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September 3, 2014

Mark Bright in front of his new baby. Photo: ©


The bar (and groovy stools) at Les Clos. Photo courtesy of Les Clos.


The main seating area. Photo courtesy of Les Clos.


You’ll assuredly get a fresh pour at Les Clos. Photo courtesy of Les Clos.

Last Friday, I enjoyed a quick sneak peek of ~BRIGHT’S LES CLOS~, a wine bar, an all-day café, retail wine shop, and much more, hopefully opening around September 15th-20th, ABC permit pending. Mark Bright is well known internationally, whether you are drinking off his award-winning wine list at Saison (where he is a partner) or at the neighborhood-friendly Vinyl (he opened it with Kristopher Esqueda, the other half of their consulting partnership as Markris Wine Group), or you know him via his wine fund and brokerage, Bright Wine Fund, or you’re a client of his Cellar Master cellaring and wine management company. He’s a powerhouse of activity, connections, and deep knowledge, and it’s amazing to see how far he has come since he burst onto our local wine scene in 2004, when Rajat Parr hired him as the sommelier for Restaurant Michael Mina. Fortunately Saison is just a hop and a skip down Townsend to Les Clos, so Mark will be able to easily bounce between the two. (Well, when he’s in the country.)

Anyone who knows Mark knows how much he loves and lives for Burgundy, so it will be figuring prominently on the primarily French list (and the shelves) at Les Clos, from bottles from the ’70s to some selections you can’t find elsewhere. But you’ll also find frappato from COS (Sicily) and chardonnay from Kistler (Sonoma Coast), all available in 3-, 6- and 10-ounce pours—there will be 40 selections by the glass in all. You can order off the menu, try out a creative flight (served blind, and geared for those studying for their MS exam), or take a deep dive into the InVine list on the iPad, which will also feature some fabulous wines from Chablis, the Rhone, the Loire, and oui, Champagne. There are also five beers on tap, plus sherries, vermouths, and sake by the glass.

The GM, head sommelier, and a partner in Les Clos is Cara Patricia Higgins, who was the lead sommelier at Hakkasan. She has been running the operations of Bright Wine Fund and acting as cellar master of Saison.

Now, a big announcement about the project is that pastry chef Shawn Gawle, who has been at Saison since it was on Folsom Street, has left the restaurant and is going to be the chef of Les Clos. Some folks may not be aware his background covers both savory and sweet experiences, and lucky for us, his résumé includes L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in New York, so expect some amazing potatoes in SF soon. Heh. But we’ll also be enjoying some exquisite canelés, so we all win on that too.

His preview menu includes simpler dishes like oysters two different ways, charcuterie, cheese, and three different types of caviar (which they are basically breaking even on, so enjoy it), but the rest of the lunch and dinner menu features many of the classic and rustic French dishes you want ($12-$28), including frisée aux lardons, tête de cochon with gribiche and fried capers, bone marrow, moules à la provençale, roasted sweetbreads, and Parisienne gnocchi gratinée with Comté. It just makes you want to drink exquisite wine, right? What’s amazing is they aren’t even working with a full kitchen.

There will also be a fab breakfast every day, something lacking in the neighborhood (Mark lives almost across the street, so he knows), plus takeaway lunches and dinners you can heat up later. Also look for some special Humphry Slocombe flavors and sundaes, and items from Le Marais Bakery. While the place is meant to be welcoming, of course the dishes and presentations will be quality, from Heath plates to universal stem glasses by Gabriel-Glas. There’s a gorg orange La Marzocco espresso machine, with orange Le Creuset cups to match, and the coffee is from Sightglass.

The 1,200-square-foot space has two different live edge cedar bars—the farther one will be used for special education sessions and tastings—and the flat-screen TVs will show maps of Burgundy, but you might see some wine events and auctions on there too. The bar chairs look like a variation on the classic Eames lounge chair and are incredibly comfortable.

The main room has about 10 Parisian-style tables, and there’s a loungy area in the back with couches and tufted chairs, which is sure to become “sommelier corner.” You’ll see some fun lithos of the famous Willi’s Wine Bar (Mark says he came up with the name for Les Clos while he was there and drinking some Raveneau) and vintage maps, and there’s a lot of retail space in the back. On your way to a party and need a bottle chilled down asap? Boom, there’s a Wine Well Chiller. Want to show up with some caviar too? You can purchase that too (just don’t forget to call me, mmmkay?).

