Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:
Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Saint Arnold brews will be taking over the taps at Conservatory for this all-day holiday event. Get tastes from the Hogmobile (Art Car aged in Whistlepig Whiskey barrels) to a Chardonnay barrel-aged Boiler Room with Vardrei Brett. The event runs from 11 a.m. to midnight. Can’t get enough of Saint Arnold? Head to the brewery, 2000 Lyons, on Saturday and Sunday to hangout with Santa from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Goodnight Charlie’s is celebrating one year of two-stepping and honky-tonking at its Honky Tonk Anniversary Party, featuring live music all day and an anniversary cocktail menu with plenty of drink specials. Chefs Felipe Riccio and Adam Garcia will roast a whole hog and will serve $1 roast pig and trompo tacos in addition to the regular menu. As always, there’s no cover, but guests can reserve booths (which come with tacos and booze) at email@example.com.
Saturday, 3 and 4 p.m. seatings
Take a break from holiday shopping and enjoy an afternoon of drinking (and learning) about some of Sonoma’s favorite fancy bubbles. The guided tasting is $40 per person plus tax and gratuity, featuring nine premium Champagnes and a cheese and chocolate plate. Seatings (limited) are at 3 and 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
NYC cake darling Lady M Confections will make an encore appearance at The Galleria for one weekend only. Guests can pickup Lady M’s heavenly mill crêpe cakes sold by the whole. Each cake is made by hand with quality ingredients and features no fewer than 20 lacy crêpes, delicately layered with airy pastry cream, and sold in flavors including the Signature (whole medium serves four to six for $50; whole large serves ten to 14 for $85) and Green Tea (whole medium serves four to six for $54; whole large serves ten to 14 for $90). Pre-orders can be made online while supplies last (deadline Friday at 11:59 p.m.). Pickup will be outside of Saks Fifth Avenue on the second floor of The Galleria. Limited walk-in orders will also be available.
Sunday, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
The hotspot’s annual Christmas tribute to the bounty of the oceans will feature a seven-course seafood dinner, with optional wine and mixed beverage pairings available. Highlights include tuna tartare with sea urchin “yolk” and puffed rice, shrimp and pork chiles en nogada, smoked sturgeoun pastrami and branzino bouillabaisse en papiote. Dinner is $125 per person, or $200 with pairings, plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-628-9020 (opt.2) to make a reservation.
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