April 15th, 2014

Cooking with AF&Co

Delta Asparagus and Frisée Salad

Chef Francis Hogan, Bluestem Brasserie

Serves 4

Asparagus Frisee SaladINGREDIENTS
1 bunch Delta asparagus
1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and diced
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon black truffle oil
Salt and pepper
¼ cup sherry vinegar
1 medium shallot, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
1 large head frisée, green tips removed
1 ounce Achadinha Cheese Company Capricious cheese (or other hard grating cheese), shaved with a vegetable peeler
4 large eggs, poached
Nasturtium flowers (or mustard flowers or calendula blossoms), for garnish 


RTC_Consumers_aspargus1. Cut the tips from the asparagus and blanch them in boiling salted water for 30 seconds. Remove the tips from the water and plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Remove the woody ends of the asparagus by cutting off the bottom inch. Using a mandolin with the julienne blade (or the large grating side of a box grater), shred the asparagus stalks. Soak the shredded asparagus in salted ice water for 30 minutes.


2. Meanwhile, prepare the potato puree. Place the diced potato in a small saucepan with enough cold salted water to cover. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, cooking until tender (about 7-10 minutes). With a potato masher or fork, combine the potato with the cream and truffle oil and mix until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside, keeping warm.

Vinaigrette3. To prepare the vinaigrette, combine the sherry vinegar, shallot, and mustard in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking. Season with salt and pepper.

prosciutto34. In a sauté pan over medium high heat, lay the prosciutto slices flat and fry until crisp. Remove them from the pan and let them cool. Crumble them by hand into bite-size pieces.

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To assemble the salad, separate the head of frisée into leaves by cutting or tearing out the core. Drain the shredded asparagus and place it in a bowl with the torn frisée. Toss with the sherry vinaigrette and divide among 4 large plates, arranging into a “bird’s nest” shape. Top the salads with the blanched asparagus tips, shaved cheese, and prosciutto crisps. In the center of the “nest,” place a spoonful of the potato puree (this will be the anchor for the egg). Place the poached egg on top of the potato puree. Season the top of the egg with salt and pepper. Decorate the salad with the flowers and serve immediately.


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April 15th, 2014

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Madeline Janning | PR Account Manager

A Bay Area girl through and through, Madeline Janning was born and raised in San Jose and lured to San Francisco for a Journalism degree from San Francisco State University, focusing on magazine writing and editing. During her time at SFSU, Madeline worked on the school magazine [X]Press – first as a copy editor then as Managing Editor. Meanwhile, she enjoyed positions at a slew of restaurants in the city, which cemented her love of food, hospitality, and the vibrant San Francisco culinary scene.

From an early age, Madeline studied the ways of her mother, an excellent home cook and baker who was always creating something delicious. Madeline brought this love of food to her position in The Bold Italic’s Marketing Department, where she was surrounded by creativity and humor, which inspired her to transition into marketing and public relations in the culinary world. Madeline launched her freelance career, joining the team at ICHI Sushi to aid with the opening of their second location. Her clients include San Francisco favorites new and old, like Suite Foods and The Beauty Bar. She maintains an extensive, long-established network ranging from coffee to restaurants to nightlife, thanks in part to her husband who moonlights as a DJ at venues such as Monarch, Make-Out Room, and Laszlo.

When she isn’t working you will find Madeline in her surprisingly large kitchen in the ever-exciting and evolving Tenderloin neighborhood, devouring a new recipe and exploring new techniques and ingredients alongside her energetic yet elusive kitten Genevieve.


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April 14th, 2014

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Here in San Francisco, chefs are the celebrities around town. In our new series, we will highlight a new chef each month for you to get to know.


Chef Casey Thompson | Aveline | Union SquareChef Casey Thompson will make her much anticipated culinary debut in San Francisco, bringing her diverse background, versatile skill set, and friendly demeanor to the kitchen at Aveline in the Warwick Hotel. The new open kitchen concept will provide a beautiful stage for diners to enjoy watching Casey and her team create innovative dishes that showcase ingredients at the peak of their season and bring a depth of intricate flavors. Casey’s relationships with local farms, artisans, and purveyors brings thoughtful locality to her connected, uncomplicated New Californian cooking style.

