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New Year’s Eve at Lark Creek restaurants, plus giveaway

Seafood at Lark Creek Blue on Santana Row in San Jose (photo credit: Lark Creek Blue Facebook page)

Seafood at Lark Creek Blue on Santana Row in San Jose (photo credit: Lark Creek Blue Facebook page)

A few restaurants operated by Lark Creek Restaurant Group are open on New Year’s Eve; highlights are below. Also, two more bits of news:

1) If you haven’t heard, a couple LCRG restaurants recently closed – Yankee Pier Larkspur and The Tavern at Lark Creek closed permanently effective Dec. 1, 2014, and Fish Story in Napa has closed but the restaurant will reopen in early spring with a ‘remodeled space and new concept’ (and possibly a new name)
2) One of my readers will win a gift card good at Lark Creek restaurants — see end of article for contest details. Happy Holidays!

• Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallops with celery root, boiled peanuts, black trumpet mushrooms, and port wine is one of the New Year’s Eve entrée choices from Chef Mark Dommen at One Market Restaurant (www.onemarket.com). The special New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu is $80/person from 6-7:30 p.m. and $130/person from 8:30-10 p.m. The menu features three courses and an amuse bouche. First course choices include hand-picked Dungeness crab (mango, avocado, citrus water) and Marin Sun Farm beef tartare (black truffle, quail egg, mitsuba). Dessert selections include Valrhona chocolate cake and California artisinal cheese plate with Redwood Hill Farm truffle tremor, Bohemian Creamery, Cowabunga, and more. Make reservations at 415.777.5577. One Market is in downtown SF at 1 Market St.

Lark Creek Blue (www.larkcreekblue.com)  is open on New Year’s Eve. Guests can enjoy the regular, full a la carte menu created by Chef de Cuisine Chad Ferry. Entrees include Maine lobster spaghetti “Arrabiata” with a roasted half lobster, tomato, calabrese, chiles, and basil; grilled 12-ounce Angus ribeye with ratatouille, parsley potatoes, and warm caper vinaigrette; and grilled Hawaiian swordfish with fava beans, Israeli couscous, nectarine relish, and sauteed spinach. Make reservations at 408.244.1244. Lark Creek Blue is on Santana Row in San Jose.

Cupola Pizzeria (www.cupolasf.com) is also open on New Year’s Eve. Guests can order from the regular, full a la carte menu. Small plates include warm, pulled-to-order mozzarella with lemon, brussels sprouts leaves, and olive oil; and lamb meatballs with spicy San Marzano tomato sauce, basil leaves, and pecorino. Soups include butternut squash with sage and brown butter. Pastas include lamb pappardelle, and pizzas include rapini (garlic, broccoli rabe, chili flakes, preserved lemon, Parmesan cream) and carne (housemade sausage, spicy calabrese salumi, soppresata, sweet onion). Call 415.896.5600 for reservations. Cupola is located on the 4th floor of the Westfield San Francisco Centre (845 Market St.).

Prize: A $75 gift card to Lark Creek Restaurants
To enter, email your name to tfatemi@gmail.com & include the words “Lark Creek giveaway.” Deadline to enter is Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at 9 p.m.
This contest is open to readers of Tara Fatemi Walker’s Examiner.com and Santacruzfoodie.com sites. Employees of Examiner.com, and people who have won contests in the last 3 months, are not eligible for this promotion.

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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

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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).


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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Thanksgiving 2014 restaurants and food options in San Francisco

It’s less than a week to Thanksgiving – if you’re planning to dine in San Francisco, here are a few restaurants to consider for Nov. 27, 2014. Also, Salumeria in the Mission is offering a take-out gourmet feast; order by 7 p.m. this Sunday.

Looking for places in the Santa Cruz or Monterey area? Read this article.

San Francisco Restaurants

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco

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 dishes including a first course of Veloute of butternut squash with buttermilk custard, olive oil and pumpkin seed granola or local winter mushrooms with slow cooked egg, raclette and toast. Guests can select from mains including Petrale sole and Manila clams with flageolets and bouillabaisse, Braised short rib of beef with fall roots and leaves and toasted green wheat; or Slowly Roasted Breast of Turkey, featuring Turkey Leg Boudin, Smoked Potato & Black Truffle Gravy. The menu is subject to change due to seasonality. Desserts include a milk chocolate, pecan and caramel dish or pumpkin cheesecake with Pomegranate and bay leaf. Pricing is $75 per person ($120 with wine pairing), $45 per child 12 years and younger. Price excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 415-616-6566 visiting Opentable.com.

