Liam's List: Celebrating Juneteenth, Father's Day Fun

Liam Mayclem
June 19, 2020 - 10:31 am

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Your guide to food, fun and more while staying connected and sheltering-in-place.

There are two things top of mind for this week’s list: Juneteenth or Freedom Day when on this day in 1865 enslaved people learned they were free. There are a number of events around the Bay Area marking this important day. The hope is that June 19 might become a national holiday, a day to remember the end of one of America’s darkest periods. Then, there’s Father’s Day on Sunday - so Dads and Papas please take note.

Author and CNN commentator Bakari Sellers opens his heart and his mind in his memoir - a personal journey. The book illuminates the lives of America’s forgotten black working-class men and women. It’s also a love letter to Fatherhood to Bakari’s father and to his own journey as father of young twins. It’s a brilliant and moving read that once you pick up the book it will be hard to put down.

Another grim period in American history is being remembered the "Black Wall Street Massacre" as it’s known, when on June 1, 1921 white rioters destroyed an entire thriving black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since the May 25 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police sparked Black Lives Matter protests, at least four projects are now in the works aiming to highlight the centennial of the landmark event next year. Here is a preview of one of the projects. Important that this history is not forgotten, and the upcoming projects shall make it so.

When going to a movie theatre is no longer an option, there’s the next best thing the good old-fashioned DRIVE-IN. These old school outdoor theatres made for the motor car era of the fifties & sixties are making a comeback in these COVID-19 times. There are drive-ins in Concord, San Jose and San Mateo. There are double bill features this weekend. Check the website for Father’s Day films being shown.

Join me for a livestream conversation and Q&A with me and Abby Ainsworth, director of Stage: The Culinary Internship. The film follows a group of aspiring chefs during a nine-month apprenticeship at one of the best restaurants in the world: Mugaritz, nestled in the hills outside San Sebastian. While the twice Michelin starred restaurant's notorious avant-garde cuisine elevates these young hopefuls to think outside the confines of a kitchen, can they handle the heat of its intense creative environment?  Please join if you can this Sunday at 4 p.m.

The First Lady of music in the desert Jessika Vin Rabbit from Joshua Tree, California has a new tune to hum to - "Don’t Fence Me In" with Kirkpatrick Thomas of Spindrift. The video for the song features JVR at her moody, sultry and sexy best.

Enjoy some golden musical performances in the weekly broadcast and stream Best of the Fest by Stern Grove Festival on Sunday 4:30 p.m. on KPIX and 5 p.m. online. This week it’s Father’s Day Funk. Yours truly will host. Please also consider a donation to Stern Grove Festival. 

Soak up world class wines at The Donum Estate in a sensational art filled setting on the NAPA side of CARNEROS. Book a tasting for Dad and enjoy everything from Cabernet to Chardonnay. The 40-acre estate boasts one of the most impressive private outdoor art sculpture collections in the country. It includes pieces by Doug Aitken, Keith Haring & Subodh Gupta. Head to the DONUM website to make your reservation for Dad. Cheers.

Give your papa the two for one Father’s Day deal at IKE’s sandwich shops all over the BAY AREA. Venture to their website to find your nearest IKE’s.

Something of old feels new again - talking about dining out - as restaurants around the Bay open up for business "outdoors!" I enjoyed my first meal out in three months recently at The Vault Garden, 555 California St., a little awkward at first but once I moved on from the sanitizer station, joined my fellow diners in masks, all was well and like putting on a comfy old shoe. The 100-seat venue is a tasty al fresco oasis with heat lamps abound, in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Get the oysters to start, fried chicken sandwich for main and don’t dare leave without a sweet ending in the form of the chocolate cake. Did I mention the "as good as mama ever made" Parker house bread rolls? Yummy. The wine list is accessible via bar code and the menu disposable making the human touches few and safety in COVID-19 times, top of mind. The servers are gloved and masked but smile with their eyes and were simply flawless in their service when I dined at the Vault Garden just the other night. The entire project was imagined and executed in just three months, a miracle to say the least. Props to owner Ryan Cole & Chef Song and also to AttaGirl Hospitality for the killer cocktails. Good food, good vibes and a safe environment and I can’t wait to return, if I can get a reservation. The word is now out about the delicious things happening here on California Street in San Francisco.

Enjoy your weekend especially all the Dads, Daddies, Fathers and Papas.

Be safe, wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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