Casey grew up in the Texan south in a family that was heavily influenced by French cuisine. Eventually, she made her way into a position as a prep cook at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas, where she garnered a position as the first female Sous Chef of the Mansion under Southwest culinary legend, Dean Fearing. When Fearing left, he encouraged his protégé  to become Executive Chef of the Asian-concepted Shinsei Restaurant in Dallas. Like most pursuits, Casey invested her heart and spirit into the task, scouring the Asian markets of New York and San Francisco for the best ingredients.


After spending time away from the restaurant to film Top Chef: Season 3, Casey made the decision to relocate to San Francisco and eventually to the Napa Valley to continue her education in food and wine. She spent three years learning the delicate balance of choreographed food and wine pairings, eventually becoming the U.S. Ambassador for Terrazas de los Andes, a Moët-Hennessey brand.

She returned to Texas to create a local restaurant before heading to San Francisco to lead the kitchen at Aveline. Casey says that she most enjoys creating locally and seasonally influenced, approachable-yet-refined American cuisine in inviting spaces. She focuses on sustainable proteins raised with good husbandry practices, while utilizing fresh, organic, and local produce with a nod to her Southern heritage.


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April 14th, 2014

Spring Haps

B&B EDSFEat Drink SF | Bounty & Barrel: A Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Dinner Series | April 19 - Join chefs Omri Aflalo of Bourbon Steak, David Bazirgan of Dirty Habit, Jason Halverson of Stones Throw, Laurence Jossel of nopa, and William Werner of Craftsman & Wolves for an intimate five-course whiskey pairing dinner at Devils Gulch Ranch. Set on the picturesque family farm of Mark and Myriam Pasternak, the evening brings together a few of San Francisco’s finest chefs and craft cocktails featuring Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel. Tickets are $150 and proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Bay Area Women’s & Children’s Center. For more information, visit their website

Dining Out For Life | City-wide | April 22 - Dining Out for Life is an annual one-day fundraising event hosted at more than 100 Bay Area DOFLrestaurants, involving hundreds of dedicated volunteers and generous patrons. Each restaurant donates 25% of gross sales generated on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014. All proceeds support the HIV prevention and care services of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. This year’s participating restaurants include GitaneCafé Claude MarinaPrecita Park CaféDolores Park CaféDuboce Park CaféE&O Asian KitchenbarbaccoCanela Bistro & Wine barHog & RocksSlow Club and Serpentine.

COCHON 555 | San Francisco | April 27th - An epic pork event featuring five chefs in a culinary competition promoting the benefits of cooking the whole hog. The chefs include Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen, David Bazirgan of Dirty Habit, Kim Alter of Plum, Mark Liberman of TBD and Michael Rotondo of Parallel 37 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco – Official Host and Hotel of the event. Guests will enjoy 30 chef-prepared dishes, a pop-up butcher shop, beers, wines, oysters, artisan cheese, cocktails, and an ice cream social. Tickets start at $125 for this all-inclusive feast. Please visit their website for more information and tickets.

Decorator Showcase

House Beautiful | Pacific Heights | May 7-11 - House Beautiful’s 7th Annual Kitchen of the Year will come to life at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. This dream California kitchen, created by Steven Miller Design Studio, will bring modern energy with a fresh, contemporary sensibility to this historic 1907 home. In collaboration with Eat Drink SF, please join us for tours, tastings and culinary presentations featuring Francis Hogan of Bluestem Brasserie, Thomas McNaughton of Flour +Water, Ryan Pollnow of Central Kitchen, and Robin Song of Hog & Rocks. For tickets, visit their website.

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Hog & Rocks | Derby Day Oyster Fest | May 3 - Use this traditional holiday to join in on a celebration of all things Southern and the”best two minutes in sports” at Derby Day Oyster Fest. Grab your Derby hat for a day of Mint Juleps, oyster shucking, and live coverage of the race. Limited $30 tickets now on sale and includes $20 worth of poker chips that can be used for food and drink, or to bet on your favorite horse. There will be an oyster luge sponsored by Bowmore, an oyster shucking contest and a prize for Best Derby Day outfit. Tickets available here.

