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San Francisco & Napa restaurant highlights for New Year’s Eve 2016

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco. Photo credit: Top of the Mark

It’s almost New Year’s Eve 2016-2017! If you’re planning to dine in San Francisco or Napa, here are a few restaurant highlights for New Year’s Eve and a couple for New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Eve:

San Francisco

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

Ring in the New Year with family, friends, and an unforgettable view at Top of the Mark! From 7:30 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., enjoy a special reception, entertainment, dinner, dancing, and a Champagne toast at midnight. Start your evening with champagne and hors d’oeuvres including assorted caviar, Tomales Bay & Rockefeller oysters, Spanish Serrano ham carving station, raw seafood selections, and more. Following the reception, guests will enjoy a seated five-course dinner with bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial before dancing the night away and toasting the New Year with a glass of Moet & Chandon Rose. Rounding out the festivities is live entertainment by Mirage, whose exciting style ranges from Jazz to rock. Formal dress is required. Regular reservations are $400 per person; premium seating is $450 per person. Reservations required at 415-616-6941.

 

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco

Chef Daniel Corey of the Michelin-star Luce rings in the New Year with a five-course menu and optional wine pairing. Guests will enjoy live entertainment from 6pm – 8pm featuring Ricardo Scales and a jazz band will toast the New Year starting at 8pm. Dinner is $159 per person/$234 with wine pairing, excluding tax and gratuity. First seating is at 6pm and last seating is at 11:30pm. For reservations, visit OpenTable.

Presidio Social Club
On New Year’s Eve, Presidio Social Club will have a special a la carte dinner menu available, including specials like Foie Gras with Pineapple-Quince Marmalade and Quatre épices; Cannelloni with Crawfish Etouffee and Grilled Andouille Sausage; Black Bass with Potato-Celery Root Puree, Leek Confit with Bacon, and Black Truffle Sauce; and Filet Minon with Bone Marrow, Winter Hash, and Sauce Bordelaise. Presidio Social Club will be pouring from magnums of Charles Heidsieck all night long and a live band will be playing throughout the evening! Call 415-885-1888 or make a reservation through OpenTable.

Roka Akor 

Count down to the New Year at Roka Akor (801 Montgomery St.) while enjoying Japanese robata cuisine and prime-cut steaks, seafood and sashimi. This year, Executive Chef Roman Petry has put together a special dinner tasting menu that will highlight signature menu items prepared on the open-charcoal robata grill. Priced at $138 per person, the tasting menu will feature dishes such as King Crab Legs with chili lime butter; Robata Grilled Wagyu Fillet with grilled bone marrow and spicy sweet garlic soy; and a Sweet Corn with butter and soy. For dessert, a Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake with almond caramel and vanilla ice cream will conclude the tasting menu. Known for their high quality steaks, Roka Akor will offer an optional $50 Japanese Wagyu upgrade (requires a minimum of two people to order). Additionally, an optional wine pairing with the tasting menu is available for $68 per person as well as a limited a la carte menu. Roka Akor’s New Year’s Eve dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. until midnight. Please note that Roka Akor will be closed for lunch on New Year’s Eve. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online, in-person, or by calling 415-362-8887.

La Mar
Ring in 2017 on the waterfront at La Mar Cebichería Peruana! With views of the Bay’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks, the restaurant will offer the below three seatings throughout the night with colorful multi-course Peruvian feasts from Chef Victoriano Lopez. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 415-397-8880.

First Seating: 4:45-5:30pm, $89 3-course menu with signature Pisco greeting

Second Seating: 6:45-7:30pm, $89 3-course menu with signature Pisco greeting

Third Seating: 8:45-9:30pm, $129 4-course menu with signature Pisco greeting and midnight sparkling wine toast!

 

Nico
Critically acclaimed, Michelin-starred French/Californian restaurant Nico will be offering a festive six-course prix-fixe menu for $90 on New Year’s Eve, with special truffle supplements offered with certain courses for $15/each. Beverage Director Maz Naba has also created special standard ($65) and premium ($85) beverage pairings options for those looking to indulge in the last hours of 2016. Visit nicosf.com or call 415-359-1000 for reservations.

Foreign Cinema 

Join Foreign Cinema as they say farewell to 2016 with a nod to Old Hollywood. Ring in 2017 in true Foreign Cinema style with our celebratory prix fixe three course menu, with choice of options in each course, and a touch of vintage Hollywood glitz and glamour. $125.00 per person. Seatings from 5:30pm to 10:30pm

Napa

FARM at Carneros

Featuring jazz tunes by the Dan Daniels Trio, FARM at Carneros invites guests to celebrate New Year’s Eve and choose from one of two seatings (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.). Designed by Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli, two indulgent tasting menus will highlight the end of the year’s best ingredients. The first seating will offer a 5-course menu ($195) with courses such as a Big-Eyed Tuna with seared foie gras and kumquats; and Free-Range Venison from Broken Arrow Ranch with rosemary and bay laurel sourced from the 28-acre property, among others. For an extravagant bite, guests can add two courses that include white truffles and caviar. The second seating, priced at $225, will highlight seven courses, including Hand Cut Pasta with carbonara and Italian white truffles; a lobster course, and more. A special caviar course can also be added to top off the last supper of 2016. Finally, wine pairings for each course are available as well as a special curated bottle list for New Year’s Eve. On December 31, FARM at Carneros will be open from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 707-299-4880 or visiting farmatcarneros.com.

New Year’s Day:

San Francisco

Presidio Social Club

Presidio Social Club will be open for brunch on New Year’s Day from 10 am—3 pm. Sleep off the previous night’s festivities before joining PSC for comfort foods like Brown Sugar Cinnamon Rolls, Challah French Toast, burgers, Macaroni & Cheese, and Brioche Beignets. Call 415-885-1888 or make a reservation through OpenTable.

Top of the Mark

Start off the New Year in style with a special brunch at Top of the Mark. From 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Chef Michael Wong presents a delicious feast offering something for everyone’s taste. Brunch features an omelet and waffle station, along with Rock Shrimp Eggs Benedict with choron sauce. Also available are small plates and antipastos featuring Smoked Salmon, Grilled Winter Vegetables with spiced buttermilk dressing and roasted pepper sauce, local and international artisanal cheeses, homemade soups, and a selection of salads. Mouthwatering entrees and roasts include Kurobuta Pork Loin with caramelized granny smith apple and calvados cream along with Bone-In Leg of Lamb with rosemary jus. Pianist Michael Athens will provide the musical entertainment for New Year’s Day guests. Top of the Mark’s New Year’s Day brunch is $109 per adult and $59 per child (ages 4 – 12). Reservations are required at 415-616-6941.

Napa

FARM at Carneros

On New Year’s Day, FARM at Carneros is serving a decadent brunch from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Guests can celebrate with bubbly, oysters, caviar, and generous family-style courses. Priced at $45 per person, dishes to indulge in include Sweet Corn Johnny Cake with 72-hour short rib, braised collard greens, and sunny-side egg; and Apple Crumble Coffee Cake with harvest apple compote and cinnamon cream, among others. FARM’s bar also serves a variety of bubbles, fresh juices, and handcrafted cocktails, such as the Basil Gin Fizz with Nolet’s Gin, basil, green chartreuse, and cream; or the Garden Cooler with Rain vodka, fresh fruit, cucumber and lime juice, among others.  Regular dinner service is from 5:30– 9:30 p.m.  Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 707-299-4880 or visiting farmatcarneros.com.

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Bay Area restaurants for Mother’s Day: San Francisco, Napa, Albany and more

Food at La Mar Cebichería Peruana in San Francisco

Food at La Mar Cebichería Peruana in San Francisco

We are one week away from Mother’s Day so if you’re planning to dine in San Francisco or nearby cities, here are a few restaurants to consider.

