November 13, 2012

November 13, 2012
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The beguiling interior of La Maison Cointreau. Photo courtesy La Maison Cointreau.

The French liqueur company Cointreau is taking over a Potrero Hill warehouse for a week and has transformed it into the specially designed La Maison Cointreau. The event features a variety of rooms, each designed to explore a particular facet of Cointreau’s past and present (including a cocktail lab, designed to look like an apothecary). Each guided tour features a viewing of antique cocktail recipe books and a crash course on cocktail history, lessons, and tastes from Kyle Ford, and fabulous music in a special space (think boudoir meets ballroom). The best part? It’s all free—you just have to RSVP. Tours are available to the public on Wednesday November 14th and Thursday November 15th from 6pm-9:30pm. Trade tours run from 1pm-4pm, both days. 21+. 1550 17th St. at Wisconsin.

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The images and stories coming in from the East Coast have been haunting, to say the least. Many West Coast residents have found themselves at a loss for how to help from so far away. A bunch of folks in our local bar community have an event planned to help out. On Sunday November 18th, ~LOCAL EDITION~ will be hosting a Coney Island-themed party to raise money for bars and restaurant hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

It’s called SF Hearts NY, and there are a ton of bartenders participating, including Steven Liles of Smuggler’s Cove, Scott Baird of Bon Vivants, and Melissa Boyd of Beretta. Tickets are $25. There will also Coney Island-inspired snacks from the likes of Jasper’s, 15 Romolo, Tango & Stache, Maverick, and more available for purchase. All drinks will be $5 during the event, which runs from 4pm-8pm. 691 Market St. at 3rd St., 415-795-1375. (Look for the door next to the T-Mobile store.)

If you can’t make it to the big party on Sunday, head out on Saturday November 17th. Lots of local bars will be running drink specials to raise funds too. Rye, Bourbon & Branch, Smuggler’s Cove, 15 Romolo, Broken Record, Elixir and Dalva are just some of the watering holes participating; if you’re not sure, just ask at your favorite spot.

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The interior at Elixir. Photo from Facebook.

Help ~ELIXIR~ celebrate its ninth anniversary with H. Joseph Ehrmann at the helm (the bar itself has been slinging booze for 154 years!). On Saturday November 17th, he’s throwing a Jamaican-themed bash with Appleton rum cocktails and punch. Neighbor Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats will be there, too, heading up a rum-soaked, Jamaican-jerk pig roast.

Plus, the whole thing is a benefit for Share Our Strength, a national organization committed to ending childhood hunger. The event kicks off at noon, and it sounds like they’ll be at it until the rum and pig run out. General tickets are $45 and include a $10 donation to Share Our Strength, one cocktail, one bag of 4505 chicharrones, one plate of food from the pig roast, and a glass of rum punch or a pint of Newcastle. Woo! There are VIP ticket options too; get the details and the tickets here. 3200 16th St. at Guerrero, 415-552-1633.

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Hooray for bubbles! Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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The interior at Donato Enoteca. Photo from website.

Whoooa, this is some pretty serious bubbly! On Wednesday December 5th, Uncorked Events will be hosting Pinot and Bubbles, a veritable sparkling and pinot extravaganza. There will be bubbly offerings from 10 countries, including heavy-hitter brands, like France’s Perrier-Jouët and California’s Roederer Estate, and smaller, more obscure offerings, like Bagrationi from Georgia (the country, not the state!). There’s a hefty lineup of pinot noirs as well, with both domestic and imported pours. The event will be held in the Regency Center’s Lodge Level event space from 6pm-9pm, and there will also be snacks. Tickets are $50 per person in advance, and $65 at the door. There is also an early-bird group special for $45 per person (if you buy at least five tickets), so get some people together and make the sparkles happen. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. If you bring cans of food to donate, you’ll be entered in a raffle to win take-home bottles of wine and bubbly. 1290 Sutter St. at Van Ness.

Get yourself ready for a holiday wine pairing class with Vinny Eng, the man behind the beverage program at ~BAR TARTINE~. He’ll be at ~SALUMERIA~ on Wednesday December 12th, showing you how to select the right wine to go with the right dishes. You’ll start out at 6:30pm with a glass of prosecco, and then enjoy five mini-courses of food, with appropriate pairings. Tickets are $125 per person, and include food and wine pairings. Only 12 seats! 3000 20th St. at Florida, 415-471-2998.

On Saturday December 1st, take your Italian wine-loving self to ~DONATO ENOTECA~ in Redwood City for the Enoteca 100: Grand Food and Wine Tasting. There will be 100 Italian wines to taste, plus porchetta, risotto, pizza, and charcuterie. The tasting goes from 1pm-4pm, but you can arrive at 12pm if you purchase one of the $65 VIP tickets. General tickets are $55, or snatch up one of the limited early bird tickets now for only $45. 1041 Middlefield Rd. at Main, Redwood City, 650-701-1000.