San Francisco/Bay Area Culinary Events
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November 4-December 4
Each year, as autumn gives way to another winter, Yosemite celebrates winemakers’ fall harvest with Vintners' Holidays. Celebratory events include wine tastings and seminars, meet and greets with winemakers and a five-course gala dinner prepared by executive chef Percy Whatley. Benziger Family Winery, Rombauer Vineyards, Chappellet Winery and J Vineyard and Winery are among this year’s participants. Hotel packages are also available. For more information, visit www.yosemitepark.com/vintners-holidays.aspx
November 27, December 5 & 31, December 31-March 31, 2015
San Mateo County’s Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will commemorate its 15th holiday season with different events and specials. On Thanksgiving, chef Gaston Alfaro will showcase holiday specials, including a house-roasted local turkey with all the trimmings, Dungeness crab pumpkin bisque and pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust. The dinner will be available for $21.50 for adults and $11.50 for children. They will also host a Funky Sweater & Sneaky Peat Winter Ale Release Party to introduce the new big, malty Sneaky Peat Ale. A “Funkiest Sweater” winner will be announced for a special prize, while everyone else in their funky sweater will also receive little gifts. The party will take place on Friday, December 5, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. You can also kick off an early New Year with the brewing company, who will host a family-friendly “Early Bird New Year’s Eve” from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31. A menu and drink specials will be available. Lastly, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will begin their “When it Rains, We Pour” specials from December 31, 2014, through March 31, 2015. If there is an 80% or more chance of rain in the Half Moon Bay area, drinks will be offered at happy hour pricing. Simply show them the forecast on your smartphone. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd., Princeton by the Sea, CA 94019, 650-728-2739.
Burritt Room + Tavern will be offering a three-course Thanksgiving menu with items like fall spice brined turkey or Niman Ranch short rib. Seatings are available from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. The cost is $58 per person. Burritt Room + Tavern, Mystic Hotel , 417 Stockton St., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-400-0561.
Donato Enoteca will once again host the 100 Grand Italian Wine & Food Tasting, this year held on December 6 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., with a VIP preview starting at noon. Featured will be more than 100 Italian wines, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, Amarone, Sardinian wines and many more, as well as complementary nibbles such as speck, prosciutto, Italian cheeses, cured meats, house-made Italian sausages and porcetta, risotto and Italian-style seafood. Cost is $55 per person, VIP tickets are $65 per person, and can be purchased from the restaurant or at www.eventbrite.com. Donato Enoteca, 1041 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, CA 94063, 650-701-1000.
The Bracebridge Dinner, celebrated since 1927, transforms The Ahwahnee Hotel into a 17th-century English manor for entertainment and a seven-course feast. More than 100 professional singers and court characters perform four-hour pageants inspired by Washington Irving’s Sketch Book. The story tells of a Christmas feast with Lord Merrick of Bracebridge and his household, showcasing English yuletide traditions of yore. Dinner seating begins at 6 p.m. and the performance starts at 6:30 p.m. Two- and three-night Bracebridge Packages start at $1,222 and $1,395, respectively. For additional nights, extra dinners, or dinner-only tickets call 801-559-4884. For more information and online reservations, visit www.yosemitepark.com
Gather turns five at the end of 2014, and will mark its anniversary with a special dinner open to the public from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Guests will receive one complimentary glass of sparkling wine each and can choose from a dedicated menu of festive small and large plates crafted specially for the evening (indulging a range of diets, including carnivores), as well as a drink menu retrospective through the restaurant's five years of creative cocktails. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the Women's Earth Alliance supporting women farmers. Gather, 2200 Oxford St., Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-809-0400.
Il Cane Rosso in the Ferry Building offers hearty, three-course suppers every night from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for $30 per person. Rustic, seasonal starters, mains and desserts made predominantly from pedigreed local ingredients are served family-style at communal tables. Affordable carafes of wine, bottled beers, naturally fermented sodas and other specialty beverages are also featured. Il Cane Rosso, San Francisco Ferry Building, One Ferry Building #41, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-391-7599.
Distinctive Embarcadero hotspot Waterbar offers $1 oysters from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. There's also happy hour from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. featuring $5 glasses of house wine, $3 beers and special cocktails. The view and setting alone are worth the price. Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-284-9922.
The flagship Bistro Boudin complex --- demonstration bakery, restaurant, museum, café, great Bay views --- is always a worthy stop on Fisherman's Wharf. But what locals and visitors may not know is that the main bar and recently opened Oyster Bar now feature $1 oysters at a weekday happy hour. More options on the happy hour bar menu include Boudin sourdough sliders ($5 for two), fried calamari, garlic fries and other nibbles, with $5 well drinks and house wines, $4 drafts and other drink specials. Happy hour runs Mon.-Fri. from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Bistro Boudin, Boudin at the Wharf, 160 Jefferson St., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-928-1849.