Also see:
Mother’s Day highlights/menus for Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach and more

San Francisco
Roka Akor

There will be an extravagant brunch at Roka Akor (801 Montgomery Street) with unlimited sparkling wine, Bellinis and sake, and an assortment of signature Japanese-inspired dishes. Designed by Executive Chef Roman Petry, Roka Akor will offer an impressive buffet of fresh oysters, sushi, Maki rolls and appetizers, as well as an entrée choice between a succulent robata grilled steak or fresh grilled seafood. Families and friends will top off the celebratory feast with a colorful dessert platter with exotic fruit and house-made sweets for the entire table to share. Served between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., the brunch menu with unlimited sparkling wine, bellini or sake is priced at $118 per person and the brunch menu without alcohol is priced at $98 per person. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 415-362-8887.

La Mar
Celebrate mom on the waterfront with a Peruvian feast at La Mar Cebichería Peruana. Alongside panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, La Mar will offer a unique Mother’s Day buffet brunch with both traditional and innovative Peruvian dishes from Chef and Peruvian-Native Victoriano Lopez. Offering colorful and fresh fare, the buffet will be offered at $78 per person for adults and $30 for children 12 years and under. Vibrant appetizer stations will take over the restaurant showcasing large-format versions of La Mar’s beloved Bandejas – or platters – inspired by the true Peruvian spirit. The stations will boast La Mar’s greatest hits including cebiche selections, causitas, tiraditos, nigiri, empanadas, and Anticuchos, to name a few. Guests will also choose between four main entrées served tableside with a dessert platter to follow. The first 100 moms will also receive a surprise gift. Brunch will be offered from 10am-3pm and reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 415-397-8880.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Celebrate mom over brunch at Top of the Mark this Mother’s Day. From 10am – 2pm, the iconic destination features a decadent brunch buffet by Chef Nenad Stefanovic with unobstructed views of the San Francisco Bay and entertainment by Michael Athans on piano. Menu highlights include a raw bar, salads, antipasto, a selection of small plates including Shrimp ceviche shooter with Early Girl tomato broth and smoked duck, orange, and basil oil, and entrees such as Ricotta Ravioli with tomato cream and lobster morsels and assorted dim sum. Top of the Mark also offers a full selection of breakfast items and dessert bar including a strawberry dipping station. Brunch is $125 per adult and $59 per child, ages 4 – 12; pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required at 415-616-6940.

Foreign Cinema
Celebrate this Mother’s Day at Foreign Cinema and treat Mom to elegant yet approachable dishes from chef/owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark. Indulge in delights such as the infamous Organic Seasonal Pop Tarts, Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun, Champagne Omelet, and Balsamic Fried Eggs. Dine with loved ones inside or outside on the airy and spacious covered patio. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended at foreigncinema.com or call 415-648-7600.

Presidio Social Club
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Presidio Social Club with a number of special dishes available throughout the weekend. For brunch, PSC will have Soft Shell Crab Po Boys with Asian Slaw & Mixed Greens; Soft Poached Eggs with Artichoke Hearts, Creamed Spinach & Hollandaise Sauce; as well as Slow Roasted Devil’s Gulch Pork Leg with Soft Poached Egg, Fried Potatoes and Salsa Verde and classic brunch cocktails such as Mimosas, Bellinis and Spritzers.

PSC will also have new spring menu items available to order, including Presidio Scramble (an asparagus and herb scramble with a house made biscuit from Pastry Chef Rene Cruz); Chicken Arugula Salad with Candied Pecans & Avocado Vinaigrette; and Chickpea Hash with Roasted Pork, Poached Eggs & Harissa Yogurt. Call 415-885-1888 to make a reservation.

Luce 
Michelin-starred restaurant Luce invites guests to celebrate mom over a brunch buffet from 11am–2pm. Brunch is $85 per person and $45 per child ages 4–12 years. For reservations, visit Luce on OpenTable.

Napa
Ca’ Momi
Ca’ Momi is celebrating La Festa Della Mamma on Sunday May 8th at their downtown Napa Osteria with two-for-one Sangue Italiano, an Organic San Marzano DOP Tomato Bloody Mary and Ca’ Secco Bellini from 11:30am to 5pm. They’ll also be offering a $35 four-course prix fix menu from brunch through dinner service that includes a Burrata & Verdure plate to start, followed by Ca’ Momi’s signature Pizza Margherita or Pizza Veneta and an Insalata Mista before ending sweetly with a decadent Millefoglie Alle Fragole.

At Ca’ Momi Enoteca located within the Oxbow Public Market, moms who dine in will receive $5 glasses of sparkling wine, Ca’ Secco or Ca’ Rosa, and two complimentary sweet bignes. The whole family can enjoy any pizza & glass of Bianco or Rosso di Ca’ Momi for $22. If you’re throwing a Mother’s day bash at home, they’re also offering a take-out options with a bottle of Ca’ Secco or Ca’ Rosa plus 6 bigne for $30.

FARM at The Carneros Inn
Treat mom to a Wine Country celebration and leave the pampering up to FARM at The Carneros Inn (4048 Sonoma Hwy in Napa) with their lavish Mother’s Day brunch. Designed by Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli, the family-style brunch will include a spread of seasonal dishes such as Warm Asparagus Salad with trumpet mushroom bacon, soft poached egg and frisee; Local Halibut with crushed fava beans and salsa verde; and Rosemary Honey Glazed Caggiano Ham with Carolina Gold rice, toasted cipollini onions, and English pea shoot, among others. The grand finale will conclude with a dessert platter that includes Chocolate Raspberry Tart, Cheesecake Pop, and Vanilla Panna Cotta with fruit compote. FARM will be open for brunch from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The adult menu is priced at $85 per person and the children’s menu is $40 (ages 4-12). Brunch is by reservation only and can be made by calling 707-299-4880 or visiting the web site.

East Bay – Albany
Café Eugene

With the recent unveiling of daily brunch, Albany’s newest restaurant Café Eugene will serve special Pacific Northwest-inspired treats this Mother’s Day. Mirrored after owner Ryan Murff’s favorite Mother’s Day tradition, Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream will be on special in addition to floral cocktails made just for the holiday. In Oregon fashion, moms will be sent home with special wildflowers. Brunch will run from 9am-3pm and reservations can be made online or by calling 510-647-9999.

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Valentine’s Day 2016: celebrating at San Francisco restaurants

Valentine’s Day dessert: Red Velvet Crepe “Cake” from SF’s Presidio Social Club

Valentine’s Day dessert: Red Velvet Crepe “Cake” from SF’s Presidio Social Club

We are 3 days away from Valentine’s Day — if you’re planning to dine in San Francisco, here are a few restaurants to consider.

Roka Akor
On Valentine’s Day weekend at Roka Akor there will be a five-course tasting menu. Led by Executive Chef Roman Petry, the robatayaki-style menu ($98 per person) features dishes to share, such as Tuna Tataki with spicy ponzu, red onion and lotus root chips; Robata Grilled Wagyu Filet with grilled bone marrow and spicy sweet garlic soy; Sake Kasu Marinated Sea Bass with shiso and lime; and Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake with almond caramel and vanilla ice cream, among others. Additionally, the lounge downstairs, Roka Bar, will be offering five love-inspired cocktails ($7-13), including the Fatal Attraction ($13) with Zaya rum, Appleton Estate rum, Dumante pistachio liqueur, Combier triple sec, fresh blackberries, lime, and fresh mint; and At First Glance ($7) with cherry blossom infused rice milk, Rihaku Nigori Sake, hibiscus bitters, pomegranate seeds, orange zest, and fresh shiso. A limited a la carte menu will also be available. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 415-362-8887 or visiting the restaurant’s site.

A16
A16 in San Francisco is celebrating Valentine’s Day (and their 12th anniversary) with a multi-course menu from Executive Chef Rocky Maselli and traditional wine pairing options from Wine Director/Co-Owner Shelley Lindgren. The five-course menu will be available on both Saturday and Sunday night with dish highlights including Southern Italian specialties like Squid Ink Tonnarelli Puttanesca with chili, capers, and oil cured olives, and a special Coccola – a heart-shaped blood orange Cappelletti jello shot – for dessert from Executive Pastry Chef Hannah Buoye. The prix fixe dinner is $85 per person with optional wine pairings optional. Reservations can be made by visiting the restaurant’s site or calling 415-771-2216.

