February 26, 2008

Hey gang. It's like my month of anniversaries—last week marked tablehopper's second year, and this is the 100th issue! (I know, there should be 104, but a few interruptions came up over these past two years, like Coachella and Burning Man.) So I got a hare-brained idea on how to celebrate: 100 drinks! Kidding. Actually, at four of my favorite watering holes around town, Alembic, Absinthe, Cantina, and Presidio Social Club, they'll be serving up their version of a special tablehopper cocktail for the next week, starting today.

All will be bourbon- or rye-based, of course. I hear Daniel at the Alembic is making one up with Kentucky Bourbon, and calling it the stablehopper, clever lad. And Absinthe is calling their version "100 Tuesdays." Brill. And Tim Stookey over at Presidio Social Club is calling it 100 Reasons Rye. (Guaranteed to make you slur your words.) Collect all four! LOL. For any of you fellow tablehoppin' cocktailians out there, if you hit any of these bars this next week and take a (phone) camera shot of you enjoying a tablehopper drink, send me the pic(s) and I'll enter you in a drawing to win a copy of Jeff Hollinger's fab book, The Art of the Bar: Cocktails Inspired by the Classics Have fun hoppin' out there—maybe I'll see ya! Cheers yo.

Hey, have you been thinking about coming to the tablehopper supper this Sunday at Piccino? It ends up a party of folks had to cancel, so we have some seats available! The dinner is going to be scrumptious—I always have memorable meals here—everything is so fresh, and we'll have a little something special added to the already-stellar line-up of Donnafugata wines that will be poured. I'd love to see you there! Are you worried about flying solo? Don't fret—everyone is super friendly and social. Let's cin cin over some cena! See you Sunday!

Congrats to the winners of last week's giveaway—thank you all for entering! This week I have a pair of tickets to give away to the Artisan Marketplace at the Artisan Cheese Festival, on Sunday March 9 from 11am–4pm, in Petaluma! The four-day festival has all kinds of cheese-related events, from demos to seminars to tastings. All you have to do is reply to this email with the name of the next restaurant in San Francisco you want me to visit and write about—I'd love to hear what you're interested in! Deadline to reply is Sunday, March 2, at midnight.

Lastly, this week I'm doing a jetsetter recap from my trip last summer to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail (more on the event in the socialite), plus Jeff Hollinger wrote a piece on absinthe in the wino. This recap has been a particularly tough one to write, and a lengthy one, but here we are. I dedicate this issue to all the brave, strong, beautiful, and spirited people in the Crescent City who have tragically had to endure one of our federal government's greatest missteps, a tremendous atrocity, really. Those poor people—it's simply unfathomable what they have had to go through. Our government may have failed them, but we need to show them that we as a population have not abandoned them. The waters may have receded, but that magic city could really use our help rebuilding.

~ Marcia