June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012
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The Kotatsu Room at Ozumo Oakland. Photo from Facebook.

Okay people, you ready to party down? First up, ~CANTINA~ is celebrating its five-year anniversary tonight (Tuesday June 19th). There will be $5 cocktails, food bites, a DJ, and no cover charge. Come on by.

Sake lovers, here are a few events where you can say kanpai! On Thursday June 21st, Jessica Furui will be hosting a sake tasting and pairing event at ~OZUMO OAKLAND~, The Joy of Sake Aftertaste Event: Sake & Soul Food. Sample a total of 40 junmai, ginjo, and daiginjo sakes, followed by dishes like tsukune meatballs and spicy chicken kara-age. $40 per person (includes tax and tip). Tickets here. 6pm-8pm. 2251 Broadway, Oakland, 510-286-9866.

And then on Tuesday June 26th, ~OZUMO RESTAURANT~ in San Francisco will host a Summer Namazake Tasting, five sakes in all, each paired with dishes. Sake highlights include: Umenishiki Nama Daiginjo, Denshin “Natsu” Nama Daiginjo, Seikyo Nama Omachi Junmai Ginjo, Tsukinokatsura “Kohakku” Nama Ginjo, Ohyama Tokubetsu Nama Junmai. $40 per person. 6pm-8pm. Reserve: 415-882-1333.

Over in the Mission, ~RANGE~ is teaming up with Kermit Lynch this summer to do a wine-and-dinner series every month. Monday June 25th will be the first event, with an all-star Beaujolais lineup paired with a four-course prix-fixe menu. $90 per person, excluding tip and tax. (Next month is Corsica, followed by Provence in August.)

Linden Street Brewery and ~BAR TARTINE~ are releasing two new beers brewed by Adam Lamoreaux with Tartine’s yeast: Bière de Tartine, a bière-de-garde-style beer brewed in celebration of Linden’s third anniversary, and Tartine Noir, the Tartine yeast’s take on Linden’s delicious Black Lager recipe. So on Monday June 25th, there will be a celebratory beer hall dinner at Bar Tartine that starts at 7pm. This beer dinner will feature Central European fare conceived by Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns—cooked with Linden Street beer—and bread by Chad Robertson. All food will be served family style. $95 per person. Ticket price includes food, eight beers brewed at the Port of Oakland Linden Street Brewery facility, gratuity, taxes, and a growler of Linden St. Tartine Noir beer! Tickets here.

And on Wednesday June 27th, ~FIFTH FLOOR~ is hosting an Almanac Beer Dinner: five courses for $120. And since the foie gras ban won’t be in effect yet, the first course features a foie terrine with blackberries, cassis, cubeb pepper gastrique, and pistachio bread (paired with Almanac’s Vintage Barrel-Aged Golden with Blackberries). Almanac Beer brewmaster and co-founder Jesse Friedman will be in the restaurant that night, available to talk to people and pouring his beers.

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(Soon-to-be-former) Wo Hing bar manager Brooke Arthur. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

This post on SF Station’s Yum blog announced the departure of bar manager Brooke Arthur from ~WO HING GENERAL STORE~—unfortunately the business couldn’t support her position any longer. Hello, talented bartender on the loose! We had a chance to connect this morning—she said she’ll be at Wo Hing until the end of July, unless she finds something sooner. Look for Brooke to do some guest bartending and shifts around town, will keep you posted.

Grub Street has more details on the gay sports bar opening in the former Lime: ~HI TOPS~. The basics: American bar food, an extensive list of tap beers, and multiple sporting events played on TVs in the space. An opening is planned for October 2012. 2247 Market St. at Sanchez.

Lastly, a license transfer shows Demetrius Chapin-Rienzo, Nate Valentine, Todd Palmerton, and Larry Vavra have sold ~THE AMBASSADOR~ to new owners Adam Snyder and Justin Roja. Scoop reports the bar will close in a few months. 673 Geary St. at Leavenworth.

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Spruce. Copyright © FrankenyImages.com.

~SPRUCE~ and St. George Spirits are partnering to offer a four-course “SPIRITual” tasting menu on Monday June 25th at 6:30pm. Each course by chef Mark Sullivan will be paired with a cocktail from bar manager Brandon Clements that highlights different St. George spirits, as well as a straight tasting of the spirits, including Absinthe Verte and Botanivore Gin. St. George’s master distiller Lance Winters will also be in attendance to answer questions about the spirits and distilling process. Cost for the event is $110, and reservations can be made by calling Spruce at 415-931-5100. 3640 Sacramento St. at Spruce.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to mix an excellent cocktail and appreciate individual sprits, head over to ~BERETTA~ this summer for one of their cocktail classes, taught by bar manager Ryan Fitzgerald. Monday July 16th will be “The New Frontier of American Whiskey,” where booze aficionados and beginners alike can learn all about the history (and future) of bourbon, rye, and other American whiskeys. Monday August 13th is “Discover Mezcal,” where students will learn about and taste a variety of mezcals. Beretta will provide snacks for all classes to keep you going. Classes cost $85 per person and will begin at 7pm. Reserve your spot at 415-695-1199 or via email. 1199 Valencia St. at 23rd.

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