March 9, 2010

March 9, 2010

Russell’s Room at Bourbon & Branch.

Cask, Bourbon & Branch, and Elixir are hosting some upcoming events where it’s all about being bitter, check it out:

Thursday March 11th, 2pm-5pm
The Bitter Truth Q&A with Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck at Cask.
Bitters will be for sale at this time.

Thursday March 11th, 7pm-9pm
The Truth About Bitters
Elixir Cocktail Club
Stephan Berg, Founder of The Bitter Truth Bitters
$30 with cocktail samples and bitters tasting.
Tickets. 30 tickets only!
German mixologist and bitters expert Stephan Berg presents his acclaimed line of cocktail bitters long available only in Europe and newly introduced to the U.S. Mr. Berg will discuss his path to creating The Bitter Truth and a bit of the story behind the history and significance of bitters in classic and contemporary cocktail culture. He will be joined by Elixir’s H. Joseph Ehrmann in preparing some cocktails to sample, as well as in conducting a tasting of The Bitter Truth products.

Friday March 12th 6pm-9pm
Bitter Truth Cocktail Party
Stephan and Alex bartend in the Russell’s Room of Bourbon & Branch.
RSVP required; space is limited.
The cocktails are not free, but the event is exclusive to those on the guest list. Entry to the room is free, and sampling of the bitters themselves is free. Stephan will have the Creole bitters with him—these are not available in the U.S., so they will be extra special for the event.

Tuesday, March 23rd 8pm-11pm
Scrappy’s Bitters Cocktail Party
Miles and Chris from Scrappy’s Bitters bartend in the Library of Bourbon & Branch.
RSVP required; space is limited.

Tonight, Tuesday March 9th, is the grand opening of ~BAR BASIC~, which was formerly the Gallery Lounge in SoMa. New owner Mike Limanon repainted the space, re-did the seating, flooring, and lighting, and put in a new bar top. Look for more of a neighborhood vibe, and fewer private parties. Did someone say party? According to LiveSOMA, tonight’s grand opening party is going to feature “a night full of drink specials and raffle prizes. The drink specials include 2 for 1 beverages from 6-7pm and starting at 7pm, they’re giving away 150 tacos with the first 150 drinks ordered. They’ll also hold an hourly raffle starting at 6:39 pm, with the grand prize being awarded at 10:39 pm.” On non-grand opening nights, Tuesdays and Thursdays mean $6 drink specials, and happy hour runs from Mon-Fri 4pm-9pm. Hours Mon-Wed 4pm-12am, Thu-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 7pm-2am, Sun 5pm-12am. Hours may change, especially around baseball season.


Photo by Thomas Schauer.

Oui, darlings, it’s the ninth annual ~LA PAULÉE DE SAN FRANCISCO~, and the winos are celebrating. Here’s some background on the posh event: “Over the years, Burgundy aficionado Daniel Johnnes has dedicated himself to educating consumers and collectors about the fine wines of Burgundy, promoting the rich cultural traditions of the region and bringing many of the humble winemakers out of their cellars and into the spotlight to share their superb wines. Starting in the late 1980s, Daniel began hosting wine dinners with some of the most sought after winemakers from Burgundy—opening bottles that most collectors had never seen outside of France. Thanks to growing interest and a desire to reach a broader audience of Burgundy enthusiasts, Daniel introduced La Paulée to New York in 2000.

“La Paulée is Daniel Johnnes’ homage to La Paulée de Meursault, a convivial Burgundian fête where growers and their guests come together to celebrate the harvest. It is the third component to “Les Trois Glorieuses” or “The Three Glorious Days” in Burgundy that are made up of a formal dinner at Clos de Vougeot, the famous charitable auction of Les Hospices de Beaune, and the lively Paulée de Meursault where winemakers bring bottles from their cellars to toast the harvest. The first La Paulée de Meursault took place in 1923 in a local restaurant in Meursault and was hosted by Jules Lafon, the great grandfather of Dominique Lafon, winemaker of Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault and regular participant in Daniel Johnnes’ La Paulée. The tradition continues and the annual La Paulée de Meursault is one of the most sought-after tickets for lovers of great Burgundy.”

