Shopikon launches in San Francisco, CA

Explore the city’s treasures like a local!

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Whether you’re new to the area, just visiting or a local yourself, finding the sweetest spots in such a compact city can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to look. Skipping the chain stores and discovering the city’s independent “hidden” gems couldn’t be easier with Shopikon, an online shopping guide, launching this past week in San Francisco, CA! Read More

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.

Sellout expected for Passport at Dry Creek Valley

In Healdsburg, CA from April 28 - 29

This year more than 5,000 guests will be sampling the food and wine of the Bay Area’s Dry Creek Valley during Passport on April 28 – 29. Unless you purchased tickets by early April, there is a good chance you won’t be able attend at all. All 50 participating wineries are offering food and wine pairings – Dry Creek Valley wineries is drawing on Mediterranean, Tuscan, Provencian, and Mexican themes while others focus on disco, rock ‘n roll, and the Wild West. Read More

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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.

One Market's 'Weekly Beast' dinners

Featuring a revolving weekly menu at this contemporary American eatery

About a year and a half ago, One Market’s chef Mark Dommen (pictured above) and co-founder Michael Dellar came up with “The Weekly Beast” concept spotlighting a different animal. This four-course dinner is still dazzling crowds looking for something different. Chef Dommen’s idea pays tribute to the Michelin-starred restaurant’s philosophy of farm to table. During the month of March, he has already served up beef, lamb, and veal. Come this Friday and Saturday (March 28 and 29) as chef will be cooking up a pig from Devils Gulch Ranch in Nicasio, CA. Read More

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 Tabs4australia 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.

Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewing's philosophy on beer styles

'Why bother making beer that's not delicious'

Santa Rosa-based Moonlight Brewing Company was created by Brian Hunt back in 1992. Twenty years later, still small, and local. So small, it doesn’t even have a tasting room, let alone a brewery tour. Brian brews about 1,000 barrels of beer per year, not much considering Sierra Nevada outputted nearly 850,000 barrels in 2011. Which is exactly what Brian intended for his brewery to be, micro, keeping the distribution within the Bay Area, selling beers in kegs exclusively. Thus making it almost impossible to find anywhere else in the country. Taste Terminal host, Jace Milstead caught up with the whimsical Brian Hunt at the Opening Celebration of San Francisco Beer Week and asked him about his philosophy on beer styles. Read More

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.

Orange County's The Bruery goes into action during S.F. Beer Week

Starting tonight

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.