Photo by Audrey Suzanne Jamieson.
On Saturday July 17th, EPIC Roasthouse will be hosting its second annual ~HIGH ON THE HOG~ pinot noir tasting and pig roast. Co-owner and executive chef Jan Birnbaum’s menu will feature slow-roasted fennel porchetta and many more gourmet porky eats, and for the perfect pairing, wine director Petra Polakovicova has a hand-picked line-up of pinot noir wines.
The menu’s highlight will be the slow-roasted fennel porchetta—a savory, boneless pork roast that is spitted and roasted over wood fire for several hours. The impressive list of accompaniments will include housemade charcuterie (pork trotter terrine, capicola, pickled pork tongue); three kinds of grilled, housemade pork sausages (mango cumin, prune and Armagnac, spicy andouille); pulled pork sandwiches; molasses-honey pork spare ribs; crispy corn fritters; grain mustard and sweet onion potato salad; and maple ice cream cones with bacon brittle.
Award-winning wineries that will be on hand to pour their pinot noirs are Claypool Cellars, Fogdog, Fort Ross Vineyards, Freeman Winery, Goldeneye Winery, Hartford Family Winery, Hirsh Vineyards, Pisoni Vineyards, Red Car, Roessler Cellars, Tailsman Cellars, and Zepaltas Wines.
Not only will guests enjoy plenty of pork and pinot, they’ll also be able to spend the afternoon al fresco on EPIC’s outdoor patio with panoramic views and live music. Games like a watermelon-eating contest and a horseshoe competition should keep things lively.
General admission ($95) includes tax, gratuity, and unlimited food and wine tastings. New this year, VIP tickets ($160) are available, and include a private, hour-long reception and demonstration beginning at noon with chef Jan Birnbaum on how to make his signature barbecue sauce. VIPs will also receive a jar of chef Jan’s homemade sauce, and a select bottle of pinot noir from one of the participating wineries.
Saturday Jul 17, 2010
1pm–4pm general admission; noon–4pm VIP admission
$95 general admission; $160 VIP; tickets must be purchased in advance and include tax and gratuity
369 The Embarcadero South (between Folsom and Harrison), San Francisco