Foreign Cinema

Stars will shine again for a night, in all of its opulent democracy

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


Twenty-nine dinner services from now, Foreign Cinema becomes Stars for one night.

Stars, the quintessential American brasserie of the 80’s and 90’s, was a watering hole for politico; home to the stars of opera, film and dance; and a classroom for young cooks, future restaurateurs, writers, artists.

“Nutcracker” performances, birthdays for mums, author signings — you name it, and Stars on Redwood Alley became our home away from home. Impromptu nights out, anniversaries, legal wins, and all civic celebrations triggered a visit. Stars was the place to consume good food, expensive Champagnes, caviar, truffles, and the place to view life itself in motion.

You could stumble in on a humble Wednesday night and see Julia Child checking out the visible grill in action while she glided across the dining room,  speaking nonchalantly to guests as she passed their tables on the way back to her own. Somehow, opulence became democratic, as anyone could alternatively get a spot at the bar, eat a hot dog, and savor an ice-cold draft beer.

At Stars, one felt as if all things were possible, if only for 90 minutes.

On Thursday, November 7, we celebrate the time, the style, and the master chef himself, Jeremiah Tower, to benefit The James Beard Foundation. Jeremiah will grace Foreign Cinema with his presence. Also in attendance that night will be other incredible Bay Area chefs, once aligned with Stars, and now leaders in the culinaria of San Francisco: Emily Luchetti, Loretta Keller, Dominique Crenn, Wendy Bruker, Bruce Hill and many more.

Creating a collaborative Stars menu with this American master is purely a gift, as inspiration is vital fuel for chefs like me. On the lifelong quintessential journey for stimulus, we are ultimate students, maintaining and mining that childlike curiosity that life tends to mute and mitigate as we age.

Connecting with Jeremiah Tower on this intimate level — writing a long distance menu via emails, photographic images, and Facebook — is beyond words in this text. Jeremiah is a fascinating writer, possessing an incredible palate, sense of balance, sagacious propriety, witty humor, and deep humanity.

Our concept for the evening is a selfish bucket list, really; to have Jeremiah, the Grand Master, back in the house, and where we transform the joint into a nostalgic reincarnation of a beloved and seminal location in the history of the formation of California cuisine … whatever California cuisine means. You decide.

Overall, the night is open to the public, with an a gorgeous la carte menu and bar menu — opulent democracy for all.





Food Guru pays a visit to Foreign Cinema.

Friday, May 3rd, 2013


Our friends over at Food Guru came in for an interview with Chef Gayle Pirie. They have produced a wonderful video that showcases the Foreign Cinema experience. Enjoy!





Winter into Spring

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013


With the transition of Winter into Spring comes new flavors and colors here at Foreign Cinema. From ramps to fava beans to asparagus, we are enjoying our farm to table bounty!





2nd grade field trip

Monday, February 11th, 2013


Foreign Cinema had the privilege of hosting Room 201’s 2nd Grade public school class this month. The adventurous kids (and Moms) were inspired to try new flavors, and encouraged to create their own combinations. From oysters to fresh juices and pasta – we learned the importance of freshness and farm to table, as well as flexing your palate.

and awakening the senses.





Valentines Day 2012

Monday, February 11th, 2013


The colors and flavors of love were certainly present this February 14th at Foreign Cinema, but then everyday is Valentine’s Day at Foreign Cinema.

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