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The Eat + Drink List: This Week's Top 7

1. The family that works together, eats together

Biodynamic Wines: For Earth Day (and Beyond...)

Apropos of Earth Day (my wedding anniversary, BTW), let's talk about the growing movement toward organics and, especially, biodynamics in wine production. Many wine producers think biodynamics is a load of mystical hooey, but it's hard to argue with the satisfaction that so many producers have gained by converting all or some of their vineyard land to this kind of farming. It's also hard to argue against it when some of the most august estates in France--DRC, Domaine Leroy, M. Chapoutier--are doing it, not to mention top California producers like Araujo, Benziger and Robert Sinskey.

The Eat + Drink List: This week's top 7


Bar Bambino's stellar cheese selection.

1. Ciao, Bambino!

The Eat + Drink List: This week's top 7


courtesy of The Great Tortilla Conspiracy

1. Corn Fed

The Eat + Drink List: This week's top 7


Mixt Greens gears up for number three.
courtesy of Stefanie Michejda


1. Now Open: This week’s new restaurants

The Eat + Drink List: This Week's Top 7



1. Spring Sprouting

This is that great time of year when root vegetables and caramelized braises give way to signs of spring. We’re seeing some of the seasons’ finest vegetables making their debuts on menu around town: Jardinière is serving Prather Ranch lamb with fava beans and spring onion, Millennium has artichokes al cartoccio with roasted fennel; spring garlic; spicy seitan sausage and Meyer lemon, and at Pizzeria Delfina you can order a side-dish of first-of-the-season asparagus topped with lardo butter.

SF International Spirits Competition: Rainbow Bright




Last weekend I judged at the SF International Spirits Competition, a great event that brings spirits experts from around the country to taste and judge which are the best vodkas, gins, whiskeys, piscos, liqueurs, etc. Many of the best spirit bottlers in the world do submit their products, so, yes, it can be a great tasting experience. However, with the great also comes the not-so-great, as can be seen in the flight this poor panel was tasting. I'm not sure which category this rainbow of artificial coloring fell under, but it couldn't have been fun to put these things in one's mouth.

Historic Cocktails Tour of SF: History in a Glass

San Francisco bartenders were treated to a unique experience a couple of weeks ago: the first (that we know of) SF historical cocktail tour. It was sponsored by Plymouth Gin and Simon Ford (the brand's ambassador; below, at left) and conducted by Dave Wondrich (below, right), the undisputed authority on American cocktail history and author of Imbibe.


Charlie Palmer, Pigs & Pinot Noir


One of the country's most celebrated chefs lives in
our own back yard.

St. Patrick's Day: Green Beer for All





Green beer. Everyone makes fun of me for having my ritual St. Patrick's Day toast with a glass of chromatologically-enhanced beer. And of course, it is a silly and cheesy practice, but that's why I like it. Beer just seems to taste good when it's green and the day is the 17th of March. Naturally, I'm listening to the Pogues’ If I Should Fall from Grace with God (their best album, and don't even try to tell me otherwise) as I write (and drink). Green beer also tastes better when consumed with a shot of Jameson before noon on St. Patrick's Day.
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