CLIFT will offer a special Thanksgiving dinner tasting menu at the hotel’s Velvet Room restaurant. Executive Chef Thomas Weibull partnered with local farmers and growers to produce a seasonal four-course menu where guests can choose between autumn dishes like Roasted Butternut Squashwithsmoked ham hock and ginger confit, Seared Day Boat Scallop with pumpkin risotto, and Sweet Pumpkin Tart with spiced pecans and maple ice cream. The Velvet Room will be open from 5:30pm-10:00pm on Thanksgiving and the tasting menu will be offered at $75 per person.

Presidio Social Club will be serving a traditional menu of a seasonal soup, turkey, stuffing, and of course, PSC pies (a choice of Spiced Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Ice Cream or Flourless Chocolate Cake with Persimmon Sorbet) for $59 per person.  Additional offerings include first of the season cracked Dungeness Crab and Local Oysters on the half shell. Fall cocktails are also available, featuring drinks such as the Root Old Fashioned with bourbon, Root liqueur, aromatic bitters, and orange.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins

Enjoy the abundance of the fall harvest with a Thanksgiving brunch and dinner feast at Top of the Mark. Presented by Chef Nenad Stefanovic, the buffet will take place on Thursday, November 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will feature breakfast selections (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 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 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Top of the Mark’s Thanksgiving brunch and Thanksgiving dinner is $119 per adult and $59 per child (ages 4-12). Reservations are required. Please call 415-616-6941.

One Market Restaurant

One Market is serving a three-course prix fixe menu by Chef Mark Dommen and Pastry Chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauler. The four first course choices include shrimp bisque (puffed rice, coconut milk, jalapeno) 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 herb salad and parmesan emulsion. Three dessert selections include triple layer sugar pie pumpkin cheesecake and with cranberry-ginger sorbet and Valrhona chocolate palet d’or with white chocolate sorbet. The price is $67 per adult and $29 per child 10 and under. Please call 415-777-5577 for reservations.

Thanksgiving to-go

Salumeria is offering a take-out Thanksgiving meal for those who want to enjoy a meal at home without worrying about all the preparations. Leave the heavy lifting to others: order a prepared dinner by their chefs. This feast will feed 4 to 6 people for $295 and includes a Pre-Brined Turkey, Butternut Squash Gratin with goat cheese and hazelnuts, pork sausage and fennel stuffing, Braised Brussels Sprouts with white wine and bacon, Turkey Giblet Gravy, and Cranberry and Quince Chutney. All food (with the exception of the pre-brined turkey) will be fully cooked and packaged in disposable containers with reheating instructions.

Thanks to Black Jet Bakery, you can add on your favorite pie or a bottle of wine to complement the meal. Each pie will be an additional $30. Any traditional wine will be $24.99 a bottle and premium will be $54.99 a bottle. Food will be ready for pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 26 between 2pm-6pm from Salumeria located at 3000 20th St., San Francisco.

Orders must be placed by 7pm on Sunday, Nov. 23 and can be made via salumeriathanksgiving2014.eventbrite.com or by calling 415-826-7001.

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A few 4th of July restaurant & food events: San Francisco, Oakland, & Monterey

A past Picnic at the Presidio with Off the Grid in SF

A past Picnic at the Presidio with Off the Grid in SF

Crazy how time flies; we are two days from Independence Day 2014 — here are a few highlights for menus or events in San Francisco, Oakland, and Monterey.


For those headed to Chrissy Field to watch the fireworks, start the night at A16 in the Marina for Chef Rocky Maselli’s delicious dinner service. Guests can enjoy summer favorites like Lucky Dog Ranch Beef Shortribs with red wine, red onions, arugula and black pepper; Tomales Bay Clams with tomato, white wine, chiles, and grilled bread; or Wood Fired Dry Creek Peach Crostata with buttermilk sorbet.

Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio
Wind down the holiday weekend picnic style with Off the Grid. The weekly gathering on the Main Post Lawn in the Presidio is offering two festive 4th of July packages for groups to enjoy. Adults can toast with patriotic drink kits while kids enjoy some bubbly fun. Each $100 package includes a specialty alcoholic punch kit, beer basket, Off the Grid blanket and a bubble activity kit.

To book: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/eat-drink-and-toast-america-tickets-11951500259
Bocanova is taking the age-old tradition of a 4th of July B-B-Q and doing it Argentine style for this month’s Rick’s Supper Club. Join Chef Rick and kick-off the holiday weekend with a menu featuring delicious summer vegetables, juicy meats and an array of complementary wines. The five-course, pre-fixe dinner is $72 per person, including wines and excluding tax or gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 510-444-1233.
A16 Rockridge

Chef Rocky Maselli has crafted a 4th of July menu as fun as it is festive to celebrate the holiday in the East Bay. Standout dishes from the special menu include a 4505 Bacon Hotdog Pizza with mozzarella, basil, and corn, House Made Fennel Sausage Corndog with Cherry Mostarda and Spicy Tomato Sauce, and Spicy Chicken Wings Agrodolce with cucumber and yogurt. The restaurant will be open from 2 pm to 8 pm.


Cannery Row Brewing Company
Cannery Row Brewing Company (CRBC) is located in downtown Monterey right off the historic Cannery Row offering over 70 beers on tap paired with casual dining in a family-friendly environment. On Friday, July 4, CRBC will host a “sausagefest” on the outdoor patio with a live band. Chef Daniel Furey will be grilling up several varieties of sausages including Spicy Andouille, Pat Lafreida Sweet Italian, and Hebrew National Dogs, alongside a complete lineup of toppings such as grilled onions, peppers, sauerkraut, raw onions, relish, pepperoncini, ketchup, mustard, and Sriracha. Sweet treats will feature red white and blue Funfetti Cupcakes and guests can also enjoy bottled or canned domestic beers at a reduced rate.

Restaurant 1833
Located in the historic Stokes Adobe House in downtown Monterey, Restaurant 1833 will celebrate Independence Day with a strolling buffet on Friday, July 4 from noon – 4:00 p.m. for $40 per person. Guests can enjoy summer dishes from Executive Chef Abby Burk including Charred Sweet Corn on the Cob with Basil Butter, Espelette and Sea Salt; Herb Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes with Peaches & Burrata; Smoked & Pulled Pork Shoulder; as well as signature items such as The Fried Chicken and Bacon and Cheddar Biscuits. In partnership with Young’s/Grey Goose, Restaurant 1833 will set up an outdoor bar on the patio featuring drink specials on select spirits and a live band on the deck.
Cibo Ristorante Italiano
Cibo has music plus cocktail specials during the Fourth of July weekend. At 10 p.m. Friday, July 4, celebrate Independence Day at Cibo Ristorante Italiano with the “Red, White & Rewind 4th of July Bash.” At 10 p.m. Saturday July 5, the Chicano All Stars Band is performing. Both events last until 1:30 a.m. and there is no cover charge. Cibo welcomes guests to come for a late dinner and then stay for the music. On Friday, it’s “Best of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s remixed with resident DJ Hanif.” Patriotic-themed drink specials will include the “4th of July Citrus Splash” with Svedka Vodka, Blue Curacao, Lemon Juice, served up, rimmed with Cherry Pop Rocks, and The “Firecracker”  with Fireball Whiskey, Splash San Pellegrino Limonata, Splash Grenadine, on the rocks, garnished with Hot Tamales Cinnamon Candies.

On Saturday, the Chicano All Stars Band performs; its musical styles include Latin rock and rhythm and blues. The band recently added a horn section. Other members include lead vocalist Sam Martinez and lead guitarist John Mallare, who also helps out on vocals. They have performed with musicians including Maria Muldaur, Sista Monica, The Turtles, and Tower of Power.

The restaurant hosts live music six nights per week. There is dinner jazz from 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and there is late-night music with reggae, R&B, rock or salsa dance music on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. (with no cover charge). Cibo’s menu includes pasta, gourmet pizza (including gluten-free options), cocktails, and wine. The restaurant is at 301 Alvarado St. Call 649-8151.

