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Pagoda

The Laphroaig Whisky Experience @ The Fairmont

Thursday, August 22, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Pagoda @ the Fairmont,
170 S Market St, San Jose

Arrive at 6:30 for a reception drink and a six cheese platter to enjoy with the first dram. Our special guest, Simon Brooking will then guide us through the range of Laphroaig along with a diverse selection of small plates (eight) for your intense pairing pleasure.  $75 including tax and tip.

Laphroaig 10yr                                                  
Laphroaig Three Wood
Laphroaig 18yr
Laphroaig 10yr Cask Strength
Laphroaig Cairdeas
Laphroaig 25yr
Ardmore
 
MENU:
assorted sashimi
onion and garlic soup, torched brie
char grilled lap chong, cilantro aioli, garlic crouton
scotch-maple braised pork belly, celery root puree, lentils
peppered duck breast, apple-wood bacon grits, sprouts leaves, red currant reduction
Chocolate and espresso terrine
 
Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
 
Global Brand Ambassador SIMON BROOKING will take us on a world tour of whisky.
“World peace thro’ whisky one dram at a time.”
Simon, a Scottish native and a well-known expert on Scotch whisky, has worked for many of the leading Scotch distilleries, learning the art and science of distilling from the world’s foremost master distillers and blenders.
For over 15 years, Simon has led thousands of Scotch whisky tastings for consumers, bartenders and social organizations.  Both informative and entertaining, his presentations have made him an in-demand speaker and spokesperson.
Simon’s love of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands has paved the way to his present position as Beam Global Spirits’ Master Ambassador for Laphroaig and Ardmore Single Malt Scotch whiskies.
 
2011 Keeper of the Quaich: 2011, 2012, 2013  Icons of Whisky  -Ambassador of the Year

 

Advance sale tickets only:  Tickets are $75 (including tax + tip)

 

 

 


Glenmorangie & Ardbeg Whisky Pairing Dinner
(with Mickey Heads and David Blackmore)
@ Silicon Valley Capital Club
Thursday, April 4, 6:00pm
50 West San Fernando
San Jose, CA 95113
$90 All inclusive
Dram Club $85
Must reserve by noontime Tuesday 4/2

DESCRIPTION:

Not only are we pairing  Glenmorangie and Ardbeg whiskies with the culinary artistry of Michelin Star chef Michael Miller, we also are having dinner with the Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads and Brand Ambassador David Blackmore.  With 30 years in the industry gaining experience with Laphroaig and Jura before landing at Ardbeg in 2007, Mickey will enlighten our curiosity of everything Ardbeg while the spirits and food delight our palates.

 
Amuse
Potato Leek Bisque with Smoked Salmon
            Pink Peppercorn Foam, Caraway Cream
 
Course 1
Tea Smoked Poached Halibut
Nasturtium Black Radish and Mint Salad with Cocoa Vanilla Vinaigrette
Cara Cara Orange Glaze
Glenmorangie Original
 
Course 2
Coffee Dusted Duck Confit Rillette with Currants
Banana Polenta, Licorice Gastrique, Honeycomb
Glenmorangie 18 year Old / Ardbeg 10 Year
 
Course 3
Clove Spiked Pork Belly and Rack of Wild Boar
Ancho Chili Paint, Sweet Potato Puree, Tobacco infused Honey Glaze
Cinnamon Stick
Ardbeg Uigeadail / Ardbeg Corryvreckan
 
Course 4
Lemon Soaked Sponge Cake
Crystallized Ginger, Brown Butter Cream, Nutmeg Gelato, Almond Brittle
Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or

Whiskies of the World

Whisky Dinner: Dixie Restaurant featuring Balcones Distillery

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 - 6pm
1 Letterman Dr, San Francisco, California 94129
$90 all inclusive
 

Multi awarded whisky now to your table. The highly acclaimed and awarded Balcones Whiskies along with Master Distiller Chip Tate and Michelin star Chef Joseph Humphrey bring you an epicurean adventure this Thursday.

Are you thirsty for highly awarded whiskies to sample with food?  This dinner is limited seating and must be reserved in advance. This will be your only chance to meet and learn an incredible depth of whisky science from Chip as he will not personally be at Whiskies of the World this April.  He’ll be in New York accepting yet another award.