Flour + Water
Chef Thomas McNaughton and Chef de Cuisine Evan Allumbaugh have created a menu that focuses on traditions from the Umbria region interpreted through the flour + water style of cuisine. Umbria is rumored to be the birthplace of San Valentino making it the perfect reason to celebrate. The menu is $95 per person with wine pairings available for an additional $70 per person. Menu highlights include: Mushroom Mousse and Perigord Truffle Bruschetta, Beet Cured Trout with roasted beets, compressed beets, poppy seed, creme fraiche, and horseradish, Pappardelle with rabbit ragu, Suckling Pig Porchett, and Chocolate Hazelnut Torte. Call 415-826-7000 for reservations.

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Luce with dinner prepared by Michelin-star chef Daniel Corey. Guests can order off the regular a la carte menu or enjoy a three course Valentine’s Day menu for $75 per person. Highlights from the a la carte menu include handmade sweetbread ravioli with crispy sweetbreads with black perigord truffles and mustard leaves;  prime new york strip steak, slowly cooked with rosemary & garlic caramelized salsify, date-coffee marmalade, and trumpet royale; and duck breast, poached & roasted, baby carrots with honey & lavender, apple, and trompette de la mort. For reservations, visit the restaurant online.

Presidio Social Club
Along with the regular menu, Presidio Social Club will have several special items available a la carte throughout the entire weekend, including a blood orange and shaved fennel salad with black olives and sumac vinaigrette; smoked salmon carpaccio with fried capers, caviar cream, chervil and rye toast; chitarra pasta with jalapeño, cilantro, uni butter and dungeness crab; and braised beef short rib with celery root purée, pickled red beets and chocolate red wine sauce. For dessert, pastry chef Rene Cruz will be serving a delicate Red Velvet Crepe “Cake” made of thin crepes layered high with cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut tuile, and the Passion Parfait made with passion fruit mousse, coconut brittle, honey roasted cashews, and white chocolate crisps. Visit the restaurant’s site for information or reservations.

SPQR
This Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef Matthew Accarrino of SPQR will be offering a three-course prix fixe lunch for $52 per person and a four-course prix fixe dinner for $94 per person with an optional truffle course. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 415-771-7779.

SalumeriaMake Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home
This Valentine’s Day, Salumeria is offering a “flour + water” pasta project for $45 plus tax, ideal for two people. The kit includes all you need to make beet caramelle with salsify, prosecco and calabrian chili. Make it a complete meal by adding on cured meats and cheeses or chocolate budinos. Order by calling 415-471-2998.

Aatxe
Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with Aatxe and enjoy a special supplemental menu created by Chef Ryan Pollnow on Friday and Saturday evening – highlights include oysters on the half shell and California Osetra Caviar Montadito. In addition, guests can let the kitchen decide, where chef will bring out a tasting of his favorite tapas for $65 per person. Aatxe will be closed on Sunday, February 14 so that their staff can enjoy Valentine’s Day. For reservations call 415-471-2977 or visit the restaurant’s site.

Fogo de Chão 
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Southern Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo de Chão in San Francisco, which opened in late December. The restaurant is located on the corner of 3rd and Howard in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa District. Fogo de Chão will be offering one complimentary dining card to each couple that dines with them during Valentine’s Day weekend (February 12-14). Complimentary dining cards are redeemable for one lunch or dinner on their next visit (valid February 15 – April 28). For more information on location and pricing for San Francisco please visit the web site.

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San Francisco restaurant highlights for New Year’s Eve 2015-16

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Central Kitchen in San Francisco

It’s almost New Year’s Eve 2015-2016! If you’re planning to dine in San Francisco, here are a few restaurant highlights.

Aatxe
Inspired by the New Year’s tradition of Spain in which twelve grapes are eaten at midnight in sequence with each bell strike, Aatxe is creating a special $95 menu of 12 offerings featuring grapes. Guests will be greeted by an introduction bite, followed by a set of three pintxos, five tapas such as Cana de Cabra with sultana membrillo, persimmon, grape-nuts, grape lees cured salmon with arbequina, celery root, kale, and Ajo Blanco Raw Scallops with pickled green grapes, jalapeño, and a plated entree before finishing with a palate cleaner and individual dessert. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or via phone at 415-471-2977.

A16
This New Year’s Eve, A16 will ring in 2016 with truffles, lobster, and the requisite lentils for good fortune! With lovingly selected wine pairings from wine director/owner Shelley Lindgren, chef Rocky Maselli will prepare a multi-course feast promising traditional Southern Italian cuisine and a bountiful party including selections like Cioppino with lobster, clams, mussels, black cod, potato, fennel, and tomato and Baked Cannelloni with lamb sausage sugo, rapini, pecorino, and fried senise peppers. This special Southern Italian feast will be offered at $110 per person with truffle supplements and wine pairing options available. Reservations can be made by visiting the website or calling 415-771-2216.

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco
Chef Daniel Corey collaborates with Beverage Manager Marissa Payne on a festive menu to ring in the New Year!  Luce invites guest to build their own three-course menu with wine pairings. Highlights include baked potato mousse, crispy sweetbreads, onions cooked in port wine, truffle with grosjean, ‘Vigne Tzeriat,’ Pinot Noir, Vallée d’Aoste, Italy, 2012; Dungeness crab & cauliflower, winter citrus, crab vinaigrette paired with Edwards, Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2013; filet of certified angus beef & glazed short rib, fermented black garlic, red Russian kale with Justin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2013; and duck breast, poached & roasted, chestnuts in honey, quince, local mushrooms with Paolo Scavino, Langhe, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, 2012. Dinner is $95 per person and $140 with wine pairing, excluding tax and gratuity. Children ages 4–12 are $45. For reservations visit OpenTable. Call 415-616-6566 for more information.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins-New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day
From 7:30 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. NYE, enjoy a special reception, entertainment, dinner, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight at at Top of the Mark. Start your evening with champagne and hors d’oeuvres including assorted caviar, ceviche shooter, Tomales Bay & Rockefeller oysters, Spanish Serrano ham carving station, raw seafood selections, and more. Following the reception, guests will enjoy a seated five-course dinner with bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose before dancing the night away and toasting the New Year with a glass of Moet & Chandon rose. Rounding out the festivities is live entertainment by Mirage, whose style ranges from jazz to rock. Formal dress is required. Regular reservations are $400 per person; window seating is $450 per person. Reservations required. Please call 415-616-6941.

On New Year’s Day, a special brunch at Top of the Mark will go from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Chef Nenad Stefanovic will be serving up a variety of brunch items from an omelet and waffle station, small plates and antipastos featuring lobster medallions with spiced mango-ginger gazpacho, assorted maki sushi rolls, local and international cheeses, charcuterie with homemade pates, and a selection of salads. Stefanovic will prepare entrees and roasts including braised beef short rib with root vegetables and natural jis and stuffed free range chicken breast with pine nuts, spinach, goat cheese and red wine chicken jus. Pianist Michael Athens will provide the tunes for New Year’s Day guests. Brunch is $109 per adult and $59 per child (ages 4 – 12). Reservations are required at 415-616-6941.

Nob Hill Club at Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
This will be an evening of California wines and bites prepared by Chef Nenad Stefanovic. The four-course meal at Nob Hill Club at Intercontinental Mark Hopkins includes  lobster shooter; seared scallop with horseradish salsify crème, mizuna pesto, and rainbow carrot chipsl and filet mignon with smoked corttin de chavignol, pepper chimichurri, sweet potato gnocchi and baby romanesco; and poached rubarb, marscapone, hibiscus ice cream, and gin & tonic syrup. Throughout the evening guests can enjoy songs from the Al Marshall Trio. New Year’s Eve Dinner at Nob Hill Club is $79 per adult, $99 per adult with wine pairing and $49 per child (ages 4-12). Call 415-392-3434 for reservations.

