You'll be hard-pressed to find a San Franciscan who doesn't enjoy an Ike's sandwich. Last year, they secured a spot on 7x7's Big Eat, and now they've garnered the distinction of The Bay Area's Favorite Small Business. That's right! You've voted those sandwiches right up to the top. Ike's Place was unveiled as the winner of our Favorite Small Business poll on Monday at the opening night of SF Small Business Week at the Metreon.
Chateau Montelena helped put Napa on the map back in 70s. And this June 25th, they're throwing what's being billed as the Valley's party of the summer with Franc & Blanc, a chance to indulge in the Chateaus's delicious wines (made famous by the movie Bottle Shock). Come up to mingle with winemakers Bo Barrett (played by Chris Pine in the film), Cam Parry and Matt Crafton for an up-close and personal glimpse at the way a hot-ticket vineyard like this one operates.
And there's a lot more to do that just drink wine. Look forward to tons of music, food, a photo booth, wine classes, barrel tastings, games and prizes.
Every year the SF Fine Arts Fair brings its astoundingly huge collection of world-class art from venerable galleries around the globe to Fort Mason. This year heralds its largest round-up yet, and collectors and art enthusiasts will be there en masse the weekend of May 20th to ogle all the beauty. The Fine Arts Fair has young art enthusiasts in mind too, and invites green collectors to a special reception and workshop this Saturday evening, May 21st.
San Francisco has long been a breeding ground for talented musicians, and thankfully for veteran organizations like the Blue Bear School of Music–which nurtures beginners and helps get seasoned players off their butts and on stage where they belong–that fact isn't likely to fade anytime soon.
Mix Master Mike DJs A Night of Dancing, Drinking & Gaming In the Name of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Join us at the first-ever annual Decks on Deck party aboard the Cabernet Sauvignon–a swanky, $7 million 125-foot yacht–benefitting the SF chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphona Society on May 20th. This yacht party, full of civic-minded SF citizens and philanthropists, singles out help for and supports one individual per year who is battling a form of leukemia or lymphoma.
If you've ever wanted a behind-the-scenes experience in Napa, the Rutherford Passport Weekend is your golden ticket. This weekend, from May 7th to 8th, grab yourself a Passport and immerse yourself in country sunshine–you'll get exclusive access and discounts to special pourings, barrel and tank tastings, paired food and wine, and in-depth Q-and-As with the master winemakers in the Rutherford Appellation Winery family. Best of all, proceeds from Passport sales benefit local Napa Valley charities!
Your City, Your Chef 2011, Sponsored by Trumer Pils
Now that tax season is officially over, it's time to cut loose–and we're here to help you with that. Head up to Napa's historic Chateau Montelena on June 25th for Franc & Blanc, a summer vineyard party that's all about the glory of their red and white wines.
Here's where we come in: use the code 7X7UPGRADE to upgrade to VIP status for free, which is valid until May 15 while ticket supplies last. What do you get with your new platinum status? Montelena will get you round-trip transportation from San Francisco up to the winery itself, access to their luxurious VIP lounge, on-site parking, and complimentary wine tastings.
Can you feel the love tonight? If not, you should, because The Royal Wedding is fast approaching. In honor of the festivities, we're publishing King's Ginger and No. 3 Gin cocktail recipes by local bartenders that would be fit to serve at a royal event. Berry Bros. & Rudd, the makers of The King's Ginger and No.3, have been supplying the British Royal Family with spirits since 1760 during the reign of King George III.
This week, we turn to the expertise of James Goad, head bartender at Slow Club. He's whipped up two royal wedding drinks -- The King's Road and The Monarch. Head over to Slow Club to try them out or make them on your own at home.
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