June 3, 2008

June 3, 2008

A new venue called ~50 MASON SOCIAL HOUSE~ is opening in the former SF Comedy Club space, from the folks behind Civic Restaurant. This new concept will be a music venue where guests can view a wide variety of local musicians for an affordable (to sometimes nonexistent, read: free) cover, depending on the night; there will also be an art gallery. One of the operating partners is René Denis, the former GM of Biscuits and Blues, who got experience booking musical talent while working there. There will be 120–200 seats, with beer, wine, soju, and sake. The sign for Social should be lit up in a couple months, say, the beginning of August. 50 Mason at Eddy.

Got word that bartender ~MARCO DIONYSOS~ will be leaving Tres Agaves to work at Michael Mina’s CLOCK BAR, opening this summer at the Westin St. Francis. Tres Agaves wishes him well, and supports him in pursuing this move.

Friday June 6th, there is a tasting from ~EDEN CANYON VINEYARDS~ at The Jug Shop, with Elaine Villamin, whose family owns and operates the Paso Robles winery. 6pm–8pm. The following 2005 vintages will be poured: "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon, "Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon, and "Jolie" Bordeaux-style blend. Tasting fee: $5. Jug Shop Wine & Spirits, 1590 Pacific Ave. at Polk, 415-885-2922.

Monday, June 9th, ~SOCIALE~ is hosting winemaker Italo Stupino from the historic Castello Di Neive in Piemonte for a special dinner, at 6:30 pm. The selected wines include one dolcetto and three (possibly four) Barbarescos, including the famed 1999 Santo Stefano Riserva. Dinner will be on the patio, under the heat lamps with an intimate group of 20 people. The cost is $150 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. 3665 Sacramento St. at Spruce, 415-921-3200.

For those of you who despaired over missing the Bourbon and Bacon Dinner at Orson, now you can buckle up for the upcoming ~GIN & STONE COCKTAIL DINNER~, featuring Right Gin and Kubler Absinthe on Wednesday June 11th. The menu will have three courses, plus two–three amuses, matched by gin and absinthe cocktails. As chef de cuisine Ryan Farr expounded, “Every course will also be showing off the beautiful bounty of stone fruit that we are being blessed with, a perfect dinner on the eve of a tasty summer.” Amen. Here’s the breakdown:

In the Beginning
Sweet Peach and Lobster
grilled peaches and spiced lobster gazpacho
Minted Marble
right gin, manzanilla sherry, mint, lemon, syrup

Broiled Hamachi
apricot, smoked pork belly, puffed black rice, togarashi
Fairly Jaded
right gin, kubler absinthe, ceylon tea, pineapple, lemon, mint

Whole-Roasted Duck Breast
plum and duck confit tart, peppercress, pistachio
right gin, aperol, dubonnet rouge

Summer Snow
white peach and lychee soup, lemon verbena sorbet, kubler absinthe foam

In the End
The Golden Forest
rainier cherries, dark chocolate, cinnamon, kirsch, gold
Smokey Quartz
right gin, smoked cherry syrup, coffee

The price is $65 per person, excluding tax and tip. The regular menu will also be available that evening. Reserve in advance. 508 4th St. at Bryant, 415-777-1508.

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