November 11, 2008

November 11, 2008

~ELIXIR~ in the Mission is getting rowdy. Now every Wednesday is the Flowing Bowl Happy Hour, with a batch of punch getting ladled until it’s gone. This Saturday November 15th, the bar is hosting a 5/150 party, celebrating five years of H’s current proprietorship, and 150 years of serving San Francisco from the corner of 16th and Guerrero. There is going to be some BBQ from neighborhood chefs Scott Youkilis of Maverick and Justin Deering of Conduit, a visit by Emperor Norton and the Yerba Buena No.1 Clampers (1pm), a Blue Blazer cocktail demonstration at 2pm (watch your hair!), and contests, a charity raffle, and games (all day). You can also ask about the Elixir Economic Stimulus Plan, with crazy deals on some premium liquors. Cheers. 3200 16th St. at Guerrero, 415-552-1633.

More booze news: ~CASK~, the liquor store from the Bourbon & Branch chaps, has opened. Well, it’s kind of their soft opening this week, but they’ll take your money if you want to buy something, so go for it. You’ll be able to buy all kinds of spirits, many obscure, hard to find, and artisanal, plus some Cali small-production and boutique wines (90% of the wines are from Napa or Sonoma), and there will also be a few bubblies, including some high-end bottles from Krug, Dom, Veuve, and Moet. There is a selection of barware (great holiday presents for the boozehound in your life), books, bitters, glassware, and here’s what I’m really excited about: there’s an engraving service, so you can really dedicate that bottle of bourbon or bubbles or both to the one you love. Downtown delivery begins this Thursday on a 1920s tricycle, and when the website goes live Friday morning, you can have items shipped (where it’s legal to, of course). Open 11am–7pm daily. 17 3rd St. at Market, 415-424-4844.

Macy’s Cellar Union Square is hosting some ~FOOD AND WINE HOLIDAY DEMOS~: this Wednesday November 12th is Perfect Pairings Part 2−An Elegant Holiday Dinner Party, with executive chef Bruno Tison of The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and winemaker Margo Van Staaveren of Chateau St. Jean. Next Wednesday November 19th is Perfect Pairings Part 3–A Decadent Hors D’Oeuvres Fête is with J Vineyards & Winery’s executive chef Mark Caldwell and winemaker George Bursick. Admission to either event is $10 and entitles you to a taste of the pairings. Proceeds benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. 6:30pm. Tickets available online at, at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ritmo Latino and select Macy’s, Frye and Save Mart stores. To charge tickets by phone, call 415-421-TIXS.

Now, this is what I call a clever event: this Thursday November 13th, Fifth Floor is hosting a wine, beer, and spirits pairing battle called ~THREE ON FIVE~. Executive chef Jennie Lorenzo will prepare a five-course dinner, and the competitors will pair their bevvies with each course—you, dear diners, will decide who did it best. The competitors are Master Sommelier Emily Wines (doing the wine pairings, duh, just read her name); Jacques Bezuidenhout will pair the cocktails; and Dave McLean of Magnolia Brewpub and The Alembic will “head” the beer pairings, har. Tickets are $125. Reserve your space by calling 415-348-1555. The contest will take place in the Chef's Room, so seats are limited. Hotel Palomar, 12 4th St. at Market.

This Thursday November 13th, Foreign Cinema is hosting a wine tasting called ~NG: THE NEXT GENERATION IN WINE~, comprised of young family members from Napa Valley. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Edible Schoolyard, a non-profit program founded by Alice Waters. You’ll be able to taste wines from Ahnfeldt Wines, Broman Cellars, Fisher Vineyards, Frias Family Vineyard, Hill Family Estate, Judd’s Hill, Long Meadow Ranch Winery, Madonna Estate, Marston Family Vineyard, Spelletich Cellars, Viader, and Yates Family Vineyard. There will also be bites, music from the Bay Area’s Jazz Mafia Trio, and a silent auction. 6:30pm. $100. For tickets and additional info, visit 2534 Mission St. at 21st St., 415-648-7600.

East Bay winos: this Sunday November 16th, ~EIGHT ARMS CELLARS~ is having an event to celebrate the release of their first vintage. They are asking guests to help reduce global warming by participating in their Go Green Drink Red campaign. This free event is open to the public, and will be held at Riva Cucina in Berkeley, with chef Massi Boldrini offering an assortment of foods that will pair well with Eight Arms Syrah. 1pm–4pm. 800 Heinz Ave. at 7th, Berkeley.

Saturday November 22nd is the tenth annual ~PINOTFEST 2008~ at Farallon. This extensive tasting of pinot noirs from over 50 of Oregon and California’s best producers will be held from 3pm–6pm. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to meet the winemakers. Participating wineries include: Adelsheim, Argyle, Au Bon Climat, Byron, Bonaccorsi, Brewer-Clifton, Calera, Cambria, Chehalem, Costa de Oro, Domaine Drouhin, Domaine Serene, El Molino, Etude, Fiddlehead, Flowers, Fort Ross, Foxen, Freestone, Gloria Ferrer, Greenwood Ridge, Handley, Hartford Family, Hendry, Hitching Post, Iron Horse, J Vineyards, Keller Estate, Kosta Browne, Littorai, Londer, Lynmar, Marimar Torres, Melville, Merry Edwards, Michaud, Morgan, Patz & Hall, Paul Hobbs, Peay, Pey-Marin, Ponzi, Radio Coteau, Rex Hill, Robert Sinskey, Saintsbury, Sea Smoke, Siduri, Skewis, Soter, Talisman, Talley, Testarossa, Thomas Fogarty, Whitcraft, and Williams Selyem. $100 per person. Call 415-956-6969 for tickets or click here to access the ticket form. 450 Post St., 4th Floor, at Powell.