Catered meals for moms on the go

August 11, 2008 4:30:15 PM PDT
Want a healthier alternative to fast food? Nancy Longo has a solution for you. She found some places in the Bay Area that offer quick and delicious meals, catered for busy moms.

Spruce Café
3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 931-5100
Website: www.sprucesf.com
Menus: Lunch | Dinner

Recipe: Spruce's Pastrami and Gouda Panini

  • 4 slices, lightly toasted, freshly baked German Rye bread (Firebrand Bakery, exclusively for Spruce)
  • 2 ounces European-style Gouda cheese
  • 1/4 pound Eastern European delicatessen-style pastrami (at Spruce, we cure our own beef brisket)
  • 2 ounces vinegar based coleslaw
  • 2 tablespoons Russian dressing (see recipe below)

    Spruce's Russian Dressing

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

    Place egg yolks in mixing bowl and slowly whisk in EVOO to form a thick mayonnaise. Whisk water into bowl and fold in all other ingredients. Let stand in refrigerator overnight, covered, to combine flavors. The dressing will keep in the refrigerator with a tight-fitting lid for 4 days. (Recipe yields 2 cups.)

    Panini Preparation
    Lay two slices of bread flat. Cover with cheese, making sure to distribute equally between both slices of bread. Layer meat on top of cheese. Lightly dress bread slices with coleslaw, and then slather with Russian Dressing. Lightly oil a cast-iron skillet and turn heat to medium-high. Press slices together, press down with spatula to crisp on one side. Turn sandwich onto other side and repeat. Garnish with cornichons and serve. (Recipe yields 2 sandwiches.)

    $6.50 panini
    $10 for panini and side salad
    Menu Changes Daily

    The cafe has coffee, wine, olive oils, a great selection of desserts - perfect for impromptu entertaining for busy moms that want to pick up a few treats on the way home.

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    Gregoire Restaurant
    Named one of the "Bay Area's Top 9 Takeout Spots" by SF Magazine. ab GRÉGOIRE restaurant offers unique high-end sandwiches and dinner entrées that are meticulously prepared using classical French cooking techniques and the finest natural and organic ingredients. We cook it?you eat it!

    Locations:
    2109 Cedar Street (at Shattuck)
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    510-883-1893

    4001 B Piedmont Avenue (at 40th)
    Oakland, CA 94611
    510-547-3444

    Open every day, Lunch 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

    Website: http://www.gregoirerestaurant.com
    Menu: http://www.gregoirerestaurant.com/menu.php?dinner

    Everything on the menu at GRÉGOIRE is meticulously prepared from scratch and cooked to order using the best natural, organic and imported ingredients from around the world. Every month is also a new dining adventure at GRÉGOIRE. The entire menu (with the exception of two side dishes) changes in rhythm with nature.

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    Arlequin to-go Cafe
    384 Hayes Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-626-1211
    On Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/arlequin-to-go-san-francisco