Foreign Cinema
This New Year’s Eve, Foreign Cinema will be celebrating with a Belle Époque themed celebration with a champagne toast and a “Golden Age” a la carte dinner menu (priced at $120 per guest) from the 20th Century American Brasserie movement. Period attire is welcome, but not essential. Festivities begin at 5:30pm. Reservations are highly recommended at 415-648-7600.

flour+water
Chef Thomas McNaughton of flour+water presents a festive five-course tasting menu for $95 per person highlighting the best of the season. Optional wine pairings begin at $70 per person. Spaces available online and subject to availability. Not seeing what you are looking for? Try asking for seats at the bar and communal table by reaching out to the reservationist at info@flourandwater.com or calling 415-826-7000.

central kitchen
Central Kitchen is another one of Chef Thomas McNaughton’s restaurants. There will be a six-course tasting menu created by Chef Thomas McNaughton for $125 per person and optional wine pairings beginning at $75 per person. Reservations can be made online or by calling 415-826-7004. As of Dec. 29 there were still reservations available. A sample tasting menu features dishes such as truffle canapés; California sturgeon with caviar, cauliflower, preserved lemon and seeded sourdough; bruleed onion consomme with leek,  wagon wheel and bone marrow brioche; Matsutaki mushroom and sunflower porridge with foie gras and huckleberry; beef with sunchoke fonduta and cabbage; and chocolate custard.

Presidio Social Club
The restaurant is offering a special a la carte dinner menu. Dishes at Presidio Social Club will include seafood items like caviar deviled eggs, a petite Maine lobster roll, and local sea urchin on toasted rye. A selection of first courses will include a Sonoma foie gras torchon and hearts of palm and winter grapefruit salad. Main courses will include a variety of sea, land, and vegetarian options, such as oven-roasted Alaskan true cod, roasted Sonoma lamb, and cardamom roasted butternut squash. Live music will be playing all evening long. Call 415-885-1888 or visit OpenTable.

SPQR
The restaurant serves progressive Italian cuisine in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. SPQR will host a special New Year’s Eve dinner where chef Matthew Accarrino will prepare a six-course tasting menu for $160 with optional wine pairings from wine director Shelley Lindgren for $80. Reservations are required and can be made through OpenTable or by calling 415-771-7779.

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A few restaurants in Napa Valley and San Francisco for Thanksgiving 2015

An August dinner entrée at Michelin-starred Luce, which will offer a three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu Credit: Luce Restaurant

An August dinner entrée at Michelin-starred Luce, which will offer a three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu
Credit: Luce Restaurant

It’s less than a week to Thanksgiving; if you’re planning to dine in San Francisco or Napa Valley, here are a few restaurants to consider.

Napa Valley
Lucy Restaurant & Bar at the Bardessono hotel and spa in Yountville is offering a four-course holiday dinner ($90 adults, $40 kids under 10). As always, it will be fresh, garden-inspired cuisine. The menu features traditional holiday dishes that incorporate a twist, with sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients picked fresh from the onsite culinary garden when possible. First course choices include carrot salad with confit carrots, carrot chips, curry shallot dressing, and carrot fronds; and roasted pumpkin soup with pomegranate and nutmeg crème fraîche. Second course choices include butternut squash risotto with caramelized pears. Entrée selections are turkey with marjoram and brioche stuffing; house-cured honey ham with cabbages and little potatoes, whole grain mustard and caramelized pear jus; and pan-roasted sturgeon with brussels sprouts, napa cabbage, house cured bacon, and dijon beurre blanc. For reservations call 707-204-6030 or visit OpenTable. If you decide to make your special holiday feast part of an overnight getaway, you’ll be happy to know the Bardessono is an eco-conscious LEED Platinum-Certified property.

San Francisco Restaurants
Luce Restaurant

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco will feature a 3-course prix-fixe menu for Thanksgiving. Michelin-star Chef Daniel Corey is offering a seasonal selection of items like winter squash with whipped ricotta, butternut marmalade, and pomegranate; slow-cooked turkey breast with sage and rosemary, brussels sprouts, and potato puree; and diver scallops with celery root and navel orange confit and green olives. Dessert options include bread pudding; sticky toffee pudding; and chocolate cheesecake. Cost is $85 per person; $45 for kids (4 – 12 years). Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 415-616-6566 or visiting Luce’s web site.

Presidio Social Club
Presidio Social Club will be offering a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner from 11am-5pm for $60/person. This year’s menu will include kale salad with pomegranates, apple, and pumpkin seeds; cauliflower soup with roasted chestnuts; turkey with wild mushroom and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce; pumpkin pie; and bourbon chocolate pecan pie. Call 415-885-1888 or email info@presidiosocialclub.com for reservations.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Thanksgiving brunch and dinner are available at Top of the Mark. Presented by Chef Nenad Stefanovic, the buffet will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature breakfast selections (from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.), antipastos, raw bar, salads, soups, desserts, and more. Seasonal specials include smoked duck breast with grilled persimmons, toasted pumpkin seeds and fig compote; sherry-molasses roast beets with allspice crème fraiche, candied walnuts and tondo, pickled butternut squash and pancetta jam; and roasted free range turkey with orange-cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Desserts will include traditional holiday delights along with pumpkin foster martinis with diced pumpkin, apple brandy, cinnamon sugar and graham cracker cookie ice cream. In addition to the feast, entertainment will be presented by Michael Athens and Ricardo Scales on piano and a “Little Explorer” petting zoo will be in the lobby from noon to 4 p.m. Top of the Mark’s Thanksgiving brunch and Thanksgiving dinner cost $119 per adult and $59 per child (ages 4-12). Reservations are required at 415-616-6941.

One Market Restaurant
One Market is serving a three-course prix fixe menu by Chef Mark Dommen. The four first course choices include artichoke soup with hazelnuts, garlic flan, and lemon balm; and beet carpaccio with radish, chèvre, and sherry vinaigrette. Four entrée selections include roasted turkey with cornbread-sausage stuffing, root vegetables, and shallot-thyme gravy, and mushroom risotto with yuzu, pine nuts, and scallions. Three dessert selections include triple layer sugar pie pumpkin cheesecake with ginger-mascarpone ice cream. The price is $74 per adult and $39 per child 10 and under. Please call 415-777-5577 or visit OpenTable for reservations.

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Restaurants for Easter in San Francisco and the East Bay

Top of the Mark in San Francisco is serving an Easter Brunch bruffet

Top of the Mark in San Francisco is serving an Easter Brunch buffet

Dining out for Easter 2015? It’s this coming Sunday; here are some restaurant highlights for San Francisco and the East Bay.

San Francisco Restaurants
A16

A16 will host a festive Easter brunch and dinner featuring with creations from Executive Chef Rocky Maselli. For brunch, A16 will offer the restaurant’s regular a la carte menu plus traditional Italian Easter staples like Verdetto. This is a dish from Bari in Italy’s Puglia region where young lamb is braised in white wine until tender; the sauce is thickened with a mixture of egg and grana padano, served with snap peas and English peas and shoots. A16 will be open from 11am-9pm. For more information on A16 San Francisco or to make reservations, visit www.a16sf.com or call 415.771.2216.
Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Top of the Mark Executive Chef Nenad Stefanovic presents the annual Easter buffet on Sunday, April 5. Guests will enjoy a selection of raw bar items, antipasto, salad, and small plates including roasted marinated beets, with goat cheese, walnut oil and roasted heirloom tomato gazpacho. Entrée selections include pesto marinated sliced strip loin of beef with potato timbers, jasmine tea demi; muscovy duck l’orange with roasted parsnip; and grilled dorado with white bean mash and tomato relish. Brunch favorites can be had at the omelet station and a build-your-own-buttermilk waffle station. Guests of Top of the Mark’s Easter brunch will enjoy entertainment by pianist Ricardo Scales, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Reservations can be made by calling InterContinental Mark Hopkins: 415.616.6940.  Easter brunch is served from 10am – 2pm; Adults are $119 and children between the ages of four and 12 are $59. Visit www.topofthemark.com.

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco
Luce will feature an Easter brunch buffet on Sunday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Michelin-star Chef Daniel Corey is offering a selection of dishes including chilled poached prawns with a spicy cocktail sauce, herb & garlic roasted tenderloin of prime beef with au jus horseradish and salsa verde, and traditional brunch items such as french toast with banana and whipped cream. Pricing is $75 per person (including bottomless mimosas), $45 per child 4-12 years (4 and younger are free). This excludes tax and gratuity. The traditional Luce a la carte breakfast/brunch items will also be available Easter morning, but only until 10:45 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling 415.616.6566 or visiting opentable.com. Learn more about Luce at lucewinerestaurant.com.

