October 12, 2010

October 12, 2010
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Photo: FrankenyImages.com © 2010.

Are you ready for Brock 2010? That’s what Brock Keeling of SFist will be serving this Thursday October 14th for his guest bartending night at ~JARDINIÈRE~. The cocktail is a 20th Century rendition of vodka, Lillet, lemon, and white crème de cacao ($9). He’ll be behind the stick from 6pm-8pm. You’ll also be able to order Watson Farm lamb meatballs with preserved lemon and goat’s milk yogurt for $9. And while you’re there, be sure to congratulate Eugenio Jardim, who just won Sunset Magazine’s Sommelier of the Year Award for 2010. Salud!

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Russell’s Room at Bourbon & Branch.

Coming up this Sunday October 17th will be an amazing Bourbon Grand Tasting with Liquor.com at Bourbon & Branch. All rooms (including the secret ones) will be in action for the event: Main, Library, Mezzanine, and Russell’s Room. (Bourbon & Branch will be fully and exclusively dedicated to the Bourbon Grand Tasting for the entire evening.) The tasting event will run from 6pm-9pm, and there will be more than 10 excellent bourbon brands (including Elijah Craig, Maker’s 46, Evan Williams, Basil Hayden’s, Bulleit, Four Roses, etc.) pouring tastes of their various expressions, as well as mixing special cocktails. Tickets are $55.

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Wine importer Terry Theise has a brand-new book out, Reading Between the Wines, and there are a variety of local events happening to celebrate with him. On Saturday October 23rd, Terry will be at the ~FERRY PLAZA WINE MERCHANT~ 11am-2pm signing books immediately after his live radio interview with West Coast Live, also in the Ferry Building. Visit with Terry, buy a signed copy, and relax in the Wine Bar for a flight of Terry Theise Estate Selections (a flight of one Champagne, one Austrian wine, and one German wine [TBA] will be available in the wine bar on Saturday for $14). A signed copy of the book is $24.95, and with that purchase you will get 15% off any bottle of wine that states “Terry Theise Selections” on the label.

On Tuesday October 26th, ~CHEZ PANISSE~ will offer a special menu and selections by the bottle or glass, paired with each course. $100 per person, includes a signed copy of the book. Restaurant reservations: call 510-548-5525.

Over at ~COI~, Daniel Patterson and Terry are collaborating for a special seven-course dinner on Wednesday October 27th. The dinner will be complemented by eight wines that Terry has selected. Terry will read passages from his book at the dinner, and of course sign your copy. $185 (includes a copy of Terry’s book). Reserve at 415-393-9000.

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Passionate about Sicilian wine? Then you’ll want to come to ~LOCANDA DA EVA~ in Berkeley for a Sicilian wine dinner with Robert Camuto, author of Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey on Wednesday October 27th. The four-course dinner includes insalata di mare: calamari, mussels, and shrimp with lemon and pepperoncini; maccheroni with roasted eggplant, lamb sausage, herbs, tomato, and caciocavallo (prepared vegetarian upon request); swordfish with roasted peppers, celery, and castelveltrano olives; and ricotta budino with stewed figs, pistachios, saffron, and whipped cream. The menu will be paired with wines from wineries featured in Camuto’s book, including Biondi, Terre Nere, Bonavita, Graci, Riofavara, and Occhipinti.

$75 per person, including wines, plus tax and gratuity; $50 without wines. Books will be available for sale, and Camuto will be in the dining room throughout the dinner to answer questions, meet guests, and sign books. More information about Palmento is available here. Reservations strongly recommended: 510-665-9601.

Other stops on the Palmento tour include a reading and signing at Books Inc. (2251 Chestnut St.) on Monday October 25th at 6pm, and then a Sicilian dinner that night at ~A16~ (2355 Chestnut St.) at 7pm (space is limited, call 415-771-2217 for reservations).

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Photo from The Cheese School.

The Cheese School of San Francisco is hosting the California Cheese & Beer Harvest Fest on Thursday October 28th from 6pm-9pm. Now in its fourth year, attendees at the annual event can mix and mingle with several of California’s most celebrated cheesemakers. There will be ample samplings of a selection of cheeses, beer, and accompaniments, with expert hosts on hand to answer questions. Participants include Cowgirl Creamery, Bellwether Farms, Redwood Hill Farms, Barinaga Ranch, Bleating Heart Cheese, Cypress Grove Chevre, Fiscalini Farms, Rustic Bakery, McQuade’s Celtic Chutneys, and other local artisans. $30 per person, and advanced registration is required.