It seems like a good idea on paper: Throw a music festival in wine country where guests can go wine-tasting and sample some of the region's best restaurants in between musical acts. That was the focus of Bottle Rock, a new festival thrown in a park in downtown Napa that combines stadium-filling rock ... More >>
Even as our collective drinking palate continues to develop to appreciate spirits once considered too challenging (like smoky peaty single malts whiskies, rustic and flavorful mescal, and bitter European liqueurs), we still may have a ways to go until people learn to love grappa.
Grappa (also know ... More >>
St. George Spirits used to sell glassware -- and offer a complimentary taste of their spirits with a glass purchase. The reason? It's against the law for distillers to charge for tastings and sell bottles at their distilleries, like brewers and vintners can.
Although the Alcohol and Control Board r ... More >>
When the Tribune Tavern opened two weeks ago in Oakland, I was excited. Firstly, it's a tavern, under a newspaper. A place for wirey and haggard journalists, gatekeepers to the misery of the world, to roll down their sleeves and commune. Wingback chairs, scotch, Jimmy Stewart (maybe?). Halfway throu ... More >>
It wasn't until I sat at the bar at Rich Table that I realized a restaurant could have an old soul. At a mere four months old, the place hums with such effortless vigor, you'd be forgiven for thinking the place had been around for years. The service is key, with staff that sets everyone at ease, inn ... More >>
Every year, Litquake brings together a veritable orgy of events for writers and readers, and anyone whose soul is a little bit thirsty for some literary juice or a chance to worship at Dave Eggers' feet. This year there are some seriously stellar-sounding food events programmed into the lineup as we ... More >>
Brasserie S&P at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is officially set to open on Monday the 18th with a unique gin and tonic focused cocktail program: Patrons can customize the perfect gin & tonic for themselves by selecting one of 31 different gins (most accompanied by tasting notes), choice of tonic wate ... More >>
The day has come for the James Beard Foundation to announce the semifinalists for the 2012 Restaurant Awards. As SFoodie has written before, the finals can resemble the Oscars in that they're often career awards rather than a measure of how the nominees are performing at this very moment. Tha ... More >>
What: Open House/Par-tay
When: Wed., January 11, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free with RSVP
The rundown: Txoko co-owners Ryan Maxey and Chef Ian Begg are hosting a party and we're all invited. Deal? Deal!
We'll enjoy complementary bites, St. George drink specials, and groovin' beats by DJ Jon ... More >>
Tamara PalmerWe returned to the scene of some plywood that we spotted more than a year ago in the Inner Sunset to discover Next Door Sweets in full swing. So named for its proximity to San Tung, an insanely popular family-owned Chinese restaurant, the shop is owned by Joy and Frank Chu, and F ... More >>
Marc Fiorito, GammaNine PhotographyThe bad news about Cocktail Week is that events are starting to sell out. The good news is twofold: tickets are still available for many, and more events are being added, so keep an eye out here for the latest.
Tickets still available
Bay Area Distillers P ... More >>
Photos by W. Blake GrayJasper's mini burger doesn't come with a quarter; that's for size comparisonThe worlds of food buzz and drinks buzz are different, and that's the only reason we were able to easily get a good seat and fast service at the official opening of Jasper's Corner Tap last nigh ... More >>
Never thought we'd say this, but, uh, we'll take Rebecca.
Patrice Wilson, the man who made "Friday" -- that endlessly ire-raising yet somehow completely inescapable viral hit from teenage star Rebecca Black -- has found his new muse: Lexi St. George.
Naturally, some people are calling her t ... More >>
There have been a few constants in humanity's aspirations: finding out if we're all alone in the universe, immortality, and successfully getting meat to work in a cocktail. The latter is remarkably delicate work. Go too far in the meat direction and it can get gross (and yes, for vegans and vegeta ... More >>
Annie JessemanSt. George's latest batch of single malt whisky is its best yet.Cocktails and hot drinks rule the holiday season, but there's something just as festive, not to mention warming: a glass of a special brandy or whiskey. The Bay Area's expanding roster of artisanal spirits producers ... More >>
J. BirdsallBehold: The majestic chocolate chip cookie.1. You know how some people get a reputation for liking owls, and suddenly they're receiving owl earrings for Christmas, owl thank-you cards after dinner parties, and owl pencils? Well, John Birdsall put the word out that he was tasting chocol ... More >>
Dirk Wyse/wysevisions.comStreet-food vendor Gail Fermin in her Mutant Ninja Turtle get-up.Ever since she started selling French madeleines on the street in March under the Mad4Madeleines moniker, we wondered why Gail Fermin seemed to be dressed like Raphael the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jus ... More >>
Tamara PalmerThe definition of street food in San Francisco continues to rapidly expand in ever more creative directions. Saturday's Outside In 5 event in Dogpatch seemed to accelerate that. Presented by Soul Cocina, SF Cart Project, and Hands On Gourmet, it was a food crawl comprised of ove ... More >>
nullalux/FlickrBuddha's hand infusing vodka at St. George sib Hangar One.Our favorite morsel from the blogs.
Grog blog: At the Bold Italic, Jon Korn belts a few with local distillers and brewski makers. Korn's is a short crawl, from Alameda's St. George Spirits to Distillery No. 209 on S.F.' ... More >>