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Starlight Room | Kentucky Derby Party | May 3 - It may be the fastest two minutes in sports, but it is also the best party of the year at the Starlight Room atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Take in the views of the City while feasting upon an elegant buffet with all of the classics, cleverly reinterpreted by Scala’s Bistro executive chef Larry Finn and executive pastry chef Kimberly Bugler. Enjoy specialty cocktails featuring Woodford Reserve, bottomless mimosas and  the live music of Belle Monroe & her Brewglass Boys. $5 from each ticket will be donated to Mr. Marina to help fundraise for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. Tickets available here.

City Youth Now

A Night of Promise | City Youth Now’s Spring Gala | May 9 - Join City Youth Now for their annual Spring Gala, A Night of Promise. The evening will feature a pre-dinner cocktail hour, oyster and martini bar, silent auction and the musical styling’s of “Pure Ecstasy.” This year’s gala will honor the exemplary service and contribution of San Francisco Supervisor, Mark Farrell, and will feature the presentation of various academic scholarships to the college-bound youth supported by City Youth Now. Tickets are available online here.


Uncorked! Wine Festival | Ghirardelli Square | May 17 - Food and wine lovers will gather at the historicGhirardelli Square to enjoy wines from more than 50 top-tier wineries, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations by top San Francisco chefs, and wine education seminars. Uncorked! has once again partnered with local nonprofit organization Save The Bay, and will donate a portion of proceeds raised from ticket sales to support the organization’s efforts to protect, restore, and celebrate the San Francisco Bay. Full information and tickets available online here. 


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April 11th, 2014

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Don’t Passover This Holiday Meal Tonight!


Perbacco Ristorante | San Francisco | Financial District | Thursday, April 17th You’re invited you to join Perbacco for the seventh annual Italian Passover. This year they’re happy to announce that Chef Staffan Terje and Chef Joyce Goldstein will be collaborating for two evenings to accommodate additional guests.

As is tradition, the menu will feature a special four-course menu inspired by guest Chef Goldstein’s vibrant Jewish-Italian recipes, Cucina Ebraica. The dinner is priced at $52 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, and the full menu can be found here. Kosher wines from Covenant Winery, as well as the complete Perbacco wine list, will be available for purchase to compliment your meal. To make a reservation for Italian Passover dinner please call 415-955-0663.

Stay Hoppy

La Urbana | San Francisco | Divisadero Corridor - Savor the brunch fiesta at La Urbana on Easter, with extended hours from 10:30am to 3pm. Whether you’re coming from church or just waking up late and looking for exceptional food, La Urbana will be firing up brunch favorites like Totopos Chilaquiles and Dungeness Crab Sopes Benedict. No Sunday brunch is complete without a cocktail, so stay hydrated with beverages like the popular Morning Call or Mezcal Bloody Mary. For reservations call 415.440.4500 or visit their website here.


Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant | Mountain View -  If you’re in the South Bay this weekend, head over to Mountain View’s very bestbeer garden for Easter brunch. Serving the finest beers and homemade meals fresh from their kitchen, this local favorite will be rolling out a new brunch cocktail menu for the holiday, featuring champagne cocktails and a twist on the classic Bloody Mary. Chef Colby will be serving his Easter special, Spring Lamb with Minted Peas, all weekend long. Steins’ brunch menu is available on both Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm. Make your reservation by calling 650.963.9568 or visiting their website here.

Canela Bistro &  Wine Bar | San Francisco | Castro - Step into the gorgeous space of Canela right off Market Street between Noe and Sanchez on Easter Sunday for a special rabbit paella. Executive Chef Mat Schuster’s seared Rabbit Paella is made with all natural local rabbit, slow cooked with tomato and pepper sofrito, artichokes, Spanish rice and olive oil. For reservations call 415.552.3000 or visit their website here.

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E&O Asian Kitchen | San Francisco | Union Square - Located in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Union Square, E&O Asian Kitchenoffers modern Asian cuisine in a sleek restaurant and lounge space. The restaurant will be open for dinner on Easter Sunday and will feature Chef Sharon Nahm’s edible version of an Easter egg, the Lap Souchong Tea Deviled Eggs with Char Siu Lacquered Bacon. For reservations call 415.693.0303 or visit their website here.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar | Monterey – Whisk yourself to the Monterey coast over Easter weekend to celebrate the holiday while overlooking the Pacific Coast at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar. Enjoy sumptuous Easter offerings, including a cold seafood buffet, an array of egg options (including an omelet station), sushi, pastas, a carving station and, of course, desserts. When you’re done, an easy stroll around Cannery Row or a visit to the Monterey Aquarium will top it all off! $55+per adult, $23+ for those ages 6-11. The hotel offers complimentary valet. To reserve your coastal vacation, call 831-646-1700 or visit their website here.


