Eat + Drink
Monk's Kettle Hosts Abita Brewing
Tonight, when you're ready to get your drink on, head over to Monk's Kettle. The brewpub is hosting Louisiana's Abita Brewing Company in a benefit for the Gulf Coast. The more you drink the more you help—75 cents of every bottle sold will go towards a charitable foundation to aid people affected by the oil spill, and in addition the restaurant will donate half the day's sales of Abita to the charity. The kitchen is getting in on the act with gumbo and crawfish and andouille pot pies.
Some people have it in their blood,” says Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach. “Other people are just making pizza.” Suffice it to say, Gemignani—who resembles a pizzaiolo sent straight from Central Casting—considers himself in the former category. His pizza career spans nearly two decades (he and his brother own Pyzano’s in Castro Valley). He’s won the World Pizza Cup in Naples (slaying his Italian competitors) and he can toss dough with the best of them. At the year-and-a-half-old San Francisco flagship restaurant, he serves pizza in all its permutations—thick Sicilian, thin-crusted Romana (sold by the meter), classic American, classic Italian, and a very special margherita, of which he makes 73 a day.
Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter@pauleinbund.
San Francisco is lucky in that we have such an amazing dining community. On any given night, sommeliers will be gathering at one of many of our great restaurants, tasting wine and sharing bottles.
As you might know, I was in NYC last week on an eating binge. My hit list:
Bourbon may be just the thing you need to get into the spirit of fall. Join Liquor.com at Tenderloin speakeasy Bourbon & Branch this Sunday, October 17th from 6 - 9 pm for a celebration of all things bourbon, where you will drink and learn about America's native spirit.
The entire place will be yours to taste over ten of the best varieties in the world, like Basil Hayden's, Bulleit, Elijah Craig, Maker's 46, as well as creative bourbon cocktails and gourmet snacks!
Grab tickets here.
Autumn is the perfect time for pies -- eating them, baking them, even throwing them. If you're of the baking (and eating) persuasion, try your hand at Mission Pie's 4th Annual Pie Contest this Sunday, October 17th.
You have until tomorrow (October 15th) to register the type of pie you're going to bring on game-day. But better make it good, this is judgement day in front of some serious heavyweights of pie-dom.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Show Dogs' Anniversary Bash: Show Dogs, the mid-Market sausage and beer palace from the Foreign Cinema folks, turns one year old this Friday. To celebrate, the restaurant is throwing an anniversary party. Your $20 ticket buys unlimited access to beers from Speakeasy, North Coast, 21st Amendment, and Anderson Valley, plus samplings of new menu items like fried chicken, pulled pork, and ribs. They'll also have a live guitarist. (Friday, October 15, 6-8 pm, at Show Dogs, 1020 Market St., Mid-Market.)
When San Francisco's Rec & Park approved a Blue Bottle coffee cart (or more properly, a trailer) it set off howls of protest in the Mission district. Opponents have questioned what kind of impact it will have on existing businesses and nearby roasters. There have been angry meetings, and even angrier blog comments. We spoke to Blue Bottle founder and co-owner James Freeman to find out what all the ruckus was about.
Jacques Pepin Turns 75
The inimitable Jacques Pepin, master chef and KQED booster, is turning 75. In honor of the occasion, Waterbar is preparing a special birthday party on October 14, and party-goers can expect baked oysters, truffled grilled cheese sandwiches, foie gras torchon and much more. Should you have a chance face-to-face with the chef, we suggest discussing his hobby, pétanque. Tickets are $125; to purchase, call 415-392-4400 or visit cityboxoffice.com