Join us to find out first hand why Balcones is winning awards left and right.

Dixie Restaurant is the culmination of nearly 20 years of Chef Joseph Humphrey’s culinary career, starting in North Florida, then New Orleans, and finally the Bay Area. Chef Humphrey’s goal for Dixie is to provide a Bay Area Cuisine with a little southern soul.

MENU:  5 Course Tasting Menu

Hors D'oeuvres:
Chef’s Choice Canapes
First Course:
Sunchoke panna cotta, crispy smoked oysters, brussels sprout leaves, dandelion
Second Course:
Blue corn grits, soft poached egg, duck skin crackling, sea urchin butter
Third Course:
chicken fried quail, king trumpet mushroom, spiced pecans, bourbon butter
Fourth Course:
grass fed beef, coffee & chicories
Dessert:
Orange & Sassafras Granite
bananas foster soufflé, malted milk chocolate ice cream 

WHISKIES:

Blue Manhattan welcome cocktail
Balcones Single Malt (They do top notch barley also)
Balcones Baby Blue   (Lighter fresher corn  whisky 46%)
Balcones True Blue   (More robust rich flavors. Barrel proof)
Balcones Brimstone   (Smoked Corn Whisky)
Balcones 1200 Brimstone (Special single cask bottling for special events. More age creates less smoke and more fruit, caramel, vanilla, spice)

 Balcones bottle shot

 


Whisky Dinner: Uptown Oakland

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 - 8pm (The 6:pm dinner sold out and we opened up an 8:pm seating)
1915 San Pablo Ave, Oakland , California 94612
$80 all inclusive

Whisky Dinner at Hopscotch (Oakland) with Steve Beal.
 

Hopscotch is an upscale diner serving seasonally inspired cocktails and regional American food with Japanese sensibility. Chef Kyle Itani, a second generation Japanese American was inspired to share his Japanesse influence in cooking and love for spirits, especially Scotch, with his friends. Thus was conceived Hopscotch. Already packed every evening, Kyle and his partner Jenny have agreed to open doors for us on their night off, Monday.

Whiskies will be presented to us by our beloved Keeper of the Quaich, Senior Master of Whisky, Chef, Writer, Minister, Spirits Judge, mixologist, and most of all, one of the best people to enjoy a Scotch with, Steve Beal.

MENU
1st Course - Smoked Kanpachi Crudo with black spanish radish and citrus soy
2nd Course - Duck Confit Terrine with house made Asahi Black beer mustard
3rd Course - Braised Veal Breast with soba and swiss chard ravioli
4th Course - Pair of Sliders
First Base Burger, house ground chuck with braised and griddled beef tongue, sesame aioli Chicken Melt with house smoked bacon, sauteed peppers and onions
Dessert – Bites: Carrot Cake and Chocolate Torte

WHISKIES (Each pour is 0.5oz.  We are no longer doing the smaller 0.25oz pours)
(Light and Floral)           
Glenkinchie 12yr
(Fruity and Spicy)          
Clynelish 14yr
Royal Lochnagar DE (Only 18 bottles in Northern California and Steve secured one for us)
(Rich and Rounded)     
Oban DE
(Smokey Full-Bodied) 
Talisker  10yr
Caol Ila  12yr

http://hopscotchoakland.com
1915 San Pablo Ave. @ 19th St. Oakland, CA 94612  -   2 Blocks from the 19th St. Bart Station 510.788.6217


 

Thirsty Bear

Whisky Pairing, San Francisco

ThirstyBear
Tuesday, Oct 16, 6:00pm
661 Howard St., San Francisco

$65 All inclusive
Dram Club $55 (Dram Club members use link in personal email invite)

DESCRIPTION:

Six Courses with even more whiskies. Tapas syles cusine which is ideal for whisky pairing.

