1. Bavarian Brews
Tonight, get in a German state-of-mind at the Bavarian beer dinner at Local Kitchen. Eight unusual beers will be poured and paired with an assortment of dishes. The dinner is $75 (excluding tax and gratuity); reserve your spot by emailing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Luxe Lunch
Throughout the month of December, Hayes Valley classic Jardinière will be opening its doors on Friday for lunch. Enjoy a civilized repast with friends before finishing up your shopping in the neighborhood and heading to the Nutcracker matinee.
3. Marketbar does Marin
On December 13, make reservations for a special dinner at Marketbar celebrating local growers and ranchers. The multicourse holiday meal will feature such classics as oysters, a holiday roast and a glorious apple tarte tatin, all made with ingredients sourced from our neighbors to the north. The feast is $50 (exclusive of drinks, tax and gratuity); to reserve, call Marin Organic at 415-663-9667.
4. Bubble Trouble
Did somebody say Dom Perignon? Count us in. K&L Wines will be hosting a tasting of special champagne for the holidays on December 13 at noon. The cost is $50, plus whatever you can’t resist purchasing to enjoy over the holidays. For more information, call 415-896-1734 or visit klwines.com
5. Books for Cooks
Signed cookbooks make very good holiday gifts. Join VFC (very famous chef) Thomas Keller at Sur la Table in the Ferry Building tonight at 5 p.m. for a signing of his new book all about the magic of sous vide, Under Pressure. The following day, Eric “the ripper” Ripert, of New York’s famed Le Bernadin restarant, will be in town for a one-day-only promotion of his new cookbook, On the Line, at Omnivore Books. Then, on Saturday, Clark Wolf and Andante dairy cheesemaker Soyoung Scanlan will be at Omnivore for a signing of Wolf’s new book, American Cheeses. Last but not least—Alice Waters will be at The Gardner in the Ferry Building, signing copies of her book, Edible Schoolyard, A Universal Idea.
6. Liquid Gold
Tonight, Coco500 will celebrate the arrival of olio nuovo, that spicy, peppery freshly pressed olive oil that debuts every year around this time. They’ll be using the golden liquid to anoint grilled Monterey squid, farro soup, buckwheat cavatelli and grilled pork cheeks—they’ll even be slipping some into the cake. Dinner is $65 for four courses; to make a reservation visit 415-543-2222.
7. Hot Tamales
Yes, you could go to the same old boring company holiday party. Or, you could attend the Fiesta del Tamal! On December 13 from noon until 5 p.m., the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts will be serving up a variety of tamales—both home and restaurant made—and letting you vote on your favorite. For more information, call 415-824-0682.
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