Get Classy! Upcoming Events at The Boothby Center


Photo of H. Joseph Ehrmann by The Lush Life.

This month, The Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail is hosting three upcoming classes well worth considering (for those 21 and up, ahem). All classes take place at the Conservancy’s home, ~THE BOOTHBY CENTER FOR THE BEVERAGE ARTS~ located at 1161 Mission Street between 7th and 8th Streets. Check ‘em out.

On Wednesday June 8th, 7pm-9pm, learn How to Throw a Toe Tappin’ Tequila and Tapas Party with local chef Joanne Weir (James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, cooking teacher, and host of PBS television series Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class) and bartenders Ronaldo Colli (Bar Americano) and H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir). Joanne will be teaching recipes from her latest book, TEQUILA, like chorizo handpies, guacamole soup, smoked trout and tequila quesadillas with summer tomato salsa, and bay scallop ceviche. And don’t forget the tasty tequila cocktails! The class ($75) includes a signed copy of the book.

Then on Wednesday June 22nd, 6pm-8pm, it’s Introduction to Spirits, Part One: Understanding the Basis of All Cocktails, where you’ll “learn how to enjoy the culinary pleasures of spirits and understand what is actually going on in the glass and the bottle. You’ll walk out a more well-informed consumer and one step closer to a true connoisseur.” Spirits covered include vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and liqueurs. The class ($45; $40 with early bird discount) includes a tasting of spirits in different categories, with no food (so you might wanna dine beforehand).

Follow up on Thursday June 23rd, 7pm-9pm, with Mixology 101: Introduction to Mixology, Part One. The class will build a solid foundation for home bartending, teaching the necessary tools and techniques of cocktail construction for four basic yet oft misunderstood drinks: martinis, Manhattans, mojitos, and margaritas. All materials are included in the class ($65; $60 with early bird discount), and you get to consume everything you make.

Oh yeah, while we’re on the topic of drinks, it’s never too early to remind yourself that SF Cocktail Week will be September 19th-25th, 2011.