August 26, 2008

Mark your calendar: ~ORSON’S MONTHLY COCKTAIL PAIRING DINNER~ will be on September 10th, and the theme is Brazilian summer and cachaça. Let’s just say last week’s dinner of Square One vodka and summer BBQ kicked arse; I am still thinking about the pork belly with watermelon, arugula, eggplant, and sweet peppers, paired with the Summer Seraph (Square One cucumber vodka, Lillet Blanc, St. Germain, sparkling wine, lemongrass). These are some of the best cocktail dinners I’ve ever had, check ‘em out! 508 4th St. at Bryant, 415-777-1508.

Oh, and here’s a little pre-release info for you! ~YOSHI’S~ is holding their second sake tasting dinner on Thursday September 11th. Hosted by importer Joto Sake, with two brewers from Chikurin, and Eko Fuji will be presenting the sakes. The dinner is quite a deal, with seven courses and seven sakes for $125, plus tax and tip. There are only about 30 seats, and it’s expected to book up fast. 7pm. RSVP to jenny [at] yoshis [dot] com. 1330 Fillmore St. at Eddy, 415-655-5600.

Thrillist has an update on changes to the Fifth Floor bar and lounge, reopening today as ~HONOR BAR~: “Honor Bar's a total re-conception of Fifth's 44-seat lounge space: overstuffed club chairs, a long communal table, a chunky wood bar imported from a French chateau and, most audaciously, a billing system based on the honor code. That's right: while master Sommelier Emily Wines (seriously) will suggest a price for her hand-picked, daily-rotating selection of 6 vinos ($8-$15 per glass, $25 per flight), how much you actually drop in the provided lockbox is between you, your conscience, and Crossing Over's John Edward.” After a few glasses of Armagnac, that honor bar lockbox thing could get dangerous. Hotel Palomar, 12 Fourth St. at Market, 415-348-1555. image