November 3, 2015

November 3, 2015
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Ashleigh Plasterer (left) and Teyler Wallace behind the bar at El Capitan. Photo courtesy of El Capitan.

By Dana Eastland. We happily reported a couple of weeks ago that the ~ORBIT ROOM~ would be reopening after its unfortunate closure earlier this year. Now Scoop reports that the beloved Market Street bar is officially opening on Thursday November 5th, under the leadership of Courtney Ross and Nic DiLillo, friends of late former owner Jay Johnson. Hours are daily 4pm-2am. 1900 Market St. at Laguna, 415-252-9525.

SoMa restaurant ~EL CAPITAN~ now has a full liquor license and has added a cocktail menu to match. Beverage director Ashleigh Plasterer and bar manager Teyler Wallace worked together to develop the menu, which is focused on flavors of the Caribbean. The drinks are designed to pair with chef Mark Furr’s Latin- and Caribbean-inspired food and will change with the seasons.

There’s the traditional Peruvian El Capitan, the restaurant’s namesake cocktail, made with Campo de Encanto pisco, Carpano dry vermouth, cherry heering, and orange bitters, or try the Old Santiago, with Angel’s Envy bourbon, Rum Chata rum cream, cold-brew coffee, coconut milk, and agave. The new cocktail menu can be perused right here. Hours are Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm and Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. 1123 Folsom St. at 7th St., 415-525-3676.

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Photo from MatrixFillmore.

If you’re looking for a special meal on Sunday November 8th, visit ~54 MINT~ for their Sagrantino Umbrian Essence dinner, a night celebrating the wines of Montefalco. Top producers will be on-site, and their wines will be paired with a five-course menu of Umbrian specialties. $110 per person, including wine (price not inclusive of tax or gratuity). Limited reservations available 5:30pm-9:30pm. Call 415-543-5100.

On Wednesday November 11th, PlumpJack Group is putting on a Tour de Terroir event, featuring current releases from their wineries: PlumpJack Winery, CADE Estate Winery, and Odette Estate Winery. Winemakers Aaron Miller of PlumpJack, Jeff Owens of Odette, and Danielle Cyrot of CADE will be present. Small bites will be served. 6pm. Tickets are $53.74. MatrixFillmore, 3138 Fillmore St. at Greenwich.

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Beer at Precita Park Cafe, ready for food pairings. Photo from Facebook.

By Dana Eastland. ~MAGNOLIA GASTROPUB & BREWERY~ and ~21ST AMENDMENT~ have paired up for their seventh annual BRU/SFO Project, where each brewery makes six Belgian-stye beers over the course of November for your tasting pleasure. Passport cards are available (the title refers to the airport codes of Brussels and San Francisco), and “frequent fliers” who try all 12 beers will receive a special commemorative glass at the end of the month. This week, each brewery will release three of the beers, followed by one per week until the end of the month. 21st Amendment: 563 2nd St. at Brannan, 415-369-0900; Magnolia: 1398 Haight St. at Masonic, 415-864-7468.

On Tuesday November 10th, ~PRECITA PARK CAFE~ is hosting a Fort Point Beer Co. pairing dinner from 6:30pm-9:30pm. The four-course dinner is a celebration of fall, with items like gnudi with guinea roulade, pear sausage, persimmon, and winter pesto (paired with Fort Point’s Treble Hook). The whole menu is right here, and tickets are $75 per person including food, beer, tax, and tip. 500 Precita Ave. at Alabama, 415-647-7702.