May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011

Interior photo by Eric Wolfinger.

After applying for a liquor license many moons ago, ~OUTERLANDS~ is launching its petite cocktail program this evening. Co-owner David Muller bartended for five years prior to opening Outerlands, working at Slanted Door (with Erik Adkins and Jennifer Collieau) and Slow Club. The concise list (we’re talking two-four cocktails, folks) will feature interpretations of classics with an emphasis on fresh and housemade ingredients, using savory herbs, and tinctures, bitters, and syrups. Muller will only be using quality spirits, and offering something for all tastes, from refreshing to more spiritous drinks (although don’t look for any vodka drinks—he’s going to provide other options). One cocktail on the opening menu will be made with No. 209 Gin, housemade kumquat syrup and orange bitters, lemon juice, and a garnish contingent on bartender’s whim. Drinks will range from $9-$12. Last call will be at 11pm-ish (depends how many people are in there), with small bites served from 10pm-11pm.

A couple cool things to note in the kitchen: Brett Cooper (Rubicon, Coi, Saison) is the chef (the former chef, Kevin Rogers, was making a move to New Orleans), and Cooper is reportedly doing some amazing things on the menu, while Zoe Dering (nopa, Coi) is in charge of pastry. I think I know where I’m going to be dining in the coming week.


Silks dining room.

The Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco is hosting 12 New Zealand winemakers on Tuesday May 31st for a wine tasting at MO Bar and a four-course winemaker dinner at ~SILKS~. The wine tasting is nicely affordable at $30, and includes pairings with small bites from MO Bar from 5:30pm-7:30pm. You’ll get to experience the terroir of the “Land of the Long White Cloud” with these 12 New Zealand wineries: Amisfield, Ata Rangi, Craggy Range, Felton, Roast, Kumeu River, Mt. Difficulty, Nautilus, Nuedord, Palliser, Quartz Reef, and Vavasour.

The tasting will be followed by the New Zealand Complexity winemaker dinner ($95) at 8pm at Silks. For reservations for the wine tasting or winemaker dinner, please contact Nicole Kosta at 415-276-9724 or by email.


Image from Facebook.

Beautiful scenery, beautiful wines, you can’t ask for much more. The Marin County Winegrowers Association is hosting the seventh annual ~MARIN COUNTY WINE CELEBRATION~ on Saturday June 11th at the Historic Escalle Winery in Larkspur to benefit the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

You’re invited to attend from 3pm-7pm to enjoy the wines of Marin winemakers like Sean Thackrey, Dan Goldfield, Mac McDonald, Jonathan Pey, and Stewart Johnson. Plus you’ll taste Marin cheeses and other locally produced foods such rabbit, venison, and local bread. The 14 participating wineries will be pouring and selling their current releases, as well as offering a few treats from their libraries and barrels. (Current releases will be available by the bottle and the case for purchase at a discount.) They are Couloir Wines, Deloach Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Easkoot Cellars, Kendric Vineyards, Moon Hill Vineyard, Pacheco Ranch Winery, Pey-Marin Vineyards, Point Reyes Vineyards, Sean Thackrey, Skywalker Vineyard, Vergari Wines, Vision Cellars, and Willowbrook Cellars.

Tickets are $55; valet parking and wine glass included. (Media and trade may attend from 1pm-3pm at no charge.) Register online; this event sells out quickly. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, dedicated to preserving agricultural land in Marin County, and DG Educational Services.

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