Whether you want to come by for a late breakfast, an afternoon glass of wine and a snack, or do it up for dinner, the all-day format will have you covered. Hours are looking like Mon-Fri 8am-12am, Sat-Sun 10am-12am. Follow along on Twitter for updates on the official opening date. 234 Townsend St. at 3rd St., 415-795-1422.


Screens upon screens at The San Francisco Athletic Club. Yelp photo by Janet Z.

Football season is upon us, which means many of your favorite bars have special hours and food options to keep you cheering all Sunday long.

First up, ~ROCK BAR~ will not only be opening at 10am every Sunday starting September 7th, but they’ll also be offering delivery of brunch dishes from sister restaurant Front Porch until 2:30pm. Perhaps shrimp and grits is just the thing to get you through the morning, or maybe chicken and waffles is more your style. Either way, both go great with a Bloody Mary and some good ole American football. Some days, they just might fire up the grill in the afternoon too. 80 29th St. at Tiffany, 415-550-6664.

Downtown, ~BARTLETT HALL~ is opening at 9:30am every Saturday and Sunday for NFL and college football games. In addition to drinks from the bar, they’ve got a special brunch menu for game days, with chicken wings with fermented pepper sauce, kimchi, and bacon aioli; the Maverick burger; and lamb and potato hash with roasted garlic, spinach, pickled plum, and eggs. The brunch menu is available from 9:30am-2:30pm. 242 O’Farrell St. at Powell, 415-433-4332.

Starting Saturday September 13th, ~LA URBANA~ will be open all day for brunch and football in El Garaje, starting at 11am on Saturdays and 10am on Sundays. Sangria, cold beer, and tacos will all be on offer. Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm. (Also worth noting: starting September 16th, El Garaje will be hosting Taco Tuesdays all night, with street tacos for $1.75, or get two tacos and a shot of mezcal for $7. Heat seekers will want to request chef Julio’s new muy caliente salsa.)

~THE SAN FRANCISCO ATHLETIC CLUB~ is also open for every NFL game—you can check their schedule right here. Games will be shown on their huge television screens, and you can reserve a booth for large groups in advance, if you’re so inclined. During games, there will be drink specials, as well. 1750 Divisadero St. at Bush, 415-923-8989.


The latest drinks at Loló. Photo: Wes Rowe.

~LOLÓ~ has a new cocktail menu, inspired by the Lotería card game. The drinks are all named after the graphics in the game, including Las Jaras (the arrows) with gin, rosemary-infused whiskey, St. Germain, and lemon, and El Diablito (little devil) with Wahaka mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Aperol, lime, and grapefruit soda. Check out the colorful menu here.

Some liquor license activity tipped us off to some changes at Tenderloin dive bar ~HARRINGTON’S HARRY PUB~ (not to be confused with Harrington’s in the Financial District). Turns out it’s being purchased by the team behind Irish Bank. Peter Friel, one of the owners, reports that they won’t be making any major changes to the bar. They want to keep it an Irish bar, just with a few improvements to the cleanliness and the food. They haven’t taken possession of it quite yet, but once they do, more of the details will be worked out. 460 Larkin St. at Turk, 415-775-1150.


The Trappist, ready for your sour and bitter needs. Photo from Facebook.

Fans of sour and bitter beers will be excited to check out Sour/Bitter Fest at ~THE TRAPPIST~ in Oakland. On Saturday September 6th, they’ll be taking over the parking lot with 16 beers from eight different breweries (everyone is bringing one sour and one bitter brew) and bites to pair. Participating breweries include Sante Adairius, Craftsman, Tahoe Mountain, and Rare Barrel. Restaurants including the Trappist (of course), Miss Ollie’s, Ramen Shop, and Perdition Smokehouse will be serving bites, some made with beer. The event goes from 2pm-5pm and tickets are $62 per person, including all beer and food samples, as well as a special glass commemorating the event. 460 8th St. at Broadway, Oakland, 415-238-8900.

While we’re on the topic of beer, don’t forget that Oktoberfest is approaching fast. ~MONK’S KETTLE~ is celebrating with a selection of gravity firkins from Germany, starting Saturday September 20th. Don’t forget, they’ll be closed until then, getting their new outdoor patio ready.

