Weekend Roundup: Missing the January Thaw Edition

Spencer Stegenga and Theresa Patterson tasting Block II RieslingOur brutally cold winter continues after a brief respite. It (almost) makes you long for the January Thaw! Before we dive into what’s up this weekend, here’s a few quick news hits from the week:

  • If you’re a foodie or want to expand your culinary horizons, you’ll definitely want to check out NMC’s Festival of Foods on Saturday, Feb 8. Registration is open and space is limited!
  • The 2nd Short’s podcast is up and it’s a good one – exploring how Short’s creates the crazy names for their over 200 beers. It includes the story of how their iconic Soft Parade beer was named.
  • The 2012 Block II Riesling  from Bowers Harbor Vineyards took Double Gold in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines anywhere in the world. This is the second year in a row that one of Bowers Harbor Vineyards has taken a Double Gold! They are having a pairing dinner at their tasting room with Chef Bradford Lewis next Saturday too – check out our feature on it.
  • Beth Milligan has an interesting feature in today’s Ticker about TC’s “Restaurant Incubator” – the tiny restaurant at 439 W Front currently hosts Georgina’s and has been the birthplace of some great restaurants including Patisserie Amie, 9 Bean Rows and The Cook’s House!

Thursday

Green-Drinks-Name-TagThe Little Fleet has partnered up with Chef Anie of Aerie Restaurant for a free & fun event tonight. Anie will teach the art of sushi making from 7-9 PM and they’ll be serving Japanese-inspired cocktails and sake all night long. No reservations required!

The first TC Green Drinks of 2014 takes place tonight at The Filling Station Microbrewery from 5:30 -7:30 PM. They’ll be offering Green Drinkers $3.50 pints & $2 half pints for any beer on tap and $2 off on any of their delicious pizzas! Green Drinks is free & open to all! Here’s a podcast from the Filling Station that talks about the local hops they use in their beers!

Music fans take note! Don Julin & Billy Strings are recording a live CD at Little Bohemia the next three Thursday nights and are looking for an enthusiastic audience to fight the snow & make some noise. They play 8-10 and if you haven’t seen them yet, you’ll want to get out tonight or on Jan 23 or 30!

Also tonight are Art at the Box “Tasting the Land of Color” by Kaye Krapohl,  Jeff Haas Trio at Cambria with Janice Keegan & Laurie Sears and former Steppin’ In It bandmates Josh Davis & Joe Wilson’s weekly gig at The Workshop.

Friday

There will be a Bowers Harbor Vineyards Wine Dinner at the Boathouse on Old Mission starting at 6:30 that looks very tasty.

Music on Friday includes two acts at the Workshop: Katie Lee & Andrew Brown of the Appleseed Collective (5 PM) and Blackbird Pie (8 PM) as well as the very eclectic and talented Orpheum Bell at InsideOut (8-10). Check below for a video!

Saturday

Having fun at the WOMP Winter Warm-up!

Having fun at the WOMP Winter Warm-up!

The Bigfoot Snowshoe Race at Timber Ridge starting at 9 AM draws hundreds of folks from beginner to pro for 5 & 10k races!

Online sales for the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula Winter Warmup have ended but you can still get your $15 gets you a souvenir mug that serves as your “ticket” for each participating winery and business on the Peninsula. Warm comfort food and drinks at the wineries and special promotions at area restaurants when you present your mug!

Every January, the French winemakers in the region of Burgundy celebrate their patron saint with a spectacle of marching, wine drinking and feasting. Chef Les Hagaman will present a “St. Vincent” Burgundy Wine Dinner at Chateau Chantal featuring the cuisine of the Burgundy region paired with Chantal’s fantastic Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and other wines. It kicks off with a 6 PM Winery Tour followed by a 6:30 dinner seating. $69 per person, includes tax, tip and wine – click through for the fantastic menu!

Other Saturday events include a Cakebread Cellars Wine Dinner at the Boathouse and nationally known American roots music band The Wilenes throwing down Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash & Hank Williams tunes at the Workshop!