San Francisco’s culinary scene has a rising new star: Sara Hauman takes bat with Octavia.
Octavia’s new Chef de Cuisine since early May, Sara wasted no time putting her stamp on tried and true dishes while also creating new items for the summer.
A veteran of Huxley and Mister Jiu’s, Sara brings a rustic and comfort food-leaning style of cooking to Octavia. Don’t expect heavy, overly rich dishes that immediately induce a REM sleep cycle upon paying the bill, though. Instead, her food is light, bright with acidity (she even does her own pickling and makes her own vinegars) yet still packs a hearty punch.
No wonder she earned a finalist slot in the 2017 James Beard Award.
With Sara now on board, Octavia boasts a badass, all female team. She joins Sarah Bonar, head pastry chef, and Melissa Parello, the mastermind behind Frances. The future’s looking bright for female chefs in the San Francisco culinary world.
What’s new on the menu at Octavia this summer? You’ll see dishes like Tea-Steamed Alaskan Halibut with Charred Gems and Black Garlic; White Bean Tahini, Fried Butter Beans with House Pickled Cucumbers; and Pork Chop with Fennel, Apricot, Sauerkraut, Mustard Seed and Kumquat.
A one-word description of Sara’s food? YUM.
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