me that I might be living, well, anywhere else other than San Francisco. Not all bad, mind you, but urban grit and diversity at its best. Of course, when I heard about a new place around the corner from my building named â€śHookerâ€™s Sweet Treatsâ€ť (hookerssweettreats.com), I had no idea what to expect when I walked through the door. All I knew, with some certainty, is that Iâ€™d be giving my money to someone and in return would be receiving something sweet and satisfying. Go figure.
Turns out this charming neighborhood coffee and sweet shop is the brainchild of creative entrepreneur David â€śHookerâ€ť Williams. Williams is a good olâ€™ Southern boy from a small town in Louisiana called Bayou Vista. Both his mother and grandmother loved to cook,...
Good, Clean, Fair: Slow Food Arrives
By Teddy Witherington Published: September 4, 2008
Slow Food â€“ The Connection Between Plate & Planet
By Teddy Witherington Published: July 31, 2008
If you like good, clean and fair food, then, like me, you will be agog at the prospect of the largest celebration of American food in history this Labor Day, right here in San Francisco.Founded by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame, Slow Food Nation (a subsidiary non-profit of Slow...
FAT in the Fire: Teddy Valentine Witherington looks forward, somewhat,
By Teddy Witherington Published: February 15, 2007
First, a reminder to support, over the coming Presidentsâ€™ Day Weekend, the amazing work of one of our communityâ€™s most beloved charities. On Thursday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 19, Under One Roof is hosting the 8th Annual Gourmet Food and Wine Sale at the former Tower Records location in...
Fare for the Heart on Feb. 14
By Teddy Witherington Published: February 8, 2007
Teddy Valentine Witherington looks forward to St. Valentineâ€™s Day & Beyond
With Dine About Town month over and San Franciscoâ€™s posh-nosh reverting to regular (higher) prices, I thought it would be timely to tighten the belt financially (if not literally) and bring to the worldâ€™s light another of my dearly departed Aunt Bettyâ€™s recipes.Readers of this column will already be acquainted...
Teddy Valentine Witherington checks out some New Year bargains and a cholesterol reducing cheese
Fortunately, I refrained from over indulging this holiday season on all fronts and so find myself without the need for a food or financial diet, which is a first. Happily, for me, the â€śsalesâ€ť also...
The $1 Supper
By Teddy Witherington Published: December 7, 2006
Seems my comments about Brussels Sprouts (â€śGobble, Gobble, Gobble,â€ť Nov. 16, also available at www.sfbaytimes.com) has lovers of this loathsome vegetable up in arms. I kid you not. I have been accosted and abused by friends, acquaintances and random strangers, bound together to rail against me in defense of their...
Trawling the Web for Spider Pie
By Teddy Witherington Published: November 30, 2006
Teddy Valentine Witherington goes looking for meat on-line and gets caught in the WebFirst off, Dungeness crab season is officially open, and for lovers of shells and claws there are few places better than the Woodhouse Fish Company (â€śWoodhouse Fish Company is Superb,â€ť Oct. 5, also online at www.sfbaytimes.com) at...
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
By Teddy Witherington Published: November 16, 2006
As the nights draw in I have been thinking that it would be a great idea to have a day when we can put aside our differences, break bread with those we love and count our blessings. Some hope. Until then, weâ€™ll just have to make do with Thanksgiving.Thanksgiving is...
Of Ham & Stuffing
By Teddy Witherington Published: November 9, 2006
First off, I was gratified to read recently on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle â€śnewsâ€ť of the Slow Food Movement. Slow food = slow news, I suppose. Readers of this column will recall that yours truly has been writing about the Slow Food Movement for some time...
Teddy Valentine Witherington asks, What Makes A "Gay" Restaurant?
By Teddy Witherington Published: September 21, 2006
When yours truly came out in 1980 in London, England, there really wasnâ€™t a whole lot to choose from in terms of "gay dining." In fact, there was precious little to chose from in terms of dining, period. The first "gay" restaurant I ever visited was a rather camp establishment...
What is Queer Cuisine?
By Teddy Witherington Published: September 7, 2006
So what is a food column doing in an LGBT Newspaper? Whatâ€™s so gay about food? Is there such a thing as a gay restaurant and, if there is, what makes it so? These and other crucial questions weighed heavy on my mind over the Labor Day weekend. Well, like...
Among my culinary influences can be found the extravagantly named Baron Peter Gustav Von Werfelli. â€śThe Baron,â€ť as he was affectionately known, was the landlady of a house infamous in Islington, North London, which was also the centre of a somewhat illegal porn business. In the days of my misspent...
Aunt Bettyâ€™s Gazpacho
By Teddy Witherington Published: July 27, 2006
The recent swelter has found yours truly reaching deep into the refrigerator in search of something cool and refreshing. The best I could find was a rather terrifying vessel filled with a bright green potion, mysteriously called â€śRain.â€ť Talk about global warming â€¦ Anyways, all this got me to thinking...
Aunt Bettyâ€™s Moroccan Lamb
By Teddy Witherington Published: May 25, 2006
Readers of this column will already be acquainted with my Aunt Betty, whose culinary prowess and exotic adventures are the stuff of legend. Aunt Betty would never use a recipe book, relying on memory, invention, and her unrivalled palate to put together epicurean masterpieces.As a budding chef I would assist,...
The Slow Food Movement
By Teddy Witherington Published: February 16, 2006
The next time you rush into KFC or McDonalds, you may wish to pause for thought and consider the impact that the fast food you are about to devour has on the environment and third world cultures. I am a devotee of the Slow Food Movement founded in Italy (where...