~SCHROEDER’S~ will be kicking off their fest on Friday September 19th from 3pm-8pm with an outdoor beer garden on Front Street. There will be special beers, along with live music from the Schwabenland German Band. The following weekends, you can also find live music inside the restaurant, along with special menu items like Wiener schnitzel, spaetzle, and pretzels. Music will be on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm until October 5th. 240 Front St. at Sacramento, 415-421-4778.


Get serious about mezcal on Sunday September 14th at the Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle at Public Works from 3pm-7pm. The event includes tastings of the spirit, from both small and large producers, along with cocktails and bites from local restaurants like La Urbana, Loló, and Sabrosa. Oh yeah, and Don Bugito will be in the house!

There will be opportunities to talk with mezcal experts and producers, along with guided tastings and some new arrivals from Mexico. Some of the speakers include Erick Rodriguez of Almamezcalera (he’s known at the Indiana Jones of mezcal, apparently), Graciela Angeles Carreño of Real Minero, and Cecilia Murrieta of La Niña del Mezcal. It’s all being put on by Mezcalistas and Agave Tip. Tickets are $60 per person for general admission and $100 for VIP, which gets you in early and gives you access to a special VIP area with cocktails and food. Public Works, 161 Erie St. at Mission.

August 26, 2014

The future home of West Coast Wine-Cheese (in the La Belle Crêpe space). Photo provided by Chris Wanner.

A duo of soon-to-be-married wine professionals, Chris Wanner and Lindsey Repose, are going to be opening a wine and small plates bistro on Union Street in Cow Hollow, ~WEST COAST WINE-CHEESE~. The vibe will be upscale but unpretentious, and since they both live in the neighborhood, they have a sense of what will resonate. Both Wanner and Repose are certified as California Wine Appellation Specialists through the San Francisco Wine School, and Wanner has 15 years sales experience in the wine and spirits industry. They have traveled all over the West Coast and are excited to share their regional discoveries.

They just started construction (the space was previously La Belle Crêpe) and plan to open in October, after they get married. We’ll have more details to share in about a month. 2165 Union St. at Fillmore.


The spacious and welcoming Bay Grape. Photo via Bay Grape’s Facebook page.

Back in the beginning of the year, we announced the news about ~BAY GRAPE~, the Oakland wine shop from Josiah Baldivino (previously head sommelier of Michael Mina restaurant) and Stevie Stacionis (a wine writer who has also worked seven years in the front of the house at restaurants in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and New York).

Great news: they just opened! The shop is right on Grand Avenue on the northern edge of Lake Merritt in the Adams Point neighborhood of Oakland (in between Uptown and Grand Lake). The 1,800-square-foot retail space is full of light, with wide plank wood floors, high ceilings, and hand-built wood wine cubbies (Sarah E. Owen designed the space).

You’ll find plenty of quality (and affordable!) wine, craft beer, sodas, and a selection of local and artisanal charcuterie, cheese, nuts, pickles, and bread. You can take things to go, or open up a bottle and create your own little picnic at the communal table or the counter. Baldivino and Stacionis have a personable and unpretentious approach to wine, and with bottles averaging $20-$25, you won’t go broke exploring the shelves (you’ll even find some good bottles for $15, trust). There will be global choices, but Cali will definitely be representing. Wine is sold to go, or you can enjoy the bottle on-site for retail price plus just $5 corkage.

Classes and special tastings start in September, and the grand opening party goes down on Saturday September 6th from 5pm-9pm! Neighbors: they also have a CSA pickup with Capay Valley Farm Shop (plus you get recipes from Stevie, suggested pairings to go with the recipes, and a free taste of wine when you come in, score). Hours are Mon-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm. 376 Grand Ave. at Elita, Oakland, 510-686-3615.


The exterior of Romper Room on Maiden Lane. Photo from Yelp.