The Restaurant and Grill at Wente Vineyards | Livermore - Join Executive Chef Matt Greco for a specially crafted Easter menu tocelebrate the festive holiday. Featured from 10:30am to 2:30pm, the three-course meal will offer savory choices such as Eggs Benedict with Whole Wheat English Muffin, Canadian Bacon and Rustic Potatoes, as well as Almond Risotto with Porcini, Asparagus, Preserved Lemon and Parmesan for $49 per person. For those who prefer a cocktail with their brunch, a selection of Champagne cocktails will be available, as well as classic Bloody Marys and Mimosas. To make your reservations for this stellar meal, call 925.456.2450 or visit their website here.

The Grill at Wente Vineyards will also serve exclusive a la carte items such as handmade doughnuts with raspberry jam and a lamb burger with spiced greek yogurt, tomato-cucumber relish and onion sprouts prepared by Chef Owen Nattrass. Enjoy these treats before or after hitting the golf course while enjoying the view overlooking the 18th green. For more information on The Grill at Wente Vineyards, call 925.456.2481 or visit their website here.

Cinco de Mayo

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Copita Tequilería y Comida | Sausalito - May 5th might fall on a Monday this year, but Copita Tequileria y Comida will be celebrating allweekend long with festive chalk art drawings and drink specials, like their Palenque Punch. Celebrate this holiday with authentic Mexican cuisine, 90 different tequilas and 10 different mezcales at this beautiful North Bay location. For reservations, call the restaurant at 415.331.7400 or visit their website here.

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant | Mountain View - On May 5th Steins will be doing what Steins does best: adding a creative twist to an otherwise predictable holiday. Cinco de Mayo is out and Chimay de Mayo is in! Join this South Bay favorite as they introduce Chimay Rouge on tap.  There will be a limited amount of this special beer available, so get in while the gettin’ is good! For reservations, call 650.963.9568 or visit their website here.


La Urbana | San Francisco | Divisadero Corridor - The Western Addition’s newest Mexican hotspot will be open on Cinco de Mayo forall of your tequila- and mezcal-drinking needs. Serving contemporary dishes inspired by the Condesa and Roma neighborhoods of Mexico City crafted by Chef Julio Aguilera, the kitchen and bar teams work together to create an elevated experience. Look for their creativity to shine on Cinco de Mayo with specialty dishes and cocktails for the holiday. Make your reservation now by calling the restaurant at 415.440.4500 or visiting their website here.


 The Mother of all Days

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M.Y. China | San Francisco | Rohnert Park - If you forget to buy Mother’s Day flowers, don’t worry, M.Y. China has got you coveredwith hand-carved flowers from Executive Chef Tony Wu. With two locations at the Westfield San Francisco Centre and Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, the Chinese cuisine will delight your mother’s taste buds with a menu featuring hand-pulled noodles, dim sum and several wok classics. On Sunday, May 11th, moms will end their meal with a beautiful handcarved vegetable flower at each of the locations. For reservations call 415.580.3001 for the San Francisco location or 707.703.1955 for the Rohnert Park location. You can also visit their website here.

E&O Asian Kitchen | San Francisco | Union Square –  Celebrate Mother’s Day in the heart of the City this year! After a fun filled day of shopping, there is no better place to bring mom to enjoy a modern Asian meal than E&O Asian Kitchen. The menu has something for everyone with items such as the famous Indonesian Corn Fritters and Butternut Squash Dumplings, craft cocktails and even an extensive gluten-free menu. For all of the moms, Executive Chef Sharon Nahm will prepare a sweet treat of Oolong Tea-Infused Marshmallow Bites with Chocolate and Sea Salt. For reservations call 415.693.0303 or visit their website here.

Slow Club and Serpentine Restaurants | San Francisco | Potrero & Dogpatch – If you’re tired of taking Mom to the standard, prix fixe Mother’s Day Brunch, sister restaurants Slow Club and Serpentine have you covered. Offering their regular, full brunch menus and a special treat for the mothers in attendance, both spots are a perfect respite from the ordinary meal and offer high caliber cuisine without the stuffy setting. For reservations at Slow Club call 415.241.9390 or visit their website here. For reservations at Serpentine, call 415.252.2000 or visit their website here.

