Should we schedule a dinner?

Right, so, it’s been almost a year since we hosted a dinner. Time flies!

Jeanne and Dan's weddingIt’s been a crazy year. I got a new job. Six months later, that company got acquired and I had to get ANOTHER new job. We got engaged, and then we got married. And both of us now have pretty intense jobs at pretty intense tech companies.

So we haven’t had a whole lot of free time.

But we both miss Hearsay. It was fun to plan the menus together and test all the wine pairings (ahem, very important research!). Every group that joined us for a meal was unique and interesting, and it was pretty fantastic to watch friendships form between people who probably never would have met otherwise.

J+D at Far West FungiThe question is, do you miss Hearsay too?

Leave a comment if you’d like us to get another dinner on the books. (Hint: we’re almost always willing to schedule something special if you come to us with a full group of 12.)

We’ve toyed with a few new ideas—three courses instead of six, cocktail parties with hors d’oeuvres instead of a sit-down dinner, brunch… if you have strong feelings about any of them, let us know.

Jeanne + Dan

In research mode

So, apologies for being more or less MIA since our May dinner. I joined a new company in June, and we’ve been traveling a lot this summer.

The upside of all the madness? Lots of tasty adventures. We’re super excited to bring all of the inspiration we’re collecting to our dinners in the fall. If you aren’t on our mailing list, you should be… that’s the only way to get an invite. Sign up now!

New year, new plan

We launched Hearsay one year ago with three main goals:

  1. Share lots of amazing food with people whose culinary obsessions rival our own.
  2. Share incredible wine, beer, and cocktail pairings with people whose booze obsessions rival our own.
  3. Justify the purchase of a bunch of fancy kitchen equipment.

I’m happy to report that we’ve nailed #1 and #2. (As for #3… well… it turns out that it’s actually pretty easy to borrow your brother’s Sous Vide Supreme for months at a time.) Joining the table at our dinners–in addition to cooking and serving–has given us a fantastic opportunity to get to know the 100+ guests that have joined us over the past year. It’s also been an amazing education in multi-tasking and appearing calm under pressure, and I’m really glad we chose to do it.

But here’s the thing. As our menus have become more complex and we’ve expanded the size of our dinners, this balancing act has gotten kind of nuts. We agreed from the outset that we’d keep running Hearsay only as long as it’s FUN. So in the interest of keeping our kitchen stress-free, we’re going to change up the structure of our events a bit going forward. Continue reading

Mmmmm, chocolate…

We told you June would be an eat-dessert-first kind of month, and we weren’t kidding. We’ve developed quite a sweet tooth while baking pie pops for this weekend’s SF Food Wars PIE OR DIE Part Deux. That’s why we’re very excited to bring you San Francisco’s first taste of Cocoa Rustica—a new line of 100% cacao whole bean drinking chocolates.

Author, radio host, and adventurer Mark Sommer will join us next Thursday evening for a very special tasting event at Hearsay HQ. Mark spent two years searching for wild cacao in the rainforests of southern Mexico, the headwaters of the Amazon, and the cocoa coast of Brazil, then a full year doing kitchen-counter testing to get his blends just right. The result is Cocoa Rustica—a bold, intense, and complex drinking chocolate experience that takes chocolate back to its source as a whole food, not just a candy.

This tasting will feature drinking chocolates made by top-tier artisanal chocolate makers using beans grown in Madagascar and Venezuela. You’ll have the opportunity to invent your own cup by combining various cocoa varieties with flavorings like coconut palm sugar, chilis, and lemon zest. We’ll sample Cocoa Spirits, which are chocolate liqueurs made from Cocoa Rustica and a variety of liquors and liqueurs, as well as non-alcoholic natural extracts. And because cacao in liquid form combines better with other flavors than just about any other food, we’ll also be serving several desserts for drizzling purposes.

Cocoa Rustica is not yet available in stores and this event is limited to the first 25 RSVPs. Admission is $10. Please reserve your spot on the event’s Facebook page and leave your e-mail address so we can send you the exact address and payment info. Cheers!

We’re taking June off to make PIE


So. After spending the past week hiking volcanos, swooning over gorditas from street vendors, and enjoying muchas margaritas in central Mexico, we’re fully refreshed and ready to get back to business in San Francisco. (Well… almost. But alas.) And we have a bunch of exciting things coming up this summer that you should know about.

First up: PIE. Instead of hosting a meal at Hearsay HQ in June, we’ll be competing in SF Food Wars PIE OR DIE Part Deux–a 20-competitior pie extravaganza that will be held at the Ferry Building on June 12. Look for us at Table 2. We’ll be vying for glory with our curried cranberry cardamom pie pops.

Our next regular monthly dinner will be on Saturday, July 16. We haven’t gotten around to choosing a theme or a menu yet–but if you really trust us or are just that adventurous, you’re welcome to RSVP starting now (cost will be $80 per person). We’ll announce the theme in a week or two and post the announcement on Facebook and Twitter at that point.

BTW, here’s how our process works when we open an event up for reservations. We always send the announcement out to our mailing list first. Reservations and waitlist spots are first-come, first served (we’ll ask you to confirm your reservation by making payment via PayPal). A day or two later, if we still have seats available, we’ll post the invitation on Facebook and Twitter. We typically only have 8 to 12 seats open for each dinner, so being on the waitlist is definitely your best bet for scoring a spot.

Hope to see you at one of our events soon. In the meantime, stay tuned for the play-by-play on our summer eating and drinking adventures in Mexico, Tennessee, Michigan, Chicago, and Portland. Cheers!