Parties, Events, and Tastings

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The Kotatsu Room at Ozumo Oakland. Photo from Facebook.

Okay people, you ready to party down? First up, ~CANTINA~ is celebrating its five-year anniversary tonight (Tuesday June 19th). There will be $5 cocktails, food bites, a DJ, and no cover charge. Come on by.

Sake lovers, here are a few events where you can say kanpai! On Thursday June 21st, Jessica Furui will be hosting a sake tasting and pairing event at ~OZUMO OAKLAND~, The Joy of Sake Aftertaste Event: Sake & Soul Food. Sample a total of 40 junmai, ginjo, and daiginjo sakes, followed by dishes like tsukune meatballs and spicy chicken kara-age. $40 per person (includes tax and tip). Tickets here. 6pm-8pm. 2251 Broadway, Oakland, 510-286-9866.

And then on Tuesday June 26th, ~OZUMO RESTAURANT~ in San Francisco will host a Summer Namazake Tasting, five sakes in all, each paired with dishes. Sake highlights include: Umenishiki Nama Daiginjo, Denshin “Natsu” Nama Daiginjo, Seikyo Nama Omachi Junmai Ginjo, Tsukinokatsura “Kohakku” Nama Ginjo, Ohyama Tokubetsu Nama Junmai. $40 per person. 6pm-8pm. Reserve: 415-882-1333.

Over in the Mission, ~RANGE~ is teaming up with Kermit Lynch this summer to do a wine-and-dinner series every month. Monday June 25th will be the first event, with an all-star Beaujolais lineup paired with a four-course prix-fixe menu. $90 per person, excluding tip and tax. (Next month is Corsica, followed by Provence in August.)

Linden Street Brewery and ~BAR TARTINE~ are releasing two new beers brewed by Adam Lamoreaux with Tartine’s yeast: Bière de Tartine, a bière-de-garde-style beer brewed in celebration of Linden’s third anniversary, and Tartine Noir, the Tartine yeast’s take on Linden’s delicious Black Lager recipe. So on Monday June 25th, there will be a celebratory beer hall dinner at Bar Tartine that starts at 7pm. This beer dinner will feature Central European fare conceived by Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns—cooked with Linden Street beer—and bread by Chad Robertson. All food will be served family style. $95 per person. Ticket price includes food, eight beers brewed at the Port of Oakland Linden Street Brewery facility, gratuity, taxes, and a growler of Linden St. Tartine Noir beer! Tickets here.

And on Wednesday June 27th, ~FIFTH FLOOR~ is hosting an Almanac Beer Dinner: five courses for $120. And since the foie gras ban won’t be in effect yet, the first course features a foie terrine with blackberries, cassis, cubeb pepper gastrique, and pistachio bread (paired with Almanac’s Vintage Barrel-Aged Golden with Blackberries). Almanac Beer brewmaster and co-founder Jesse Friedman will be in the restaurant that night, available to talk to people and pouring his beers.