Triple Voodoo Brewing to release limited edition beer + S.F. Beer Week schedule

As San Francisco Beer Week draws closer, breweries around the cities are prepping their events. Trip Voodoo Brewing is no exception. This craft brewery will release a new, limited-release Belgian-style Grand Cru at the Opening Celebration. Other events planned include the release of collaboration beers with Lincoln, CA based Knee Deep Brewing and a second collaboration release called the “Kaleidoscope Project” featuring High Water Brewing, Pacific Brew Labs, and Golden Mongoose around town during beer week.

On Saturday, February 11, from 1 PM – 8 PM, Triple Voodoo/Golden Gate Brewery Tours will offer a $29 per person tour including bus transportation, samples of Triple Voodoo beers, live DJ, and souvenirs. The tour includes stops at Double IPA Festival at Bistro Bar, the Anderson Valley Release Night at Pi Bar, Triple Voodoo’s latest releases at Rosamunde Sausage Grill. Call 415-598-8811 for more information. Check out rest of the schedule. Read More

Who's going to be pouring at the San Francisco Beer Week Opening Celebration?

San Francisco Beer Week is less than 14 days away. Today the SFBW organizers released a list of breweries that will be serving up delicious brews during the Opening Celebration held at the Concourse Exhibition Center on February 10 from 6 PM – 10 PM. The count is at 57 breweries (and more is on the way). Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online. Check out the complete list. Read More

Food and wine event with all gay winemakers

All aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train on Saturday, March 31 from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM for the second year of the Big Gay Train hosted by Out in the Vineyard and the Napa Valley Wine Train where guests will join Napa's LGBT winemakers for a delectable evening of food and wine. Guests will enjoy a multiple course meal created by Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald paired with the wines of local LGBT winemakers such as Sarah Bennett, Navarro Vineyards; Greg Bjornstad, Bjorstad Cellars; Mark Lyon, Sebastiani Vineyards; and Jeff Durham and Joey Wolosz, Gentleman Farmer Wines who will also be available for onboard meet and greet. Guest can purchase tickets for this event at $160 for Gourmet Express Car and $175 for VIP Vista Dome Car. Call 800-427-4124 to purchase tickets.

Asian Box to open February 2012 in Palo Alto

Debuting this February, 2012 to Palo Alto, CA is the new Asian Box concept from San Francisco’s FK Restaurants & Hospitality. The completely gluten free menu is crafted by Executive Chef Grace Nguyen, formerly of Charles Phan’s Slanted Door and Out The Door, and combines local ingredients with Asian street food-cart influences. The Palo Alto location will serve as the flagship of the concept that CEO Frank Klein, eventually plans to expand on. Read More

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5 questions with 21st Amendment's head brewer Zambo

San Francisco Beer Week is just around the corner (February 10 – 19) and with over 400 events, navigating San Francisco as a first timer, or even as a local, can be a bit overwhelming. We asked S.F.’s own 21st Amendment Brewery‘s (best known for their unorthodox can beers like the Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer) head brewer Zambo five questions to help you better understand what the beer week is all about. He’s also tipped us on some must-visit locations! Read More

Indulge for Valentine's Day at Auberge du Soleil in Napa

For $1465 per couple per night, or $2290 per couple for two nights, you and your loved ones (or someone you care enough for) can spend time at the Auberge du Soleil hotel in Rutherford, CA. The “Heart & Soul Package” includes: Garden View King Room; bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival; Valentine’s Dinner for Two, Champagne Greeting (Additional alcoholic beverages not included); romantic turndown (fireplace lit for your evening return, romantic music playing, votive candles); breakfast for two each day; Romantic Napa Valley Book, An Insider’s Guide for Couples. 180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford, CA 94573. 707-963-1211.

21st Amendment now brewing their seasonal 'Bitter American' year-round

Just days after it was named “Top 10 Beers of 2011” by the Washington Post, 21st Amendment is bringing back Bitter American and offering it all year. “People were “Bitter” when we ran out last year. Yep I said it, Bitter!,” said 21st Amendment Brewery co-founder, Nico Freccia.

Here's what Brewmaster Shaun says about the beer, “when we first brewed this beer it really scratched the lower-alcohol-session-beer-itch that I would get when I was tired of drinking barley wines, imperial stouts and other stronger hoppy beers. I wanted and I think a lot of good beer drinkers want a session beer where you can enjoy viagra generique a few pints of a beer with huge flavor but without all the alcohol. Bitter American is a mere 4.4% ABV. It's got all the flavor and you can keep moving.”