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Bay Area restaurants for Father’s Day Part 1 — includes San Jose, SF & Monterey

Buffalo wings and beer at Cannery Row Brewing Company

Buffalo wings and beer at Cannery Row Brewing Company

Father’s Day 2014 is less than a week away, on Sunday, June 15. If you have a foodie in your life that needs some celebrating, you’d better make plans! Here are details on a few Bay Area restaurants; I’ll publish more in the next couple days including restaurants in Santa Cruz and a few more Monterey highlights.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins 

Top of the Mark and Executive Chef Nenad Stefanovic present a delicious brunch buffet. Guests will enjoy a carving station with Roasted Bone in Prime Rib of Beef and Baby Back Ribs with whiskey BBQ sauce and entrees like Grilled  NY Steak with cipollini onion, cherry tomato, demi glace and Pan Seared Corvina with fennel beurre blanc. Breakfast favorites for dad include Pork Belly Benedict with coleslaw and chipotle hollandaise sauce and a Forest Ham and California Monterey Jack Strata. An omelet and buttermilk waffle station are also available. The price is $79 for adults and $45 for ages four through 12. Children three and under are complimentary. Brunch is served from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For reservations, call 415-616-6916.
Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio for Father’s Day
Sit back and treat Dad to a Father’s Day indulgent experience complete with a reserved blanket to take home as a souvenir. There is a $100 package for two or a $150 package for four that includes:
• A signature Picnic at the Presidio blanket ($35 retail value), for you to keep
• One or two beer kits (depending on package) for the group to share
• Tri-tip lunch for two or four

Pick a spot upon your arrival and they will lay out a picnic blanket for you and your party.After seating, enjoy a choice of one of the Presidio Bar’s beer kits (5 bottles of Scrimshaw or Pacifico) as The Whole Beast prepares your tri-tip lunch. They will serve up your tri-tip lunch with sides (baked beans, potato salad and green salad with bleu cheese dressing) right to your blanket.
Book here

Presidio Social Club
PSC will host its annual Father’s Day Pig Roast on Sunday, June 15. Following in the spirit of a backyard luau, the Pig Roast is a vintage-Hawaiian themed event taking place throughout the restaurant with two pigs rotating through the spit on the sunny back patio. Available from 1 p.m. through dinner service, the Pig Roast meal is a composed plate including meat right off the spit, two sides and a scrumptious Pineapple Upside-down Cake with coconut sorbet for dessert. For reservations, call 415-885-1888.

Fogo de Chão

On Father’s Day, Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse invites the man of the hour to relax and enjoy his special day, while Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs do all the grilling. As a special thank-you, Dads who dine on Father’s Day will receive a Father’s Day card good for a complimentary lunch or dinner towards their next visit. The Father’s Day menu will feature the restaurant’s extensive variety of fire-roasted meats that are specially carved to each guest’s preference. Make reservations online or call 408-244-7001.

Cannery Row Brewing Company

Located in downtown Monterey right off historic Cannery Row, the building was once a cannery (as the name suggests) but is now redefining Northern California brewhouses and casual dining. With 73 beers on tap, a dining room, and outdoor fire pits, Cannery Row Brewing Company is a family-friendly spot to enjoy Father’s Day. This year dads can enjoy a Prime Rib special paired with English Ales Big Sur Golden, a local Monterey brewery, for $25. Other regular selections include burgers and buffalo wings. The venue is open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Call 831-643-2722 (note: the web site is supposed to be canneryrowbrewingcompany.com but at press time the link wasn’t working).

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa
The hotel’s “TusCA Ristorante, The Fireplace Lounge” is having a special BBQ-themed dinner. A $25 special features oregano BBQ lamb ribs, rosemary red potatoes, and grilled sweet corn with thyme butter. Dads get free strawberry shortcake with the purchase of an entrée. Call 831-657-6675 for reservations.

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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.


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.

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.


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

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.

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).