Presidio Social Club
Presidio Social Club will be offering an Easter feast on Sunday, serving both brunch and dinner. Offerings include sea salt baked ham and roasted leg of lamb with spring vegetables.  You can top off the experience with wine, champagne, or specialty cocktails from the PSC Bar. Call 415.885.1888 for reservations. Learn more at presidiosocialclub.com.

Central Kitchen
Highlighting a traditional Easter feast, Central Kitchen invites patrons to celebrate Easter with a three-course family-style dinner for $65 per person featuring lamb. Guests are also welcome to enjoy Easter Brunch, offered from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Central Kitchen’s brunch menu features sweet and savory delights. From a Medjool date sticky bun to fried chicken benedict, and french toast bread pudding to the CK brunch burger, there is a wide array of dishes. Also available: seasonal Bellinis made with Mercat Cava, a beer float with Death and Taxes black lager, and fresh-squeezed mimosas. Reservations can be made at 415.826.7004 or opentable.com. Learn more at centralkitchensf.com.

OneUP
OneUP, located at the Grand Hyatt in SF in Union Square, is serving a 3-course prix-fixe Easter Brunch with a glass of champagne or mimosa for $60 per person.  Call 415-848-6187 or visit opentable.com for reservations. Learn more about the restaurant at hyatthotels.hyatt.com/corporate/restaurants/oneup/en/home.html.

East Bay
A16 Rockridge

A16 Rockridge in Oakland will offer special brunch and dinner offerings by Chef Rocky Maselli. For brunch, A16 will offer the restaurant’s regular a la carte menu plus traditional Italian Easter staples like Verdetto. This is a dish from Bari in Italy’s Puglia region where young lamb is braised in white wine until tender; the sauce is thickened with a mixture of egg and grana padano, served with snap peas and English peas and shoots. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.a16rockridge.com or call 510.768.8003.

FIVE
This Easter Sunday, join FIVE at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley for a special a la carte menu from chef Stéphane Tonnelier. Dishes include both savory and sweet items, such as duck confit and potato galette; crab omelette; orzo ‘mac and cheese;’ eggplant parmigiano soufflé, honey mustard glazed ham; and chocolate chip pancakes. Contact opentable.com or 510.225.6055 for reservations. Visit five-berkeley.com for details.

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Valentine’s Day 2015: celebrating at SF and Oakland restaurants

We are one week away from Valentine’s Day 2015! If you’re planning to dine in San Francisco or Oakland for the occasion, here are a few restaurants to consider.

SF
A16 in San Francisco
A16 is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a festive four-course menu from Executive Chef Rocky Maselli and traditional wine pairing options from Wine Director/Co-Owner Shelley Lindgren. Dish highlights include Wild Nettle and Ricotta Ravioli with green garlic and asparagus, Abalone Crudo with fava leaf and castelvetrano olive, McFarland Spring Trout with black truffle and roasted sunchoke, and Velrohono Manjari Chocolate with Hazelnut Torta and coffee mousse. The prix fixe dinner is $85 per person. Reservations can be made by visiting www.a16sf.com or calling 415-771-2216.
central kitchen
For Valentine’s Day, Chef Thomas McNaughton will be offering a special “Mine & Yours” five course tasting menu for $125 per person with optional $75 wine pairings. Highlight dishes include Lobster with Vietnamese herbs and celeriac, Maitake with black garlic and cured yolk, Duck with beet, lime and nasturtium. This evening will be reservation only, so call 415-826-7004 or book via OpenTable.com.

CLIFT
Celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend long at the iconic CLIFT hotel. The weekend will kick-off with the 4th Annual Love Bitten x Love Smitten party from 9pm-2am on Friday, February 13 where Motown on Mondays DJs Gordo Cabeza, The Captain Hat, and Timoteo Gigante will provide entertainment. Free entry. See www.facebook.com/events/352656041585263.

On February 14, CLIFT’s Valentine’s Day celebration will run with the theme of First Crush – “Meet the love of your life or just for tonight.” Red Light Lit, an erotic literary journal that explores love and lust in the form of poetry, prose and song, will take over the Redwood Room from 6:30-9pm with a musical performance by Francisco Fernandez of the Ferocious Few. This sensual poetry slam will be followed by an over-the-top Valentine’s Day party from 9:30pm-2am with DJs JT Donaldson & GE-OLOGY. Admission is free. See www.facebook.com/events/1597703960462349.

CLIFT will also offer a romantic Valentine’s Day package throughout the entire month of February. The First Crush package includes a bottle of champagne with chocolate covered strawberries, 20% off all services at Cowboys & Angels salon, and a complimentary glass of wine at First Crush restaurant (firstcrush.com) in San Francisco’s Union Square. Booking details can be found here.

Farallon
Grab your special someone for a romantic evening under-the sea this Valentine’s Day weekend. Farallon will offer a special five-course tasting menu from Friday to Sunday in addition to their a la carte menu. Dish highlights from Executive Chef Ryan Simas’ tasting menu include Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Poke with taro root chips, wakame salad, and avocado, and Seared Georges Bank Diver Scallop with french green lentils, foie gras torchon, and cognac reduction. The dinner menu will be offered at $90 per person with $70 optional wine pairings from Wine Director Luke Kenning. Reservations can be made by visiting  www.farallonrestaurant.com or calling 415-956-6969 and there is a 72 hour cancellation policy.

Flour + Water
Grab your favorite partner in crime for a special valentine’s day at flour + water. Chef Thomas McNaughton and his team have created a four-course menu for $95 per person highlighting some of their favorite dishes of the season.  Flour + Water’s wine director has worked with the culinary team to pair some unique selections with the menu. Wine pairing is optional for the evening, but the menu is set for the restaurant. Make your reservations online via OpenTable.com.


Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Luce with dinner prepared by a Michelin-star chef Daniel Corey, who will be preparing a three course menu of seasonal, California fare with dish highlights including Handmade Ricotta Tortellini with green asparagus, hazelnuts, and delicate herbs, Yellowfin Tuna slowly poached in California Olive Oil with baby artichokes, and green garlic, and Textures of Lemon Verbena with buttermilk panna cotta. The prix fixe dinner is $82 per person, with a complimentary glass of Rosé upon arrival. Make reservations at OpenTable.com or call 415-616-6566.

Presidio Social Club
For Valentine’s Day, Presidio Social Club is offering three special cocktails, in addition to three new dishes which will be offered throughout the month of February. Cocktails, all $13, include:

  • The First Blush (Calvados, Lemon, Brut Rosé, and Apple Chip Garnish),
  • Afternoon Delight (Riesling, Framboise, Crème de Pêche, Peychaud’s Bitters, garnished with a floating rose petal)
  • Love Potion #563 (Aperol, lemon, and Sparkling Wine, with a long lemon twist garnish)

Valentine’s Day desserts include:

  • PSC Brownie Banana Split for two with Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Salted Caramel ($12)
  • Roasted Marcona Olive Oil Almond Cake ($8)

Three new dishes available for the month of February include:

  • Bistecca for Two (36 oz bone-in Beef Porterhouse) with Oven Roasted Broccoli and Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Chilled Seafood Selection (Mendocino Uni, Shigoku Oysters, and Hawaiian Ahi Tuna—can be ordered separately or to share)
  • PSC Chopped Salad with Red Wine and Pork Belly Vinaigrette

Rose Pistola
North Beach institution Rose Pistola, bringing classic Italian dishes to its many loyal fans over the years, is offering a special Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu for $60 per person in addition to the regular menu. Valentine’s Day dish highlights include Beet and Goat Cheese Agnolotti with tarragon burro fuso, Quail al Mattone with mushroom-Parmesan pudding and caramelized carrots, and Pan Roasted Branzino with fennel pollen and mussels cream sauce, and Chocolate Mousse with raspberry macaroon. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.com or by calling the restaurant at 415-399-0499.

