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Ajanta in Berkeley will host festive prix-fixe menus in honor of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. Dishes are meant to be shared among all diners at the table, and include wine, at least three appetizers, four mains, accompaniments such as basmati rice, naan, chutneys and pickles, and a choice of desserts. Prix-fixe meals are available at lunch and dinner and come vegetarian for $39 or non-vegetarian for $42. Call for reservations. Ajanta, 1888 Solano Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707, 510-526-4373.
San Francisco's Charles Phan (Slanted Door), Belinda Leong (B. Patisserie) and Daniel Corey (Luce) will be the featured chefs alongside New York City's Anita Lo (Annisa) at the James Beard Foundation's fourth annual Taste America San Francisco event at the InterContinental San Francisco hotel on Friday, November 4, 2016, beginning with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. The event will also feature tastings from local luminaries such as chef Sri Gopinathan (Campton Place), Dennis Lee (Namu Gaji), Pim Techamuanvivit (Kin Khao) and Martin Yan (M.Y. China). VIP hosts will include 96-year-old Cecilia Chiang. Proceeds will benefit James Beard Foundation scholarship programs. Visit the official website for details and tickets. InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-616-6500, 888-811-4273.
The InterContinental San Francisco will host the James Beard Foundation's Taste America: San Francisco event. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail and tasting reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $375 per person. For tickets and more information, visit the James Beard Foundation's website. InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-616-6500, 888-811-4273.
An international shuffle of 40 of the world's greatest chefs, including several from the Bay Area, will occur on this night, with kitchen switches happening in 17 different countries, all shrouded in secrecy. Called the "Grand Gelinaz!," the event sends each participating chef on a musical-chairs-like journey to an undisclosed restaurant for one night of traded kitchens. Guest chefs will be revealed to diners only after the meal is complete. Bay Area participants include Christopher Kostow and The Restaurant at Meadowood, and Dominique Crenn and Atelier Crenn. Visit the official website for details and tickets.
All three Left Bank brasserie locations will host a celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau, welcoming the wine's release as they do every year beginning on the third Thursday in November. Heralded with live music and special dishes through the weekend, including at brunch, Left Bank Larkspur, Menlo Park and San Jose will offer Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 by the glass, carafe or bottle. Along with the brasseries' regular, à la carte offerings, expect a seasonal, three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $36, or two courses and a glass of wine for the same price. All prices exclude tax and gratuity.
The Mission’s meaty WesBurger ‘N’ More, known for a menu of burgers (including a veg option) and fried chicken dishes, offers an afternoon happy hour from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All Lone Star beers are only $2. WesBurger 'N' More, 2240 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-745-9371.
Distinctive Embarcadero hotspot Waterbar offers a featured oyster for $1.05 from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. There's also happy hour from 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. featuring a variety of beer, wine and specialty cocktails ranging from $6-$8. The view and setting alone are worth the price. Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-284-9922.
Terrapin Crossroads serves a prix-fixe family dinner every Monday night from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., featuring varying specials such as fish ‘n’ chips, taco, pasta or pizza dinners meant to be shared. Prices differ for adults and children, and there are à la carte draft beer or house wine options for an additional $5. The casual Marin County restaurant and live music venue is owned by Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh, and known for crowd-pleasing seasonal cuisine. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael, CA 94901, 415-524-2773.
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 , 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.-7 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 Muscovy Duck Lumpia, White Cheddar Arancini and truffled fries. Viognier, 222 E. Fourth Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401, 650-685-3727.
California-French destination restaurant Jardinière offers themed "Monday Night Supper Club", three-course, prix-fixe options every Monday night for $55 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 small bites, including Fried Califlower and Duck Wings 'a l'orange all cost only $7 each. RN74's happy hour runs Mon.-Fri. from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. 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 panini or half order of pasta. Desserts include house-made cookies and market fresh fruit that are handed to diners to take away with them. Cost is $20 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 Weekend 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 are available for an additional cost 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.-2:30 p.m., including a $22 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. You can add Bottomless Mimosas to your bottomless brunch for $37. $10 individual mimosas join à la carte breakfast cocktails such as Bloody Marys. District, 827 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607, 510-272-9110.
Pacifica's Moonraker, located coastside, has launched a weekly Sunday brunch with two hour seatings available at 10 a.m.,12 p/m., and 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 $44.95 per person and half price 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 "Sundays Uncorked" every Sunday 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 $55 per person, exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverage (the regular a la carte menu is available). Wine Pairing is available for an additional $35. Menus change weekly and seasonally, and reservations are strongly suggested. Cotogna, 490 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-775-8508.
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