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EaterWire: Passot's Red Hot Ride, Beattie's New Gig

PENINSULA—The French sure do love their Beaujolais festivities: "On Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 pm, in celebration of the release of 2008 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau – and mirroring celebratory events happening around the country – acclaimed Bay Area French Chef Roland Passot (Left Bank Brasseries, La Folie) will deliver an inaugural case of 2008 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau via vintage hot red fire truck to the Left Bank Brasserie in San Mateo" [EaterWire]

HEALDSBURG—Speaking of big names in unexpected places, Scott Beattie, the Cyrus bartender who just released a new book and has been called the Thomas Keller of cocktails, is currently waiting tables at nearby Scopa. Dude needed a break, he says. [BiteClub]

OAKLAND—Based on the Craigslist ad, this new project in Oakland seems a bit scattershot, especially in times like these, but you never know: "Hot new champagne lounge - raw & dessert bar in downtown Oakland, in the heart of the bustling Uptown district. Come and be a part of a fun, new and exciting, high-end trend setting venue ... Our intent is to demystify the elitist reputation of champagne by creating an inviting social atmosphere accessible to all. At our lounge, champagne is no longer reserved for rare special occasions; rather guests are invited to treat every day as a celebration in a party environment." Champagne everyday! For everyone! Just like when the Germans marched into Paris in Casablanca. [CL]

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