In 2010, the 9th annual La Paulée will be held in San Francisco. Guests at La Paulée de San Francisco will delight in the newest releases and older vintage wines from over forty of the most sought after Domaines of Burgundy. The event gives collectors with deep cellars a unique opportunity to enjoy their most prized bottles with the winemakers themselves, other collectors, top sommeliers from across the country and chefs. Daniel Johnnes himself is often seen at the event carrying around a Methuselah of an outstanding wine to toast with guests and winemakers, thanking them for joining him at La Paulée!

Host chef Michael Mina will welcome 3-star Michelin-rated chefs Daniel Boulud and Michel Troisgros to collaborate on an unforgettable menu (I am quite sure). The beneficiary of this year’s charity auction held during the Gala Dinner will be Meals On Wheels of San Francisco.

Here is the list of attending growers from Burgundy: Domaine Marquis D’Angerville ٠ Domaine Charles Audoin ٠ Domaine de L’Arlot ٠ Domaine Ballot-Millot ٠ Domaine Bonneau du Martray ٠ Bouchard Père et Fils ٠ Domaine Brocard ٠ Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils ٠ Domaine Blain-Gagnard ٠ Domaine Alain Chavy ٠ Domaine Jean-Louis Chavy ٠ Domaine Bruno Colin ٠ Domaine Philippe Colin ٠ Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey ٠ Domaine de Courcel ٠ Joseph Drouhin ٠ David Duband ٠ Domaine Dujac ٠ Domaine D’Eugenie ٠ Domaine Faiveley ٠ Domaine Michel Gay et Fils Domaine Pierre Gelin ٠ Camille Giroud ٠ Domaine Jean Grivot ٠ Domaine Michel Gros ٠ Maison Louis Jadot ٠ Domaine des Comtes Lafon ٠ Domaine de Lalande ٠ Domaine Leflaive ٠ Thibault Liger-Belair ٠ Domaine Long Depaquit ٠ Domaine Matrot ٠ Domaine de Montille ٠ Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils ٠ Domaine Denis Mortet ٠ Domaine Michel Niellon ٠ Domaine Perrot-Minot ٠ Patrick Piuze Domaine Ramonet ٠ Domaine Michèle et Patrice Rion ٠ Domaine Georges Roumier ٠ Domaine Tollot-Beaut ٠ Domaine de la Vougeraie ٠ a presentation from the Hospices de Beaune ٠ and a selection from the Village of Meursault.

The program of events is pretty sick (uh, $1,400 gala dinner), so I’ll let the website tell you all about the super-luxe events. But one thing to note is the Grand Tasting on Saturday March 13th from 12pm-3pm ($275).


Next Tuesday March 16th, the ~MOSS ROOM RESTAURANT~ is having a special four-course tasting menu of local, sustainable seafood paired with Village, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru wines from Domaine Christian Moreau. Both executive chef Loretta Keller and Christian will be there for tableside discussion at this seafood and Chablis event. This dinner will be the first in their “Dinner with the Winemaker” series, kicking off this month.


In honor of the release of Tony Abou-Ganim’s new book, The Modern Mixologist, he will be returning to The Starlight Room for a one-night celebration. Cocktails and edible treats will be available during this night of Harry Denton and Tony’s reunion. USBG guest bartenders will include Starlight alums Jacques Bezuidenhout and Marcovaldo Dionysos. Proceeds from the evening’s book sales benefit the Bartender’s Relief Fund, a local non-profit committed to helping bartenders in times of need.

One more appearance: Tony will be swinging by ~ELIXIR~ to hang out with Dale and Jill DeGroff for Lush Life Night, an event to benefit The Museum of the American Cocktail and The Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail. Saloon artist Jill DeGroff will be sketching caricatures and signing her book, The Lush Life, while guest bartending legends Dale DeGroff and Tony Abou-Ganim will be slinging drinks with Elixir’s own H. Joseph Ehrmann and Nick DesEnfants. $10 donation requested at door, but not mandatory. Books will be discounted 50% off, with $5 of every sale going to the benefit. All tips and a portion of cocktail sales will benefit the Museum and the Conservancy. Kicks off at 8pm at Elixir (3200 16th St. at Guerrero.)

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