Sharon Ardiana has got a Christmas Eve dish for you

Courtesy photoSharon Ardiana

Courtesy photoSharon Ardiana

Holiday home cooking

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

Sharon Ardiana

Chef-owner, Gialina and Ragazza

The dish: Cappelletti in Brodo

The source: Recipe that has been in the family forever

The secret ingredient: Parmigiano Reggiano and love

“This dish, from Reggio Emilia, is served on Christmas Eve. The cappelletti are filled with a meat-and-cheese mixture, cooked in chicken broth and then lavished with Parmigiano Reggiano. My mom, 92, is a perfectionist. The brodo needs to be rich and the ‘caplets’ thumbnail size. It is truly a labor of love and we all fight for leftovers!”

Who’s in town

Soprano Lisa Vroman appears in “’Twas the Night,” a concert of carols and other holiday songs presented by the San Francisco Symphony. Featured artists also include tenor David Burnham, organist Robert Huw Morgan and pianist Joan Cifarelli. [7 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Contemporary Jewish Museum: A special edition of the CJM’s RitLab series features Hanukkah- and Houdini-inspired activities. Musical guests: Conspiracy of Beards. [6 to 8 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

De Young Museum: Exhibits include “Masters of Venice,” “Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks” and “The Art of the Anatolian Kilim: Highlights From the McCoy Jones Collection.” [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Poetry series: Readers Cafe & Bookstore welcomes poets Tony Dingman and Giancarlo Campagna. Jack Hirschman, San Francisco Poet Laureate emeritus, hosts the session. [6:30 p.m., Readers Cafe, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


‘Holiday Lights’: The tour, presented by On the Level San Francisco, explores downtown San Francisco and all that glitters at this time of year. [5 p.m., Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., S.F.; details/RSVP:]

Ferry Building: San Francisco City Guides hosts a tour exploring San Francisco’s Ferry Building and its rise, fall and modern rebirth. [Noon; meet at foot of stairs at main entrance, Market Street and the Embarcadero, S.F.]

Public libraries

‘Thursdays @ Noon Films’: The program features a screening of the documentary “Keeping Score: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.” A symphony performance follows. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Vocalist and organist: Jazz and blues vocalist Kim Nalley, joined by organist Tammy Hall, performs “A Gospel Christmas,” a concert of popular holiday songs. [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Solo comedy: Comedian, satirist and performer Will Franken presents “Dieter und Sheila at the San Francisco International Youth Hostel,” a one-man, multicharacter stage comedy. [9:30 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Holiday sitcom: “The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes” features four drag personalities performing two actual episodes of the ’80s sitcom. Today’s guest star: showbiz reporter Jan Wahl. [8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

Musical spoof: “Xanadu” continues at the New Conservatory Theatre. A muse from Olympus arrives in California to inspire a struggling artist to create a roller disco in this spoof of the 1980 musical film. [8 p.m., 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Menorah lighting: The lighting of the third candle of the Bill Graham Menorah takes place in Union Square, in celebration of Hanukkah. [5 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

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