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Get your taste buds in shape at Harvest Inn in Napa

'Food and Wine Bootcamp'

A “trust fall” can help you learn to work more efficiently with your teammates, but just in case your insurance doesn’t cover those types of accidents, Harvest Inn, located in Napa Valley, is introducing its Food and Wine Bootcamp. This four-hour event presents a different spin on company meetings by offering an interactive cooking class designed to focus on team-building and creative thinking. Read More

Valentine’s Day, Bay area style with Sonoma Coast Villa and Spa

Bodega Bay in the Russian River Valley

If you’re looking to avoid the hustle n’ bustle of the city on Valentine’s Day, Sonoma Coast Villa and Spa is offering a one-night stay in a Country Room ($695) or Deluxe Villa ($750) on February 14 as part of their Valentine’s Day package. Early check-in starts at 1 PM. Couples will receive a bottle of champagne, a dozen roses, chocolates, as well as a 75-minute massage and complimentary parking. If that’s not enough, a private 90-minute horseback ride for two along coast ($250) can be arranged as well.

The package also includes a three-course dinner, served in your private villa or the dining room, and a breakfast for two. Main course choices include grilled filet Mignon with rosemary or fresh Halibut with lemongrass served with portabella mushroom, organic vegetables, and saffron risotto, or organic rack of lamb with mint sauce.

Reservations can be made by calling 877-314-1711 or a visit to scvilla.com. 16702 Coast Highway One, Bodega, CA 94922.

Prix fixe menu with alligator for Valentine’s at Boxing Room, Clift Hotel’s Valentine’s Day dinner

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

21st Amendment and Magnolia fight the drizzle, presenting ‘Strong Beer Month’

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

Events & Festivals

Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM lets you get inside the mind of select San Franciscan chefs

Plus a dinner at Bar Agricole

San Francisco is home to numerous talented artists and on February 16, Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM, in conjuction with Kitchit, will host a one-hour panel discussion with some of the faces behind the scene at local kitchens. This program will get you up close and personal with local chefs such as Brandon Jew of Bar Agricole, Brett Cooper of Outerlands, Michael Gaines of Central Kitchen, Evan Rich, formerly of Coi, and pastry chef William Werner. The forum will focus on San Francisco’s rich culinary tradition, innovative cooking techniques, and local products. Tickets for the panel are $7 for students and $25 for general admission. 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. Read More

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Buon Appetito al Ristorante Italiano (that’s right, it’s Italian)

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

Culinary store ‘MARCH’ into San Francisco

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.

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?

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

Food and wine event with all gay winemakers

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.

Food

Asian Box to open February 2012 in Palo Alto

Real South East Asian food done fast

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

Drink

5 questions with 21st Amendment’s head brewer Zambo

Plus a list of all Zambo's must visit S.F. destinations

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

Because money ain't a thang!

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.

Drink

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 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.”

Food

O3 Bistro & Lounge now open

Serving American-Asian fusion

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