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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Crab festival at Lark Creek restaurants in San Jose, SF, and other Bay Area cities

Seasonal crab salad at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco

Seasonal crab salad at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco

Attention Bay Area crab lovers: you only have 5 days left to attend the Dungeness Crab Festival hosted by Lark Creek Restaurant Group. They have added delicious, creative crab dishes to their menus, including One Market Restaurant and Lark Creek Steak in San Francisco, Yankee Pier in Larkspur, and Lark Creek Blue on San Jose’s Santana Row.

I also have an opportunity for one of you to win a gift card good at Lark Creek restaurants — see end of article for contest details. You can use the card during the last couple days of the crab festival, or at a future date.

The staff at Lark Creek’s restaurants buy live crabs, then cook and clean them, ensuring that customers receive top-quality, fresh seafood.

These selections will be available through Feb. 28, 2014. Highlights are below; see Lark Creek’s news site for links to all restaurants and special menus.

One Market Restaurant in SF: Crab salad (see photo) with hand-picked Dungeness Crab, kohlrabi, green apple, pickled mustard seed 415.777.5577
Lark Creek Steak in SF: Hand-picked Dungeness crab cake with watercress, shaved fennel, citrus vinaigrette  415.593.4100
The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur: Wood Oven Roasted & Cracked Dungeness Crab, Brussels sprouts, marble potatoes, lemon, drawn butter 415.924.7766
Yankee Pier in Larkspur: Dungeness Crab Montecato Crostini with spring beans, meyer lemon, mint, radish & arugula 415.924.7676
Lark Creek Walnut Creek in Walnut Creek: Chili and Garlic Roasted Dungeness Crab 925.256.1234
Cupola Pizzeria in SF: Hand-picked Dungeness Crab Salad with Armenian cucumber slaw, black lemon, salmon roe, micro cilantro 415.896.5600
Lark Creek Blue in San Jose: Saffron Seafood Fettuccine with hand-picked Dungeness crab, clams, mussels, rock shrimp, saffron fennel sauce, herbed bread crumbs 408.244.1244

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Prize: A $75 gift card to Lark Creek Restaurants
To enter, email your name to tfatemiwalker@yahoo.com and include the words “Lark Creek crab festival.” Deadline to enter is Wed. Feb. 26, 2014 at 9 p.m.
This contest is open to readers of Tara Fatemi Walker’s Examiner.com and Santacruzfoodie.com sites. Employees of Examiner.com and contest winners from the last 60 days are not eligible for this promotion.

Bay Area Valentine’s Day dining Part 1: San Francisco restaurants

Chef Kajino’s Petrale Sole with Organic Bloomsdale Spinach, Winter Root Vegetables and a Lemon Beurre Blanc, from CHAYA’s January menu (a variation of this is available on Valentine’s Day)

Chef Kajino’s Petrale Sole with Organic Bloomsdale Spinach, Winter Root Vegetables and a Lemon Beurre Blanc, from CHAYA’s January menu (a variation of this is available on Valentine’s Day)

It’s almost Valentine’s Day 2014 – where does the time go? Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to enjoy a romantic meal at one of your favorite restaurants, and I’ve gathered some information for several San Francisco venues. See below for details and menus plus information on a few SF hotels if you want to turn the romantic holiday into a weekend getaway. One hotel even offers marriage proposal packages!

I’ll publish information on restaurants in other Bay Area cities including Santa Cruz and San Jose over the next few days.

For those looking to avoid a prix fixe menu, 1760 provides a welcome alternative. Chef Adam Tortosa will offer his nightly a la carte menu of shareable dishes with a few key additions for the holiday. To further the experience, Wine Director Gianpaolo Paterlini’s wine list focuses on selections that complement the creative cuisine. Cocktails crafted by Bar Manager Christopher Longoria also highlight seasonal ingredients and are known for approachable yet distinctive flavors. For reservations visit http://www.1760sf.com/reservations/ or call 415-359-1212

For more than two decades, Acquerello has offered romance and an unparalleled Italian fine-dining experience in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood. Acquerello restaurant is housed in a former chapel, and the space is graced with arches and a rustic wood-beamed vaulted ceiling, perfect for an intimate dining experience. Dishes on the special Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu may include the Santa Barbara Uni served with crab, apple, turnip and pepperoncino, Petaluma Farms Poultry Lasagna or the Re-Interpreted Veal Osso Buco. For dessert, indulge in the Madeleine Cake with Rosé-White Chocolate, pistachio and candied rose petals. Price per person $215 excluding wine, tax and gratuity. Wine pairing $95. For reservations please email info@acquerello.com or call (415) 567-5432

Cozy up by the fire at TBD restaurant this Valentine’s day and enjoy Chef Mark Liberman’s hearth-cooked fare. Couples can enjoy a special family-style menu for two with 7-8 small plates created for the holiday.

