Hey gang, I’m so excited for this Sunday December 2nd’s boozy holiday brunch with Westland Distillery at THE SARATOGA in Polk Gulch, which has one of San Francisco’s best brunches going on right now.
We have SOLD OUT of tickets with the main group, but we decided to open six seats at the bar so more of you can join us! You won’t be seated with the main tables, but you’ll be very, very close (a couple feet away), and won’t miss any of the action! Also: I really adore that beautiful bar.
We’re gathering at 12pm, and we’re going to be seated in the chic downstairs dining room, complete with mohair walls and beautiful vintage art from Lost Art—it has such a swank supper club vibe.
I’m thrilled to be partnering with Westland Distillery on the event—this Seattle-based distillery is known for their single-malt whiskies that use ingredients from the Pacific Northwest to craft a uniquely American single-malt. You’ll get to taste through three expressions: the American Oak, the Peated, and the Sherry Wood. Western Regional Whiskey Ambassador Trent Simpson will be leading us through a tasting and educating us about Westland’s philosophy, process, sourcing, and bringing a few surprises as well.
The Saratoga’s barman and partner Brandon Clements is a wizard with cocktails, and he’s going to be creating four (!) different cocktails for the brunch:
Welcome Cocktail: Bramble Royale Prosecco, Marionberry Liqueur, Thyme
First Course: 4-Point Buck Westland Sherry Wood, Persimmon-Clove, Lemon, Ginger Beer
Second Course: The Lily of Killarney Westland Peated, Yellow Chartreuse, Benedictine, Egg, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
Third Course: Central Perk Westland American, Roast Co. Coffee, Demerara Sugar, Aztec Chocolate Bitters, Whipped Cream
And you’re going to be getting three neat pours of Westland’s whiskies (the American Oak, the Peated, and the Sherry Wood), so, yes, it’s going to be a boozy brunch. Drink your water. Please.
Now, about the vittles. Chef Francisco Baca puts on quite a brunch every weekend (maybe you were drooling over my recap in Table Talk a couple weeks ago?), and our three-course affair is going to be no exception. The family-style brunch will begin with some canapés; followed by their famed Jenga tots; mole flautas with braised chicken; fried chicken Caesar; eggs Benedict (with soft-poached eggs, house-smoked ham, pretzel bun, English peas, béarnaise); billionaire’s bacon with molasses and whiskey; the killer coffee cake with walnut streusel and vanilla bean gelato; and mimosa doughnut with strawberry glaze and Pop Rocks. Yeah, it’s abundant—bring your fat pants!
Since it’s the holidays, we’re going to have a raffle for charity, featuring some awesome bottles of whiskey, some groovy Westland swag, some tablehopper t-shirts, and more. I’m also happy to announce the kind folks at The Clift Hotel have donated a $100 gift certificate to be used on drinks and food at the new Redwood Room Decompression Hour! So generous!
We’ll be selling raffle tickets for $5 each, so please bring cash. Let me just say, you’re going to want to make it rain—these raffle items will in high demand. All proceeds from the raffle will be going to the SF-Marin Food Bank, which could use some support as they keep everyone fed this holiday (every dollar can provide up to four meals).
Not only does your ticket include all four cocktails, but you also get three neat Westland whiskey pours, an abundant three-course brunch, and tax and gratuity are included. Woot woot! The entire ticket price is just $70, all-inclusive (Happy Holidays to you from us!). We look forward to having some holiday cheer and cheers with you!
The Saratoga 1000 Larkin St. at Post
Mole flautas at The Saratoga. Photo: Karey Walker.
Sunday Dec 2, 2018 12pm $70 Tickets The Saratoga 1000 Larkin St. at Post