September 3, 2013

September 3, 2013
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The dining room at Delfina. Photo by Eric Wolfinger via Facebook.

On Thursday September 19th, Laurent Sarazin of bubbly purveyor Schramsberg Vineyards will be at ~COI~ as part of the monthly series of wine dinners. Five courses will be served, along with a different pairing for each. The menu won’t be available until the day of the dinner, but we’re sure it will be delicious. The dinner costs $150 per person, including food and wine, and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 415-393-9000.

On Friday September 20th, catch a special New Zealand winemaker dinner at the ~MANDARIN ORIENTAL~. Matt Dicey, winemaker at Mt. Difficulty in Central Otago, New Zealand, will lead a pairing of his wines with four courses from chef Adam Mali. If you’re not into the dinner, you can catch a tasting reception from 5pm-7pm for only $20. This was one of the wineries I visited during my trip to New Zealand—Central Otago has quite the dramatic terrain (it’s the southernmost wine growing region in the world). The full dinner begins at 7pm, and with pairings, the cost is $95 per person, including dinner, wine, and the reception. To reserve a spot, call 415-986-2020.

At ~DELFINA~ on Monday September 23rd, catch a dinner from Italian winemaker collective Cantina Terlano. The winery is based in South Tyrol, in Northern Italy, and a selection of dishes from the region will be available à la carte. The region borders Austria and Switzerland, and you’ll find dishes like sausages with sauerkraut, dumplings, and braised oxtails on the menu. Judith Unterholzner from Cantina Terlano will be on hand to help diners pair the wines with the special dishes, as well. Reservations can be made by calling 415-552-4055.

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Some of the bicycle madness at Tour de Fat. Photo courtesy Tour de Fat.

New Belgium Brewing’s annual ~TOUR DE FAT~ is coming to town Saturday September 21st for its 10th year. The event is a free day of music and entertainment in Golden Gate Park, including live music, stories from The Moth, and of course the bike parade, at 11am. The day runs from 10am-5pm, and for a full schedule of events and details, pedal over here. New Belgium will be on hand selling lots of beer, of course, and there will also be food available for purchase. The event is put on by New Belgium and volunteers from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and proceeds from food and beer sales go to the Coalition’s efforts to improve biking conditions in San Francisco. Lindley Meadow at JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park.