October 2, 2015

October 2, 2015
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Well, of COURSE we have to have the egg hopper at this event. Photo: Wes Rowe Photography.

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Local halal goat stew (with beets, chèvre mousse, and red basmati). Photo courtesy of 1601.

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An array of dishes from 1601’s tasting menu. Photo courtesy of 1601.

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A glass of Scharffenberger Cellars Non Vintage Brut Excellence will be ready to greet you at the reception. Photo courtesy of MMD.

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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT, THANKS EVERYONE! WE LOOK FORWARD TO HOSTING YOU!

San Francisco is full of underrated restaurants, and if you have been reading tablehopper for a while, you should know what a fan I am of ~1601 BAR & KITCHEN~. Chef Brian Fernando is such a talented and skilled chef, weaving ingredients and flavor profiles of his native Sri Lankan cuisine into his elegant dishes. You’ll be totally inspired by the unique and refined combinations he puts together. (Beets and goat curry! Coconut and scallop and lime pickle!) And the wine pairings assembled by his wife and business partner Yuliya really elevate the experience. A meal here has a lot of heart and feels so personal. There’s really nothing like it in the city.

1601 recently launched a new tasting menu ($85), and I was so excited by the cuisine all over again—which is why I was inspired to host a special tablehopper supper on Thursday October 15th. Join us for dinner at what I consider one of the city’s hidden gems! It’s going to be an intimate affair, just 16 of us in all. We’ll be tasting some of my favorite dishes off the new menu. And we are going to have some fantastic wine pairings, courtesy of the folks at Maisons Marques & Domaines, who are generously pulling from their wine portfolio and sponsoring the wines for this special evening.

We are going to start with a reception at 6:30pm, with passed hors d’oeuvres, and not one but two sparkling wines from Scharffenberger Cellars, their Non Vintage Brut Excellence and Brut Rosé Excellence from Mendocino County. Then we will sit at 7pm in the private dining room for the remainder of the feast. Here’s the menu as it stands, please note some dishes may be added or altered:

First Course
HOKKAIDO SCALLOP CEVICHE
Lime pickle, serrano
MULLIGATAWNY SOUP
Masoor dhal, black pepper
VILLAGE SALAD CONSOMME
FISH CUTLET
Duck fat mayonnaise, mustard
Scharffenberger Cellars Non Vintage Brut Rosé Excellence, Mendocino County
Scharffenberger Cellars Non Vintage Brut Excellence, Mendocino County

Second Course
HOUSE-SMOKED SALMON
Burnt onion, crème fraîche, turmeric gel
RAW KALE SALAD
Toasted coconut meat, black garlic-citrus vinaigrette, Parmesan
TRADITIONAL EGG HOPPER
Jidori egg, sambols
Domaines Schlumberger 2013 Pinot Blanc, Les Prince Abbés Alsace

Third Course
OPEN-FACE COLD CHICKEN CURRY SANDWICH
LOCAL HALAL GOAT STEW
Beetroot, chèvre mousse, red basmati
FRIED YUKON GOLD POTATOES
Chile-fenugreek vinegar
Carpe Diem 2012 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
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Carpe Diem 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Fourth Course
BITTERSWEET VALRHONA CHOCOLATE CUSTARD
Toasted curry, coconut lace cookie
Ramos Pinto Cellars Non Vintage Quinta de Ervamoira 10-Year Tawny Porto

We will learn about Sri Lankan ingredients and hear the stories behind the wines we’ll be enjoying too—from the family-owned Domaines Schlumberger to the historical Quintas of Ramos Pinto to the wines from our own backyard. And we will all have fun sitting around a table together, swapping food stories and more. I look forward to it!

Tickets are available on Sosh for $85, all-inclusive. We hope to see you around the table at this very cozy and special event.