EAT IT: Walnut Liqueur, Roast Pork and Sausage


Things are looking rosé at Piccino

A Sunday afternoon rosé tasting ought to appeal to a San Franciscan, if only as a reminder of what season we are, in fact, in (answer: summer). And if grenache, syrah, mourvèdre, cinsault, pinot noir, and cabernet franc mean anything to you, then we’re guessing the charms of this tasting extend well beyond that happy reminder. Head over to Piccino Café in Dogpatch this Sunday from noon until 5:00 p.m. for pink wine, accompanied by thin crust pizzas, salads and a few special dishes.

D.I.Y. Italian Liqueur

Walk away from the Nocino Grandmother’s Workshop (a quaint geriatric title, yes, but remember: granny always liked the hard stuff) with the know-how and the nuts needed to make nocino, an Italian walnut liqueur. Arrigo Benedetti, who hails from the Italian region home to the spirit, will demonstrate first hand how to make the stuff. A $28 charge covers the workshop plus a tour/tasting at the Hanger One vodka factory (usually $40 itself) over at St. George Spirits in Alameda. Head over on either of two Sundays—the 20th or the 27th—from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here to buy tickets.

Sunday Pig Roasts, Happy Hours

Beer, Mai Tais, and roasted pig: Father’s Day at Presidio Social Club. Executive chef Ray Tang earned the title “King of Pork” after winning a national pig cooking contest. On June 20, happy hour begins at 3:00 p.m. and includes some complimentary sliders in honor of your dad, followed by the main event. Oh, and this is just a kick-off! Head back to the Presidio Social Club every Sunday for a weekly pig roasting (the meat is to be prepared differently each time, if that helps you rationalize).

Eat Sausage, Support CUESA

At the Sustainable Sausage and Beer Party at CUESA on June 24th, your $30 ticket will entitle you to seven mini-links from seven different chefs (including Chris Cosentino, Ryan Farr, Dennis Lee and more), along with a taste of beer from each (participating breweries include Magnolia, Gordon Biersch and 21st Amendment, among others). An “ask your butcher” booth will field your meat-centric questions, and all proceeds go to CUESA.

Get the Scoop on Urban Agriculture at the Giants County Fair

On June 20th between noon and 6 p.m., check out the first-ever Urban Eats tent at the Giants County Fair in AT&T park for a variety of games, talks and demonstrations having to do with urban agriculture. “Urban Beekeeping,” “Backyard Chickens” and “Home Mushroom Cultivation” are just a few of the talks accompanying a number of cooking demonstrations.

7x7's Happier Hour: Pride 2010

Kickoff Pride with happy hour at Castro cocktail bar Blackbird next Tuesday, June 22. Live music, snacks, $2 rum cocktails and $1 beer will help get you in the spirit of the season. Admission is free and open to all, but to get a wristband for the drink specials (you want this) click here for instructions.

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