The Bruery of Orange County is flexing its muscles during San Francisco Beer Week. On Thursday night, February 16 at The Monk’s Kettle, Head Brewer Tyler King (pictured on the left) will be pouring anniversary ales Papier, Coton, and Cuir. Tyler will also make an appearance with Smoking Wood and Burly Gourd kegs at Oakland’s Beer Revolution on Friday, February 17. On Saturday, February 18, Beer Revolution will relinquish control of its taps allowing Southern California breweries, including The Bruery, to showcase their brews.
LYFE Kitchen in Palo Alto, CA is now adding “Social LYFE” to its weekday afternoons. From 3:30 – 5:30 PM, Monday to Friday, all drinks including their cucumber-mint cooler, mango madness smoothie as well as local beers and biodynamic wines are a dollar off and select dishes are half-off. Chefs Art Smith and Tal Ronnen specialize LYFE Kitchen’s menu in comfort foods that are less than 600 calories per dish, such as barbeque chicken flatbread, lemon aioli dressed grilled artichokes and edamame hummus with flatbread crisps. 167 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301. 650-325-5933.
Emphasizing its focus on “fresh local produce and sustainable meats and seafood,” AQ Restaurant and Bar in SoMa San Francisco will host the Donkey & Goat Winemaker Dinner ($80 per person) – a five-course prix fixe meal with wine pairings, on February 21 at 6 PM. Chef Mark Liberman is preparing a winemaker dinner featuring Donkey & Goat Winery – known for wood barrel-aged Rhône varietals and Chardonnay blends, by Berkeley’s own wine producer Jared Brant. Read More
First of the many Valentine’s day menus to come is from Boxing Room off Grove Street. Executive Chef Justin Simoneaux‘s Southern influenced menu includes Deep-Fried Alligator; New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp; Southern Fried Chicken; Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chop; Mushrooms & Dumplin’s and some other new creations for $50 per person. Wine pairings available for an additional $20 as well as beer pairings for $15. Dinner will be served from 5 PM to 11 PM on Valentine’s Day and reservations can be made by calling 415-430-6590 or by visiting Open Table. We’re sure that you could find a date that would appreciate some alligator this “Heart Day.” 399 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
If your date is not into vicious reptile meat, this might be for you. On Tuesday, February 14 at the Velvet Room of the Clift Hotel is serving up a five-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person. The main course includes a choice of grilled rib eye or stripe bass, and ending with a Red Velvet cake with strawberries, hazelnut ice cream, and vanilla. Call 415-929-2300 for reservations. 495 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102. Read More
Featuring 12 beers over 8% ABV
February 1 marks the start of the 11th Annual ‘Strong Beer Month’, presented by 21st Amendment Brewery and Magnolia Pub and Brewery. The concept is simple: serve strong beers. A ticket stub to the month long event will list all twelves beers – as you move between the two pubs, your ticket will be marked according to the beers you’ve already had. Each brewery has produced six strong beers with 21st Amendment boasting six beers over 8.5% ABV. A commemorative glass will be given away as a free gift after the completion of all 12 beers (not all at the same time, of course). Read More
Original Joe's now open in North Beach
If you enjoy those burgundy-red booths and Italian American comfort food, then listen up. Original Joe’s is now open in the North Beach neighborhood on Union Street. The eatery is operated by the Duggan family whose grandfather, Tony Rodin, debuted the original Original Joe’s in 1937. Showcasing classic Italian/American fare like: Joe’s Burger, Veal Scallopini, the Joe’s Special, Filet of Sole, and Chicken Parmigiana. Libations at Original Joe’s include a cocktail list inspired by an Original Joe’s cocktail menu circa 1950, with offerings such as the Vesper, Manhattan, Aviation, Screwdriver, Grasshopper, and Sazerac. The new Original Joe’s is open Sunday through Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM and Thursday through Saturday, 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM. 601 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94133415-775-4877.
Photography provided by Joey DeRuy
If you’re spicing up the kitchen, pantry or table, MARCH in Pacific Heights has got you covered. The store houses curated and collaborative collections from Ted Muehling, Brickett Davda, Christiane Perrochon, and Jasper Conran, with handcrafted ceramics from Victoria Morris, pots from Brooklyn Copper Cookware, bespoke butcher block tables with Farrow & Ball-painted legs, and table linens from Boxwood Linens.
Options for stocking up your pantry include Olive Oil and Vinegar are produced by Albert Katz of Napa Valley; seasonal jams, nut butters, chutneys, preserves and almond butter from LouLou’s Garden in Escalon, CA; and spices provided by Le Sanctuaire.
Look forward to events in the future as they have plans for dinners, guests, chefs and more. 3075 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94115. 415-931-7433.
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
On February 10 from 6 PM - 10 PM
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
An even better and bigger Gay Train
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.
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.
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.
Ban taking place in July
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
11th Annual Dine About Town from Jaunary 15 - 31, launch party on January 12
To celebrate the launch of “Dine About Town” in conjunction with “California Restaurant Month“, the organizers are throwing a launch party on Thursday, January 12 from 6 PM – 8 PM at City View at Metreon. Tickets are $40 with proceeds going to “Meals on Wheels”, an organization that helps deliver meals to seniors with limited mobility. Participating establishments include: Chaya Brasserie, Chouchou French Restaurant, Thirsty Bear Brewing Co., TRES, and more. 101 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94103.