July 20, 2010

July 20, 2010
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Thirsty. Very thirsty.

This could prove to be dangerous, but at a baseline, really fun: I’ll be guest bartending at the J-Lounge at ~JARDINIÈRE~ next Wednesday July 28th from 5:30pm-8pm. No, I won’t be making complicated and multi-layered drinks, but I will be schooled enough to serve up The Enchantress (a bourbon-based drink, natch), priced at a wallet-friendly $9. Which means you can save money for my book (which I’ll be selling for $17.50 and can sign for you—and perhaps shake some bitters on it, no additional charge). This will be the first session in a guest bartender series in the J-Lounge—I guess they’ll have to see how much damage I do. Fortunately I’ll have barman Brian MacGregor there to keep me in line. So come on by for a bourbon bevvie, my book, and I’ll try my best bartender jokes on you.

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It’s a two-fer of bubbly options for you: this Wednesday July 21st, ~OTTIMISTA ENOTECA-CAFÉ~ in Cow Hollow is hosting a night of Bisol Prosecco from 6pm-9pm. Special guest Roberto Cremonese will be pouring and discussing his estate’s wines tableside—you can choose the bubbles by the glass or enjoy a tasting flight of all the wines. 

To accompany the wines, the à la carte menu for the evening will feature dishes inspired by the Veneto region.

And then starting this Thursday July 22nd, Veuve Clicquot is starting Full Moon Thursdays. Every month, Downtown’s ~BELDEN PLACE~ will be hosting a Full Moon Clicquot party in the alley’s restaurants, featuring Veuve Clicquot discounts, food pairings, and free entertainment. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label will be featured by the glass for $18 (approximately $24 per glass is the usual price) all day and night. To kick off the series, the Fou Fou Ha dance troupe will be performing from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Upcoming dates include August 26th, September 23rd, October 21st, November 21st, and December 23rd.

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2010 continues to prove itself to be the year of beer, because here’s another addition to the local sudsy scene: ~OLD OAK BEER CO.~ The partners in the project are Jesse Friedman, home brewer and publisher behind the Beer and Nosh blog, and Damian Fagan, a designer and fellow home brewer. Now, I wasn’t able to get many details out of Friedman, who is getting ready for his wedding this weekend (congrats!), but the gents are going to be offering a farm-to-bottle approach to brewing, one that is sustainably minded, with limited seasonal quantities. They are going to be gearing their product for the San Francisco restaurant and food scene (more on what that means soon), and will feature a unique look (it helps to partner with a designer). I wasn’t able to get any details (yet) on where they’re brewing their beer, or what ales they’re brewing, but they already have a batch in production which should be released in late fall. Expect more on this project in a month or so. Hic.

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Beer lover’s salad. Photo by Austin Hastings.

Starting this Wednesday July 21st, ~SOCIAL KITCHEN & BREWERY~ begins its monthly Brewmaster’s Dinner Series. This month’s menu will be omnivore- and vegetarian-friendly and will include an appetizer reception, salad course, main course, and dessert. Each course will be paired with a Social Kitchen & Brewery beer, and the reception will include three appetizers paired with two beers and a beer cocktail.

Brewmaster Rich Higgins and chef Dante Simoncini came up with the theme of comfort food for this inaugural dinner; selections from the menu will include: Bavarian cheese Obaster paired with Social Kölsch; chicken wings paired with a Rapscallion Belgian ale-cilantro-jalapeño cocktail; braised beef stroganoff or ratatouille served family style with egg noodles, horseradish sour cream sauce, trio of peas, and seared oyster mushrooms paired with Old Time Alt; and a mystery mocha paired with L’Enfant Terrible. Upcoming dinners will include a pasta dinner, vegan dinner, spicy-picante dinner, garlic dinner, and pickled dinner. And here’s the best part: it’s only $30, and includes the beer pairings.

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