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    May 22, 2013

    Exploring the New Cocktail Menus at Rickhouse and Blackbird

    We may not get the dramatic announcements of spring's arrival that other parts of the country get, like crocuses jetting out through the snow, but we do get our own subtle declaration of a new season. With asparagus season having peaked, the presence of local strawberries and cherries forecasting lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    SF Chefs 2012: The Guide to Boozing

    SF Chefs, the week-long celebration of the San Francisco food and drink, has taken up residence once again in Union Square. The white tent being draped over an entire city block won't officially open until Friday night, when it will feature dozens of bars and restaurants representing over the course ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Cocktail Week Events for Tuesday, Sept. 20

    Lou BustamanteKicking off Cocktail Week inside Anchor Brewery and Distillery​After a kickoff night Monday with perfect weather, and more people wanting to attend than there were tickets to be had, San Francisco Cocktail Week continues today with a much broader schedule. Tonight's festivities ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Joel Teitelbaum Leaves the Bar at Zero Zero

    Lou BustamanteFormer Zero Zero bar manager Joel Teitelbaum Joel Teitelbaum, has garnered a ton of press for his work as bar manager of Zero Zero, but he tells SFoodie he has just left the restaurant after his position was eliminated. Teitelbaum didn't say what his plans were, but it sounds like ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Shady Ladies and End of Days: Tuesday Is for Tipplers

    Between the cold, soggy spring weather and this weekend's Rapture (aka End of Days), a few drinks on a Tuesday night should be all the comfort you really need. Warm up your insides at either of these events, while making your last few days on Earth count. Anyway, use the excuse to.Caroline on Cra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Negronis, Aged in Wood, at Zero Zero

    Zero Zero's Joel Teitelbaum.​Barrel-Aged Negroni Party Where: Zero Zero, 826 Folsom (at Fourth St.), 348-8800 When: Mon., Mar. 21, 5:30-10 p.m. Cost: $6 per drink The rundown: Barrel-aging cocktails is a concept currently finding appeal in bars around the world, and for good reason. Just ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 3, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    What Makes a Bartender Become a 'Brand Ambassador'?

    tzutzanu/FlickrJackie Patterson, formerly of Heaven's Dog, now brand ambassador for Lillet and Solerno.​What motivates a bartender to walk away from nightly appearances behind the stick to take a position as "brand ambassador" for a large spirits company? In the first part of this story, we de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Are Liquor Companies Stealing S.F.'s Best Bartenders As 'Brand Ambassadors'?

    Brandywine HartmanNeyah White left the bar at Nopa to work for Suntory Japanese whisky.​As a career choice, bartending has seen historic ups and downs. It was a genuine profession in the 19th century, an outlaw one during Prohibition. And up until recently, tending bar was a gig you held down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    SF Cocktail Week, Day 2: Farmers' Markets, Mixfits, and Bar Lit

    Lou BustamanteLast night: Under construction at the Boothby Center.​Last night's kickoff party at the Boothby Center (still very much under construction) was a total blast. Cocktail Week organizer the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail seized on the construction theme, with yel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Made in San Francisco: The Kentucky Buck

    Carina OstLocal hero: Serpentine's lime-spiked Kentucky Buck.​You could argue that San Francisco doesn't get hot enough to need a summertime cocktail. We vehemently disagree: A refreshing cocktail that hits all the flavor points is a drink for all seasons. We can't remember when we had our fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Hog and Rocks Opens, Cafe Prague Closes Its Doors

    ​Monitoring the past 96 hours of gossip and cold, hard facts about restaurant openings and closings in San Francisco.SFoodie doesn't know what you all did over your three-day weekend, but we spent most of it on the couch, catching up on True Blood episodes and ruing the millions of dollars the cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    S.F. Bar Stars Shine at Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Ft. Mason Gala

    CUESA/Flickr15 Romolo's Scott Baird.​A word of warning to drinkers in the Bay Area this weekend: The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, NYC's first-ever multi-day festival celebrating the history, contemporary culture, and artful craft of the cocktail, goes down May 14-18. What's that got to do with ... More >>

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