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With the launch of “Let’s Raise the Glass,” helping those impacted by the devastating California wine country wildfires is as easy as ordering a glass of wine.
Let’s Raise the Glass was inspired by Charleston Grill sommelier Rick Rubel with the help of general manager Mickey Bakst as a single restaurant’s effort to donate a portion of the proceeds from every glass or bottle of California wine sold. “Throughout my career, the wineries have always been there to help us with our charitable efforts,” said Bakst. “Now, it’s time for the restaurant community to step up and support the industry that is so essential to our businesses.”
Bakst, along with Daniel Boulud, Sean Brock, Suzanne Goin, and Danny Meyer, are part of the coalition of restaurateurs and chefs who have joined forces with OpenTable in participating in Let’s Raise the Glass, encouraging restaurants to donate a portion of their wine sales through the end of December to the Let’s Raise the Glass Fund, whose proceeds will benefit the Sonoma Resilience Fund and Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. The coalition is also being supported by WPP agencies: MiNY, Wavemaker, H+K, and Kantar.
Diners can find participating restaurants at LetsRaisetheGlass.com. Additional participants are being added every day, so check back often. And, remember to share your support for the campaign by posting a selfie as you’re drinking your favorite California wine using #LRTG on Facebook, G+, Instagram, or Twitter.
What’s old is new again when it comes to drink menus. This week marked National Harvey Wallbanger Day (who knew?), an annual celebration of the classic cocktail poured with vodka, Galliano, and orange juice debuted in the ‘50s. And, so, in that spirit, we’ve got nine retro cocktails to celebrate our spirited past — some have stayed true to their origins, while others have been reimagined with some millennial-friendly ingredients. Here’s to you, Harvey!
Last Word, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Chicago, Illinois
The bar menu here features the classics from the 1800s to the 1900s, including sips like the boozy gin-based prohibition cocktail the Last Word. It’s created with Death’s Door gin that is stirred with Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino, and fresh lime juice. Let us have the last word: one is enough. Make a reservation at Morton’s The Steakhouse.
Do-It-Yourself Daiquiri, Railstop Restaurant & Bar, Brighton, Massachusetts
A riff on the 1900’s standard, this beverage is made with butterfly pea extract, Privateer Silver Rum, and pure cane simple syrup. It’s garnished with lavender, lime, and a poem: “Thank you for choosing the Do-It-Yourself Daquiri, if you do not like it, that is blasphemy. We encourage you to take part in making this drink, squeeze the limes, it’s easier than you think, swirl it around with the lavender and watch it turn pink.” Make a reservation at Railstop Restaurant & Bar.
Gaelic Grasshopper, Seamstress, New York, New York
Hop to it and order the timeless, typically green grasshopper cocktail that’s been given an Irish update at this Upper East Side restaurant. The drink is made with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur, Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey, Brancamenta, and Crème de Cacao. A handful of mint leaves and shaved chocolate garnish the sweet — but not green — cocktail. Make a reservation at Seamstress.
Painkiller, Harvest Table, St. Helena, California
Lead bartender Joel Pfeifle pours this proper cocktail with light and dark rums, housemade crème de coconut, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime, and bitters plus a garnish topping of grated nutmeg. Sure to cure whatever ails you tonight — but no promises for tomorrow morning. Make a reservation at Harvest Table.
OpenTable is pleased to highlight the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2018. Fifty-five restaurants are included, with seven Bay Area restaurants receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, including Coi, and seven achieving two Michelin stars, such as Acquerello (their Pecoretto with pancetta, onion jam, and red bell pepper is pictured above). Forty-one restaurants earned one Michelin star. In Situ and Rich Table, among others, are new to the list.
Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. We recently highlighted the honorees in Chicago.
The San Francisco 2018 Michelin-starred restaurants on OpenTable include:
Two Stars: Acquerello.
One Star: ADEGA, Al’s Place, Aster, Auberge du Soleil, Bouchon, Campton Place, Chez TJ, Commonwealth, Gary Danko, Hashiri, In Situ, Keiko à Nob Hill, Kenzo Napa, Kinjo, La Toque, Luce, Madera-Rosewood Hotel Sand Hill, Madrona Manor, Michael Mina, Mourad, Octavia, Omakase, The Plumed Horse, The Progress, Rich Table, Sons & Daughters, SPQR, Spruce, State Bird Provisions, Terra, Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant, The Village Pub, and WAKO.Continue Reading