The reigning crab of the West Coast, Dungeness are rolling into the Pier in full throttle now in the Bay Area. Although the large crustaceans get their name from the Northern port town of Dungeness, Washington, these hard-shells are very much a San Francisco thing.
When there are charities and cocktails under the same roof, we're there. Immediately. That's why we're especially excited for this Wednesday's Drinks By Design event at the waterfront mecca La Mar, which was designed by California Home+Design favorite Cass Calder Smith.
As always, it's the perfect way to schmooze with fellow design nerds, architects and design engineers over free drinks in La Mar's swanky setting. This time, however, organizers are asking $10 at the door, all of which will be donated to the Red Cross to help right all the terrible happenings in Japan.
Liquor.com's Spirited Supper series (which saw previous events at Beretta and Jardinière) makes its way to La Mar, the land of pisco, next Tuesday. It will feature six courses of traditional Peruvian food paired with cocktails crafted by La Mar's talented head bartender, Enrique Sanchez (who was
I've written before on the trend of sommeliers getting out of their suits and donning grubby clothes better suited for the messy business of picking, crushing and fermenting grapes.
Notable locals who are making their own wines: John Lancaster and Rob Perkins of Boulevard (who make Skylark), Emmanuel Kemiji, wine buyer for Piperade and La Mar (who makes a wine called Miura) and Andrew Green of Spruce and the Village Pub (who makes Oregon Pinot Noir for those restaurants).
Given Pisco's long history with SF (since at least the early 19th century), most of us here are familiar with the Pisco Sour, the national cocktail of Peru, which is where Pisco originates. We can get tasty Pisco Sours at many local outlets, from Fresca, Pisco Latin Lounge to Cantina. But La Mar, the SF outpost of one of Peru's most revered ceviche houses, has enjoyed special (and well-deserved) acclaim for its Pisco Sours since it opened last fall.