Over Proof is over after Lágrimas
As cocktail connoisseurs will know, the trend-setters at ABV have been using their upstairs bar area as a rotating bar within-a-bar pop-up, called Over Proof, with fixed quarterly menus of bar bites and cocktail pairings, along with delightful decor changes. After iterations as a rum, whiskey, and a sherry and gin bar, the final Over Proof theme is dedicated to tequila and mezcal. It’s called Lágrimas, after the first hundred or so “tears” that fall from a mezcal still. Lágrimas lasts from November 9 to February 24 with two seatings, one at 6:30 and one at 9, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. It’s $75 per person for five or more pairings, such as clarified goat milk punch with rock cod ceviche and tequila drinks spiked with Cynar and matched with chestnut tamales and mole sauce. A portion of the first month’s proceeds will go to Mexico earthquake relief.
Rumors swirl of a wine country benefit concert at AT&T park
In former mayor Willie Brown’s latest Chronicle column, the paid lobbyist and incorrigible gossip lets slip that tech leaders Ron Conway and Marc Benioff are working with charities, the SF Giants, and Another Planet Entertainment to put on a massive fundraiser for wine country fire victims at AT&T park. Stay tuned for a date and the lineup. Later in the column (which, anecdotally, Brown phones in to a stenographer at the SF paper of record) he puts in a plug for Eight Tables by George Chen, the new tasting menu restaurant located above China Live. It’s perfect, says brown, “if you just won the lottery and are looking for a good place to celebrate.”
Scotch Bonnet serving Jamaican lunch in Rincon Center
Downtown diners can now get their jerk chicken fix inside the 101 Spear Street food court at Rincon Center. Chef Abraham “OB” Matterson has so far operated Scotch Bonnet as a food truck (don’t worry, that’s still driving around), but is now installed more permanently, with weekday lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Salinas packaging plant food recall
Walmart, Safeway/Albertson's, Target, and Trader Joe's are included in a recall notice from Mann Packing in Salinas. While there have been no reported illnesses, a sampling of one product from the wholesaler tested positive for listeria. Here are product descriptions for what to avoid.