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Bluestem Brasserie | San Francisco | Union Square - Treat mom to Executive Chef Francis Hogan’s new brunch menu at this urbanneighborhood restaurant, which incorporates the bright, fresh flavors of spring into a mix of classic and innovative items. Think Asparagus Salad with Poached Egg (recipe in this issue!), Mocha Stuffed Brioche French Toast, and Egg in a Basket, where eggs are fried in slices of whole wheat sourdough and topped with ricotta, parmesan and seasonal pickles. For reservations at this trendy establishment, call 415.547.1111 or visit their website here.

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March 12th, 2014

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PrintBIG Changes for SF Chefs – Announcing Eat Drink SF!

After five incredibly successful years at Union Square, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association has opted to move the Grand Tasting experience to Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. We are excited to move to a larger space which will allows us to provide an enhanced guest experience with an additional 40 chefs and restaurants. With a new, larger space, comes a new identity—the festival will now be called Eat Drink SF.

The new brand evokes an experience that appeals to a wider audience of food and beverage lovers while celebrating the spirit of the Bay Area food culture. Join us at Fort Mason Center, July 27–August 3, 2014 to experience the tastes and flavors of the nation’s finest chefs, bar stars, brewers, and wine experts in an epic foodie festival weekend. With classes, demonstrations, tastings, competitions, parties and the Food Arts Industry Series—there’s something for every palate! Early bird tickets go on sale May 15. For more information, please visit our website here!


March 11th, 2014

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NoKidHungry_campaign_10june2Taste of the Nation | March 27 | City View at the Metreon - Join top San Francisco chefs, winemakers, brewer, and mixologists at one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, all while helping end childhood hunger. Sample delicious bites and drinks from the city’s best, browse the silent auction and enjoy an amazing evening at City View @ The Metreon. Nearly half of all children in the U.S. will be on food stamps at the some point in their life. Each ticket purchased for this event supports Share Our Strength’s efforts to eliminate childhood hunger and supports local San Francisco beneficiaries 18 Reasons and Children of Shelters. When purchasing your tickets here, use the discount code TOTNSF14AF for 20% off your ticket price!


Taste of Success | March 29 | Golden Gate Club, Presidio - Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited wine tasting, featuring over 20 California wineries. Nibble on delectable foods from local restaurants and taste unique artisan products. And be a part of the silent and live auctions featuring unique wine packages, products and more, where 100% of proceeds fund local Junior Achievement programs. Drinking wine is enjoyable enough as it is, but when you add the fact that all money goes to supporting a community program, a good thing gets even better. For more details, to purchase tickets or to volunteer for this event please visit www.jataste.org or contact Ashley Elpers at aelpers@janorcal.org.


Dining Out For Life | City Wide | San Francisco - Dining Out for Life is an annual one-day fundraising event hosted at more than 100 Bay Area restaurants, involving hundreds of dedicated volunteers and generous patrons. Each restaurant donates 25% of gross sales generated on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014. All proceeds support the HIV prevention and care services of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Help make the world a better place by dining at Canela Bistro and Wine BarbarbaccoGitaneCafé Claude Marina and Hog & Rocks.

CYNA Night of Promise | City Youth Now | May 9th
- Join together for an evening that honors the exemplary service and contribution of San Francisco Supervisor, Mark Farrell, at this annual Spring Gala. This year’s event, a Night of Promise, will feature a cocktail hour and silent Auction, the live music of “Pure Ecstasy,” MC Paul Tonelli with some extra-special live auction items and a whiskey and dessert bar after dinner. City Youth Now will be presenting five academic scholarships to college-bound youth who will share their personal stories and goals during the evening. For your tickets or to become a benefactor, click here.


A Taste of Tel-Hi | Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center | May 10th – For one night you will truly get a “taste” of Tel-Hi as the neighborhood association showcases signature dishes by local celebrity chefs. All proceeds from the event go to supporting the services and programs that serve the Tel-Hi community. The event will be an evening to remember starting from the moment you arrive on the red carpet. Bid on the array of silent and VIP live auction items, enjoy fine wines and cuisine and learn about Tel-Hi’s inspiring programs and services that continue to enhance the lives of the community members.


