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Monday, April 18, 2011

Celebrate Passover This Wednesday Italian Style with Sipping Seder

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Italian Passover with the Sipping Seder

Where: Perbacco, 230 California (at Front), 955-0663

When: Wed., April 20

Cost: $49 (cocktails not included)

Reservations: Call the restaurant at 415-955-0663

The rundown:

Rob Corwin and Danny Jacobs's Sipping Seder project looks like it will be showing up on a lot of tables this year, including Perbacco's annual Italian Passover dinner Wednesday night. The dinner, which has become a tradition with chef Joyce Goldstein joining Perbacco chef Staffan Terje in the kitchen, will feature the Sipping Seder cocktails. Although it doesn't sound like you can order a "seder plate" of them, they will be available a la carte to drink while enjoying the impressive spread.

The story comes full circle for Rob and Danny as an artichoke dish served by Joyce and Staffan at the 2008 Passover dinner inspired the Cynar (artichoke liqueur)-based chazeret cocktail they created. As they were struggling to come up with an appropriate drink, the lightbulb moment occurred with the dinner conversation. Rob explained that "over the lovely meal, it was a running comment at our table that the thistly nature of the artichoke was an interesting representation of the Jewish experience throughout history."

Note: If you're planning on making your own seder cocktails, S.F.-based Distillery 209 has released its kosher for Passover cane-based gin, available at fine liquor stores.

Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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