There is a new place to get a little cray-cray in Union Square: ~ROMPER ROOM~, from scavenger hunt entertainment entrepreneur Joe Garvey. The space (by Craige C. Walters) is very, well, pink, with neon bar seating, an upstairs leopard print room, and bright stained glass windows. There’s a definite retro, femme fatale thing going on, too, with pinup photos on the walls and an exterior evocative of The Birdcage. UrbanDaddy caught the opening first, and shares that all the music will have lyrics and all the drinks will be made in 90 seconds or less. Apparently, themed party nights are also in the works. Current hours are Mon-Wed 5pm-10pm, Thu-Sat, 5pm-2am, closed Sun. 25 Maiden Ln. at Kearny, 415-275-3418.

Curbed reports that after-hours club ~THE ENDUP~ is on the market. Well, not the club itself, but the building it’s housed in (along with its liquor license). This could be trouble for the club, which has been making memories (some, er, hazier than others) since 1973. Since there isn’t a buyer yet, it remains to be seen what will happen if and when the building is purchased. If you’ve ever been curious about the upstairs, with its covered-over windows (what goes ON up there?), you can take a peek at some pics. 401 6th St. at Harrison, 415-646-0999.

Following up on a tip we received, it looks like ~SLOANE~ in SoMa has something going on. Yelpers report its closure, the website is expired, and no one is answering the phone. But the liquor license is still active, albeit with a tax hold. Not sure what’s going on over there, but it looks like something’s up—we’ll let you know when we hear back from one of the partners. 1525 Mission St. at 11th St., 415-621-2085.

August 12, 2014

The former Noble, soon to become Whitechapel. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.

Martin Cate, owner of Smuggler’s Cove, has teamed up with bartender Alex Smith and managing partner John Park of Novela, and taken over the former Noble on Polk Street. Their new project is called ~WHITECHAPEL~, after the rough and infamous neighborhood in East London. Cate says that with this project he “aims to do for gin what Smuggler’s Cove has done for rum” with a cocktail menu that shows the spirit’s range and rich history, along with the most comprehensive selection of gin and genever in North America. There will be small-batch gins from around the world, including an exclusive private label from local Distillery 209. For those wishing to get serious about sampling the spirits, you can join their gin club, the Polk Street Irregulars, for special tastings and titles.

As for the space, it takes its inspiration from the London underground and the industrial components of distilling, with a Victorian twist. Of course, if Smuggler’s Cove is any indication, you can expect a full commitment to the aesthetic, along with high production values. There will also be food from chef Caleb Jones (20 Spot, Bin 38, Michael Mina), with inspiration coming from Dutch and British cuisine (where genever and gin originated), and a late-night menu. The plan is to open in early winter of 2015. 600 Polk St. at Turk.


Flickr photo from Almanac Beer.

We have an update on the upcoming beer-centric arcade bar in the Castro from Shawn Vergara (Blackbird) and his sister, Tiffny Vergara Chung. It’s going to be called ~BREWCADE~, and the plan is to open this November. They have brought on Kai Villegas (most recently at Monk’s Kettle) as GM, and will have 25 handcrafted beers on tap and 5 wines to go with the 20-plus vintage arcade games. There will also be a “Munchie Bar” (4505 chicharrones, caramel corn by CC Made) and a “Soda Pop Bar.” Since it’s next door to the soon-to-open Bandidos Mexican restaurant, you’ll also be able to bring food into the bar. 2200 Market St. #102 at 15th St.

Meanwhile, over in the Portola neighborhood is an upcoming nano-brewery, homebrew supply shop, taproom, and brewery incubator (yeah, it’s time to get our of your garage) called ~FERMENT DRINK REPEAT~ from Kevin and Shae Inglin (a husband-and-wife team). According to their Facebook manifesto, they want to “incubate the professional brewers and craft beer brands of tomorrow through collaborative endeavors across the amateur and professional brewing spectrum.” You can read and learn a lot more about their plans on their fundraising page. They hope to open in early 2015. 2636 San Bruno Ave. at Burrows.

Swing by ~TORONADO~ on Wednesday August 13th to wish Almanac Beer Co. a happy birthday at their third anniversary party. They’ll be taking over the taps, pouring almost everything they have ever made. There will also be pie from Three Babes Bakeshop, and some special beer-infused items are on the docket. 6pm onward. 547 Haight St. at Steiner.

Lastly, Sayre Piotrkowski and Collin McDonnell have started a podcast called The Beer Curmudgeons. Check out their first episode with Drake’s Brewing Company head brewer John Gillooly and craft beer intellect Ray Daniels.


