Secession Art & Design’s Victorious Re-Opening Party Happens Thursday Eve

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If you’re a fan of Secession Art & Design you probably know the basic story. If you’re not a fan of  Secession Art & Design, well, here’s why you should be…

Secession Art & Design is a creative atelier founded a few years ago by owner Eden Stein. For many moons, Secession was located on Bernal’s stretch of Mission Street, just across from our Taoist Safeway. During that time, founder and owner/impresario Eden carved out a terrific niche for Session, seamlessly combining art, fashion, home decor, and resident-artist workshops to create a storefront that won four San Francisco Bay Guardian “Best of the Bay” awards for Best Art Gallery (before the SFBG itself disappeared). Eden also became a core member of the Mission Bernal Merchant Association.

Then Secession’a landlord decided not to renew the lease. After much scrambling, negotiating, and anxiety, Eden managed to find an even better space just a few blocks north — and still in Bernal!!— inside the former SoCha Cafe/former Dell’uva Wine Bar location at 3235 Mission @ Valencia. Then came the stressful  renovation, and redecorating, and rethinking. And now, finally, Secession Art & Design is ready for its grand re-opening: Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 5, at 6:30 pm.

Eden says:

3235 Mission is officially open on Thursday, February 5. Join us 6:30-9:30pm for a welcoming party and thank-you to everyone who helped us dream big. Celebrate with us with champagne – cheers to new beginnings!

Our new gallery and boutique has 30 feet of clothing, a showcase of locally-made jewelry, and over 250 pieces of art hung. Our current art collection features Silvi Alcivar, Shannon Weber, Hilary Williams, Melissa Wagner, Rachel Znerold, Heather Robinson, Rob Sakovich, Faern, Bughouse, Mark Brunner, Andrzej Michael Karwacki, Victoria Veedell and Nate 1.

Our doors closed at our old location last Christmas Eve. I thought we would quickly be able to re-open, but opening a new location in San Francisco requires time, patience and jumping through a lot of hoops. My team has met every challenge, and we kept our heads high when inspections went south. We passed plumbing and electrical on Friday, and passed our final inspection Monday with flying colors. We spent the month of January perfecting the look of the store while we waited for the city of San Francisco to let us open. So much fun, and I’m thankful to have a contractor who could make every whim a reality. This truly is my dream store, and I look forward to reconnection.

Our new gallery and boutique will be open our regular hours, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 7pm, starting on Friday, February 6.

XO Eden and the Secession team

PHOTO:Eden Stein on Feb 4, 2015, by Telstar Logistics

Saturday: An Anniversary Celebration for Bernal’s Beautiful Public Library

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It’s been a long and at times arduous road. But today, the renovations are done, the new murals are complete, and Bernal Heights now has a stone-cold sexy public library to carry us into the twenty-first century.

That’s cause for celebration.

So let’s celebrate! The Bernal Heights Branch is having a 5th Anniversary bash on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 2 – 4 pm, and you’re on the guest list:

Please join Bernal Heights Branch and Bernal Library Art Project for a celebration of our branch’s renovation and the mural project completion. We will congratulate the mural team and enjoy music, crafts, legos and refreshments.  Long-time Bernal resident Michael Govea and Los Compas will perform from their repertoire of Latin salsa music.

When: Saturday, 1/24/2015, 2:00 – 4:00
Where: Bernal Heights Meeting Room
Bernal Heights, 500 Cortland Avenue

5 year_tabloidPHOTOS: Top, Telstar Logistics. Below, courtesy of Bernal Library Mural Project

 

Monday Night: Come Celebrate Hillside Supper Club’s Second Anniversary

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Has it been two years already?  Because it seems like just yesterday that the Hillside Supper Club crew was wandering around the Mission District in pop-up mode, dreaming of one day opening up a restaurant of their very own in Bernal Heights.

They did it, of course — inside the former sad Italian restaurant (and former rowdy hippy biker bar) on the southwest corner of Precita Park.

So on Monday, January 19, Hillside Supper Club is celebrating its second anniversary, and Chef Tony Ferrari writes to say he hopes you’ll drop by after 9:30 to celebrate:

Want to shoot over some details about our second anniversary dinner/party. We’re having a special reservation-only dinner earlier in the evening — but its already sold out.

After dinner is over (I’m guessing around 9-930ish) we will open up to the public and welcome everyone to celebrate the rest of the night with complementary sparking wine, five dollar draft beers, and seven dollar glasses of wine.

We again want to thank all of our friends, family, neighbors, guests, bernal heights, and industry folk for supporting us and allowing us to do what we love most: feeding people. We have come a long way and don’t plan on stopping any time soon. We are honored and grateful to be apart of it all.

We look forward to celebrating with everyone!

PS: Our limited poster was screen printed by hand with Jon Fischer, and we will be giving them out during the night.

Separately (though not surprisingly) none other than The Michael Bauer, eminent food critic for the SF Chronicle, recently revealed that Hillside Supper Club makes some of his favorite pot pies in town.

Your Bernalwood editor is no The Michael Bauer, but I did dine at Hillside Supper Club on Friday night, and I did order the very same venison pot pie described below. So I can indeed confirm: It is extremely delicious:

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Saturday: Join the Volunteer Effort to Clean Up that City-Owned Lot on Ellsworth

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Remember that squalid-ass patch of City-owned land at the top of Ellsworth near the summit of Bernal Hill? The lot teeming with overgrown plants and assorted organic yuck? After Bernalwood wrote about it, several lazy hard-hitting local TV news crews stole the story without attribution followed-up on Bernal neighbors’ concerns, so the neglected lot is now getting some love.

