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Distillery No. 209 Cocktail Contest at RN74

In celebration of the debut of two new Barrel Reserve Gins, San Francisco’s own Distillery No. 209 and Michael Mina’s renowned RN74 hosted a fierce, bracket-style cocktail competition among eight of Bay Area’s top bartenders.

Four Restaurant Suppers to Put the Fun in Sunday

Four Restaurant Suppers To Put The Fun In Sunday

We're big fans of Sunday Funday, and nothing winds it down like a soulful meal. Although it's typically a day of rest and relaxation for chefs, we've noticed a growing number of them rallying to put together special fixed price feasts to wind down the weekend. Here are the latest Sunday Suppers at some of our favorite restaurants around town. Add them to your weekend dossier, and consider it our prescription for the Sunday blues.

Ease into the Holidays with Liquor.com's RN74 'Spirited Supper'

Here's something to melt this post-Thanksgiving chill: Liquor.com's throwing the next installment of their 'Spirited Supper' series this Tuesday night at Michael Mina's RN74. The dinner will feature four courses, created specially by executive chef Jason Berthold, and of course a slew of cocktails (this time featuring a range of Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotches, topped off with a nightcap made with Hennessy Cognac).

It's Harvest Time For Sommeliers

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).

It's French Party Time: A Guide to Bastille Day

One thing’s for sure—the French certainly know how to celebrate. Whether you’re looking to satisfy that craving for Chateaubriand or twirl your tail off to DJ Frenchy le Freak, this city’s got you covered on July 14. Join the French in festivities commemorating the birth of democracy on Bastille Day.

1. Party Like It's 1789

RN74 Has a World-Class Cellar and Somms in Jeans, But Don't Call It a Wine Bar

Who would have thought that San Francisco needed another wine bar? I guess we did, given the kind of slamming business RN74—named after the road that travels up and down the Cote D'Or, the heart of the Burgundy wine region—has been doing since it opened a few weeks back. (A couple of disclaimers: My wife, Christie Dufault, is one of the sommeliers there, and I am good friends with RN74's visionary Rajat Parr, one of the world's foremost Burgundy experts. So take what I say as you will. I also attended a comped "media dinner," but I've also been there and paid straight up for food and drink.) Nevertheless, my enthusiasm is genuine.

RN74: Can The Mina Group Do Casual?

I've been thinking about RN74 since my dinner there last week (full disclosure: I went on a "media night" and was treated to dinner). It's no surprise that fine dining restaurants are on the decline here in San Francisco—this has never really struck me as a white tablecloth town, and with the economy being in the tank the demise of all but the best of the "fancy" restaurants seems inevitable. So when I heard that the Mina (as in Michael) Group was opening a more casual wine bar-inspired spot, I took notice.

The Eater Wrap: Alice Returns, Midi Opens, RN74 Readies

Welcome to our partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his opinionated report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including all kinds of upcoming projects, hot downtown debuts, and Alice Waters' breakfast-making tips (just place a cracked egg in a hot, wood-fired oven and voila!).

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