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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday Eight: Beretta's Guest Bartender Series, The Bar Worker's Ball

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge Beretta's calzone - DECLAN MCKERR
  • Declan McKerr
  • Beretta's calzone

Plus CREAM gives away mini ice cream sandwiches, Oro launches a happy hour menu, and the U.S. olive oil industry looks set to take off.

Oro Launches Happy Hour
Jason Fox's Oro, his second restaurant after Commonwealth, can be on the pricey side for some people. So it's introduced a Monday-Friday happy hour menu with $10 cocktails, and lots of snacks, single bites, and charcuterie in the $3-$6 range, like halibut chicharrones and skewers of grilled lamb hearts. Also, while Oro already had a "large-format," $75 cocktail for four, it now has two: the gin-based Octopus’ Garden and the bourbon-and-applejack Northern Hemisphere. (Kwazy straws not included.)
Happy hour at Oro, Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m., 8 Mint Plaza, 415-974-1212 or

CREAM Is Giving Away Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

CREAM, the cookie ice cream sandwiches empire, has fought hard to get a kiosk at the Stonestown Galleria. Now that the deed is done, Cookies Rule Everything Around Me wants to say hello with some free mini ice cream sandwiches to people who like them on Facebook. (Be warned: Lines might be long.)
Ice Cream Sandwich Giveaway, Saturday, Jan. 30, noon - 4 p.m., at Stonestown Galleria, 3521 20th Ave.

Beretta Has a Calzone, and a Guest Bartender Series

A favorite among industry people, Beretta's kitchen routinely churns out good food until the wee hours. Now it's got a $10 calzone stuffed with spicy Italian sausage, panna, and green onions with a side of house-made marinara, available nightly from 10:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. (There's also a double-wide version for $17.) Additionally, the Valencia Street restaurant will hand the keys to the bar over to a guest bartender every Monday in February, donating the proceeds from their specialty cocktails to La Cocina. As it's a five-Monday February for the first time in a long time, you can celebrate with Kevin Dowell (86 and Co., Feb. 1), Matt Gripp (Blackbird, Feb. 8), Ryan Fitzgerald (ABV, Feb. 15), David Gallardo (Lolo, Feb. 22) and get down at the Industry Party on Leap Year Day.
Beretta, 1199 Valencia, 415-695-1199 or

The Bar Workers' Ball is Next Tuesday, Feb. 2
Do you toil in the food-and-beverage industry, dealing with stupid jerks who don't know what they want even when there's a long line, routinely burning all the ice in the wells after your careless coworker scoops with a glass and chips it, and going to sleep at 4 a.m. after yet another dubious late-night burrito followed by walking home alone with a pocket stuffed with tips? Don't trade war stories; have a good time instead! Next Tuesday at Rickshaw Stop, Broke-Ass Stuart and Anchor Brewing will throw this year's Bar Workers' Ball, with food, free Anchor Steam for the first hour, DJs like Bus Station John and Hard French's Brown Amy and Carnita, and lots of games and prizes and contests. Thanks for making our nightlife worth it, you guys. (Sorry about our friend who dithered only to order a Lemon Drop!)
2016 San Francisco Bar Workers' Ball, free, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 8:30 p.m., at Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell.

click to enlarge CASA CUBANA
  • Casa Cubana

Casa Cubana Now Open in Uptown Oakland
Uptown Oakland has a sexy new Cuban spot in the form of Sam DuVall (of Izzy's Steaks and Chops, Great American Music Hall, and Elite Cafe) and Joe Cohn's new Casa Cubana. The cocktail list alone is full of some original ideas (like the red beet-infused vodka and lemon ginger liqueur in the Remolacha) but the food is no slouch either. There's a tierra frita (crispy hearts of palm with fennel, onion, green beans, and chipotle remoulade) and a salmon with a mango mustard glaze, along with Cuban favorites like lechon asado, camarones y ajillo, and guava cheesecake.
Casa Cubana, 59 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-452-2822 or

Bourbon Steak to Close March 31
Michael Mina opens a lot of restaurants; sometimes, they close, too. According to Inside Scoop, Union Square's Bourbon Steak will shutter at the end of March, after six years in a space inside the Westin St. Francis that once housed Mina's eponymous restaurant. Eater noted that Chef Thomas Griese hadn't been there long, and will likely find a new spot within the sprawling company as Mina shifts his attention to the forthcoming Mediterranean restaurant in the Salesforce Tower.
Bourbon Steak, 335 Powell, 415-397-3003 or

S.F. City Government Wants More Craft Breweries
According to the Business Times, San Francisco has 34 craft breweries within the city limits, and another dozen are coming. That's not enough for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development., which has released a brewery kit that helps prospective brewers handle zoning, leasing, Health Department regulations, and more. Look out, San Leandro, we're comin' for ya.

A Very Long, Fascinating Story About Olive Oil
Bloomberg claims that the U.S. olive oil industry may be on the cusp of a "Judgment of Paris," a reference to the moment in 1976 when California wines were understood to be on equal playing field as Old World vintages. While 98 percent of the world's olive oil comes from the Mediterranean, it's riddled with fraud, as European growers rely on the honor system yet have historically dumped low-grade product on unsuspecting Americans: "Much of the so-called extra-virgin oil sold in the U.S. is of unreliable provenance: adulterated with cheaper oils, processed with excessive heat that strips out healthful properties, or flawed by sloppy harvesting that can cause fermented or rancid-tasting oil." Additionally, olive oil is that rare product with a lot of room for growth; even though Rachael Ray has been cooing about "E.V.O.O." for years, the average American uses barely a tenth of what the average Italian does. But the biggest problem might be weaning Americans off our addiction to flavorless oils.

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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