Tomorrow, Saturday, January 17,  from 9 am to noon there will be a volunteer effort to clean up the spot and make it unyucky, and you’re invited:

Join your neighbors and San Francisco Public Works to help spruce and prune the lot at Bernal Heights and Ellsworth. Please wear work clothing and closed toe shoes.

DPW staff will provide tools, gloves, mulch, and other supplies to the work day. Call 415-641-2637 to RSVP or with any questions.

UPDATE: In the comments, bernalkc makes a clarification:

Incomplete reporting here!

After you wrote this, a city crew of four spent a rainy day cleaning up the lot. They did a decent first cut at excavating a lot of the overgrowth. Another round of work on the lot will be useful. But give credit to the city for responding to the heat applied here and by the media.

Thank you bernalkc, and thank you All-Weather, All-Terrain City Workers!

Sunday: “Cry Baby’s Brunch Pop-Up” at PizzaHacker on Mission

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This Sunday, December 21, local chef Risa Lichtman is reprising her tasty pop-up brunch extravaganza inside the PizzaHacker on Mission Street. Chef Risa says:

I’m excited to bring Cry Baby’s Brunch Pop-Up back to Bernal! Our first installment was a great success, with delicious food, lovely people, and a packed house in our host shop, the PizzaHacker. Come join us again for another seasonal brunch featuring local produce & breads. Bring your friends & family, or come on your own..you won’t regret it either way!

Some favorite menu items include:

Lonely Mountain Egg Sandwich (add crispy prosciutto) – with a fried farm egg, arugula, fresh chevre, calabrian chili aioli, Arizmendi english muffin. side of greens.

Polenta Breakfast Bowl – with a poached farm egg, cheesy polenta, varietal winter squash, dino kale, and salsa verde.

The Cure – a pizza braid filled with fluffy farm eggs, pecorino, prosciutto, sweet ‘n sour chili sauce and a side of greens.

Cry Baby’s Brunch Pop-Up
Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 10:30am – 2pm
at PizzaHacker, 3299 Mission St (at 29th Street)
*Cash only!

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Cry Baby’s Brunch Pop-Up

Bernal Neighbor Creates Redeeming Recipe for Kugel

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The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time for seasonal holiday foods, like gingerbread, and fruitcake, and (for our Jewish friends) kugel.

What’s kugel? The Wikipedia sayeth:

Kugel (קוגל kugl, pronounced IPA: [ˈkʊɡl̩]) is a baked pudding or casserole, similar to a pie, most commonly made from egg noodles (Lokshen kugel) or potato. It is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish.

Kugel is basically a sweet noodle dish, but what the Wikipedia fails to mention is that many contemporary Jews don’t really like kugel all that much… because it’s a sweet noodle dish.

Enter Bernal neighbor Julia Weber from Joy Street. Neighbor Julia is on a mission to redeem kugel for the 21st century. Neighbor Julia’s kugel with apricot nectar (recipe right here) — which comes from a recipe created by Rachel Breuer in the Excelsior — was recently discovered by the foodie scouts from The Food Network magazine, which also gave her contributions to the kugel arts a special shout out in the December 2014 issue:

Kugel seems to be the underdog of Hanukkah staples: Everyone talks about latkes and jelly doughnuts this time of year, but few people seem to give the traditional noodle casserole a second thought, until the Kugel Nosh Down came along. Friends Rebecca Weiner and Julia Weber dreamed up the cook-off two years ago, and they have launched a full-on kugel craze in San Francisco.

Want a taste? Neighbor Julia invites you to the 2014 Kugel Nosh Down this weekend to benefit the religious school at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. Get your tickets here:

2nd Annual Kugel Nosh Down – Sunday, December 14, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m

Join us for an afternoon of kugel sampling and fun! Competitors will show off their skills with savory and sweet kugel samples. Prizes will be awarded! Help us choose the most delicious kugel and join family and friends while raising money for Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer, our fabulous Shabbat and Hebrew school for kids K-8!

Here’s the plan for the afternoon

3:00 p.m. Tasting begins with kugel, drinks, additional fabulous snacks, and more (entertaining surprises await!)
4:15 p.m. Voting concludes
4:45 p.m. Prizes awarded
5:00 p.m. More kugel tasting and event wrap up

Want to enter your delicioius kugel? Questions?Contact us at kugelnoshdown@gmail.com

Adults: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Kids under 12, $5.00
Please note: $12.50 of each adult ticket may be tax-deductible.

Location:
Congregation Sha’ar Zahav
290 Dolores (at 16th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103

PHOTO: Neighbor Julia’s Kugel with Apricot Nectar via The Food Network

TONIGHT: Jazz, Kid Fun, and Cookies at the 2014 Bernal Library Winter Festival

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The Bernal Heights Public Library is a genuine hub of awesome throughout the year, but tonight the library is hosting a seasonal festival that celebrates music, kids, and tasty food. Library manager Valerie Reichert tells us:

Please join us for our annual celebration! The evening features the awesome Bernal Jazz Quartet playing seasonal selections, holiday craft making in the children’s room AND A COOKIE CONTEST & RECIPE SWAP! Bring your favorite cookies with recipe, and maybe YOU will get a blue ribbon!

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10TH FROM 6-8:30 PM
Information: 355-5610
For all ages!

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PHOTO: Telstar Logistics