Contigo chef Brett Emerson likes his waffles the healthy way

Courtesy photoContigo chef Brett Emerson learned his healthy waffles recipe from his mother

Holiday home cooking

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

<h2>Brett Emerson

Chef and co-owner, Contigo

The dish: Healthy waffles

The source: Mom’s recipe

The secret ingredient: All-Bran cereal

“When I was a child, my late mother always snuck wholesome ingredients into our food to make it more nutritious. These ‘healthy’ waffles were what I requested on holidays and my birthday. They remain my favorite waffles. My wife Elan and I will continue the tradition when our 4-month-old daughter grows up.”

Who’s in town

Woody Allen: The noted film director and clarinet player appears with his New Orleans Jazz Band. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]  


Kwanzaa: The Bayview YMCA and the San Francisco Public Library present their sixth annual Kwanzaa celebration, in observance of the holiday’s seven principles. Today’s ceremony focuses on collective work and responsibility. [3 to 6 p.m., Bayview Hunters Point YMCA, 1601 Lane St. (at Revere Avenue), S.F.]


Docent tours: One-hour tours providing a close view of “Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna” are offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Sculpture and more: More than 100 works representing Auguste Rodin’s effect on a generation of American artists are on view at the Cantor Arts Center through Sunday in “Rodin and America: Influence and Adaptation 1876–1936.” [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University]


Plant life: The San Francisco Botanical Garden — which features more than 8,000 kinds of plants from around the world — offers free admission to San Francisco residents with ID. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Get outside: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy hosts a session in which volunteers help with vegetation management and site improvements throughout the Sutro district and along The City’s shoreline; visit for details. [9 a.m. to noon, Sutro Heights Park, meet at gate by lion statues across from Merrie Way parking lot, S.F.]

At the public library

Documentary: The film “Blau Jeans” explores  the impact of American popular culture on Berlin and Germany’s love-hate relationship with all things American; a Q-and-A session with director Meaghan Kimball follows the screening.  [6 p.m. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F. ]

Local activities

Sweet sounds: Vocalist Kim Nalley and saxophonist Houston Person continue their six-night engagement titled “A Soulful Jazz New Year.” [8 p.m., Rrrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Musical double bill: The Castro screens two Gene Kelly greats: “Singin’ in the Rain” — arguably the best movie musical of all time — at 2:55 and 7 p.m. “On the Town” rounds out the program at 1, 5 and 9:05 p.m. [429 Castro St., S.F.]

Fun alt-indie rock: Frontman David Lowery plays in a Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven double bill. [8 p.m., The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Soulful vocals: Tia Carroll — who has been named Traditional Blues Woman of the Year, Band Leader of the Year and Female Blues Vocalist of the Year — appears in concert. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

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.]

Dining out

Umami: The izakaya-style tavern serves Japanese cuisine, and Sumo Hour ($5 sushi rolls from 5:30 to 7 p.m.) is highlighted today. Sushi chef Akira Yoshizumi’s creations include the California roll (snow crab, avocado, cucumber tobiko), the New York roll (shrimp, avocado, cucumber) and the Rock ‘n’ Roll (barbecued eel, avocado, cucumber eel sauce). [2909 Webster St., S.F.; (415) 346-3431]

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