October 7, 2014

October 7, 2014
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Bob Sessions. Photo from Hanzell Vineyards’ Facebook page.

Ready to drink some wine? ~FOREIGN CINEMA~ is hosting Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards on Thursday October 16th as guest sommelier. He’ll be pouring special bottles all evening, as well as two flights of selections from their 2012 vintage. The special bottles and flights will be available during regular dinner service, from 5:30pm-11pm. The regular menu will be available, and reservations can be made here.

~HEIRLOOM CAFE~ will be commemorating the life of Bob Sessions, an icon of the wine world who passed away in May, on Sunday November 16th. Wines from Sessions’ Hanzell Vineyards will be poured all evening, with vintages dating as far back as 1981. The dinner will include eight (well, eight and a half) courses, each paired with two wines, and capped with a Champagne toast the Mr. Sessions’ life and legacy. The dinner begins early, at 2pm, with the toast at around 6pm. Tickets are $200 per person and include all food, wine, tax, and gratuity.

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Almanac Beer Co. has been up to lots of tricks this fall, and you can catch them at a bunch of upcoming special events. First, the NotOberfest is taking over St. Gregory’s Cathedral on Friday October 17th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lots of breweries will be in attendance, including Anchor, Drake’s Brewing, Henhouse, and Ballast Point. Plus, 4505 Meats will be on hand serving all kinds of meaty treats. Tickets are $60 per person and include all the beer tastes and meat you can manage. 500 De Haro St. at Mariposa.

As previously reported, the Recchiutis have changed concepts at ~THELAB~, and now you can catch Taste Project dinners and special events there. On Friday October 10th and Saturday October 11th at 7pm, catch a special tasting dinner with Almanac, including multiple savory and sweet courses to pair with Almanac’s fall beers. Check out the menu here and nab a ticket here. Tickets are $95 per person, including all food and beer pairings.

You can also try out some Almanac beers at the ~BURRITT ROOM AND TAVERN~ on Friday October 10th from 6pm-8pm. Tickets are only $25 and include three bites with pairings. 417 Stockton St. at Sutter, 415-400-0561.

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The freshly repaired Monkey Bar at Comstock Saloon. Photo courtesy Comstock Saloon.

How many times have bartenders helped you out of a jam, given you advice, or just poured you a drink without judgment when you really needed one? Well, recently a couple of bartenders in this town have suffered some injuries, so let’s pay it forward and help them out too. Here’s how.

The Monkey Bar at ~COMSTOCK SALOON~ was damaged last month when a driver plowed through the front and into the bar. After closing for repairs, the bar has reopened, with a special menu called “The Toughest Bar in San Francisco” and featuring drinks like a Sidecar, Drive-Thru Daiquiri, and the Skrewed Driver. It’s not all funny, though: Tyler Schweppe, a bartender who was in town visiting from Rhode Island to learn about San Francisco’s cocktail culture, was injured in the crash. He suffered a leg fracture and lacerations, and the bar will be donating $1 from every drink sold off the new menu to his medical expenses (and time away from work).

Another bartender has run into some trouble this week too. Eater reports that Roberto Chicas, a bartender at ~THE CAVALIER~, was beaten on the head with a hammer by his UberX driver on his way home from work last month. Chicas fortunately survived the brutal attack, but may lose sight in his left eye and will need multiple reconstructive surgeries.

There are a few ways to help him and his family pay for his medical treatment. First, stop in at Louie’s Bar for a “Chicas’ Special” (that’s a beer with a shot of Fernet), and they’ll donate $1 to Chicas. Second, head to Twenty Five Lusk on Sunday October 12th for a special fundraiser from 2pm-5pm. It’s $35 per person at the door, and then there will be an open bar, with beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks, along with a silent auction. Anything helps, so please consider attending, donating to the auction, and spending money at the auction. Our thoughts are with Chicas and we are sending him all our positive thoughts for a speedy recovery!