August 23, 2011

August 23, 2011

Photo of Erik Adkins (while at Flora) courtesy of Savoy Stomp.

I’ll be heading down to San Luis Obispo for Sunset’s SAVOR the Central Coast the weekend of October 1st—and it’s not just to attend the oyster seminar and tasting on Sunday October 2nd (which I’m looking forward to). I was invited to be a judge for the LA vs. SF: Food Town Smackdown—Cocktail Edition on Sunday October 2nd, which will have San Francisco’s badass Erik Adkins (The Slanted Door) and Los Angeles’ Damian Windsor (The Roger Room) competing to declare which city is the cocktail capital of California. Uh, duh. Joining me in my judging duties will be Sunset food editor Margo True, LA Weekly’s Jonathan Gold, and Charlotte Voisey, company mixologist for William Grant & Sons.

Read more details about the four-day event here. Interested in coming? You can get 10% off your tickets at check out if you use code SAVORHOPPER. See you there!


Tonight, the fine folks at ~15 ROMOLO~, ~COMSTOCK SALOON~, and ~TXOKO~ are hosting their first Barbary Coast Crawl, featuring Pisco Punch three different ways. Swing by after 9pm. Follow @BarbaryCstCrawl on Twitter for future updates.

And on Sunday August 28th, ~MASA’S~ is hosting a special Slow Food winemaker dinner honoring Charlie and Martha Barra and their sustainable wines from Mendocino. Four courses, $100. More details here.


The Bee’s Knees at Prospect. Photo: ©

Inside Scoop reveals Brooke Arthur is leaving Prospect and will be the bar manager for Charles Phan’s upcoming ~WO HING GENERAL STORE~ on Valencia. (Yup, very close to her previous place of employment, Range.) She will reportedly be working closely with Erik Adkins (The Slanted Door, Heaven’s Dog). Brooke will be behind the stick at Prospect for the first couple weeks of September and will then depart.

As I was sitting at the counter at ~THE SUMMIT~ on Sunday for chef Eddie Lau’s Dux Series 2 dinner, I noted there was a beer tap behind the counter! Hallelujah! You can now order a variety of wines and beer while banging away on your MacBook Pro.


Cocktails from Jupiter Olympus website.

Jupiter Olympus, a cocktail consulting company, is launching Jupiter Olympus Presents, a monthly series of events featuring new and experimental cocktails. The inaugural event will be at the ~ACME BAR & CO.~ on Monday August 29th. They will be serving six specialty cocktails featuring the new, unreleased gins from St. George Spirits of Alameda, Templeton Rye, Ilegal Mezcal, and Oro Pisco. Look for custom ingredients, hand-carved ice, and creative techniques (highlights will include carrot soda, housemade Midori, and vaporized tonic). No cover. Please RSVP. 9pm-2am. 2115 San Pablo Ave. at Addison, Berkeley.


Flickr photo of a soft opening party by ptorno/Pam Torno.

A while ago, liquor license activity mentioned a bar called Up Dog opening in Oakland, and then Diablo Dish figured out it was related to some folks behind the Weather Up bar in Brooklyn. After some serious online stalking, I was able to get in touch with the owners, who shared more details about their new project, which is called ~MAKE WESTING~ (Updog is the LLC) and opens on Monday August 22nd on Telegraph Avenue across from the Fox Theater.

Owners (and Bay Area natives) Christopher Foott and Glenn Kaplan are opening their cocktail bar with the help of some talented people from New York (mostly with part-owner Matthew Maddy of Brooklyn restaurant No. 7 and the bar Weather Up); Caroline Pagel (who has been running Sea Salt in North Berkeley for years) is also helping with the project. There’s a patio, a couple indoor bocce courts, a house cocktail menu, and eight beers on tap (including local Linden Street Common Lager). There are also a couple of tasty-sounding sub sandwiches on the menu, like a roast beef sandwich with pickled butter greens and five-spice mayo, and a broccoli sandwich with Salvatore ricotta and lychee muchim (gold star if you can tell me what that is), plus Walkers Crisps (they’re a Brit thang), and some other snacky items. Be sure to check out the slick photoshoot from UrbanDaddy here (designed by Matt Maddy). As for the name, it comes from a Jack London story. Hours will be 4pm-1:45am to start. 1741 Telegraph Ave. at 18th St., Oakland, 510-251-1400.