Front room at Maverick. Photo from Facebook.
Boris Portnoy at work. Facebook photo by Tyler Gourley.
Pig’s head, Brussels sprouts, grapefruit, mint, and peanuts at a Liholiho Yacht Club dinner. Photo: © tablehopper.com.
Boris Portnoy of ~SATELLITE REPUBLIC~ will be popping up again in Oakland at ~THE PUNCHDOWN WINE BAR~, with his fabulous Georgian food. On Saturday March 16th, he’ll be serving a nine-course family-style dinner for $50 per person (seriously, you better come hungry). Wine pairings will be available as well, and reservations are available from 5:30pm-10pm. Then, on Sunday March 17th, catch a five-course, Supra-style feast. Supra refers to a traditional Georgian feast with a designated toastmaster, who leads diners in toasting before each course (start practicing now). The meal will include the toasting, and costs $90 per person, including wine pairings. Reservations can be made for 5pm. 2212 Broadway at West Grand, Oakland.
Ravi Kapur’s pop-up, ~LIHOLIHO YACHT CLUB~, is returning for two nights to ~STATE BIRD PROVISIONS~. He’ll be serving dinner Sunday March 17th and Sunday March 24th, and reservations can be made here. Right now, there aren’t any reservations left, but you can check back for cancellations or get on the waiting list by sending an email. (Following them on Twitter is another way to score seats.) Take a look at the evening’s menu in progress here. Kapur also sent word that he is still in the process of looking for a brick-and-mortar space in the Mission, so stay tuned for more information on that hopeful quest. (Help a brother out?)
Embark on an exciting culinary adventure at ~MAVERICK~ on April Fools’ Day (that would be Monday April 1st) with Mystery Night. You pick your meal via a mysterious letter, and then competitively guess the ingredients based on the accuracy of your palate. Each correct guess wins points, and at the end of the evening the winners take home prizes. There’s a bonus wine round too: If you can guess the varietal of the optional wine pairing correctly, that means even more points. The dinner costs $45 per person, plus an additional $15 for wine pairings. Multiple seatings will be available between 5:30pm-10:30pm; call the restaurant at 415-863-3061 for reservations and details.
Say formaggio! Join ~PICCINO~ for an evening of Italian wine and cheese on Monday March 18th. Andy Lax from Fresca Italia cheese importers will be there, sharing tastes of three different cheeses, plus a three-course dinner featuring one cheese per course. Each of the dishes will also be paired with Italian wine. The dinner begins at 6:30pm and costs $95 per person, including wine pairings. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.