February 12, 2013

February 12, 2013
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The Piglet sandwich at the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hey, remember that Butchers & Beers event reported in tablehopper a couple of weeks ago? Well, there are still tickets available, so you can still check it out. To recap, tickets to the event are $60 and include unlimited beer tastings from seven local breweries such as Almanac Beer Co., Pacific Brewing Laboratory, and Anchor Brewing. There will be market stalls featuring barbecue, burgers, and other meaty delights from 4505 Meats, and Ryan Farr will be demonstrating how to break down and butcher a whole pig, then auctioning off the cuts to benefit The Food Pantry. The event runs from 6pm-9pm on Friday February 15th at St. Gregory’s in Potrero. 500 De Haro St. at Mariposa.

On Tuesday February 12th (that would be today), head to ~MAGNOLIA GASTROPUB & BREWERY~ for the fourth annual Oyster & Beer Extravaganza. They’ll be pouring their Oysterhead Stout, made with bushels of Hog Island oysters, plus a special menu of raw and cooked oysters. It’s happening all day, 11am-5pm, and admission is free but food and drinks are pay as you go.

Want to avoid a stuffy formal Valentine’s Day with wilted rose petals and awkward couples? Yeah, good call. Instead, head to the SoMa location of ~THE AMERICAN GRILLED CHEESE KITCHEN~ for a Pitchers, Pizza, and Grilled Cheese Happy Hour pop-up. From 5pm-9pm Pacific Brewing Labs and the ~DEL POPOLO~ pizza truck will be serving their goods alongside the American’s grilled cheese sandwiches. Seating will be available in the restaurant and on the patio.

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Nopa sign; photo via Facebook.

You only have two more nights to ask ~NOPA~ wine director Chris Deegan to pour you some of his favorite wines, beers, and sherries; Scoop reports he is leaving the restaurant after being there for six years. He is handing over the reins to Lulu McAllister, who has been working with him since last June. Chris will still do a bit of consulting for the restaurant during the transition and will then take some time off to travel. Kudos to him for creating one of the most interesting wine programs in the city—his passion and perspective will be missed by many.

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Ahhh, the wine is always oh-so-fine at A16. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Two wonderful southern Italian winemakers are making the rounds this coming week: Bruno De Conciliis (from Paestum in Campania) and Alberto Graci (whose estate is on the northern slope of Mount Etna in Sicily). They will be all over the Bay Area, starting with an appearance at ~DOPO~ for a special dinner on Sunday February 17th; at ~SPRUCE~ for a winemaker dinner on Monday February 18th; and at ~A16~ on Tuesday February 19th (their wines will be available by the half-glass, glass, carafe, and bottle throughout the evening). For the finale, the duo will be at ~INCANTO~ on Wednesday February 20th for a wine dinner. Contact the individual restaurants for more info about the various dinners.

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Ladies mix it up at San Francisco Speed Rack 2012. Photo from Facebook.

For those looking for an alternative to watching the Oscars on Sunday February 24th, catch the San Francisco installment of the national ~SPEED RACK~ competition, a celebration of female bartenders and a charity event for breast cancer. To date, Speed Rack has raised more than $85,000.

The competition pits local female bartenders against one another as they make rounds of cocktails for a panel of judges. Contestants will be judged based on the accuracy and speed of their mixing skills, and the winner will head to the national finals in New York. This year’s contestants include Jen Ackrill (Rye), Jennifer Colliau (Slanted Door), and Kim Rosselle (Flora, Fauna), among many others. The event takes place at ~THE CHAPEL~ and tickets are $20, including drinks and snacks from the event’s sponsors. 3pm-7pm. 777 Valencia St. at 19th St., 415-551-5157.