O3 Bistro & Lounge now open

San Francisco’s newest eatery, O3 Bistro & Lounge in the Civic Center neighborhood, is helmed by Executive Chef Joseph Villanueva. Chef was previously seen cooking as the Executive Chef at Le Colonial, where he debuted in the food world after leaving a corporate job, it’s one of those passion things. Check out the notable dishes they’re serving. Read More

Doc’s of the Bay opening two new food truck locations, Dell’Uva celebrates the 49ers playoff berth

With permits in hand, Doc’s of the Bay, is opening two new locations in San Francisco’s Financial and Mission districts. They are expecting to be in front of the TransAmerica Pyramid on Washington Street every Wednesday for lunch from 11 AM to 2 PM. Another food cart will be on 22nd Street and Mission Street in the Mission District every Saturday for dinner from 6 to 9 PM. Both of these locations should be up by the end of January.

It’s been a while since the 49ers made it to the playoffs, to celebrate this, Dell’Uva will be having food and beer specials on the days the 49ers play until the end of their playoff run. Go team! 3235 Mission St. and 565 Green St. in San Francisco. 415-766-0243.

Cochon 555's 4th annual event comes to Napa

The traveling culinary competition, Cochon 555, features five chefs, five pigs, and five winemakers. This year’s event will be stopping at Napa on January 29, 2012 at 5 PM. The evening will include whole heritage pigs; butcher demonstrations, an interactive tasting contest with Le Creuset, ice-cold Anchor Brew and a new C555 Perfect Manhattan Bar and cocktails from Chinaco Tequila and The King’s Ginger. Plus, savory dessert and special 25th anniversary champagne toast to the James Beard Foundation. Read More

The growth of beer sommeliers in the U.S.

For years wine experts have been acknowledged by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Now, the same degree of acknowledgement has been given to the beer experts. For the past four years, beer industry veteran Ray Daniels has been running the Cicerone Certification Program for people working in the beer industry, ranging from bartenders to brewers. There are three levels of certification: Certified Beer Server, Certified Cicerone and Master Cicerone. Read the rest of the story on TasteTerminal National.

Dumplings & Buns expands menu, Olivia’s Brunch & Fine Dining Restaurant's January promotion

Dumplings & Buns, a modern Chinese takeout restaurant in Pacific Heights is expanding their menu with new sections of entrees, soups, and combination plates. The new menu includes: 24 Hour Kwan Pork Sliders, Pau Pau Lee’s Tomato Beef Plate, Teriyaki Beef Skewers with Rice and Spicy & Sweet “XO” Dragon Wings made with cognac plus three kinds of soup (wonton, Burmese-style chicken noodle and egg drop). 2411 California St., San Francisco, CA 94115. 415-292-6209.

During January, Olivia’s Brunch & Fine Dining Restaurant in Bernal Heights, customer’s purchasing one entree will receive their second one at half price. Olivia’s specializes in American, Californian and Mexican food. The restaurant features authentic Mexican dishes, along with American favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. See their menu. 3771 Mission St., San Francisco CA 94110. 415-970-0375.

Love Apple Farms hosting homesteading workshops

If you’ve ever wanted to learn bee-keeping, homebrewing, or other random stuff you can do at home, then you might want to look into Love Apple Farms in Santa Cruz, CA homesteading classes for 2012. Interests don’t have to go so far as raising bees, they also have classes on baking the perfect pie crust, artisan yarns, fruit trees, biodynamic gardening, and more. See some of the highlighted classes. Read More

Virgin America serving food you'd actually want to eat

Airplane food is notorious for having that disgusting reputation, but that’s all going to change with Virgin America‘s new approach. A new focus with menu options including local fruits and vegetables, premium meats and artisan breads reflects on “I’d rather not eat crappy food” movement. With a seasonal menu offering more locally sourced options, Virgin America is listening to your palates. Their inflight menu offers cage-free eggs and lighter options like Asian Vegetable Salad and a Chickpea Salad Wrap. Read More

Foie Gras to be served 'til the end at Palio D’Asti

With the ban taking place in July, 2012, diners are feeling an urgency in creating some final memories of the fattened liver. Palio D’Asti in the Financial District will be holding the fort until the ban finally goes into effect. Foie Gras can be added in any of their a la carte lunch or dinner entrees for $10. If this sounds good to you, Slow Roasted Muscovy Duck Leg and Seared Sonoma Foie Gras with Savoy Cabbage, get it while the Foie Gras is still on the menu. 640 Sacramento St. San Francisco, CA 94111. 415-395-9800.

Photography provided by Palio D’Asti