March 11th, 2014

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Bartlett Hall | Union Square | San Francisco

Reminiscent of old-school San Francisco, Bartlett Hall is a versatile space offering elevated bar food by former-Maverick chef Eman Eng. The menu will be focused on flatbreads featuring seasonally driven ingredients, and Bartlett Hall will be open for lunch, dinner and late night during the week, as well as brunch on the weekends. The team has enlisted Chris Wike of Golden Gate Brewing Company to handle the on-site brewing and plans to have two to three house beers on tap. The bar program will consist of barrel-aged cocktails with creative ingredients, as well as wines on tap and San Francisco-based spirits behind the bar. Stay tuned for an official opening date and follow Bartlett Hall on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up to the minute news.

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These two hot spots will be occupying the restaurant and bar space inside The Warwick San Francisco, at the corner of Geary and Taylor streets. Casey Thompson makes her San Francisco culinary debut at the helm of Aveline, a name that pays homage to her culinary heritage. Guests can find a menu inspired by San Francisco, showcased in a convivial space where kitchen, dining, and living are open to each other. Her vision is simple: bring the best ingredients of the season to the table in expertly crafted dishes.

Aveline’s partner, The European, is a bar and lounge offering guests an array of original craft cocktails and classic favorites in a relaxed environment. The menu, created by Master Barman Adam Wilson, is influenced by his travels and is reflective of the rich history and evolution of European spirits and cocktails. For current details follow the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.

Gaspar Brasserie | Financial District | San Francisco

gaspar logoNamed for his grandfather, the new restaurant by Franck LeClerc of the Claude Lane collection is a stunning endeavor in Downtown San Francisco. The new brasserie located on Sutter and Kearny adjacent to the Galleria Park Hotel will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, serving both lunch and dinner with a focused happy hour program. The design of the restaurant will be very unique, offering guests two different experiences to choose from.

The restaurant will feature two full bars with distinct beverage programs. The more casual, bistro bar downstairs will focus on Champagne cocktails, while the lavish upstairs bar will be host to more complex cocktails. The menu will have a large selection of seafood, especially oysters, as well as traditional brasserie fare. Like Gaspar Brasserie on Facebook and Twitter for recent updates, and follow Claude Lane on Instagram for photos from the whole Collection.


March 10th, 2014

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From the century-old public transportation system to the familiar scent of every side walk in the City, San Francisco is a ‘green’ city no matter how you look at it. There is one day a year where green is everyone’s favorite color – St. Patrick’s Day! Spend your day drinking beer and eating the classics at these great joints.


Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant | Mountain View - The popular neighborhood beer garden in the Silicon Valley will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Executive Chef Colby M. Reade’s take on the classics. They will be serving Corned Beef & Hash with Eggs and Whole Grain Mustard Hollandaise, all of which is made in-house, just like everything else on their menu. They will also be serving a special Irish Cocktail with a few additional food specials and a surprise offer to anyone wearing green that day! Hours will be 11am – 11pm. They will also be celebrating their One-Year Anniversary with a blowout BBQ celebration! Read about their anniversary online here. For a reservation, call the restaurant at 650.963.9568 or visit their website here.

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This fantastic spot boasts a cool, modern interior and will be offering guests some fun on St. Patrick’s Day. Chef Matthew Paul will be making corned beef from an old family recipe (he’s got Detroit-based Irish-American roots) and serving it with slow-braised cabbage and potatoes, just like he ate when he was a kid. For reservations call the restaurant at 415.241.9390 or visit their website here.

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Serpentine | San Francisco – The Dogpatch has long been referred to as the next hot spot in San Francisco, and the trend all started with Serpentine which opened in 2008. Now under the helm of Chef Deepak Kaul, the neighborhood eatery will be serving Corned Beef Hash for brunch on Saturday and Sunday (March 15 and 16), as well as for lunch on St. Patrick’s day. For reservations, please visit their website here or call 415.252.2000.


Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar | Monterey - This staple of Monterey dining overlooking the pacific coast is serving fun and fabulous fare on the greenest day of the year! Breakfast will consist of house made Corned Beef Hash and Eggs and Lunch includes Corned Beef Ruben Sandwich, Irish Corned Beef, Fingerling Potato, Cabbage, Carrots and Mustard. A special green cocktail will be served all day as well. Make your reservations online by visiting their website here, or call the restaurant directly at 831.372.2628.


