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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Teatro ZinZanni's Five-Course Menu: Cheese and Fanfare

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM

click to enlarge MOLLIE MCWILLIAMS
  • Mollie McWilliams

It may be the most fanfare dinner presentation ever. Where else can confetti rain into your soup?

Teatro ZinZanni's spectacle of jugglers, trapeze artists, and current host, 60's songstress Joan Baez, are the highlight, but beyond the glitzy costumes and constant entertainment, there's another element of the performance: the five-course dinner.

click to enlarge The Rendevous Royale upstaging the Scrimshaw - BEN KELLGREN
  • Ben Kellgren
  • The Rendevous Royale upstaging the Scrimshaw

The lobby doors swing open into the circus-magic ZinZanni world (and lobby bar) an hour before for the show. While many of the almost 200 attendees arrive sans vaudeville wear, after a couple drinks at the bar, they show up at their tables with razzle-dazzle masks, boas, and accessories from the lobby shop.

Going with the theme, I order the Rendevous Royale ($12) from the specialty cocktail menu. With its blackberry puree and ostentatious presentation, the drink matches both Barry Manilow's "Cobacabana," and the red interior of the lobby. It's sweet, and slightly over the top, but then again, so is the night.

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Mollie McWilliams

Mollie McWilliams

Mollie is the Associate Online News Editor and has been with SF Weekly since 2010.


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