March 3, 2015

March 3, 2015
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The Lexington Club’s iconic sign. Photo from Facebook.

We already knew that the ~LEXINGTON CLUB~ was going to be (sadly, tragically, unbelievably) leaving us after 18 years of biz, and now the other shoe has dropped with the news of who’s moving in: The Plumpjack Group. We’ll see what they plan for the space soon enough.

A detailed post by owner Lila Thirkield on Facebook announces the Lex’s last night will be Thursday April 30th, 2015, and the final party will take place over two nights: Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th. There’s more info, like the documentary they are filming, their current art installation showcasing photographs by Ace Morgan and Molly DeCoudreaux (including photos from opening night), and more. Nope, this important queer space will not be pulling a French exit. 3464 19th St. at Mission, 415-863-2052.

We broke the news about ~BENJAMIN COOPER~, a cocktail and oyster bar from Brian Felley and Mo Hodges (previously of Big fame) opening inside the Hotel G. It ends up their grand opening is this Thursday March 5th, although psssst, they are softly open now if you’d like to check it out.

A few more details for you: there are 14 barstools (so it’s another intimate space), 10 cocktails ($8-$13), plus a daily selection of oysters, beer, and sparkling wine. A few cocktails on their list include the Z.I.M.A. (ha-ha) with gin, clarified lime cordial, genepy, candied lime zest, served in a bottle with a chilled glass on the side. Or there’s the Salt & Smoke: Islay Scotch, fino sherry, Benedictine, salted orange-chile oil, and bitters, served up. (This pic on Yelp reveals a few more if you’re curious.) Hours are Mon-Fri 5pm-2am and Sat 6pm-2am. 398 Geary St. at Mason.

 

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A festa-ready table at A16. Photo from Facebook.

Sunday March 8th is International Women’s Day, and ~A16~ is celebrating with their annual Festa Della Donna dinner. The special dinner is all about celebrating women in wine and food, two industries that remain male-dominated. Chef Rosetta Costantino and her mother will be running the kitchen, and Italian winemaker Laura Brunelli will be in the house, sharing her wines and some recipes from her restaurant Osteria Le Logge in Siena. Elisa Semino, from La Colombera winery in Piemonte will also be in attendance, along with local winemakers Samantha Sheehan of Poe Wines and Chrystal Clifton of Palmina. The special dishes will be available in addition to the restaurant’s à la carte menu. Reservations here.

~PICCINO~ is also celebrating the achievements of women in winemaking this year, with their Fatto da Donne (“made by women”) event. They are collaborating with Peay Vineyards and winemaker Vanessa Wong to create four courses paired with their wines. Tickets are available from 5pm-9pm and cost $125 per person, including wine and food but not tax. They’re selling quickly, so get on it!

Speaking of fab wine events, on Tuesday March 10th ~CALIFORNIOS~ is hosting an Idlewild Wines Dinner with Sosh. Sam Bilbro, the founder and winemaker of Idlewild, will be in attendance discussing his wines and the pairings, as well. Chef Val Cantu hasn’t released the menu yet, but it will be 8 to 10 courses, all with wine pairings. Before each course, they will talk about how they conceived each pairing. The dinner begins at 6:30pm and tickets are $160 per person, all-inclusive. 3115 22nd St. at South Van Ness.

And we mentioned this before, but In Pursuit of Balance is coming up on Monday March 16th, with interesting seminars (like Vintage Variation and the Pursuit of Balance) and of course a fantastic walk-around tasting featuring wines from 33 of California’s top winemakers (for $125), with bites provided by restaurants like Bar Tartine, Nopa, RN74, SPQR, and others. City View at the Metreon, 135 4th St., Suite 4000 at Mission.

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TheLab’s communal table and high-top tables. Photo: Tom Seawell Photography.

Wednesday March 4th is National Absinthe Day, which is apparently a thing. We’re not complaining. ~BLACKBIRD~ is toasting the holiday by offering traditional service with different brands including St. George, Kübler, Vieux Pontarlier, and Duplais Verte. They’re priced between $7 and $12, plus they’ll be mixing up Death in the Afternoon cocktails for $12. Specials will be available all day, from 3pm-2am. 2124 Market St. at 14th St., 415-503-0630.

For a special Dogpatch collaboration, don’t miss the Magnolia Beer Dinners at ~THELAB~ on Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th. The dinner is part of the Recchiutis’ tasteProject event series, and this one will offer four savory courses, followed by two sweet ones. Many beer elements have been worked into the menu, too, like risotto made with a British barley that’s used in beer making. Magnolia’s Dave McLean will be on hand, talking about the brews and how to pair beer with food. The dinner begins at 7pm both evenings, and tickets are $100 all-inclusive.

On Sunday March 29th ~THE BURRITT ROOM~ is hosting a special installation of their Flights + Bites series. This American Whiskey Edition will include tastings of 10 different whiskeys, along with sample-sized cocktails from AQ, Burritt Room, and more. There will also be bites to pair with the spirituous libations, including chicken and waffles, and pecan pie. The event runs from 3pm-6pm and costs $30 per person; tickets here. 417 Stockton St. at Sutter, 415-400-0561.