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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday Nine: Outside Lands and Trestle Team Up for "Forest Feast"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 12:01 PM

click to enlarge Chaya's Matsuri Beer Garden - TORY PUTNAM
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Plus Chaya opens a Japanese beer garden with frozen beer, Hog & Rocks makes Wednesday BBQ a permanent fixture, and the ACLU asks Oakland to reconsider closing a recycling center on which many low-income people depend.

Outside Lands Partners With Trestle on Forest Feast
Although it's a bit more expensive than the $35 prix fixe at Trestle (531 Jackson), Outside Lands has announced a partnership with Chef Jason Halverson to create four-course, $175 menus served at 2 and 4:30 p.m. on all three days of the festival (Aug. 5-7). Forest Feast is available only to Outside Lands ticket-holders and represents just the latest advance of the culinary half of things over at Golden Gate Park's annual food-and-music fest. Guests, seated at two- and four-top tables in a woodsy environment, will get Champagne and can choose among dishes like saffron risotto, ora king salmon, falafel salad, and more, all paired with wines from Wine Lands. And you thought Outside Clams was as good as it was going to get!

The Alchemist Puts Out a Summer Cocktail Menu
The exposed-brick-loving steampunk weirdoes at The Alchemist (679 Third St.) have released a summer cocktail menu of $12 drinks, including the Spiritual Encounter (gin or vodka, Pamplemousse, Stone Pine liqueur, lemon, and rosemary) and the Vagabond (run, green tea lime, creme de cacao, and allspice). There are 12 in all. Try 'em!

Chaya Turns Its Embarcadero Patio into a Japanese Beer Garden for the Summer
Wow, this is great: the patio at Chaya (132 Embarcadero), from which you may watch the last glimmers of sunlight kiss the Bay Bridge, is now a Japanese "Matsuri Beer Garden," strung with lanterns and full of tasty bites like kushiyaki skewers, octopus tacos, summery cocktails, and a frozen bear: Kirin topped with a frozen beer foam. Don't dawdle, cause it's only going to last from 4 p.m. to close on weekdays through Sept. 2.

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Hog & Rocks Launches BBQ Wednesdays
Starting today, Hog & Rocks (3431 19th St.) will convert a periodic special to a Wednesday night mainstay, offering a $45 dinner-for-two from 5 p.m. until the kitchen runs out. Chef Pierre Tumlin's BBQ Wednesdays are comprised of barbecued chicken, beef, pork, sausage, house-made BBQ sauce, pickles, and bread, plus a rotating side like Mac-and-Cheese ($11) or  Down-and-Dirty Fries ($16/$22).

Fine & Rare Hosts Sustainable Seafood Dinner
On Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Gordon Drysdale, the culinary director chef of Scoma's (1965 Al Scoma Way) will lead two five-course dinners centered around sustainable seafood — which his restaurant has been using for the past two years. The dinners, which Drysdale will prepare, take place at Fine & Rare (555 Golden Gate) as part of the Seafood Stories series and will benefit Fish Revolution, a nonprofit that helps the restaurant industry. Tickets are $65 plus $25 for a beer/wine pairing.

Dirtybird Records and Memphis Minnie's Create Their Own BBQ Sauce
To celebrate their nationwide BBQ party series this summer — and to honor the free barbecues they threw in Golden Gate Park that got big enough that the city shut them down — S.F.'s own independent label Dirtybird Records joined forces with beloved Lower Haight barbecue joint Memphis Minnie's (576 Haight) to create a barbecue sauce. It'll be available at label's own festival, DIRTYBIRD Campout, held in October in Silverado, Calif.

Lafayette Coffee Shop Reopens
Although SF Citizen caught that the neon sign in the old location is still turned on for some reason, Hoodline reports that Lafayette Coffee Shop (which existed on Hyde Street until March) has reopened at 611 Larkin, serving the same breakfast, lunch, and dinner standards. 

Please Be Nice to People Who Recycle For a Living, The ACLU Asks Oakland

The ACLU of Northern California has asked that the Oakland City Council reconsider the August closure of Glass King recycling center in West Oakland, citing the fact that hundreds of city residents — most of whom are disabled, homeless, low-income, and/or people of color — rely on it to get by in a rapidly gentrifying city whose influx of new residents often find such businesses to be eyesores. Specifically, the ACLU affiliate asked that Oakland delay the closure until a suitable location for a new recycling center can be found. 

Stephen Colbert Catches Fox News Host Filling a Water Bottle Full of Mustard at the RNC

Because the condiment station was live-streamed for some reason. Hilarious. (And I hope it's not Dijon mustard. The right-wing hates that.)

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Peter Lawrence Kane

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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