Pouring cocktails at Scala’s Bloody Mary Battle in 2013. Photo by Jonathan Fong via Facebook.

~SCALA’S BISTRO~ is throwing their third annual Bloody Mary Battle on Sunday August 24th from 12pm-2pm. Don’t miss delicious brunch beverages from bartenders at Rickhouse, Novela, La Urbana, and Bergerac, to name just a few. The competitors will be tasked with this year’s theme, “Anything but Red,” and you’ll be able to sample their colorful efforts and vote on the winner. Bites from Scala’s will keep you going, along with coffee from Mr. Espresso, and a portion of the proceeds will go the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. Tickets are $30 general admission or $40 for VIP, which gets you in a half hour early.

August 5, 2014

The bar at Longitude. Photo by Gabriel Hurley.


The interior. Photo by Gabriel Hurley.


The East African-style hut at Longitude. Photo by Gabriel Hurley.


Drinks at Longitude. Far right is the Navy Grog, in custom glassware. Photo by Gabriel Hurley.


The Longitude mai tai. Photo by Gabriel Hurley.


The pupu platter for two at Longitude. Photo by Gabriel Hurley.

A report by Dana Eastland. We broke the news back in March that downtown Oakland is getting a new spot for tropical-inspired cocktails and spiritous adventure. It’s called ~LONGITUDE~ and comes from Suzanne Long, a tropical drink expert and rum educator who was previously the bar manager at Forbidden Island in Alameda. She’s created a very special interior with the help of Bamboo Ben, one of the best-known experts on tropical and tiki-style design. The theme of the bar is adventure, with a focus on equatorial and tropical parts of the world, and is reflected in the decor, menu, and cocktails.

First, the space. It’s a stunner, with layers of thoughtful elements that transport you to an exotic location. The bar is made of two slabs from one monkeypod tree from the big island of Hawaii, with lush green leather stools. The back bar has some beautiful stained glass, along with a woven panel, bamboo, and a backlit bottle display. Low-slung, green leather seating can be found throughout the space, along with raw wood textures, bamboo, and live plants. In one corner, a specially built East African-style hut is on a dais with animal print flooring and a unique woven canopy (this space will be available for groups to reserve). On the walls, there are art pieces from around the world, including masks from the Masai people of Kenya, and original works from Papua New Guinea, Brazil, and Indonesia.

In addition to the lush visual environment, they’ve also installed a custom sound system with 22 individually controlled speakers throughout the space. Each speaker is controlled by a unique microcomputer, and they all play actual field recordings from around the world. Because of the high-tech system, the speakers will all work together to create a layered sound. Fancy, right?

The spirits selection is expansive, with a focus on rum and whiskey from around the world. There are about 150 different bottles of each, with rums hailing from the Caribbean, of course, as well as unexpected locations like India, Paraguay, and Thailand. With the whiskey list, Long hopes to expand her audience’s view of the spirit, with choices extending far beyond Scotland and the United States (though of course they are well represented). There is a broad selection of Japanese whisky, as well as whiskeys from India, France, Belgium, and Australia. Those of you wanting to geek out can check out the full spirits list here. There will be flights available, or if you really want to go to the next level, you can sign up to try all of them in the Adventurer’s Club. Your name will be stored in a library card file, and they’ll keep track of each one you try. Anyone who tries all of them will receive a prize and VIP benefits, and of course major bragging rights.

In addition to the spirits selection is a drink list with an eye toward the classic tiki drinks of the mid-20th century, with classics like the mai tai (an Oakland native, of course) and a twist on the daiquiri, served in an ice shell. There are also some grogs, including the Navy Grog, with three different kinds of rum, lime, grapefruit, and spices served in a special glass that you can purchase to take home. Here’s the cocktail menu for your perusing pleasure.

The food comes from chef Laine Steelman, whose menu offers a few large plates inspired by classic British pub fare, like the ploughman’s lunch with cheeses, pickles, chutney, apples, and bread; or the bangers and mash (a vegetarian option is available, which is nice). Small plates dominate the menu, though, and have the same international, adventurous spirit as the rest of the endeavor. You’ll find riffs on midcentury “exotic” foods, like a housemade crab Rangoon, fried plantains, and a pupu platter with coconut shrimp, samosas, teriyaki beef skewers, and more (no rumaki, though, ha-ha). Here’s the full menu. While you’re checking out all those menus, be sure to note the illustrations of animals too. Those were drawn by Suzanne’s mom, Mary Long, who gifted them to Longitude. The originals are framed and hang in the space.