Featured Whiskies:

Reception Cocktail (Blood and Sand)
Isle of Skye 12yr
Arran 10yr
Arran 14yr
Arran Finish Sauternes
Arran Finish Amarone
Kilchoman Machir Bay
Miltonduff 22 yr Cask Strength 55.1%

MENU:
First
Smoked oyster, celery root
Second
Arugula, fennel, and cranberry salad
Third
Red trout, peppers and garlic
Fourth
House made Butifarra sausage, white beans, mustard greens
Fifth
Selection of three cheeses, mixed nuts, spent grain bread
Sweet
Dark chocolate espresso mousse 

 

 


 

SOLD OUT

Whisky Dinner, San Jose

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 - 6pm
Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge and Restaurant
99 East San Fernando, San Jose , California 95113
$55 all inclusive
Dram Club: $50 (Dram Club members use link in personal email invite)

 

We had such a great experience last December at the Fahrenheit with delectable dishes paired with mouthwatering Whiskies that we have scheduled a repeat for Tuesday Aug 28, 6:00pm. The Fahrenheit Lounge will provide a truly wonderful menu from Californian cuisine, nominally  priced at $55. Join us for Superb whiskies, scrumptious food, warm company, and our popular Cigar Smoke afterwards! 

Featuring the following whiskies from Campari America: 

 

Auchentoshan Three Wood
Bowmore 12 Year Old
Bowmore 15 Year Old
Glen Garioch Founders Reserve
Glen Garioch 12 Year Old
Glen Grant 16 Year Old  

To be paired with the following  scrumptious menu: 

* FAHRENHEIT SLIDERS
House Seasoned Kurobuta Pork

*THAI BASIL BRUSCHETTA Cherry Tomatoes | Cucumbers | Jalapenos | Thai Sweet Basil | Sesame Oil | Ground Peanuts Grilled Sweet Baguette Slices 

 *AHI TUNA TARTARE TOSTADAS
Fresh Diced Tuna | White Corn | Avocado | Toasted Sesame | Wasabi | Crispy Wonton Chips 
 
*ARANCINI
Fried Beet Risotto | Miso Beurre Blanc 
 
*CURRY POTATO CROQUETTES
Potato Croquette | North African Curry | Chili Aioli 
 
*SPICY CHICKEN DRUMMETTES
Jumbo Chicken Drummettes | Spicy Basil Sauce 
 
*DUNGENESS CRAB CAKES
Dungeness Crab Cakes | Orange sections | Pea Sprouts | Spicy Aioli & Chives 
 
*MANCHEGO CHEESE CROSTINI
Spanish Manchego | Local Figs | Marcona Almonds | Saffron Syrup | Toasted Sweet Baguette 
 
*CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAP
Marinated Petaluma Chicken | House-made Potato Salad | Endive 
 
*STEAK ROLLS
Grass-Fed Painted Hills Beef | Chimichurri Sauce 
 
*PETIT FOURS
An assortment of hand-made mini patisseries offering a tasty blend of fruit and chocolate in the following flavors: opera square, raspberry tartlet, lemon tartlet, coffee salambo, chocolate salambo, old style cherry tartlet, guyanduja and almond tartlet, tartlet, pistachio squares, and pear and caramel tatin

 


San Francisco magazine's Best of the Bay Area Party

 
 Our media partner,San Francisco Magazine are holding their annual Best of the Bay Area Party this Thursday. San Francisco magazine's Best of the Bay Area Party brings the July "Best of the Bay Area" issue, the annual ultrasmart insider's guide to the year's newest and buzziest arrivals in the capital of new and buzzy, to life. Party the night away on the rooftop of the Metreon, taking in glittering views of the San Francisco skyline and indulging in crave-worthy food and craze-worthy cocktails with a high-energy crowd of 2,000 of the city's most fabulous. Plates stay full and glasses stay filled, with bites from 40 of the area's hottest restaurants, wines from 11 of the top wineries, and 12 open bars. Three DJs as well as live music get things going on the dance floor, and the night goes on at an exclusive after party. Get tickets now before they sell out and help us celebrate what makes life by the Bay so grand.
 
 
San Francisco magazine's Best of the Bay Area Party
 
WHAT: San Francisco magazine's Best of the Bay Area Party
 
WHO: 2,000 people
 
WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 2012 VIP: 6 -11pm Main Event: 7 - 11pm
 
WHERE: City View at Metreon, 135th Fourth Floor, San Francisco
 
WHY: It benefits Family House