August 30, 2013

August 30, 2013

MKT’s fantastic steak tartare. Photo: ©


MKT’s fried green tomatoes and smoked tomato rémoulade. Photo: ©


Hello, my fellow singles who love food and wine. It’s time for round two of the tablehopper singles events! This time it’s for the gents, specifically gay men who are in the age range of 35-55 (whether you choose to color a little outside those age parameters is up to you). The event is going to be on Thursday September 12th at 7pm at the recently remodeled ~MKT RESTAURANT—BAR~ at the Four Seasons (oooh, swanky!) in their clubby Private Den (and since we’re on the fifth floor, it has some great views—and I’m not just talking about the hot crowd).

We have room for 40 (fabulous, hello!) gay men, and you will have an opportunity to meet everyone at this sit-down event, which is a bit like a mash-up of speed dating and a wine tasting and a partay. You’ll have fun tablehopping—the last one we held was a blast.

Thanks to Graton, CA-based Purple Wine Company, we are going to be enjoying five wines from their portfolio (and learning about each of them from Executive Vice President Lisa Ehrlich). There will also be a beguiling welcome cocktail, courtesy of Charbay, plus one of their dessert elixirs at the end, and it wouldn’t be a tablehopper event without some bubbly in there too. Pop!

Executive chef Mark Richardson and restaurant chef Chris Aguirre are going to be preparing a variety of delicious bites, so you will have plenty to taste throughout the evening. Here’s the evening’s menu (warning, you are about to get hungry): during the welcome reception, there will be a Charbay cocktail with hand-passed appetizers like seasonal soup shots, gougères, and a Margherita pizza. During the tablehop event, you will have sparkling wine with MKT’s fantastic uni and soft-scrambled egg; 2011 Four Vines Naked Chardonnay and heirloom tomatoes with burrata; the 2011 BEX Nahe Riesling with fried green tomatoes; the newly released 2011 Alto Cinco Old-Vines Spanish garnacha with MKT’s superlative steak tartare (it’s really really good); the 2010 Maverick Amador County zinfandel with the MKT duck fat burger (uh-huh); the 2010 Avalon Napa Valley merlot with the BBQ prime beef short rib and Brentwood corn; oh yes, and Charbay’s lush Pomegranate Dessert Wine with the rhubarb, raspberry, and cardamom cheesecake. Hubba! (If you have some dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance.)

You can get your tickets here (tickets are $95). PLEASE NOTE: There are no ticket refunds if you can’t make it to the event (unless we can fill your place, but there are no guarantees about being able to do so). This event is 21 and over only, please. The event will run from 7pm-9:45pm or so.

Once you buy your ticket, we are going to request that you email us a headshot/snapshot of you—we’ll need them post-event when we do our matchmaking, so please start thinking about which image you want to send us.

We really look forward to seeing you there!

This is the second in a series of tablehopper singles events. Look for more in the coming months, for different age groups and sexual orientations, so if you don’t fit the parameters of this one, please sit tight!


Grilled avocado, shrimp, lime, red onion, cilantro. Photo courtesy of 1760.


Smoke-scented aji, charred green garlic, frisée, kumquat. Photo courtesy of 1760.

Great news to share today: ~1760~ will be opening its doors on Monday September 9th! tablehopper had a recap about the project a few weeks ago, highlighting the menu and a sneak peek at the interior, but here are a few more details for you.

The team (co-owners Giancarlo Paterlini and Suzette Gresham, with wine director Gianpaolo Paterlini and executive chef Adam Tortosa) have brought on bar manager Christopher Longoria (previously Aziza), so look for some of his brilliant cocktails using fruit, spices, vegetables, and more. For example, his Mango and Spice Cocktail was inspired by a trip to Central Mexico where his favorite snack was fresh mango with spices sold from a cart; some of the ingredients (mango, lime, cayenne, long pepper, and rum) will be prepared sous vide for the drink. There’s also the Pear Ginger Cocktail, with pear juice, verdicchio, ginger, and gin served over a special Campari ice cube. As for Gianpaolo’s wine list, look for around 250 European and domestic selections (nope, not just Italy).

As mentioned before, Tortosa was previously at INK and Kiwami in Los Angeles, and his menu of plates (both small and large) built to be shared will show influences from his travels throughout Asia and Italy. You can look over his menu again here, along with the dessert selections from pastry chef Riccardo Menicucci (who has been at Acquerello since 2011).

The furniture hasn’t arrived just yet, so stand by for pictures of the interior by designer John Wheatman. There are 75 seats, with a communal seating area, a long bar, and an open kitchen. The building dates back to 1935, and during construction, Wheatman exposed the original glass brick windows. The exterior is charcoal gray, and look for more light coming in from the new, tall windows. Inside are tones of dark brown and charcoal, and there’s a mirrored wall behind the bar. There are also elements of walnut, polished concrete floors, and black tiles. Yeah, it sounds handsome doesn’t it? The restaurant will be open for dinner nightly 5pm-11pm. To make a reservation, visit or call 415-359-1212.


The 4505 Meats smoker in action, with chickens and pork shoulder. Photo via Facebook.

We broke the news on Wednesday that Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats is going to be opening a barbecue spot in the former Brother-in-Laws/Da ‘Pitt on Divisadero. Here are some follow-up details for you: the original wood-fired barbecue pit will be kept intact (damn straight), but otherwise the building—which dates back to the 1930s—is going to be completely refurbished (but still keeping things casual). One bonus: they are going to create an open-air patio on the lot that flanks the space.

On the menu, you’ll find 4505 classics like The Best Damn Cheeseburger, meaty barbecue selections (naturally), their artisanal sausages, and other meats. Of course, some of the demented concoctions from the 4505 farmers’ market stands will also be in the mix. Bonus: there will be food for both takeout and delivery, and local beers and wines will be poured.

I’m happy that a local crew who uses quality and sustainable meats (like Magruder Ranch) is taking over the spot, and 4505 definitely knows what tastes good. That location has deserved some TLC for a long time, and Ryan and Cesalee Farr are gonna fix it up real nice while keeping it real. The buildout begins in a few weeks; look for an opening later this year. 705 Divisadero St. at Grove.