Special Dinners: Viaje with Tango & Stache, High Wattage Guests at Bourbon Steak, Ten Years of Quince


The table set for El Viaje en Mexico. Photo courtesy Tango & Stache.

After his first El Viaje en Mexico dinner in October, chef Joshua Oakley Wilder of pop-up ~TANGO & STACHE~ is back with a second dinner at Naked Kitchen on Tuesday November 19th. This time, he’ll be focusing on the dishes of Jalisco, served over four courses with cocktail pairings. Dishes include a smoked masa sope with Espolón blanco tequila-braised octopus, blistered jalapeño, and crème fraîche, and goat roasted birria-style with salsa de arbol, cabbage, and herbed rice. Cocktail pairings are from Rye bar manager Jen Ackrill, and include one made with Espolon blanco tequila, heirloom pepper granita, jalapeño tincture, Meyer lemon, candied Fresno chile, and smoked masa salt. Take a look at the full menu and cocktails pairings here. There are two seatings, one at 6pm and the second at 8:30pm. Tickets are $95 and include all food and drink pairings. 945 Valencia St. at 20th St.

Also on Tuesday November 19th, catch a surf-and-turf-inspired SF Chefs Dinner Party Project dinner at ~BOURBON STEAK~, featuring lots of guests chefs. Omri Aflalo of Bourbon Steak will play host to Brett Cooper (Outerlands), Bill Corbett (Absinthe), Brandon Jew (the upcoming Chino), Mourad Lahlou (Aziza), and Evan Rich (Rich Table) as they each create a course built around both seafood and meat. For a peek at the full menu, head here; that yellowtail with almonds, tarragon, and chicken skin from Evan Rich looks pretty killer. Tickets are $165 for the tasting menu only, $230 with wine pairings, and Visa Signature cardholders get $10 off their ticket.

~QUINCE~ is celebrating 10 years of business this December, and they are having a serious culinary blowout to celebrate. From December 1st-10th, a different guest chef will join them for a six-course dinner, and you’re invited. It all kicks off on Sunday December 1st with a white truffle dinner from chef Michael Tusk, and then guests like Sean Brock and Frank Sitt on December 3rd; Jonathan Waxman, Nancy Silverton, and Matt Molina on December 5th; Brandon Jew, Evan Rich, Thomas McNaughton, Melissa Chou, Danny Brooks, Chanan Kamen, and Cortney Burns on December 9th (yes, all of them on one night); and a finale from April Bloomfield on December 10th. For the full list of guests, check here and start plotting your visit. The dinners cost $250 per person, with wine pairings for an additional $145, except for the white truffle dinner, which is $490 per person. Prices do not include tip or tax. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 415-775-8500.