Sicilian inspiration: Who could resist an entree dubbed "Swordfish, Glutton's Style"? Clearly not chef Donato Scotti, who's doing a culinary salute to Oakland food writer and Italian culinary expert Rosetta Costantino at his restaurants on Jan. 14 and 16. Join Scotti, Costantino and that tempting swordfish at Oakland's Desco on the 14th and Redwood City's Donato Enoteca on the 16th. The menu, which is inspired by Costantino's cookbooks, "My Calabria" and the new "Southern Italian Desserts," includes Pesce Spada alla Ghiotta (that's the swordfish) with tomato, capers and olives; Vrasciole Alla Verbicarese, stuffed pork rolls in tomato sauce; and Tiella D'agnello, baked lamb shoulder chops with artichokes, peas and breadcrumbs. Sip, nosh, chat and pick up a cookbook too. Details: Donato Enoteca, 1041 Middlefield Road, Redwood City; www.donatoenoteca.com. Desco, 499 Ninth St., Oakland; www.descooakland.com.
Java junkies: Coffee Review magazine has gone all Robert Parker on us, with a 100-point Wine Spectator-esque review of the nation's 30 top coffee roasters. Top of the list: A 96-point Ethiopian Yirgacheffe roasted by Sacramento's Temple Coffee and Tea. No. 12 is a 95-point Guatemalan Acatenango Gesha from Montana's Revel Coffee -- but good news, Bay Area-ites. Those Montana roasters moved west this year and you can sip that prize-winning coffee at Mountain Grown in Martinez. And Oakland's Mr. Espresso earned the No. 24 spot for its Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere Aricha.
More banh mi: We -- and everyone else -- have developed quite the obsession with banh mi, those irresistible Vietnamese sandwiches made by folks like Denise Tran, who opened Bun Mee in San Francisco's Pacific Heights in 2011 and began sending her bright red delivery bikes all over that city. (And if you ever wondered how to pronounce banh mi, that's it: bun mee.) Now she's opening her second fresh, modern Vietnamese restaurant in the city's FiDi (that's the financial district, for those of you who like to smush neighborhood names together). The new, 1,600-square foot, industrial chic venue opens Jan. 14, offering the same yummy things that drew us the first time around: Sloppy Buns with curry pork, shaved onion and Thai basil; the Juicy Steak with lime pepper aioli, lotus root relish, pickled carrots and crispy shallots; and the Saigon Peanut Rice Bowl with Vietnamese slaw. Dishes run $5 to $7 for sandwiches, larger entrees are $10 to $12. Details: 2015 Fillmore St. and soon, 650 Market St.; www.bunmee.co.
Relais & Chateaux honors: Grand Chef membership in this swanky collection of hotels and restaurants is a big deal. It's a lineup that includes Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jean-Georges Vongerichten -- and now, Justin Cogley, exec chef at Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel. (Cogley's wine country picnic recipes were highlighted in our Carmel and Santa Lucia Highlands wine section last fall.) Relais & Châteaux is celebrating its 60th anniversary this spring, starting with a four-day GourmetFest, featuring its Grand Chefs, March 27 to 30 in Carmel-by-the-Sea.