November 25, 2014

November 25, 2014
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Viola Buitoni. Yeah, you’ll have fun learning from her. Photo from Violabuitoni.com.

Hayes Valley’s ~NOIR LOUNGE~ has secured a full liquor license, Hoodline reports. In fitting with their 1940s film noir theme, the drink list is focused on the classics (with a spin, naturally). There’s a French 75 made with gin, sugar cubes, and lemon juice; a Vieux Carré with Cognac, rye, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters; and the Horse’s Neck, with bourbon or rye, ginger beer, lemon juice, and lemon peel. They’ve also begun working on a microbrewing operation and will soon be offering 2 of their own beers on tap, in addition to 10 guest taps. If you’re feeling jazzy, check out their live piano music Sun-Thu 7pm-10pm. 581 Hayes St. at Laguna, 415-431-6647.

Surely you know by now that the tablehopper is a big fan of aperitivo: the drinks, the food, the tradition of slowing down and socializing before a meal. And Italian hospitality is rightfully world famous. Join Viola Buitoni at ~18 REASONS~ on Friday December 12th for Aperitivo: The Italian Art of Entertaining, a class on hosting Italian style. Buitoni will show you how to prepare eight different aperitif snacks and offer some tips and tricks so you can actually relax and enjoy your parties. The class runs from 6pm-9:30pm and costs $85 per person, $75 for 18 Reasons members. Tickets include the class, dinner, and wine.

It’s time for the annual Champagne Tasting at ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~ on Thursday December 4th. More than 75 Champagnes will be poured at the event, which runs from 6pm-8pm. The tasting costs $75 per person, and tickets can be purchased by calling 415-863-1104.