February 8, 2011

February 8, 2011
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Photo of the bar is (pre-remodel!) from Zeitgeist.

A reader wrote to me, asking about the temporary closure and construction going on at ~ZEITGEIST~. SFist posted a picture of a sign the bar posted explaining they’re renovating. SFist also mentioned the bathrooms are being redone, so no more Porta-Potties. In a later post on SFist, the renovations look a bit more extensive—but a chat with the construction crew reveals they’re also redoing the floors. Anyway, Zeitgeist is supposed to reopen on February 14th. 199 Valencia St. at Duboce, 415-255-7505.

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Photo from Bay Area Reporter.

It was closing, and now the Bay Area Reporter writes the ~EDGE~ bar has reopened. The owners of QBar (456 Castro St.) have bought the Edge, and will reportedly be taking over operations on February 14th through a temporary license (previous owner Don McMartin will operate the bar until then). The BAR states, “The new owners will be remodeling the bar, but they’ll keep it open during the renovations. They hope to be finished in time for the bar’s 20th anniversary in May.” 4149 18th St. at Collingwood.

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Photo from Bottlenotes.

Coming up on Friday February 11th is Bottlenotes’ third annual ~AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 SIPS~ wine tasting event at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Club. Attendees will have a chance to try dozens of wines from new and emerging regions (including Argentina, Austria, Australia, California, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, and more)—and for the first year ever you can also access the entire wine list through Bottlenotes’ new mobile app. There will also be artisanal cheese, charcuterie, chocolate, and more. VIP hour 6pm-7pm; general admission 7pm-9pm. $125 VIP, $75 general admission. But check this out: tablehopper readers get $15 off the ticket price! Just input code TABLEHOPPER for your discount.

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2010 Beerunch photo by Sheila Garvey.

I like the sound of this one: ~BEERUNCH~ at ~PUBLIC HOUSE~, a beer- and food-pairing brunch to celebrate San Francisco Beer Week. Here are the details on the beer and food pairings: MateVeza Yerba Mate IPA with carnitas taco with tomatillo salsa; Moonlight Toast (Slightly Burnt) with savory mushroom and Gruyère cheese strata; Bear Republic, Racer X with endive and poached pear salad with blue cheese and walnut shortbread; Deschutes, The Abyss with croissant and bourbon bread pudding; Russian River, Consecration with fennel-cured smoked salmon and whipped chive cream cheese on mini bagels; Magnolia, Saison de Lily with goat cheese and scallion breakfast biscuit with Southern-style ham; and Dogfish Head, Festina Peche “Beermosa.” $49. 11:30am-2:30pm.

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Hash and eggs; photo by Annabelle Breakey.

Yup, even ~SILKS~ is joining in the bottomless sparkling wine scene for brunch. But, of course, they’re doing theirs with a bit of class. There will be a “Build Your Own Champagne Cocktail Bar,” with two different sparkling wines to choose from, crystal Champagne flutes, and all the ingredients for a variety of Champagne cocktails for only $20 per person. You can go with a classic (sugar cube, bitters, lemon twist, and bubbly) to a Kir Royal (cassis, blackberries, and bubbly), make your own combo, have a mimosa, or drink it on its own. Bubbles will change, but the main players are Chandon Blanc de Noirs California and Solter Spätburgunder Brut Rosé (a rosé from Germany made from pinot noir grapes in the traditional Champagne method)—and they’ll pull out some nice surprises at times, from vintage Domaine Carneros to Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle. Every Sunday from 11am-3pm.

Winos will also want to note that every Tuesday for dinner, 50 bottles of premium wine will be offered at 50% off the wine list price. The list is created from Silks’ 700-bottle Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence collection. For reservations, call 415-986-2020.

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I’ve had the upcoming (and invitation only, mi dispiace) ~TRE BICCHIERI~ event on my calendar for weeks. While the event is only one evening, it also means Italian wine events will be all over town for the days preceding and following the tasting. For example, on Tuesday February 15th, Fabrizia Tasca Lanza from the world-renowned Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School and the Tasca d’Almerita winery in Sicily will be at ~A16~. Fabrizia will collaborate with executive chef David Taylor to introduce Sicilian classics, and Tasca d’Almerita’s wine manager Lilli Lo Cascio will also be joining to help pair selections from the winery. You’ll also be able to enjoy many Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri award-winning wines poured by the glass on February 16th. (I’ll tweet any other events I learn about in the coming week.)

A little birdie over the weekend told me Paul Einbund was no longer the wine director for Charles Phan’s ~SLANTED DOOR~ mini-empire. Sure enough, Scoop confirmed the rumor yesterday, and says he plans to release his own wine later this year (a barbera for less than $15), and he will continue as beverage director at Frances. As for his replacement, “Slanted Door sommelier Chaylee Priete, former wine director at Greens, will assume Einbund’s position at Charles Phan’s Ferry Building destination.”