Posts Tagged ‘A San Francisco Treat’
Tonight: O’Reillys, San Francisco 3.17.11
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona dár gcairde agus teaghlach!
It’s noon on St. Patrick’s Day, you are getting a myriad of emails from your friends, many who are leaving the office not to return until the next day. Because you are known to be of Irish descent, you are also the de facto ‘help desk’ for all Celtic related activities on the Feast of St. Patrick. It’s a lot of responsibility, as what many people like to do on this day, is the opposite of what you like to do, and least of all, the preposterous activity of consuming green beer or gathering in a crowded bar. A guy outside your window bellows to a friend across the street:
“Duuuude…..meet you at the Irish Bank at 4, it’s going to be EPIC! [lol!!!]“
Sartre’s famous quote, ‘hell is other people’ comes to mind, and then you brush it away and attempt to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, because it is a holiday, just not one that you are accustomed to celebrating in a bar.
You conjure up a quick visual: a Marina-infused emporium of the Financial District’s Phi Kappa Sigma set, spilled pints and speakers blaring U2, a line that goes for miles just to get a drink. Irish whiskey in a plastic cup (egads!). Girls squealing OH MY GOD!!!!! It’s a mashup of Spring Break, and an Irish-themed meat market.
You have a chat with yourself, your Irish ancestors, and your conscience, and wonder why you can’t turn back the clock to a more heartfelt St. Patrick’s Day when you were growing up: With set dancing and jigs, Irish tenors in the back ground, corned beef and cabbage, little kids running around screaming bloody murder and flogging each other senseless, Jameson’s Irish coffees and Guinness all around, and everyone belting out off key ballads. Great uncles are talking about WW2 stuff. A kelly-green cake with leprechaun icing sits on the kitchen table, shamrocks decorate the front door, and a Luck of the Irish FTD floral arrangement adorns the dining room table. Your grandfather rocks his Glen Plaid Pendleton and a green carnation singing Danny Boy to anyone who crosses the threshhold. It’s not glamorous but it’s fabulous and it’s your family. You miss it and them. You ask yourself if you can really brave this Irish Bank business as you hang your head in nostalgia, and a tinge of sadness, recalling family St. Patrick’s day celebrations of yore, and then PING! Another email hits your In Box.
Okay, let’s look at this new social opportunity:
Going, going, gone. SOLD! To the girl who was on the fence about going out into the nefarious and commercial world of St. Patrick’s Day in San Francisco.
The Hooks play at 8 pm in what promises to be the ultimate date night blitz of rock, punk, and Irish Trad. Admission is free before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. There will be traditional set dancing and music, and O’Reilly’s is blocking off the street, so it promises to be more of a Caelie than a booze fest (although for those who desire that, there is a well appointed bar and restaurant). The O’Reilly family puts on the famed SF Oyster fest and had a lovely after party following the last Pogues show and are indeed a class act. Thank you O’Reilly’s for offering us an alternative!
Bring your sweetie to a barn burner with The Hooks. Great at parties, pre-events or even your wedding (they dominated Operation Aisle Style Alterna-Bridal Fashion Event) – and have a hot date with The Hooks.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona dár gcairde agus teaghlach!
The Hooks New Album - ‘Everything Is Golden’
The Hooks new album ‘Everything Is Golden’ is a maelstrom of sound. Low-fi gritty garage band punk blends modern rock with with a dash of traditional Irish folk sensibilities.
‘Everything is Golden’ mashes up influences from many countries: Ireland’s famous sense of black humor and literary exploits, America’s rock n’ roll roots to Russia’s Bolshevik trad.
‘The Commuter’ is an anthem for the working class hero who knows all too well the drudgery of heading every day to a cubicle forming a cycle of banality that never ends for the wage slave. ‘So May Questions’ has been described as ‘a song Tarantino would use in a bank heist scene.’
‘Everything Is Golden’s’ folky cadence starts off in Moscow and moves and ends up on a rollicking joy ride straight to hell.
