Poleng Lounge Tribute Dinner
Where: The Summit, 780 Valencia (at 19th St.), 861-5330
When: Sat., Jan. 29; dinner 6-9 p.m., afterparty 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Cost: $25 for dinner; afterparty free (RSVP required)
The rundown: The closure of Poleng Lounge last year was a bummer for all kinds of reasons, not least of which that the mod-Filipino food movement it'd become a locus of was on the verge of finding voice. Relive the magic this Saturday at The Summit, where Poleng chef Tim Luym will offer a tribute dinner to the dream that died. The Summit, of course, is the Valencia Street cafĂ© launched post-Poleng by Desi Danganan, who'd originally intended the place to be a spinoff called Casa Poleng. Luym will be given an assist from Summit chef (and Poleng alum) Eddie Lau. Talk endlessly about what could have been at the afterparty following.
Tickets available online, but book fast: Dinner is limited to 50 seats.