Right now, they are still ironing out some last-minute details, but Longitude should be open for business very, very soon. We’ll let you know just as soon as they do, or you can follow along on Facebook for updates! Hours will be Tue-Thu and Sun 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 4pm-1:30am, closed Mon. 347 14th St. at Webster, 510-465-2008.


It’s Champagne o’clock. Photo: ©

Fans of quality bubbles will want to pony up for this Monday-night event, Bubbles & Bites, on August 18th at ~BOXING ROOM~ with Arlequin Wine Merchant. There will be more than 40 sparkling wines and Champagnes (Pol Roger, Agrapart, Pierre Moncuit, and more in the maison!), and executive chef Justin Simoneaux will be creating Southern-style bites, like fried green tomatoes, rabbit rillettes, and serving oysters (and you’ll be able to hit a buffet for larger plates of Cajun-Creole dishes, like gumbo, jambalaya, and smoked pork po’boys). 6pm-9pm. Advance tickets are $68, $75 at the door. All tickets include wine tasting, food, tax, and gratuity. Order tickets by calling Boxing Room: 415-430-6590.

This Saturday August 9th is ~MIKKELLER BAR SF~’s Spontanniversary Celebration. They are turning one, and you know they’ll be tapping some special beers (they say “expect lots of spontaneous/wild ales and more from some of the best breweries in the world”—they are listing a few on the event link now). That night also marks the debut of a new dish from their kitchen. It’s not a ticketed event, so just come on by!


The old-fashioned from Hog & Rocks. Photo from Facebook.

Did you know that Michael Lazar and Hog & Rocks have a mobile bar that serves old-fashioneds and other fabulous cocktails? Well, they do, and it’s called SlingBAR. If that’s not enough booze news for you, here’s some more: they’re popping up at Stable Café on Saturday August 16th. From 6pm-9pm you can stop by for a cocktail, as well as bites from Hog & Rocks chef Robin Song. Think flatbreads, summer salads, and oysters. Tickets are $30, and include six chips, redeemable for food and drink. Additional chips can be purchased for $5 each. 2128 Folsom St. at 17th St., 415-552-1199.

July 29, 2014

A look into the lounge. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Champagne Society.

Fellow Champagne lovers, you now have a new clubhouse to hang out in: the ~SAN FRANCISCO CHAMPAGNE SOCIETY~. Owner Bill Marci is a Champagne fanatic, and has created a very intimate tasting room space in SoMa where fellow enthusiasts can make a reservation, and then come drink very special bubbles. His loft space was inspired by the many personal-feeling tasting rooms he has encountered in France, when you can sit with the winemaker and learn about their wines. Marci is particularly taken with small grower-producers, and he may also include some cava, Prosecco, and other sparkling wines down the road.

Reservations are accepted from 11am-10pm (email here) (you can also text to that address), and there’s also the option to take over the space for a private event (there’s room for 15). You can arrange for certain Champagnes to be poured, or in the case of Friday nights, there are flights already set up. Take a look at the inaugural flights for Friday August 1st, featuring Champagnes from Marc Hebrart and L. Aubry Fils, available individually or as four two-ounce pours for $45. The address will be revealed once your reservation is made. Salud!


The bar at Red Dog. Photo: Dana Eastland. ©

Brush up on your cocktail knowledge on Sunday evenings at ~RED DOG~’s new Cocktail University. Every month, they’ll select a different cocktail theme, like a historical period, a region, or a specific style, and then bar manager James Goad will lead a small cocktail seminar on the theme, with food to pair. The first in the series is this Sunday August 3rd at 6pm, and the theme is New Orleans. Drinks will be along the lines of a Ramos Fizz, Sazerac, and Vieux Carré, and for food look for cornmeal fried oysters and green tomatoes with rémoulade, dirty rice arancini, and Lake Tahoe crawfish étouffée, with beignets for dessert. The seminars cost $45 per person and are limited to ten people, so email for your spot now.