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LimsterFest: Sign-up for the Celebration!

Melanie Wong | Apr 30, 200206:24 PM

Our good friend and ever so intrepid chowhound, Limster, will be leaving us in June to relocate to the Boston area. He’s making his last round of chow stops to savor the taste of the San Francisco Bay Area’s unique culinary delights. Some who have had the pleasure of exploring the chow roads with the Limster have organized a dozen chowdowns so that fans of his chow accounts can share his company at the table and say “good-bye” in person. In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the SF Chowhound community, a month-long celebration (May 9 to June 11), LimsterFest, is dedicated to his honor to express our gratitude. Come join us to give the Limster a great send-off in Bay Area style!

To sign up for individual events, please email the hosting organizer listed for each outing and more details will be provided. Keep in mind that space is limited.

Even though not all events are organized as fundraisers, participants are encouraged to make a voluntary financial contribution to Chowhound, Inc. in appreciation for opportunities created for fellowship like this and the work of the many volunteers who have pulled the LimsterFest together. If you would like to make a contribution, the organizer at your event will collect and forward the funds to Chowhound. And, you can sign-up today for a ChowNews subscription to qualify for the subscriber-only events.

Let the chowing begin!

***The LimsterFest is a private, volunteer assisted event. No agency relationship,
express or implied exists between any parties and Chowhound, Inc. This is not a Chowhound, Inc. sponsored event.***

Thursday, May 9 - 6:30pm - Hama-ko, SF. Omakase dinner at the Limster’s favorite sushi bar, details may be found at

Tuesday, May 14, 6:30pm - Postino,, Lafayette (ChowNews 2/8). Limster explores fine chow on the other side of the tunnel. Just back from her celebrated culinary performance in New York for the James Beard Foundation, Chowhound friend and Executive Chef, Cat Cora will whip up a special selection for the Limster’s send-off. (Budget $50, plus an Italian wine contribution. Jennifer Fish Wilson:

Thursday, May 16, 8pm - Great China,2115 Kittredge, (510) 843-7996, Berkeley. Limster’s heard the raves, now it’s his turn to taste for himself. A Peking duck-a-rama and feast of special dishes from northern China to soothe the Limster’s cravings for traditional, regional Chinese cuisine. (Budget ~$20 for food. Bring a bottle of wine to share if you like - corkage is $6. Tingting:

Saturday, May 18, 11:30am - South Bay ChowTour. Expand your horizons when we whisk the Limster out of the City for an intrepid field trip to the hidden treasures of San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. Point the chowmobiles towards Silicon Valley for an authentic Sichuan luncheon, then hit the highlights of Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese food districts, followed by a shopping expedition to the newest Asian retail center, and a 10-course Cantonese banquet. LIMITED TO CHOWNEWS SUBSCRIBERS. (Lambert Yim:

Thursday, May 23, 6:45 - Baywolf,, Oakland. Join the Limster for an intimate evening as he wraps up his pilgrimage to the East Bay holy trinity at this California original. May’s menu is “celebrating the north of Italy.” (Budget $45, plus a wine contribution. Corkage is $15. Celery:

Saturday, May 25, 11:00am – Victorians ‘n’ Chow. Limster takes a lesson in the unique architectural style and cuisine of Old San Francisco. A progressive lunch (five stops) and walking tour sampling the finest painted ladies and chow favorites in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights and Fillmore District. LIMITED TO CHOWNEWS SUBSCRIBERS. (Joel:

Sunday, May 26, 6pm – The Great San Francisco Pizza Debate and North Beach Stroll, Tommaso Ristorante, SF. Limster says good-bye to North Beach and sets his sights on Boston’s North End. Weigh in on what’s right and wrong with Tommaso and other San Francisco pizzas, then stroll through North Beach to a dessert destination. (Budget $30+ per person. Rochelle McCune:

Thursday, May 30, 7:30pm - Kirin, 6135 Geary (between 25th & 26th), SF. Kick back with the Limster for a casual meal as he says “zai jian” to the Richmond district’s favorite Chinese restaurants. A family-style dinner of Cantonese home cooking and a tasting of fine German Rieslings. (Budget ~ $20, plus a good will contribution to Chowhound. Melanie Wong:

Saturday, June 1, 6:30pm - Dasaprakash,, Santa Clara (ChowNews 2/15). The best South Indian restaurant on this continent? Only your tastebuds will know for sure. Share a lasting taste memory of masala dosa and spicy complex vegetarian specialties as the Limster takes his leave. (Budget $20-25, plus beverages. Pia Ramos:

Tuesday, June 4, 8pm - Alma, 1101 Valencia @ 22nd, 415-401-8959, SF (ChowNews 1/18). Stand back as the Limster dives into a sampler plate of special ceviches! Enjoy Johnny Almilla's Nuevo Latino cooking and offer a fond “adios” to one of San Francisco’s favorite chowhounds. (Budget $25-35, plus corkage. BYOB. Rochelle:

Thursday, June 6, 8pm - Alborz, 1245 Van Ness Ave., 415-440-432, SF (ChowNews 1/11). A magic carpet ride to taste and share the mysteries of Persia with the Limster. Hear firsthand how he ranks the Bay Area’s Persian offerings. (Budget $40 per person. Fatemeh Khatibloo:

Tuesday, June 11, 7pm – Panchita’s #3, 3115 22nd St. (between South Van Ness and Mission), SF. A little salsa beat, Limster, before it’s “hasta la vista” time? Revel in the Latin diversity of the Mission with pupusas and other Salvadoran specialties from a Chowhound favorite. (Budget $15-25. Rochelle McCune:



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