Cheese Picnics, Artful Cocktails + Black Hammer's Playa-Themed Birthday Party
The Carrot and Chinato cocktail (Courtesy of 1760)

Cheese Picnics, Artful Cocktails + Black Hammer's Playa-Themed Birthday Party


Weekend forecast: mostly drunk.

Art in a Glass at 1760

When Christopher Longoria uses the cocktail bar as his artist's palette and lets his adventurous palate guide his hand, he creates art in a glass. His summer cocktail offerings at 1760 feature unusual flavor and color combinations that look - and taste - like masterpieces. We're currently crushing on the Carrot and Chinato cocktail, a vividly-hued combination of Pimms No. 1, Angostura, Dimmi, and rum, garnished with a sprinkling of purple petals and a wispy sprig of green. // 1760 Polk St. (Nob Hill),

Safety Third Party at Black Hammer Brewing

As they say on the Playa, "First fun, then fashion. Safety third." Black Hammer Brewing is bringing the same "Playatude" to its first birthday party, slated for Friday night. Expect fire spinners, live DJs, beer-related raffles, and blush-inducing treats from Pink n' Moist Cakes, all served up fresh and frisky with Black Hammer's craft beer. The party starts at 8pm, and there's no cover charge, so it's sort of like Black Rock City, but without the art cars. Feel free to bring your dog, your kids, and your outside food, 'cuz that's how they roll. // 544 Bryant St. (South Park),

Marin French Cheese Company Hosts Summer Picnic

Speaking of four-legged friends, cheese lovers are invited to bring their own, or just pet the baby farm animals, at this Sunday's summer picnic on the gorgeous grounds surrounding the Marin French Cheese company (a.k.a. The Cheese Factory), west of Petaluma. Kids under 12 get in free, and adults pay $12.50 each for four hours of interactive cheesemaking and beekeeping demos, live music, access to local craft beers, fine wine and, of course, lots of local cheeses. Adult beverage purveyors include Carneros Brewing Company, Cline Cellars, Silverado Vineyards and Sonoma Portworks. Tickets are available online. // 7510 Point Reyes-Petaluma Road (Petaluma),

Tuscany Comes to Barbacco

Barbacco Eno Trattoria is welcoming legendary Tuscan wine producer Castello di Ama this Thursday, August 18, for a special three-course menu with featured wine pairings. International Ambassador Janice Verrecchia will be on site to share inside stories from Castello di Ama while guests enjoy antipasti, primi and secondi courses paired with three-ounce glasses of 2015 Rosato (Sangiovese), 2013 "Ama" Chianti Classico (Sangiovese-Merlot), and 2011 "Il Chiuso" (Pinot Noir-Sangiovese) for $70. A flight of all three wines will be available separately for $22. Peruse the pairing menu and make reservations online. // 220 California St. (FiDi),

Wine Dinner at Camino with Scribe Winery

What better way to showcase the release of your latest seasonal wines than a wine dinner party? Next Wednesday, August 24, Oakland's Camino is hosting a family-style feast prepared by Chef Russell Moore in the eatery's signature wood fire and served alongside pairings from Sonoma's Scribe Winery. The elegant evening begins with a reception and passed snacks at 6pm, followed by a four-course, wine-paired meal at 7pm. Tickets are available online for $125 each (plus tax), including wine and gratuity. // 3917 Grand Ave. (Oakland),

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