SPQR
This Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef Matthew Accarrino of SPQR will be offering a three-course prix fixe lunch for $48 per person and a five-course prix fixe dinner for $90 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing bianca@spqrsf.com or by calling 415-771-7779.
Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Top of the Mark provides an unforgettable setting for the most romantic day of the year with a five-course dinner on Saturday, February 14 starting at 7:30 for $495 per couple. This dinner includes one bottle of Moët & Chandon Rosé, live entertainment from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and a rosé for lady guests. Highlights of the night’s menu include Sturgeon Caviar with blinis and creme fraiche, Maine Lobster and Wagyu Beef with salsify, espelette, and artichoke truffle jus, and Valrhona Chocolate with strawberry meringue, almond, and Grand Marnier. A separate menu is available for vegetarian guests. Dinner guests will automatically be entered into a drawing for a one-night stay in the luxurious Presidential Suite, valid on Valentine’s Day. Reservations required. Please call 415-616-6941.

InterContinental Mark Hopkins Romance Packages
Couples can enjoy the city lights with a special dinner experience available from Saturday, February 7 through Friday, February 13. The Head over Heels package guarantees guests a highly coveted window table at Top of the Mark, a bottle of Moët & Chandon Rosé, a special appetizer, a chocolate dessert, a framed souvenir photo, and a rose for lady guests ($250). Guests can indulge a bit further with the Endless Love package, which includes the Head over Heels package along with a bottle of Dom Perignon ($450). Reservations are required.
Salumeria – Make Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home
This Valentine’s Day, Salumeria in bringing back their flour + water pasta project for $45 plus tax, ideal for two people. Stay in this Valentine’s Day and cook at home by trying something new with flour + water. The kit includes all you need to make Beet and Rose Caramelle with Ricotta, Truffle & Whey Champagne. Make it a complete meal by adding on cured meats & cheeses, chocolate budinos or go big with the addition of the blini kit. Order online or by calling 415-471-2998.

East Bay
A16 Rockridge in Oakland
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at A16 Rockridge with a four-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Rocky Maselli and wine pairings from director/co-owner Shelley Lindgren. Valentine’s Day dish highlights include Buffalo Ricotta Gnocchi with green garlic and asparagus, Lucky Dog Ranch Prime Rib Roast with spinach, carrot, and salsa verde, and Chocolate Espresso Mousse with dark chocolate ganache, cacao nib, and amaro caramel. The prix fixe dinner is $75 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 510-768-8003 or visiting a16rockridge.com.

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New Year’s Eve 2014-15: celebrating at SF and Oakland restaurants

Oysters and champagne at Farallon Restaurant SF

Oysters and champagne at Farallon Restaurant SF

It’s almost New Year’s Eve 2014-2015! If you’re planning to dine in San Francisco or Oakland for the occasion, here are a few restaurants to consider.

San Francisco

A16
Details: A16 is ringing in 2015 with a festive New Year’s Eve tasting menu from Executive Chef Rocky Maselli and traditional wine pairing options from Wine Director/Co-Owner Shelley Lindgren. The special menu embodies the flavor of Southern Italy with dishes like Maccaronara with liberty duck sugo, black trumpet mushrooms and duck fat bread crumbs and Roasted Devil’s Gulch Rabbit Saddle wrapped in pancetta, lentils, sage and rosemary. The four-course tasting menu will be offered at $95 per person with $75 wine pairings. Reservations can be made by calling 415-771-2216.

Rose Pistola
On Wednesday, December 31st plan to celebrate the end of 2014 and ring in 2015 with Rose Pistola in North Beach. Come early to enjoy a special 4-course prix fix dinner (choice of hot & cold antipasti, entrée & dessert). Reservations will be available from 5:30 until 7:00pm. Music is by The Cosmo Alleycats, who will be playing vintage jazz/dance music with a dynamic, but soulful delivery from 7:00 until 9:45pm; $65.00 per person. Rose Pistola’s later seating, starting at 8:00pm, provides the option to stay and toast the New Year with them, while enjoying The Cosmo Alleycats, playing livelier, danceable American music drawing from eras spanning Swing & Big Band, Blues, 60s, soul & R&B and Motown from 10:00pm until 12:30am.  Enjoy a 5-course prix fixe dinner (hot & cold antipasti, pasta, entrée & dessert) and toast the New Year with complimentary Prosecco & party favors for all; $95.00 per person. You can make a reservation online or by calling the restaurant at 415-399-0499.
Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco
Guests are invited to ring in the New Year with dinner prepared by a Michelin-star chef and live entertainment throughout the evening at Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco. Chef Daniel Corey presents a multi-course menu of seasonal, California fare with dish highlights including Tartare of Kona Kampachi, avocado, smoked trout roe, and crème fraiche; Dungeness Crab with aged Carnaroli rice, Marcona almond milk, and espelette; Butter Poached Maine Lobster with fennel, apple, and onion; and Roasted Breast of Squab, leg confit, chestnut, and orange marmalade.  Live entertainment by jazz group The Steve Carter Trio kicks off at 8:30pm and rings in the New Year until 12:30am. Pricing is $125 per person for the four-course dinner or $195 with wine pairing. Luce is taking reservations from 6:30pm – 10:30. Reservations are required. Call 415-616-6566.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com
New Year’s Eve at Top of the Mark
From 7:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m., enjoy a special reception, entertainment, dinner, dancing, and a Champagne toast at midnight. Start your evening with Champagne and hors d’oeuvres including assorted caviar, Tomales Bay & Rockefeller oysters, Spanish Serrano ham carving station, raw seafood selections, and more. Following the reception, guests will enjoy a seated five-course dinner with bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial before dancing the night away and toasting the New Year with a glass of Moet & Chandon Rose. Rounding out the festivities is live entertainment by Mirage, whose exciting style ranges from Jazz to rock. Formal dress is required. Regular reservations are $400 per person; window seating is $450 per person. Reservations required. Please call 415-616-6941.

Nob Hill Club at Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
Raise a glass to the New Year at the Nob Hill Club at Intercontinental Mark Hopkins. Guests are invited to enjoy a sophisticated evening full of California wines and tantalizing bites prepared by Chef Nenad Stefanovic. A delicious four course meal will be served including Oysters with grape mignonette, Shredded Duck Confit with dried figs, wild mizuna and pistachio pesto, Filet Mignon with smoked corttin de chavignol, pepper chimichurri, sweet potato gnocchi and baby romanesco, and a Valrhona Chocolate with whiskey, sea salted caramel and praline. Each dinner is $79 per adult, $109 per adult with wine pairing and $49 per child (ages 4 – 12). Call 415-392-3434 for reservations.

Foreign Cinema
This New Year’s Eve, Foreign Cinema will be celebrating with a “Purple Rain” inspired evening. Relive the ‘80s while rocking into 2015 with a four course celebratory menu, priced at $100.00 per guest, excluding wine, tax, and gratuity. Festivities begin at 5:30pm. Reservations are highly recommended.

Farallon
Ring in 2015 under the sea with Farallon’s New Year’s Eve six-course tasting menus from Executive Chef Ryan Simas. Guests will have an option between a traditional tasting menu, offered at $120, or a special Caviar and Truffle menu, offered at $155. Farallon’s decadent seafood fare fused with the whimsically aquatic décor offer the perfect way to celebrate the New Year. Guests can enjoy dishes such as Broiled Maine Lobster Tail with cauliflower mousseline, celery root, apple salad and lemon aioli, and Seared Georges Bank Diver Scallop with warm potato, leek latke, mache and caviar fondue and a limited à la carte menu will also be available. Both menus will include wine pairing options from Wine Director Luke Kenning with the traditional pairing priced at $65 and the Caviar and Truffle pairing at $85. Reservations can be made by visiting www.farallonrestaurant.com or calling 415.956.6969.

