On Tuesday, October 6th, Slow Food San Francisco kicked off a new program aimed at showcasing some of the local eateries we most admire. The new Slow Food Dinner Club will allow Slow Food SF’s membership the chance to co-mingle with each other as well as meet many of the best chefs, sommeliers, and restaurateurs in the Bay Area. We plan to feature one or two casual get-togethers each month at a wide variety of our favorite spots. Each time, the chef or other principal will personally explain some of the restaurant’s menu and preparations, discuss where they source many of their local ingredients, and answer questions.
The good folks at Ramblas Tapas Bar on Valencia near 17th in the Mission District promised to get us off to a memorable start – and then proceeded to exceed even our loftiest expectations. Award Winning Chef Ed Vigil joined us at the table to present and explain each of his five deliciously inspired courses, plus an additional amuse-bouche. Each seasonal selection (featuring local favorites such as organic padrone peppers from Riverdog Farm in Yolo County, corn and squash from Bolinas, organic eggs from Glaum Ranch in Aptos, local seafood, and celebrated Becker Lane Pork of Iowa) was also paired with a specially chosen wine. For the modest charge of $40 per person ($50 with wine pairings) which included tax, tip, and a $5 donation to Slow Food SF, guests were treated to a bargain as well as a feast.
Our table of ten included six individuals and two couples – none of whom knew each other at the outset – enjoying relaxed and easy conversation. Before the evening was through, the entire group was exchanging emails and making plans for follow-up get-togethers. And all are looking forward to future Dinner Clubs.
None of this would have been possible without the amazing food, warm hospitality, and outstanding service offered by the Ramblas Team. We heartily encourage all our friends and members to check them out. Also, be watching for another Dinner Club evening at Ramblas’ sister establishment; ThirstyBear on Howard Street, coming in early 2010. Thank You – Thank You – Thank You – RAMBLAS.