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1760 Restaurant: Straying away from the classics

Modern, ingredient-driven meals in San Francisco, CA.

A chef, a bartender and a wine guy… oh my! These are the dudes behind 1760 restaurant in San Francisco, CA. 1760 recently opened their doors in early September and have been dishing out some truly creative and unique food and cocktail items. Read More

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Celebrate Riesling Wine with a Four-Course Dinner

One night event at Luce Restaurant!

This Thursday, August 15th, join Luce Restaurant in San Francisco, CA for a one night celebration of Rieslings! Chef de Cuisine, Daniel Corey, will be preparing an exclusive four-course menu that will be paired with Rieslings from these renowned wineries: Dr. Loosen, Robert Weil, Maximin Grünhaus (von Schubert) and Fritz Haag.  Read More

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Top of the Mark’s “Summer Libation Staycation”

Escaping to a tropical destination couldn’t get any easier!

Summer’s here and it’s become increasingly apparent how difficult it is to get away from the office! Need to escape to somewhere tropical? If you’re in the Bay Area then the answer should be “yes”! Join Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco, CA for their “Summer Libation Staycation”!

Enjoy themed specialty cocktails ($13 each), appetizers ($16 each) and desserts ($9 each). On Sunday and Monday nights guests will automatically be entered to win a 3-night stay at participating resorts, in addition to a $300 travel voucher! Read More

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Bocanova’s “Vinoterica” Wine Club

A wine and salmon fiesta dinner!

Join the folks at Bocanova’s “Vinoterica” Wine Club in Oakland, CA this Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of wine and salmon! Kick-off this summer season with their five-course, prix fixe menu that will highlight fresh, wild and sustainably harvested Pacific salmon with a Latin flair! Read More

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4th Annual “Hall Cabernet Cookoff”

A sold-out event!

This Sunday, April 27th, HALL Wines in St. Helena, California will be hosting their 4th annual “Hall Cabernet Cookoff”. Thirteen chef-teams will be competing to support a local charity of their choice by preparing a series of their finest “small bites” to pair with the newly released HALL 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon! Read More

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Silverado Resort and Spa launches Winemaker Dinner Series

Wine and dine in Napa and meet the winemakers themselves!

 

We all know that several of the best Californian-made wines come from Napa. Aside from Napa though, just who are the people behind these incredible wines? Starting this month, Silverado’s Royal Oak Restaurant in Napa, CA, will host the Winemaker Dinner Series, in which patrons will not only be able to feast on a four-course menu paired with a variety of specific Napa Valley wines but they’ll also be able to meet and interact with the featured winemaker themselves! Read More

11th Annual ‘Dine About Town San Francisco’

Returning for its second installment

Dine About Town San Francisco” returns on June 1 and runs through the 15. Offering over 100 participating restaurants, the “Dine About Town San Francisco” program includes two-course lunch menus for $17.95 and/or a three-course dinner menus for $34.95. The list of participating restaurants can be found after May 15 at dineabouttown.com. To save even more dough, pay with your American Express Card to receive $15 back when dining three or more times, but remember to register your card at dineabouttown.com.

New Bar Bites menu now available at Foreign Cinema

Everyday of the week

Yesterday, Foreign Cinema in San Francisco’s Mission launched their Bar Bites menu. Available daily, the Bar Bites menu features seasonal dishes to accompany cocktails and wines ar both the Foreign Cinema Bar as well as the Laszlo Bar. The current menu includes: Mixed Warm Olives ($5); Five Spice Duck Cracklings ($5); Duck Liver Mousse Bruschetta ($7); Cured Sardines ($7); and Pork Skins ($5). Menu is availabe Monday through Thursday, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Friday through Saturday, 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM, and Sunday, 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM. 2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110. 415-648-7600.

Monk’s Kettle to host Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewing for beer dinner

On March 29

On Monday, March 19 Monk’s Kettle in the Mission District is going to host Santa Rosa-based Moonlight Brewing for a five-course food and beer pairing. Owner and brewer Brian Hunt will be on site to talk about the five beers being poured (Lunatic Lager, Old Combine, Uncle Olsen, Twist of Fate, Obedience Training, and Bony Fingers), and you should totally see him talk.

Chef Adam Dulye‘s menu will feature dishes like: Warm Iacopi Farms Fava Bean Salad Lemon Zest and Baked Crescenza; Seared Diver Scallops with Fennel and Apple Risotto, Candied Bacon and Arugula Vinaigrette. Tickets are $90 per person. To book email nat@monkskettle.com. 3141 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103. 415-865-9523.