Anti-Brides and Destination I Do readers, if you are anywhere in or around the Bay Area, run do not walk to the SF Vintners Market today again, at Fort Mason. Cornelius Geary co-founder of Wine 2.0 and creator of this one of a kind wine event, was kind enough to extend a press pass to the Reserve Area, for myself and and my compatriot, Clarissa Nicosia. We met wonderful new friends such as Pushback winemaker Nick Floulis whose wine is now served at Katana and other restaurants of note. We enjoyed meeting sommelier to be, Alex Casella, the winemaker himself, charming Frenchman, Jean-Charles Boisset, as well as Heidi Peterson of La Sirena, Ignacio Delgadillo of Delgadillo Cellars, Amy Aiken of Meander and Michael Yates of Yates Family Vineyards.
The event is like non other, and Cornelius and his crew ran it like a Swiss Clock: efficient check in, easy and breezy processing and then onto the divine grape. Fort Mason Festival Hall was chock full of wine makers of all stripes, and although it was crowded, the crowd was easy to navigate, the participants friendly, and in the meet and greet spirit.
Show specials abound, with case discounts, wine club deals and deep discounts on bottles. There were some bottles in the reserve area that started at $200 a pop and you get to taste them all. Sadly I will not be able to go today, but you should really think about giving it a try. Sure you can go see the Runaways movie like I plan on doing later on today. Or you can spend this rainy day in a sunny place, The SF Vinter’s Market: Eclectic under the radar wineries, nice winemakers and attendees, and all around well-curated event. Bravo Cornelius Geary and team for putting on a show stopper. Well done!
Travel Note: Don’t drive in this crap, the #22 Fillmore will drop you off on Bay Street, two block from Fort Mason. Allow double time for traffic. 511.org says it takes 25 minutes to get there from Market St. but allow yourself at least 40 minutes. Or pile into a cab. But go. Even if you get there at 2 pm, you have 3 hours to do tastings, and that is plenty of time, believe me.
Details: Post 4.9.10
Hey Anti-Brides, tired of going out to Napa and Sonoma to taste wine for your wedding? Want to meet the winemakers? How about a hot date on a sunny Saturday in the Bay Area? Look no further than your own backyard: SF, lifestyle Mecca of the best food and wine in captivity. So throw on your boots, grab the mister and head on over to Fort Mason tomorrow. Cheers!
Tired of going to wine tasting events, discovering great new wines and then never being able to find them again? We were too. That’s why we created the San Francisco Vintners Market at Fort Mason Center April 10th to the 11th. This first of its kind wine tasting and buying event is a farmer’s market style shopping experience where wine enthusiasts can try and buy wines from over 200 wineries.
The San Francisco Vintners Market will feature top local wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley and other regional wineries plus imported wines from around the world. San Francisco Vintners Market features wine at all price points and styles including new releases, library collections and end-of-vintage selections-all available for immediate purchase. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to try and buy great wines at the San Francisco Vintners Market. Be there!
What: San Francisco Vintners Market
When: April 10th – 11th
Where: Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
Cost: General Admission: Early Bird Ticket Price, $30 (prices go up at the door)
VIP: Early Bird Ticket Price, $75 (prices go up at the door) includes Reserve Level Access
Times: Noon – 5pm Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
A New Kind of Wine Event with a Great Finish!
Introducing the San Francisco Vintners Market – the first and only wine tasting and buying event in the Bay Area. Over 200 wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley and beyond will be pouring their favorite wines including new releases, special collections and hard to find vintages for you to taste … and buy. No more racking your brain trying to remember the name of that great wine or wasting time trying to actually find a place that sells it. At the San Francisco Vintners Market you’ll be able to both try and buy.
At the San Francisco Vintners Market April 10th – 11th, wine buyers can connect with hundreds of wineries and taste and buy wines direct from the source.
The San Francisco Vintners Market was started by Cornelius Geary and Jeff Playter, Founders of Wine 2.0. With market conditions dire for many smaller wineries, Cornelius and Jeff realized the need for vintners to get even closer to their customers and offer their wines to larger audiences then can be found in small tasting rooms in wine country. So the idea was born to bring the tasting room to San Francisco and to help smaller brands find even more wine lovers in The City!