No, you don't need me to tell you Spain is hot. And lucky us, ~NAVARRA GASTRONOMIC WEEK~ kicks off January 27 in San Francisco, which means thirteen restaurants will be offering menus highlighting Navarra's unique traditional dishes and local wines. So prepare your palate for Piquillo red peppers and a Navarrese wine, like one from the Bodegas Inurrieta, Monjardin, Alzania vineyards to accompany a hunk of some Navarra cheese, like Roncal or Idiazabal.
NOTE: There is also a wine seminar and wine pairing dinner at the Palace Hotel on Feb. 1 and a culinary exhibition at the CIA at Greystone on Feb. 2. For more details, click here.
Participating restaurants in SF are:
AQUA, 252 California St. (bet. Battery & Front Sts.), 415-956-9662
B44, 44 Belden Pl., (bet. Bush & Pine Sts.), 415-986-6287
BOCADILLOS, 710 Montgomery St. (Washington St.), 415-982-2622
CAFÉ TARTINE, 244 Gough St., 415-553-4595
PIPERADE, 1015 Battery St. (Green St.), 415-391-2555
RUBICON, 558 Sacramento St. (bet. Montgomery & Sansome Sts.), 415-434-4100
SCOTT HOWARD, 500 Jackson St. (Montgomery St.), 415-956-7040
ZARZUELA, 2000 Hyde St. (Union St.), 415-346-0800
Outside the City:
CÉSAR, 4039 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, 510-883-0222
CÉSAR, 1515 Shattuck Ave. (bet. Cedar & Vine Sts.), Berkeley, 510-883-0222
INSALATA'S, 120 Sir Francis Drake, San Anselmo, 415 457-7700
PICCO, 320 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, 415-924-http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.bold.gif0300
SABOR OF SPAIN, 1301 Fourth St., San Rafael, 415-457-8466
The region of Navarra in the north of Spain borders the Basque Country, La Rioja, Aragon, and the Pyrenees which makes it a vital part of El Camino de Santiago, (Saint James Way). This ancient kingdom's rich history leaves its legacy within medieval villages and festivals such as the famous San Fermin in Pamplona – eight days of bull running celebrated each July and immortalized by Hemingway in The Sun Also Rises.
Navarra's unusual past and diverse topography has made it an attraction for "off the beaten" path travelers and food and wine aficionados. Graced with cool uplands and sun-drenched fertile valleys Navarra produces superb culinary products and wines of the highest quality. The old Kingdom of Navarra has preserved its royal nobility in a rich tradition of food and wine.
Navarra Gastronomic Week
January 27-February 4, 2007