Viognier's happy hour provides an inviting, upscale weeknight option for San Mateo locals from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Specialty cocktails in the lounge area of the restaurant are $7, and a dedicated menu includes house-made Kobe pastrami on rye with sauerkraut, Comté and truffled fries, and roasted summer squash flatbread with duck confit, broccolini, crescenza cheese and caramelized onions. Viognier, 222 E. Fourth Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401, 650-685-3727.
California-French destination restaurant Jardinière offers themed ("Country French," "Into the Wild"), three-course, prix-fixe options every Monday night for $49 per person, complete with wine pairings from Jardinière's impressive list. Executive chef Morgan Mueller's menu may include first courses such as warm calamari salad with white beans, fennel and arugula, or pâté de campagne with pedigreed greens, crostini and sauce gribiche, and entrées such as coq au vin, local fish or cioppino. Reservations recommended. Jardiniere, 300 Grove St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-861-5555.
RN74 from Michael Mina and Rajat Parr has introduced a very happy, happy hour special. Glasses of featured red and white wine (rotating selections), select well drinks and bar snacks will all cost only $5 each. RN74's happy hour runs Mon.-Fri. from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. until close. RN74, Millennium Tower, 301 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-543-7474.
Americano inside the Hotel Vitale offers a weekday express lunch menu for busy executives. The sit-down meal features a starter of soup or salad coupled with a panino or half order of pasta. Desserts---Satsumas, cookies---are handed to diners to take away with them. Cost is $19 per person and worth it for the hotel hot-spot's pretty Embarcadero location and views alone. Americano, Hotel Vitale, 8 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-278-3777.
Chef Mark Dommen uses the whole animal every Friday and Saturday night as part of One Market's Weekly Beast series. Along with the restaurant's usual seasonal menu that night, Dommen offers à la carte and four-course prix-fixe meals ($45 per person) showcasing humanely-raised animals from area farms and ranches. Beasts include goat and duck from Salmon Creek Ranch, Wyarte Farms lamb, Beeler Farms Duroc pig and Five Dot Ranch beef. As the name suggests, no portion of the animal is wasted in the creation of Dommen's rustic, high-end dishes. Wine pairings available for $27 more per person. One Market, 1 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-777-5577.
District in Oakland serves "bottomless" brunch specials every Sat.-Sun. from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., including a $17 buffet-style meal. Dishes include buttermilk pancakes with banana-rum syrup, scrambled eggs with cheese, steelcut oatmeal with bourbon vanilla brown sugar, ceviche mixta, bacon, house-made sausage, and Southern-inspired fare such as biscuits and gravy, chipotle breakfast potatoes, fried sweet plantains and chocolate chip bread pudding with bourbon caramel...and more. Ten dollar "bottomless" mimosas join à la carte breakfast cocktails such as Bloody Marys. District, 827 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607, 510-272-9110.
Pacifica newcomer Moonraker, located coastside, has launched a weekly Champagne Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., wherein guests are treated to a complimentary glass of Champagne with their view of the sea. A buffet menu highlights crab legs, peel-and-eat shrimp, chef-carved roast beef and other stations. Also available are omelets made to order and additional vegetarian options. Cost is $39.95 per person and $12.95 for children 12 and under, exclusive of gratuity and tax. Moonraker, Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel, 105 Rockaway Beach Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044, 650-557-7025.
Waterfront restaurant Chaya Brasserie hosts "wine and dine" Sunday evening events with half-price bottles of wine. Wines are local and international and the half-price discount applies across the list, representing significant value. Chaya Brasserie, 132 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-777-8688.
Italian standout Cotogna hosts rustic, four-course, family-style Sunday Suppers for between $50 and $55 per person, exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverage (the regular menu is not available). Menus change weekly and seasonally, and reservations are strongly suggested. Cotogna, 490 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-775-8508.
Alexander's Steakhouse offers prime rib every Sunday evening for only $35 per person. Cost includes a side dish and signature hamachi shooter. The restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. Call for reservations. Alexander's Steakhouse, 448 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-495-1111.
Globe hosts a Sunday Farmer Dinner each Sunday, a prix-fixe menu for $39 that highlights chef Peiling Meu’s discoveries from the farmers market that weekend. Regulars have been coming for the past two years, so be sure to get there early enough before the ingredients run out. The special dinner is taken off the menu by 11 p.m. Globe, 290 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-391-4132.
Local beloved Firefly has one of the city’s tastier prix-fixe deals: for $36 Sunday-Thursday, you can take your pick of any appetizer, entrée and dessert. You’ll be buzzing over their eclectic and comforting cuisine, like many have for more than a decade. Firefly, 4288 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94114, 415-821-7652.
Weekend revelers can now rest and recuperate at the Park Chalet's Recovery Brunch. The garden restaurant and microbrewery near the ocean at the foot of Golden Gate Park features outdoor seating on sunnier days and, in foggy weather, cozy indoor dining next to a roaring fire. A heaping brunch buffet of American mainstays such as french toast, carved meats, chilled shrimp, and biscuits and gravy is available every Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $27.50 per person and includes bottomless Champagne. Reservations strongly suggested. Park Chalet, Golden Gate Park, 1000 Great Hwy., San Francisco, CA 94121, 415-386-8439.
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