November 9, 2010

November 9, 2010

I received an email from Nirvino mentioning an event tonight, November 9th, in ~CANTINA~’s new “Bodega de Cantina,” which of course made me say, “huh?” After a phone call with owner Duggan McDonnell, he put me in touch with his Cantina colleague, Christine Prentice, who has put together a special wine list for Tuesday and Wednesday night tastings in the downstairs bar. There are 16-17 wines available by the glass, with a total of 24 bottles, including some South American selections, along with French and Californian wines. Oh yeah, and some beers—but no cocktails downstairs. There will also be salumi, from Fatted Calf and other purveyors, plus cheeses are available.

Prentice said the vibe is more laid-back than the upstairs, with softer lighting, music, a couch, a cool installation from a local artist, and room for about 30 people to hang out and catch up. Sounds like a nice place to unwind after work; Tue-Wed 5pm-12am. As for tonight’s sneak peek event with Nirvino, you can read all the details and get tickets here. 580 Sutter St. at Mason.

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Butterfish crudo at…Bar Crudo!

Next Monday November 15th, ~BAR CRUDO~ is starting their fall/winter beer dinner club series with Moonlight Brewery and Master Brewer Brian Hunt. Chef Mike Selvera has put together a five-course seasonal menu, with dishes like a king mackerel crudo with a salad of watercress, endive, pear, duck prosciutto, almond dust, and creamy pear vinaigrette, paired with Sour Mash Wheat, Wheat Ale; and butterfish and smoked bone marrow with seaweed salad, cherry balsamic, orange oil, and grilled toast paired with Working for Tips, Red Ale. Nope, Selvera is not messing around. Check out the entire menu here. $85. 7pm.

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The Reuben at Saul’s.

Shmaltz Brewing’s line of HE’BREW beers, smoked herring, Reubens… It all goes down at a winter dinner and beer pairing on Tuesday November 16th at ~SAUL’S RESTAURANT AND DELI~ in Berkeley, from 4pm-10pm. Here’s the full menu for you to check out. Order à la carte, or you may also choose the prix-fixe menu, which includes three beer and food pairings ($32 for three courses and three half-pints, or $38 for three pints). Zak Davis from Shmaltz Brewing will also be on hand for part of the night to answer any questions. 1475 Shattuck Ave. at Vine, Berkeley, 510-848-3354.