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Holiday cooking

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

Tim Nugent

Executive pastry chef, Scala’s Bistro

The dish: Mascarpone semifreddo with dulce de leche
The ingredients: Mascarpone made with whipped egg yolks, prosecco, sugar, dulce de leche, tangerines and kumquats
The secret trick: Mascarpone is frozen, a layer of dulce de leche is added, then another layer of mascarpone, and then frozen again, making a “sandwich.”

“The ‘dreamsicle’ was the inspiration for this. I’ve incorporated citrus flavors with the tangerines and kumquats. The dulce de leche is luscious and rich, making a perfect pairing to the simple flavors of the semifreddo and citrus.”

Who’s in town

Standup comic: Tig Notaro — known for numerous TV appearances — performs two shows. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]


Kwanzaa: The Village Project and the Bayview Y present the sixth annual Kwanzaa celebration, in observance of the holiday’s seven principles. Today’s ceremony, held twice, focuses on cooperative economics. [2 p.m. at Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, 1050 McAllister St.; 6 p.m. at Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center, 650 Capitol Ave., S.F.]


Local doc screening: “Children of the Cockettes” investigates the resurgence of glam-gender performances and theater of the ridiculous in contemporary San Francisco. [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St. S.F.]

French flicks: Director Jacques Demy’s visually intoxicating film-in-song, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” starring Catherine Deneuve, screens at 3:25 and 7 p.m. on a bill with Jean-Luc Godard’s “A Woman is a Woman” at 5:10 and 8:45 p.m. [429 Castro St., S.F.]

Sci-fi classic: Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey” features a vision of humanity’s trajectory beginning with primates’ first use of tools, ending with human inquiry into the cosmos. [7 p.m., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third 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.]

Market Street tour: San Francisco City Guides offers “Path of Gold,” which describes the history of The City’s first boulevard, how it was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, and its relevance today. [10 a.m., meet in front of One Market, south side of Market Street between Steuart and Spear streets, S.F.]

Local activities

Blues man: Singer John Németh is reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker; he’s also a virtuoso harmonica player. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Jam band extravaganza: Furthur, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir kick off a three-day New Year’s Eve week engagement. [7:30 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Musical melange: Leftover Salmon fuses bluegrass, Cajun, funk, Southern rock, boogie, Caribbean, Latin and jazz influences. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

DJ/Dance music: Booty Bouncerz premieres a monthly event “Booty Bounce Bungalow” with Boylan from the Ghetto Teknitianz. [10 p.m., Public Works, 61 Erie St. (near Mission and 15th streets), S.F.]

Dining out

Gracias Madre: Chef Carmen Vasquez creates organic, vegan Mexican fare. The quesadillas de calabaza are recommended today. The dish contains butternut squash and caramelized onions folded into tortillas; cashew nacho cheese and pumpkin-seed salsa complete the meal. [2211 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 683-1346]

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