December 2, 2008

I hope your Thanksgiving-induced indigestion has subsided, or at least you’re ready for additional bodily harm, because you have a lot of eating and drinking to do this month. Uh huh, yes you do. My inbox is flooding with all kinds of events and special menus to get your physique into a dumpling-like shape right quick! I even wrote up a hearty Russian place for this week’s review. Apologies in advance—see ya on the treadmill.

My own dining and drinking docket this week includes dinner with Eddie for another “Dining With Eddie” excursion, dinner at the Café Majestic to check out what chef Louis Maldonado is up to, the champers tasting at Arlequin on Thursday (read all about it in the socialite), and a total pile-up of events on Friday, including the pork tasting I mentioned last week, Repeal Day boozing (see the wino this week for a piece by Duggan “Shotzi” McDonnell), and then a cool wine tasting (listed below) on Saturday! Lots of salads and water and bike riding in between it all.

Okay, let’s party. First, I’m doing a giveaway to a Golden Gate Wine Cellars holiday wine tasting this Saturday December 6th from 4pm–7pm. All the details about this unique tasting are below in the lush—three lucky tablehopper readers can win three pairs of tickets. To enter to win, please forward this week’s tablehopper newsletter to two friends (or more, you rock star!!), telling them why they would dig a subscription to the tablehopper e-column (don’t call it a blog or you won’t be entered in the contest, no joke), and CC or BCC luckyme [at] tablehopper [dot] com so I know you sent it—I promise I won’t use anyone’s email address. Deadline to enter is midnight on Wednesday December 3nd. I know—it’s a fast one! I’ll notify the three winners on Thursday by noon. If you don’t hear from me by Thursday afternoon, then it means you didn’t win (sorry Charlie)—so if you were fired up to go to the event, you should buy tickets and go!

And then here’s something that won’t cost you a dime (well, except nice tips for your trusty bartenders): next Tuesday December 9th I am hosting the Scharffen Berger and chocolate and Sagatiba cachaça cocktail-and-food competition at Rosewood in North Beach from 6pm–8pm. There are going to be five teams of chefs and bartenders competing, with complimentary Sagatiba cachaça cocktails, mole sliders, and sweet treats for guests.

Wanna come? Of course you do! And yes, darling, the entire event is free! To get on the guest list, please email me your first and last name at luckyme [at] tablehopper [dot] com, and if you have any guests coming with you (+1? +2? Fine. +7, however, is not cool.) Be sure to say “Party RSVP” in the subject line, thanks! Space on the list is limited, first come, first served, so please don’t RSVP unless you think you can make it. You can read more below in the chatterbox for additional details about the party.

Keep toasty, and on this Friday’s Repeal Day, toasting and toasted!