June 1, 2010

June 1, 2010
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Photo by Jenn Farrington.

A wine event I look forward to every year, ~THE GOLDEN GLASS WINE EVENT~ is celebrating its seventh anniversary. You’ll be able to taste over 100 sustainable and “slow” wines from around the globe, including wines from our own backyard (Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino), paired with culinary specialties from Bay Area chefs and artisanal food producers. Participating restaurants include: A16, Acquerello, Betelnut, Delfina, E Tutto Qua, Frantoio, Il Cane Rosso, LarkCreekSteak, One Market, Perbacco, Plum Restaurant, Ristobar, Shokolaat, the girl and the fig, Thirsty Bear, and many others. There will be sample-sized plates of their signature dishes, charcuterie, cheeses, olive oils, seasonal fruit, breads, pastries, and gelato presented in a market-style atmosphere for attendees to savor throughout the afternoon.

Chaired by local sommelier and educator Rebecca Chapa—and judged by a panel of acclaimed national wine experts—the 2010 Golden Glass Competition will award golden glasses (as well as silver and bronze distinctions) to the best “slow” wines the world has to offer. Participating wines reflect the Slow Food principles of “good, clean and fair” production practices—whether organic, sustainable, or biodynamic. Restaurant participants will pair up with winemakers to offer prix-fixe menus during the week of The Golden Glass, like Acquerello, Ristobar, and Ottimista Enoteca-Café. More information can be found here.

All entry fees include unlimited wine and five food tasting tickets. Additional food tickets can be purchased at $20 for five tickets (including for guests under 21). The proceeds of the Golden Glass event benefit Slow Food San Francisco’s “Slow Food in School” programs, including school gardens, and the Time for Lunch Campaign, as well Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste program.

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Photo from Paragon website.

~PARAGON RESTAURANT & BAR~ is all about beer: not only have they just implemented 12 new craft beers on tap, with 6 more on the way, but they’re also hosting a beer dinner featuring Greg Koch, CEO of Stone Brewing Co., Brewers Kushal Hall and Matt Walsh from Speakeasy, and Shaun O’Sullivan from 21st Amendment Brewery. Chef Spencer O’Meara will be preparing four courses to go along with the beers. There will be at least 6 different beer styles featured, adding up to about 12 beers in all: IPA, blonde, red, Belgian, imperial stout, and coffee porter.

P.S. Paragon is also doing BBQ Wednesdays in the evening, offering dinner plates of hickory-smoked baby back ribs (St. Louis-style; $19); applewood-smoked, four pepper-crusted brisket ($18); mesquite-smoked pulled pork shoulder sandwiches (Carolina-style; $14); and spice-rubbed barbecue half chicken ($15), which all come with collard greens, baked beans, and a corn muffin.

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