Brimming with farm-to-table restaurants and handcrafted cocktail bars, San Francisco is the ultimate destination for a foodie’s Friday night out. The condos at Fulton 555 are in the heart of food-friendly Hayes Valley, where you can accept some of the city’s finest cultural offerings before wining and dining to your heart’s content. Sip some local vino at nearby Birba wine bar before taking in the soulful sounds of America’s greatest art form at the internationally renowned SFJAZZ Center. Enjoy an after-show aperitif with a European-influenced victual venture at Absinthe, then a supper of local California fare at the reclaimed wood-lined New American restaurant, Rich Table.
But sometimes a Friday night in is called for, and the Hayes Valley homes at Fulton 555 are the perfect place to entertain and unwind with friends. Here, the kitchens are graciously designed with the home cook in mind, whether you’ve only read a few chapters of the latest Michael Pollan or are as skilled as Alice Waters. Not only do you have built-in state-of-the-art Bosch appliances, but there is ample space to store and display your favorite chef’s gadgets—from your KitchenAid stand mixer to your Vitamix. Long hikes to the grocery store for that last-minute saffron to complete the dish will be a thing of the past—Fulton 555 has an on-site grocery store. With seasonal selections of the area’s offerings, this convenient shop makes cooking at home as simple as an elevator ride.
To celebrate the local food culture, create a San Francisco-themed evening to impress your guests. Start your meal with your favorite greens dressed in a creamy and tangy green goddess dressing. Legend has it that this sauce was developed in the 1920s when a chef at the Palace Hotel on Market Street wanted to commemorate the hit play The Green Goddess. With mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, chervil, tarragon, and lots of lemon juice, you have something that compliments any salad or can stand alone as a dip. Don’t forget to pick up some authentic San Francisco sourdough bread downstairs to make homemade croutons.
For the main course, showcase one of the Bay Area’s most considerable culinary contributions—cioppino, a seafood stew developed in the North Beach neighborhood by Genoese immigrants. The dish traditionally takes advantage of the Bay’s catch of the day—a mix of the famous Dungeness crab, clams, mussels, squid, and fish. Make this dish relentlessly local and use a Napa chardonnay as the braising liquid and serve with more sourdough bread to mop up the briny broth. If you’ve saved space for dessert, serve local favorite It’s-It ice cream sandwiches as a no-fuss end to your evening. Once you’ve finished your meal and are having a nightcap with friends on the rooftop, you’ll be happy you stayed home on this Friday.