Alexander’s Steakhouse
Spoil your loved one at Alexander’s Steakhouse with the restaurant’s special 7-course menu with optional wine pairings. The menu highlights all of the steakhouse’s beloved delicacies including Tuna Carpaccio with Shio Koji cauliflower, pickled pearl onion and olive oil and Tajima F1 Wagyu Beef with salt roasted potato, charred leek, and black truffles. For dessert, diners can indulge in a Truffled Gouda cheese course with honeycomb as well as a chocolate course featuring Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Currant, and Port. The dinner is $165 per person excluding gratuity with additional wine pairings available for $95.

Presidio Social Club
Enjoy the standard Presidio Social Club menu of classic favorites along with some special additions in honor of the holiday. Get festive with the Wagyu Carpaccio with crispy sunchoke and truffle, the Broiled Black Cod and Crab Custard in an aromatic broth or the California Lamb Chops.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with CLIFT’s Sweet Escapes package including Rose champagne and heart-adorned red velvet cupcakes with extra frosting and 2 body paint brushes to have a little fun with. Also included are 2 complimentary cocktails in the Redwood Room and 20% off dinner in the Velvet Room. Upgrade upon check in based on availability.

Foreign Cinema
Foreign Cinema is pleased to usher in Valentine’s Evening with a romantic Pretty in Pink theme and a sumptuous a la carte menu filled with their favorite dishes: Cornmeal Blini with Caviar, Oysters on the Half Shell, Aged New York Steak, Filet Mignon, Big Eye Tuna, Maine Sea Scallops, Seasonally Inspired Salads, Indulgent Desserts and much more.

InterContinental San Francisco
The InterContinental San Francisco offers a “San Francisco Is for Lovers” package that includes romantic features such as champagne for two, long stem strawberries delivered to the room by butler, a bath drawn with rose petals, and a VIP turndown service. Breakfast and a late checkout are also included in the package.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Michelin Star at the InterContinental San Francisco’s Luce Restaurant. The 4-course menu for $65 per person includes dishes such as Roasted Carrots and Sun Dried Spices with nettles, smoked egg, and chicken bouillon and Pacific Halibut and Blue Prawns with fennel, golden turnip and winter squash. To sweeten the evening, upgrade to “The Sweetheart Package” for $214 per couple and enjoy a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne.

InterContinental Mark Hopkins
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins boasts the legendary Top of the Mark restaurant and bar with a near 360 degree view of the scenic skyline of San Francisco. Situated on the 19th floor of the hotel, the world-renowned sky lounge is famed for its 100 Martinis menu, cocktails and live entertainment. This classic, romantic spot provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable proposal. The Top of the Mark offers a number of Romance Packages such as “Love Above All,” which includes a table with a view at the Top of the Mark, a bottle of Piper Sonoma sparkling wine, six red roses, an assortment of fine truffles, and a framed photo. With “The Perfect Proposal” package, guests are treated to a table with a view, a custom chocolate ring box, a bottle of Piper Sonoma sparkling wine, a framed photo, and an engagement announcement by the Top of the Mark band.  For guests unsure of how to pop the question, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins has a Proposal Desk to help brainstorm romantic solutions to engagement needs. The Proposal Desk service will facilitate endeavors from flower delivery to hot-air balloon chartering.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
This Valentine’s Day, take in a romantic 6-course dinner and 360 degree view of the city at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins’ Top of the Mark. The decadent dinner includes dishes such as Arugula with strawberry, figs, honey, and walnuts and Wagyu with scallop, asparagus, tomato pierogi, and port wine essence. Dinner guests are encouraged to bring an overnight bag as they will be automatically entered into a drawing for a one-night stay in the hotel’s luxurious Presidential Suite. The dinner is $495 per couple and includes one bottle of Möet & Chandon Rosé. Reservations are required.