CLIFT
Step back in time to a different era at CLIFT’s early 1900s themed New Year’s Eve party. The hotel will be celebrating its 100th anniversary at the turn of midnight with a black tie optional red carpet event from 8pm-2am on December 31, 2014. There will be four areas of festivities including a special musical performance by Donovan, a Billie Holiday tribute, a Ziegfeld Follies show, and a silent film showcase. The festivities will take over the Redwood Room and the first floor of the hotel. Guests can also enjoy a champagne reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a glass of bubbles from 8-9pm. Additional details and tickets starting at $49.99 can be found at cliftnye.nightout.com. Hotel room packages are also available here.

flour+water
Close out 2014 and celebrate New Year’s Eve with flour+water. The restaurant will be offering a five course tasting menu for $95.00 per person, excluding tax and gratuity with a $70.00 optional wine pairing. Sample menu dishes include Dungeness Crab with shrimp, n’duja and Brussels Sprouts, Chestnut Agnolotti  with pheasant, sunchokes, and speck, and Mixed Roast of Beef with creamed nettles, beets and blue cheese.

central kitchen
Spend the last evening of 2014 at central kitchen. The restaurant will be offering a five course tasting menu for $125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity with a $75 optional wine pairing. Sample menu dishes include Dungeness Crab with parsley root, beet, and vanilla, Matsutake Mushroom with sunchoke, black, lentil, and smoked egg yolk, and Dry Aged Rib Eye with oxtail, date, and cauliflower.

Presidio Social Club
If you’re looking to skip a formal prix-fixe dinner, ring in 2015 at Presidio Social Club, where they’ll be offering a variety of a la carte dishes in addition to a seafood bar with items such as Oysters on the Half Shell, Cracked Dungeness Crab Legs, and Scallop Ceviche. Other tasty options include an Avocado & Winter Citrus Salad, Brown Butter Roasted Maine Lobster Medallions with Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Risotto, and a Truffle Roasted Chicken. A live band will provide entertainment all night long.

SPQR
Modest and inviting, SPQR serves progressive Italian cuisine in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. Under the direction of Executive Chef Matthew Accarrino, SPQR has been recognized with a Michelin star in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 San Francisco guides. On Wednesday, December 31, SPQR will host a special New Year’s Eve dinner where Accarrino will prepare a nine-course tasting menu for $160 with optional wine pairings from Wine Director Shelley Lindgren for $80. Reservations are required and can be made through Open Table or by calling 415-771-7779.

East Bay
A16 Rockridge in Oakland
Details: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special tasting menu from Executive Chef Rocky Maselli and traditional wine pairings from Wine Director/Co-Owner Shelley Lindgren. The four-course meal will feature Southern Italian dishes including Water Buffalo Veal Polpettini with crispy fried mushroom and Grano Arso Capunti with wild boar sugo, rapini and pecorino riserva. As a New Year’s treat, guests will have the option of a “White Truffle Supplement” for the tasting menu dishes. The menu will be available for $85 per person with $68 wine pairings. Reservations can be made by visiting calling 510-768-8003.

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Christmas 2014 highlights for San Francisco and Oakland restaurants

Luce Restaurant's Maine lobster -- from traditional dinner menu

Luce Restaurant’s Maine lobster — from traditional dinner menu

It’s almost Christmas 2014! If you’re planning to dine in San Francisco or Oakland for the occasion, here are a few restaurants to consider including ones that feature additional holiday events like special teas and brunches.

A16 in San Francisco and A16 Rockridge in Oakland will once again celebrate Christmas Eve with “Feast of the Seven Fishes.” An honored Italian-American tradition, the seven-course meal will feature seafood fare from Executive Chef Rocky Maselli including dishes like Dungeness Crab with fried Brussels sprouts, Calabrian chili and Meyer lemon and Roasted Monterey Squid with saffron potato and salsa verde. This special Christmas Eve menu will be served family style with three optional wine pairings from Wine Director/Owner Shelley Lindgren including a classic pairing, a Rosso pairing, and a unique and rare pairing. Dinner is priced at $80 per person with wine pairing selections from $55-75 per person at A16 and $48-68 per person at A16 Rockridge. For reservations visit Open Table or call 415-771-2216 (SF) or 510-768-8003 (Rockridge).

Bocanova

If you want to celebrate Christmas Eve on the water this year, Bocanova on Jack London Square is serving dinner. Chef/Owner Rick Hackett and Executive Chef John Jackson have put together a prix fixe four-course tamale menu for $38 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Menu highlights include the Cuban Tamale with Dungeness crab, the Green Tamale with chicken, chipotle, and tomato, and the Persimmon Pudding with eggnog ice cream. Call 510-444-1233 for reservations.

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco
Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco, awarded a Michelin star for six consecutive years, is open for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Chef Daniel Corey is offering a four-course dinner to celebrate the merriment of the holiday season. Diners will enjoy a globally inspired meal prepared by Michelin-star Chef Daniel Corey with seasonal, local ingredients. Menu highlights include local mushroom potage with crispy chicken skin and herb pistou; marinated baby beets, pickled apple, turnip and burrata; sweetbread ravioli with crispy sweetbreads and truffle; black bass, Dungeness crab jus and cauliflower; and a poached and roasted duck breast with onions and quince. Desserts will include pear cake with roasted white chocolate mousse and crème fraîche ice cream and chocolate pound cake with ginger infused custard, orange marmalade and a cranberry reduction. The special menu, served exclusively on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, will be $90 per person or $130 with wine pairing. Children ages 12 and younger are $45. Reservations are required. Call 415-616-6566.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
The Top of the Mark is serving a buffet for Christmas Eve dinner, a buffet for Christmas Day brunch and dinner, plus special events listed below. For reservations for any event or meal, please call 415-616-6941.

  • Christmas Eve Dinner

Celebrate Christmas Eve at the festive Top of the Mark with the city of San Francisco twinkling in the background. Enjoy a dinner buffet including a raw bar, antipasto selection, chef station, small plates, entrees, roasts, and more. Chef Nenad Stefanovic will feature some traditional holiday favorites including Rosemary crusted prime rib, Upland Cress with frisee, white asparagus and horseradish mustard dressing, Bruschetta station with fava bean, manchego cheese, grilled pear, blue cheese, honey sweet potato and pancetta hash, and much more. Dessert will include Crepes Suzette with Grand Marnier sauce and orange supreme, as well as traditional holiday classics. Guests will also enjoy live music from San Francisco’s renowned pianist, Ricardo Scales. Top of the Mark’s Christmas Eve dinner buffet is offered from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Adults are $119 per person and children (ages 4-12) are $59.

  • Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner Buffet

There is a holiday brunch and dinner buffet on Christmas Day at Top of the Mark. From 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., enjoy every delicious holiday treat you could imagine from traditional prime rib and turkey to a sweet selection of holiday cakes and pies. Brunch highlights include an omelet and waffle station, Scrambled eggs with chives and seasoned breakfast potatoes, and La Mer Benedict with béarnaise sauce. Additional highlights include Bone in Ham with charred pineapple sauce, Beef Medallions with caramelized shallots au poivre and fried parsnip chips, Grilled Lamb Chops with spiced lamb breast and honey mint dressing, Lobster bisque, and more. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment from pianists Michael Athens and Ricardo Scales. Top of the Mark Christmas Day Brunch and Christmas Dinner buffet is $119 per adult and $59 per child (ages 4 – 12).

  • Holiday Tea

Celebrate at Top of the Mark’s annual afternoon Holiday Tea, which began Thanksgiving weekend and continues for a few more days. A selection of fine teas and delectable three-tier presentations of desserts, scones and tea sandwiches will be offered by Chef Nenad and will feature classics like Cranberry scones with Devonshire cream and lemon curd and Mini Yule Logs. Holiday Tea is held Mondays and Tuesdays from December 22nd to December 29th. Holiday Tea at Top of the Mark is $50 per person.

  • Children’s Magical Holiday Tea

Magical Holiday Tea is an entertaining family-friendly event open to kids and adults of all ages, featuring Perry the Magician and face painter Pixie. Guests will also enjoy a cookie decorating station with Chef Nenad. Adults are offered an array of both sweet and savory tea sandwiches as well as special items from the kitchen including Kobe beef sliders, meatball kebabs, and Bacon Monte Cristo Finger Sandwiches. Young tea-goers will receive a selection of popular kids’ treats and finger foods including Pigs in a blanket, Macaroni and cheese, and Chicken nuggets. Guests may also enjoy the elaborate dessert buffet filled with a Christmas Yule log, fresh fruit tartlets, homemade marshmallows, and more. Magical Holiday Tea began in early December. Remaining days are Friday, December 26 and Saturday, December 27 with seatings at 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. In the spirit of giving, Top of the Mark invites guests to bring a new toy to donate to the Toys for Tots drive. Magical Holiday Tea is $60 per person, or $56 with toy donation.