Arya Global Cuisine opens in Redwood City

Persian, Italian, and American cuisine

It’s been four years since Arya Global Cuisine opened in Cupertino, CA – now, Downtown Redwood City will be home to the restaurant’s second location offering Persian, Italian, and American cuisine. Arya features a wood burning oven, two “wine bar and lounge” areas, an outdoor patio, a Chef’s Table, and live jazz, Italian music, and belly dancing performances on the weekends.

Executive Chef Mohsen (Mike) Hashemi‘s menu includes Borani Bademjoon (eggplant platter), Pistachio/Pomegranate Meatballs, Lamb Shank with Baghali Polo (basmati rice with dill weed and lima beans), Chicken Kebabs with Shirin Polo (basmati rice with almonds, pistachios, orange peal and saffron), pastas, pizzas, taftoon (a Persian bread) and foccacia bread, and a variety of steak and seafood. Housemade desserts such as a Bumba (white chocolate case with mango gelato and raspberry filling) and Baklava are available along with Persian teas and coffee. 885 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, CA 94063. 650-367-4939.

A16 invites guests Joyce Goldstein and Lorenza Sebasti Pallanti for Festa della Donna

Celebrating International Women's Day

A16 in San Francisco’s Cow Hallow will celebrate International Women’s Day, or Festa della Donna, with a charity dinner featuring more than forty wines by female winemakers on March 8 from 5:30 – 10 PM. In celebration of women present and past, A16 chef David Taylor has collaborated with chef and author Joyce Goldstein and winemaker Lorenza Sebasti Pallanti, of Italy’s Castello di Ama Estate in Tuscany, to prepare a menu for this one-night event. 15% of the evening’s proceeds will go to La Cocina, an organization helping low income entrepreneurs formalize and grow their businesses. 2355 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123. 415-771-2216.

21 Amendment’s ‘Big Can Draft Series’ packs a punch

Kegs full o' Lower DeBoom

San Francisco‘s 21st Amendment Brewery is starting the “Big Can Draft Series” as a part of its periodic release of small batch, draft-only brews. Kegs will be offered in half and sixth barrels starting this week with the first being the strongest beer in the lineup, the Lower DeBoom Barleywine. Lower DeBoom, 10.5% alcohol by volume, is an American-Style barleywine (a beer thats comparable to the strength of wine) that is full of citrusy Pacific Northwest hops, flavored with toffee malt, fruitcake, tropical fruit, toast, and piney hops. 563 2nd St., San Francisco, CA, 94107. 415-369-0900.

Flavor! Napa Valley returns for a second year

A taste of Napa Valley

November 14 – 18 will be the second annual Flavor! Napa Valley, hosted by the Silverado Resort and Spa. Foodies and wine enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy a showcase of what Napa Valley has to offer featuring two full days of hands-on experiences hosted by the local vineyards, wineries, restaurants, farms and more. Additionally, this event raises scholarship monies for students at The Culinary Institutes of America at Greystone, donating $60,000 last year.

Love Apple Farms to begin designer seedling sale

Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains

Having trouble finding that perfect tomato-seed strain? Love Apple Farms can help with their Annual Seedling Sale, where tomato-lovers can check out over 100 varieties of heirloom tomato seedlings. From March 10 – June 30, Ivy’s Porch in Scotts Valley will be home to the seedling sale. Guests can purchase a variety of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes including the Black Oxheart, Chili Verde, Super Marzano, Ludmilla’s Pink Heart, and Berkeley Tie-Dye ($3.50 to $5.50 each) while learning at-home landscaping and plant a garden. Ivy’s Porch will be open Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM. Ivy’s Porch: 5311 Scotts Valley Drive Scotts Valley, CA 95066. 831-588-3801.

Wine Road’s unfinished barrel wine tasting

Northern Sonoma County

In just a few weeks, over 100 wineries will participate in Wine Road Northern Sonoma County’s annual barrel tasting, including wines from Dry Creek, Russian River, and Alexander valleys. The barrel tasting will allow attendees to sample young, unfinished wines with the option to purchase discounted cases (“futures” will be received 12 – 18 months later) and meet the winemakers.

The event takes place March 2 – 4 and March 9 – 11 from 11 AM – 4 PM. Tickets (good for the entire weekend) can be purchased online until February 27 for $30, or for $40 at participating wineries.