Memorial Day is right around the corner, but why wait to start celebrating? Here are a couple of events to ease you into the unofficial start of summer.
Great Divide Brewing Dinner
Where: The Monk's Kettle, 3141 16th St. (at Albion), 865-9523
When: Mon., May. 21st, 6 p.m.
Cost: $95. For reservations please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The rundown: Tonight Chef Adam Dulye is teaming up with Denver, Colorado brewery Great Divide to serve up a five-course dinner paired with six beers from the brewry. With more than a few beers not normally available in the Bay Area, look for sudsy treats like Hades-Belgian Style Golden, Colette Farmhouse Ale, Hoss Rye Lager, 18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA, Yeti Imperial Stout, and Titan India Pale Ale. On the food side, chef Dulye is cooking up some impressive sounding dishes, including roast and confit of game hen with fresh shell bean cassoulet and cured egg yolk, oyster shell hot smoked local salmon with asparagus, black truffle and potato gratin, and hop sugared pretzel donuts, white chocolate, candied orange preserve. Full menu available here.
May Flowers: Spring Cocktails of the Farmers Market
Where: CUESA Kitchen at the Ferry Building (north end, near Gott's formerly Taylor's Refresher)
When: Weds., May 23rd, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 online via Eventbrite; 21 and over
The rundown: With the spring bounty in full bloom, CUESA and the United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) are hosting another edition of their popular Farmer's Market Cocktail Happy Hour on Wednesday. A full dozen of the Bay Area's brightest bartenders will be shaking up two full sized cocktails and ten additional smaller sample sized drinks all featuring fresh farmers market produce. To keep you and the party moving, the Fifth Floor, 15 Romolo, and Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen will be serving up hors d'oeuvres.