Hog & Rocks | San Francisco - Chef Robin Song’s take on corn beef & hash will be available for dinner on St. Patrick’s Day at the Mission’s favorite Gastropub, Hog & Rocks. Don’t count on green beer though, they respect brews too much to taint it with food coloring. Don’t miss this opportunity by calling the restaurant at 415.550.8627 and reserving your table, or visit their website here.

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Irish Bank | San Francisco – The Irish Bank in the Financial District has become a city-wide standard for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This year, guests will be getting extra lucky, as the infamous black party will be happening on March 15th and again on March 17th. The festivities start at noon, and live music begins at 3pm. For an authentic Irish dining experience, call the restaurant at 415.788.7152 or visit the website here.

February 10th, 2014

Valentine’s Day Affairs

Stressing because you don’t have plans for this Friday yet?! Don’t you worry – AF&Co. has rounded up some of the best places to take your date this weekend.


Canela Bistro & Wine Bar | San Francisco - Executive Chef Mat Schuster of Canela Bistro & Wine Bar, located in the Castro District of San Francisco, is serving up an authentic Spanish dinner for guests on Valentine’s Day. Canela will be offering three separate Valentine’s Day seatings (5:30pm, 7:30pm or 9:30pm) for $70 per person for a four-course dinner. Chef Mat will be serving dishes like Amuse of Grape and Almond White Gazpacho, Wild Mushroom Buenuelo with Tarragon Aioli, Castilian Onion and Garlic Soup with Manchego Crouton, Braised Lamb Shank with Chocolate Lentils, Leche Frita with Creme Anglaise and Honey Poached Figs among other delicious items! Reserve your romance by calling the restaurant at 415.552.3000 or visiting their website here.

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards | Livermore - Executive Chef Matt Greco of The Restaurant at Wente WENTE-FINAL-9Vineyards is offering an amazing four-course dinner from February 14 – February 16 in honor of Valentine’s Day. Bring inyour partner and indulge in dishes like Tuna Tartare with caviar, celery root crème, smoked potato chips and sorrel, or Scallops with bacon, lentil, salsify and black truffle and winter citrus and pistachio napoleon with anise and coconut, among other items. For $96 per person, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is the perfect, romantic setting to bring your significant other! Make your reservations for this weekend now by calling the restaurant at 925.456.2450 or visiting their website here.

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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa | Monterey - For the month of February Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa will beoffering guests two special Valentine’s Day inspired packages. With the For the Love of Chocolate Couple’s Package, couples can experience unprecedented views of Monterey Bay while soaking in soothing lavender rose bubble baths and enjoying champagne and fine chocolate truffles. The bath is followed by a relaxing hot chocolate massage in a private candlelit couple’s room. Alternatively, guests can opt for the Chocolate & Roses Body Polish package. Guests will be exfoliated from head to toe in a special chocolate sugar scrub, followed by a relaxing application of rich rose body cream to hydrate their freshly polished skin. To top it off, the service includes a glass of champagne and chocolate truffles making this the most decadent treatment on the peninsula.

For pricing and to make your reservation, call the hotel or spa directly at 831.646.1700 or visit their website here.


The Park Bistro & Bar | Lafayette - Executive Chef Adam Carpenter of The Park Bistro & Bar, located inside the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa is serving a delicious four-course Valentine’s Day menu on Friday, February 14th. For $75 per person, diners can indulge in items like Arugula & Prosciutto Salad, Dungeness Crab & Lobster Fondue, Slow Cooked Kurobuta Pork Chop andChocolate & Fruit Tasting for two, among other items. Guests will also take home a delicious treat to enjoy after dinner. For reservations to this indulgent evening, please visit The Park Bistro & Bar’s website here, or call 925.283.7108.

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Hopscotch | Oakland - Valentine’s Day will be celebrated all weekend long from February 13ththrough the 16th at popular Hopscotch in Uptown Oakland! Chef Kyle Itani will be wowing diners with very special seasonal treats on this incredible menu ($48) with an available wine and spirits pairing for an additional $25. If you are trying to “score” a little love on your plate instead of opting for the prix-fixe menu, get the “First-Base” Burger with house ground chuck, griddled beef tongue, pickled onions, sesame aioli, Kennebec chips and add soy braised pork belly for that extra something. Don’t forget the bar program either! For this Valentine’s, Co-Owner and Bar Manager Jenny Schwarz has crafted the Love & Virtue cocktail using gin, Amaro Montenegro, crème de violette and a few other surprises… What is not to love about that? For reservations and to answer any questions you might have, please call the restaurant at 510.788.6217 or visit their website here.