  • Holiday Champagne Brunch

Top of the Mark’s luxurious holiday Sunday champagne brunch began Nov. 30 and occurs each Sunday until the end of December. Chef Nenad’s buffet has a raw bar, soups, salads and small plates, as well as roasts and breakfast selections. Menu highlights include Cioppino, Black Cod & Prawns with flageolet and braised chard stems, Turkey hash benedicts, Caviar selections, Porcini ravioli with seared Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and brown butter cream, and more. The brunch will also feature a decadent Viennese table dessert buffet and bottomless sparkling wine. Guests will also enjoy entertainment from a live jazz pianist. Brunch is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is $99 per adult and $59 per child.

Nob Hill Club at Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
The Nob Hill Club offers Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner. Christmas Eve Dinner showcases Chef Nenad’s selections of upscale holiday creations including Quince & Brie with pistachio and lavender honey, Braised Sea Bass with endive, pomegranate and fennel cream, Pork Tenderloin with honey & thyme braised tangerine, rapini and pommes dauphinoise, and a sophisticated dessert of Elderflower Panna Cotta. For Christmas Day, the menu includes Lobster bisque with tempura chives, Grilled Chicory with artisan lettuce, crispy duck prosciutto, grapes, olives and candied walnuts, Beef Tenderloin served with bone marrow butter, white asparagus bundles and duchesse potato. Dessert is a Lemon & Pink Peppercorn Pot de Crème with olive oil and rosemary water. Each dinner is $79 per adult, $109 per adult with wine pairing and $49 per child (ages 4 – 12). Call 415-392-3434 for reservations.

One Market Restaurant
For Christmas Eve, One Market is serving a special a la carte menu by Chef Mark Dommen and Pastry Chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauler. The seven first course choices include Dungeness crab cakes; shaved lamb’s tongue with mache, Asian pear, and puffed quinoa; and beet carpaccio with radish, chèvre, and sherry vinaigrette. Seven entrée selections include wild arugula risotto with pears, black walnuts, and parmesan; roasted Liberty Farms duck with turnips, chanterelles, and honey jus; and day boat scallops with artichokes, potato puree, and lobster emulsion. Four dessert selections include Valrhona chocolate palet d’or with white chocolate sorbet. Please call 415-777-5577 for reservations.

Happy Holidays!

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Bay Area restaurants for Mother’s Day Part 1 — includes San Francisco & Oakland

Strawberry Rhubarb Gelee with vanilla bean cremoux, huckleberry foam, masago, fresh berries, and lemon verbena coconut snow - Mother’s day dessert from The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse

Strawberry Rhubarb Gelee with vanilla bean cremoux, huckleberry foam, masago, fresh berries, and lemon verbena coconut snow – Mother’s day dessert from The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse

Did Mother’s Day 2014 sneak up on you? It’s less than a week away, on Sunday May 11 – better make reservations if you haven’t already! Here are details on a few Bay Area restaurants; I’ll publish more in the next couple days.

SAN FRANCISCO
A16

Celebrate Mother’s Day in the Marina at A16 with a special a la carte menu boasting festive dishes and beverages for the occasion. After their meal, moms will be gifted with flowers for the holiday.  Lunch service will run from 11:00 – 2:30 and dinner will go from 5:00-10:00 pm.
CHAYA Brasserie
Join CHAYA Brasserie for Mother’s Day Brunch as the restaurant hosts a delicious 3-Course Chef Selection menu for $45 with $12 bottomless mimosas. Guests can choose dishes like the Castelle French Toast with caramelized banana, almonds, and fresh fruits or the Dungeness Crab Egg Benedict with avocado, miso hollandaise, and home fries. For dessert, try the Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches or the Warm Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding with caramel ice cream. Young adults can enjoy a special $15 prix fixe menu featuring an entrée and a dessert.

1760
In addition to its regular menu, guests are invited to enjoy special brunch dishes from 1760‘s Executive Chef Adam Tortosa from 11:30am -3:00pm on Sunday, May 11. Dishes include French toast with roasted strawberries and whipped creme fraiche; Fried egg sandwich with basil aioli and smashed avocado; Lollipop kale with Guanciale and 63 degree egg; and Avocado toast with parsley, lime and Biber pepper. Bar Manager Christopher Longoria will also offer special brunch cocktails for the day including a Green Strawberry Bloody Mary. The restaurant will be closed for dinner service after 3:00 p.m. that evening.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins 
On Sunday, May 11, Top of the Mark not only celebrates moms – it celebrates its official diamond anniversary, having opened 75 years ago to the day.  Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day, Top of the Mark and Executive Chef Nenad Stefanovic present a delicious buffet including a raw bar, carving station, salads, entrees, breakfasts and desserts along with limitless mimosas and entertainment by pianist Michael Athens. All mothers are entered into giveaways throughout the day which includes $100 and $75 gift cards to Macy’s, as well as a grand prize of a $750 gift card to Tiffany & Co. and one hundred roses. Pricing for Mother’s Day is $109 for adults and $59 for ages four through 12. Children three and under are complimentary. Brunch is served from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For reservations, please visit www.intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com and www.topofthemark.com or call 415-616-6916.

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco
Mothers dining at LUCE for Mother’s Day brunch will also be automatically into a drawing for $100 Macy’s card on the hour during brunch hours. A grand prize of a gift card worth $300 at Tiffany & Co. and 100 roses will be given away. This delicious buffet service with mini hot dishes is $45 per person with unlimited bubbly or $22.50 for children 4-12 years old. Call 415-616-6560 to book or visit opentable.com.

Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio for Mother’s Day 

Sit back and treat mom to a Mother’s Day experience complete with a reserved blanket and flowers for her to take home as a souvenir. Book here — The $100 package includes:

  • A signature Picnic at the Presidio blanket, for you to keep
  • A Mimosa kit for the group to share
  • Home Sweet Flowers Bouquet Class for two (bouquet to take home included)

Presidio Social Club

Stop in for selections from PSC‘s iconic dinner and brunch menus, and to sample the Mother’s Day Special, Sweet Bay Shrimp with a citrus dressing served over butter leaf lettuce, available throughout the day. Dine indoors, or take advantage of Spring’s beginnings with a table on the back deck.

EAST BAY
Bocanova
Oakland

Celebrate mom with Mother’s Day at Bocanova this year. Special dishes offered for the day will include a Crab Benedict with Arepas for brunch only; and a Stone Valley Pork Leg with butter beans, poached egg and tomatillo crudo for brunch and dinner.

A16 Rockridge
Oakland

Take mom to the East Bay this Mother’s Day holiday for a special a la carte menu by Chef Rocky Maselli. From 11:00am-3:00pm for lunch or 4:00pm-close, guests can enjoy classic A16 Rockridge fare or sample new dishes created for the day. At the end of the meal, moms will be gifted with a sweet treat to take home- a pound cake from Pastry Chef Hannah Buoye.

PALO ALTO
The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse

Chef Yu Min Lin has crafted a special $45 prix fixe menu for the holiday with dishes such as the classic Hamachi Shots and Lobster Scrambled Eggs with tarragon, lemon, and parmesan. For dessert, guests can enjoy the creations of Pastry Chef Dan Huynh like the Chocolate Gateaux with vanilla crème, apricot, and cherry or the Strawberry Rhubarb Gelee with vanilla bean cremoux, huckleberry foam, masago, fresh berries, and lemon verbena coconut snow (see photo above).

NAPA
Silverado Resort and Spa

Mother’s Day Brunch – 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Chef Jeffrey Jake and the Silverado culinary team will create a menu, priced at $60 for adults and $25 for children ages 4-9, that showcases the local bounty of Napa’s spring harvest. Local fruits and vegetables from farmers stretching from Napa into Marin counties, pristine sustainably caught seafood, hormone-free beef and poultry from Northern California ranches, farm fresh eggs from the Hen Pen Farm on Hardman Lane, and local fruit from Silverado Trail and K&J Orchards. Silverado’s pastry chef creations will also include a dark chocolate fountain. In addition, the resort will be serving a limited Mother’s Day menu in the Grill for $32 per adult.
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