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Dec 18, 2017 2 min read

This week's tablehopper: run Rudolph run!

This week's tablehopper: run Rudolph run!
Holiday cheers! The Collective at Serpentine (Cocchi Americano Rosa, mezcal, celery bitters, flash-chilled celery). Photo: ©
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Well well well…did you survive the biggest holiday party weekend? That was a doozy, starting with the Arlequin Champagne tasting on Thursday evening, and things didn’t quite stop until Sunday night at The Battery at 10pm. (Liver, I am SO SORRY!)

I’ve been doing a ton of writing in between the hangovers, including my first piece of cannabis coverage for KQED’s Bay Area Bites: The Twelve Days of Edible Canna Christmas. I also went to a Cannaisseur Series dinner on Saturday, look for a piece on that soon! (If you have any favorite cannabis and food events, like Curious Cannabis Salon’s recent CBD dinner, let me know!)

I am taking next week off so I can hang with my cute family, so today’s column is a bit of a doozy. I wanted to make sure I got some New Year’s Eve and Day events listed for you! I’m hosting my beef Wellington and Scotch (featuring Bruichladdich!) holiday dinner at Maybeck’s next Wednesday December 27th (just three tickets left!) and will then be heading down to L.A. for a few days of running around and New Year’s Eve. I’ll be sending my annual edition of The Bore on January 2nd, excuse me while I sharpen my pencil…and nails. Ha-ha.

This Thursday (happy solstice!), I’m so excited to be heading up to the Acacia House at Las Alcobas Napa Valley in St. Helena for one of their Feast of the Seven Cultures dinners. This one will be with guest chef Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Avec, Big Star, and most recently, Publican Anker, Chicago), representing Germany. You can read more in my post here; the dinners run through December 24th!

Lastly, please mark your calendar for Wednesday January 17th, which is when I’m helping to host the Pencils for Kids fundraiser, Small World Big Flavors, featuring Asian street food, cocktails from Rémy Cointreau), and beautiful wines provided by Chambers & Chambers!

I’m so thrilled to announce Nyum Bai will be joining us. (Nite Yun is opening her Cambodian brick-and-mortar restaurant in 2018, and you can support her Kickstarter here—check out that amazing Stockton food tour, wanna go?!)

Our other generous guest restaurants include the new Perle Wine Bar in Montclair (chef Rob Lam is going to be making an assuredly tasty Vietnamese dish for us), the Burmese Grocery Cafe (which has a new location in Jack London Square in Oakland), Cassava (they’ll be making some Japanese-inspired ribs), and Indian Paradox (one of my favorite hidden gems on Divisadero for Indian street food—and they just launched brunch). Get your ticket here and we look forward to seeing you then!

Have a happy and merry holiday season—enjoy this special time with family and friends. I have so much to be grateful for, and a big part of that is all your kindness and support. I look forward to a shining 2018 with you.

Warmest wishes, much love, and have fun eating allllll the latkes and panettone! XO! ~Champers the elf

Holiday cheers! The Collective at Serpentine (Cocchi Americano Rosa, mezcal, celery bitters, flash-chilled celery). Photo: © tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Dec 19 2017

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