Black kale salad lets winter produce shine

Holiday cooking

The SF Examiner asked notable Bay Area food professionals to share seasonal favorites and dining memories.  

Alicia Jenesh

Executive chef, Grand Café

The dish: Black kale salad
The ingredients: Black kale, heirloom apples, grilled onions, toasted walnuts, Point Reyes blue cheese and whole-grain mustard vinaigrette
The secret trick: Tenderize the kale by brining it in kosher salt for several hours

“I love kale, and this salad. It’s super healthy and is one of the most well-received dishes on my menu. It’s flexible, and allows me to use whatever is in season. Right now I’m doing apples, walnuts and blue cheese. In winter I also do roasted cauliflower, hazelnuts, pickled shallot and goat cheese.”



Food: SF Examiner restaurant critic Patricia Unterman suggests great places to dine in and around The City in 2012. Patrons will find what they love most: innovation, skillful cooking, local ingredients and moderate prices.


Meet Your Mixologist: Evans Horn likes whisky bullets, skeet shooting and taking care of his guests — a perfect fit for lead bartender at Dobbs Ferry, a bistro in Hayes Valley.

On the town

Movie musical: The Castro Theatre opens a four-day engagement screening the participatory “singalong” version of Bernstein and Sondheim’s classic “West Side Story.” [7 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Rockin’ blues: Singer Roach fronts the Los Angeles-based band Cafe R&B. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]



Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Soy nog
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Christmas lima beans
  • Duck a l’orange
  • Kale
  • Oysters
  • Romanesco
  • Winter squash
  • Wreaths



Improvisation fest: Bay Area Theatre Sports (BATS) presents “The Tryptic,” a one-night-only event in which improvisers create a show of three interweaving tales on the spot from audience suggestions. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


New Year’s Eve fiesta: The Latin holiday show features Cuban sonero Fito Reinoso, the Navias, Sukay, Forgona Roupa and Brazilian samba carnaval dancers and drummers. [8:30 p.m., Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., S.F.]

Contemporary opera: Goat Hall productions presents “Fresh Voices XI,” a “new music New Year’s bash” performed in a cabaret-style setting. [10 p.m., 544 Capp Street, S.F.]

Funk and jazz: The Greyboy Allstars featuring Fred Wesley and Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra headline a New Year’s Eve show and party. [9 p.m., The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

A great walk

Nob Hill walking tour: The San Francisco City Guides tour visits rococo palaces of railroad and silver kings, a great cathedral, four prestigious hotels and an exclusive men’s club. [2 p.m., meet at Stanford Court Hotel front entrance, California Street between Powell and Mason streets, S.F.]



Sports and recreation

Ice rinks: Skating is happening at the Embarcadero and Union Square rinks. Sessions (90 minutes) start on every even hour. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]


Irish holiday: “Celtic Yuletide,” starring acclaimed tenor Michael Londra of “Riverdance,” closes its 2½-week run. [2 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., second floor, S.F.]

Beethoven program: The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ben Simon performs a free concert of three works by Beethoven; the featured soloist is violinist Robin Sharp. [3 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto]

New Year’s beats: Brass Tax presents “Supper of Survivors III,” featuring DJs DingDong, JoeJoe, Mace and Ernie, and Jess Stockton along with guests Ethan Miller, Dr. Whiskers and the Tsurata Experience. [4 p.m. until 2 a.m., Public Works, 61 Erie St. (near Mission and 15th streets), S.F.]

Blues time: Earl Thomas and The Blues Ambassadors — a Bay Area band composed of African-American, Middle Eastern, European and Hispanic musicians — performs. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]


European influences: “Anatomy Lessons: Art and the Male Body” — featuring works on paper by William Hogarth and others — is among the exhibitions on view at Cantor Arts Center; admission is free. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University]



Stunts and more: “Yes, Sweet Can” combines a traditional circus with physical theater, dance and live music to create a topsy-turvy world in which anything can happen. [2 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]


Birder field trip: Golden Gate Audubon Society hosts an event for birders at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. [8 to 10:30 a.m., front gate, Ninth Avenue at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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