Yeah we know, going out on Friday night can be hard -- we can't count the number of times we've made fun plans, only to find that the crushing grind of the week necessitates a night on the couch with sweats, takeout, and Netflix. But this weekend marks the autumn solstice, and if you can rouse yourself, a few notable party-throwers around here -- Almanac Brewing Co. and Rice Paper Scissors -- are hosting shindigs to celebrate the changing season.
Moon Festival with Rice Paper Scissors
When: Friday, Sept. 20, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Virgil's Sea Room (3152 Mission St.)
Cost: A la carte menu items; moon-gazing free
The rundown: The gals from Rice Paper Scissors are throwing a party on Virgil's back patio to celebrate the Harvest Moon -- an important Vietnamese holiday. There will be silk lanterns, heat lamps, and moon-gazing happening, plus a special menu for the event inspired by "all things round and whole":
Mushroom Pho Rolls - $8
fresh rice noodle rolls filled with beech mushrooms, fried tofu, lettuce and Thai basil. served with nuoc cham chay.
Chicken Pate Chaud - $5
puff pastry filled with ground chicken, pate, and wood ear mushrooms
Mushroom Pate Chaud - $5
puff pastry filled with a shittake mushroom and cream cheese pate
Ham Sui Gok - $8
fried mochi dumplings filled with pork and shiitake mushrooms
Bun Cha - $7
grilled pork patties with banh hoi (netted rice noodles). served with mint, shiso, cilantro, red lettuce, green papaya, and carrot daikon vegetables.
Bun Cha Chay - $7
Fried tofu, chanterelles, and eggplant with banh hoi (netted rice noodles). served with mint, shiso, cilantro, red lettuce, green papaya, and carrot daikon vegetables.
Banh Pia - 5
Vietnamese mooncake with flaky crust, lotus bean paste and salted duck egg
When: Friday, Sept. 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: St. Gregory's Cathedral, Potrero Hill
Cost: $60 ticket gets you unlimited beer and food; tickets available on Eventbrite
The rundown: Almanac Brewery is hosting NotOberfest, a festival celebrating all sorts of autumnal seasonals like pumpkin beers, fresh hop ales, and Octoberfest lagers. Participating breweries include Almanac, Highwater Brewing, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, 21st Amendment, Magnolia Pub & Brewery, The Bruery, Baeltane Brewing, Hen House Brewing. and Anchor Brewing. Food is coming from 4505's Ryan Farr, so expect something meaty, and dessert will be provided by Jake Godby and Humphry Slocombe. Proceeds benefit the Food Pantry.