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Bluestem Brasserie | San Francisco – In conjunction with the American Road Trip series,  Executive Chef Francis Hogan has created a Fondue for Two Valentine’s Day menu. Inspired by Wisconsin, “The Dairy State”, this three-course menu will run from Thursday, February 13th through Saturday, February 15th and is available for $65 per person. Reserve your table for this magnificent evening by calling the restaurant at 415.547.1111 or visiting their website here.


Hog & Rocks | San Francisco - Executive Chef Robin Song is teaming up with nearby Craftsman and Wolves for a four-courseValentine’s Day dinner. This ham and oyster bar in the heart of the Mission will be offering a $55 per person prix-fixe menu, featuring a chocolate gratin and an off-menu secret dessert from Craftsman and Wolves pastry chef William Werner. A supplemental cocktail pairing (presented as tasters) from barman Michael Lazar will also be available for $20; full sized versions will be available a la carte. Reservations can be made by calling 415.550.8627 or visiting our website here.

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Starlight Room | San Francisco – Undeniably one of the most iconic buildings in the City, the Starlight Room offers guests a refugefrom the City amongst the stars. Travel 21 floors to the top of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel on Saturday, February 15th for a night of drinking and dancing like no other. For $100 a couple, guests receive a table for the evening where they can sit and enjoy the included bottle of champagne and handcrafted chocolate desserts in style. Tickets are available here or by calling the nightclub at 415.395.8595.

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Cafe Claude Marina | San Francisco – Noted as one of the most romantic restaurants in the City,Cafe Claude Marina has excelled since its opening just 5 months ago to become a staple in the Marina dining scene. Settle down in the sultry dining room for a fabulous meal that starts with a Lobster Flan with butter poached crab. Enjoy three courses for $65 and person and after dinner, enjoy a delicious digestif from their impressive collection. For reservations, call the restaurant at 415.375.9550 or visit their website here.

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Claudine | San Francisco – Valentine’s Day has become a day of endless prix fixe menus, andClaudine wants you to know that it doesn’t have to be that way! Bring a casual date or longtime lover to Claudine this Friday for Chocolate Fondue for Two with a variety of items to be dipped into the luscious valrhona choclate, including Point Reyes blue cheese, pineapple and almond rocher. For reservations, visit their website here or call the restaurant at 415.762.2677.

Claude CafeCafe Claude | San Francisco – Few things say love like live jazz, and that’s exactly what you will get when you dine at the much-loved Cafe Claude Downtown. Enjoy the sounds of Vocalist Lori Carsillo while eating your way through three courses of delicious French fare. For reservations, visit Cafe Claude’s website here or call the restaurant directly at 415.392.3515.


La Urbana | San Francisco - Redefining Mexican food since they opened, La Urbana is at it again with their 3 course Valentine’s Day prix fixe. The menu will be available for $65 a person, and features menu items such as a Scallop Wild Rice Risotto and a Dungeness Crab Tostada. There will be an available wine and spirits pairings for an additional $35. For reservations, visit the restaurant’s website here or call 415.440.4500.

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant | Mountain View – If you find yourself in the South Bay this weekend, it is imperative to stop by the craft beer mecca that is Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant for a hard to find tipple. The bartenders have also created a fun cocktail for the holiday and have shared their recipe with you below, so you can craft this cocktail for your loved one at home. For more information and to make reservations, call the restaurant directly at 650.963.9568 or visit their website above.

1oz Cherry Grey Goose
1oz Floris Apple Beer
.25oz Simple Syrup
.25oz Lime Juice
Brandy Soaked Maraschino Cherry Sinker
Sweet & Tart Sugar Rim

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into martini glass. Cheers, and enjoy!

For a deliciously casual evening without the prix fixe, you can dine at these fabulous restaurants:
Perbacco Ristorante
Scala’s Bistro
M.Y. China
Picán Restaurant
Poggio Trattoria
Slow Club