October 19, 2010

October 19, 2010
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Photo from Monk’s Kettle website.

Tomorrow night, on October 20th, the ~MONK’S KETTLE~ will host Abita Brewing Co. for a benefit for the Gulf Coast, featuring S.O.S. (Save Our Shores) Pilsner, a beer created to fund a charity for those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Louisiana-inspired menu for the night will feature four beers (Jockamo IPA and Andygator on tap, the S.O.S. in the bottle, and glasses of Abbey Ale served from the bottle), all paired with stuffed peppers, New Orleans-inspired gumbo, cassoulet, and crawfish and andouille pot pie (yeah, you better come hungry!). Abita Brewing Co. is donating 75 cents of every bottle sold to a charitable foundation to aid people affected by the disaster, as well as wildlife and environmental restoration. The Monk’s Kettle will additionally be donating half the day’s Abita sales to charity.

Upcoming beer-pairing dinners include Mark Ruedrich of North Coast Brewing Company on November 3rd, and on December 1st, Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewing.

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Photo courtesy of Mezzaluna.

For those of you who live along the coast, head over to ~MEZZA LUNA RESTAURANT~ in Princeton by the Sea this Wednesday October 20th for the inaugural Tuscan Nights wine tasting and silent auction. The restaurant will provide light appetizers while guests taste a variety of wines from Pure Argentina Wines, Husch Vineyards, Michael Martella Wines, Alexia Moore Wine Marketing, Thomas Fogarty Winery, and more. There will also be a small silent auction, which will benefit the Friends of Farallone Parent Teacher Organization. Tickets are $40. 6pm-9pm. (Childcare is available through UpGrade Children’s Center, 103 Harvard Ave. #3, a few blocks from Mezza Luna. For more information, please contact the center: 650-728-7662 or 650-867-0058.) Mezza Luna, 459 Prospect Way, Princeton-by-the-Sea, 650-728-8108.

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Photo from Laszlo Bar.

This Thursday October 21st, Foreign Cinema’s ~LASZLO BAR~ will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a party that will feature a variety of DJs (DJ FOX, RondoBrothers, DJ Zita, and DJ Ts) and a special surprise DJ at midnight (no, it’s not Paul Oakenfold). You’ll also get to try an entirely new cocktail menu, but be sure to get there from 8pm-9pm, because that’s when the bar will be serving three of the new drinks for free (yes, fo’ free) for the first hour of the party. There will be $2 Trumer Pils all night, and Foreign Cinema will provide appetizers throughout the evening as well. 8pm-1:30am. 2526 Mission St. at 21st St., 415-401-0810.

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Cocktailing at Absinthe. Copyright © 2010 FrankenyImages.com.

Just a little reminder that on Monday October 25th, ~ABSINTHE BRASSERIE & BAR~ is hosting its next installment of Pickled, a happy hour on the last Monday of every month, from 5:30pm-10pm. No idea what this month’s theme will be, but you can check out last month’s drink and bites menu here. It happens in the Absinthe Private Dining, next door to Absinthe Brasserie & Bar.

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Photo of Shaher Misif from CUESA.

No, I’m not talking about your liver. The next ~FARMERS MARKET COCKTAIL HAPPY HOUR~, Preserved & Pickled, is on Wednesday October 27th, and will feature a variety of infused, preserved, and pickled ingredients found in the farmers market. CUESA and the Northern California Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) will be providing guests with two full-sized signature cocktails made with Hangar One vodka, and eight sample-sized drinks made with Death’s Door Gin, FAIR Vodka, Leblon Cachaça, Neisson Rhum Agricole Blanc, Royal Combier, St-Germain, VeeV Açaí Spirit, and Zaya Rum. The line-up of bartenders includes:
 Joel Teitelbaum, Zero Zero; 
Jared Anderson, 15 Romolo; 
Tina Brandelli, DOSA on Fillmore
; Trip Hosley, Sauce; 
Michael Callaghan, Harry’s Bar
; Andrea Parea, Elixir; 
Kelli Rivers and Summer-Jane Bell, Hotsy Totsy Club; 
David Ruiz, Mr. Smith’s; 
Christina Cabrera; and Peter Vestinos, USBG Chicago. There will also be bites from some local restaurants. Cheers!

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Photo from COOF website.

Friday October 29th is the CCOF’s (California Certified Organic Farmers) fifth annual ~ORGANIC BEER AND WINE TASTING EVENT~ at the San Francisco Ferry Building. Guests will be able to talk with over 20 organic beer and wine producers (and taste their fabulous wares). The wines will come from organic farms all over California; this year’s tasting will feature two new wineries (Domaine Carneros and Kelseyville Wine Company), and one new brewery (Napa Smith Brewery).

Tickets are $30 for unlimited beer and wine tasting and a commemorative wine glass. Special food pairings from the Ferry Building Marketplace artisans will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will help fund CCOF’s education and outreach programs. For a complete list of vendors and to buy tickets in advance, click here.