A16 will celebrate their 10th anniversary on Valentines’ Day 2014. Co-owners Shelley Lindgren and Victoria Libin will host a special dinner that evening where A16’s original chef Christophe Hille will collaborate on a menu with current Executive Chef Chris Thompson featuring the “classics” of A16: favorite dishes from the past decade.

CHAYA Brasserie San Francisco
On Friday, February 14, CHAYA Brasserie at the Embarcadero will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $80 per person. Guests can choose between six appetizers, six entrees, and five different desserts featuring dishes such as the signature Seared Wagyu Beef Sushi Roll with crab, tempura shrimp, cucumber, and spicy aioli; Spiced Honey Glazed Duck Breast with crispy winter root phyllo, Bloomsdale spinach, and Meyer lemon; and Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich with chocolate fudge.  Chef Yuko Kajino offers a take-home gift of CHAYA truffles, and those who dine before 7pm can enjoy the “Early Love-Bird” special with a complimentary ½ bottle of Rose. With idyllic views of the Bay Lights installation, CHAYA’s dining room provides a romantic setting with floor to ceiling windows looking out to the Bay Bridge. CHAYA is renowned for serving innovative cuisine that blends European and Asian flavors. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 415-777-8688 or visiting www.thechaya.com.

Chef Jason Wittek at Radius will offer a special 4-course tasting menu with dishes such as the McFarland Springs Ranch Trout with smoked potatoes, pickled onions and citrus beurre blanc or the Liberty Farms Duck Breast with escarole, grapes and hazelnut. End the evening of romance with a delicious dessert of Chocolate Nougatine with Vanilla & Olive Oil Milkshake. The 4-course tasting menu will be offered at $70 per person both Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15, 2014. A limited a la carte menu will also be available. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. For reservations, please visit http://radiussf.com/or call (415) 525-3676.


Bergerac in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood will be hosting “The Lonely Hearts Club” this Valentine’s Day, playing the best love songs from the 60’s and 70’s all night long. Bar goers can drink their sorrows away with the special Love in Vain, Lonely Teardrops, or Sealed With a Kiss cocktail for $7; cry over the Heartbreak Hotel or Let’s Get it On punch bowl with several friends for $30; or enjoy an Oyster Threeway for $5 (one Kumamoto, one Sweetwater, and one Virginicas oyster).

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Celebrate National Mediterranean Diet Month at Bay Area spots like Dio Deka, Dametra, Laili

An assortment of Greek spreads at Los Gatos restaurant Dio Deka

An assortment of Greek spreads at Los Gatos restaurant Dio Deka

As I mentioned in my article on the recent Santa Cruz Greek Food Faire, May is National Mediterranean Diet Month so I wanted to highlight a few Bay Area restaurants that offer great Mediterranean food. Another benefit to eating this type of cuisine, besides the fact that it’s delicious? Many folks believe it is extremely good for your health! A Mediterranean diet can be rich in fish, olive oil, yogurt, fruit, and vegetables. Research studies have shown that a healthy Mediterranean Diet can reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

In the Bay Area, Los Gatos-based Dio Deka is a premier spot for Hellenic cuisine. The culmination of the dreams of five Greek restaurateurs, the Michelin-starred venue is led by Executive Chef Jeff Fitzgerald. Dio Deka’s menu fuses Greek and Mediterranean influences. Selections include healthy fare such as fresh fish, top-quality meats, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Examples include Lavraki – Mesquite-grilled Mediterranean branzino with sautéed spring greens, roasted potatoes; Octapothi Scharas- grilled octopus, romesco sauce, lemon vinaigrette, grated hazelnuts; and Mithia ke Kalamari – lightly seared mussels and squid, pickled peppers, crispy olives, barrel-aged feta cheese.

Location: 210 E. Main Street, Los Gatos, (408) 354-7700

Other great spots include:

–          Kokkari(San Francisco)

–          Evvia (Palo Alto)

–          Frascati (San Francisco)

–          Vasili’s (Santa Cruz)

–          Dametra Café (Carmel)

–          Laili (Santa Cruz)


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