Call it retro or call it trendy (witness the oddly-named Fondue Cowboy that opened last year in SoMa), there's nothing better for staving off the winter chill than a big pot of gooey, melty, boozy cheese set out for dipping. Luckily, you don’t have to go outside—or even own a fondue set—to whip up a batch. Cheesemonger extraordinaire Samantha Chertoff, from Russian Hill’s beloved Cheese Plus, gives us the scoop.
1. Stock your holiday pantry with a visit to Cheese Plus—they’ve got panettone, Stilton, mince pies and Nordic glögg aplenty, perfect for whatever wintry celebration you have planned. For more information, visit cheeseplus.com
2. On December 24 Incanto will be hosting the annual Feast of the Seven Fishes, a four-course all-seafood menu that is the traditional Italian meal served the night before Christmas. The price is $55, exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverage, call 415-641-4500 to book your spot. For more information, visit incanto.biz