The Aussies and Kiwis over at SoMa's South Food + Wine Bar (330 Townsend at Fourth St.) are gearing up for another one of their excellent dinner events -- this time it's an international tour of owner Luke Mangan's restaurants. Around the World with Luke Mangan is a four-course dinner paired with wines from (where else?) Australia and New Zealand. The first course covers Salt Tokyo: Kingfish sashimi, ginger shallot dressing paired with a 2003 Taltarni, Clover Hill Brut, Tasmania; Second course pays homage to Sydney's Glass Brasserie: Prawn raviolo, sweet corn puree, tomato and basil paired with a 2004 Forrest Estate Riesling, Marlborough; Third covers the home turf at South: wagyu beef with pickled maitake mushroom, tabiko, and chive puree paired with a 2004 Henschke Keyneton Estate Shiraz Cab Merlot, Eden Valley; Dessert is Luke's signature licorice parfait paired with a 2006 Selaks Ice Wine, Marlborough. It's happening next Tuesday, August 19. $95 per person. For reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org and write "Luke's Dinner" in the subject line, or call 415-974-5599.
-- Brian Bernbaum