Join tablehopper and Westland Distillery for a Holiday Brunch at The Saratoga on December 2nd


Mole flautas at The Saratoga. Photo: Karey Walker.


The eggs Benedict at The Saratoga comes with house-smoked ham on a pretzel bun…and béarnaise! Photo: ©


You’ll be tasting through the trio of Westland Distillery’s whiskies (American Oak, the Peated, and the Sherry Wood). Photo courtesy of Westland Distillery.


The famed Jenga tots at The Saratoga. Photo: ©


I know, some time has passed since we had a tablehopper gathering, so let’s kick off December with a boozy holiday brunch with Westland Distillery! We’re going to be gathering on Sunday December 2nd at 12pm at ~THE SARATOGA~ in Polk Gulch, which has one of San Francisco’s best brunches going on right now. We’re going to be gathering in the chic downstairs dining room, complete with mohair walls and beautiful vintage art—it has such a swank supper club vibe.

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Westland Distillery on this event—this Seattle-based distillery is known for their single-malt whiskies that use ingredients from the Pacific Northwest to craft a uniquely American single-malt. You’ll get to taste through three expressions: the American Oak, the Peated, and the Sherry Wood. Western Regional Whiskey Ambassador Trent Simpson will be leading us through a tasting and educating us about Westland’s philosophy, process, sourcing, and bringing a few surprises as well.

The Saratoga’s barman and partner Brandon Clements is a wizard with cocktails, and he’s going to be creating three different cocktails for the brunch: expect a citrus cocktail, a Pacific Northwest Irish coffee, and egg nog—I’ll be sharing more details on the actual cocktails soon. And you’re going to be getting three neat pours of the whiskies (the American Oak, the Peated, and the Sherry Wood), so, yes, it’s going to be a boozy brunch. Drink your water.

Now, about the vittles. Chef Francisco Baca puts on quite a brunch every weekend (maybe you were drooling over my recap in Table Talk this week?), and our three-course affair is going to be no exception. The family-style brunch will begin with some canapés; followed by their famed Jenga tots; mole flautas with braised chicken; fried chicken Caesar; eggs Benedict (with soft-poached eggs, house-smoked ham, pretzel bun, English peas, béarnaise); billionaire’s bacon with molasses and whiskey; the killer coffee cake with walnut streusel and vanilla bean gelato; and mimosa doughnut with strawberry glaze and Pop Rocks. Yeah, it’s abundant—bring your fat pants!

Since it’s the holidays, we’re going to have a raffle for charity, with some awesome bottles of whiskey, some groovy Westland swag, some tablehopper t-shirts, and more. We’ll be selling raffle tickets for $5, so please bring cash. Let me just say, you’re going to want to make it rain—these raffle items will in high demand. All proceeds from the raffle will be going to the SF-Marin Food Bank, which could use some support as they keep everyone fed this holiday (every dollar can provide up to four meals).

Not only does your ticket include all three cocktails, but you also get three neat Westland whiskey pours, an abundant three-course brunch, and tax and gratuity are included. Woot woot! The entire ticket price is just $70, all-inclusive (Happy Holidays to you from us!). Seating is very limited (just 23 spots!), so jump on these as soon as you can. We look forward to having some holiday cheer and cheers with you!

The Saratoga
1000 Larkin St. at Post

Event Info

Sunday Dec 2, 2018
The Saratoga
1000 Larkin St. at Post