Don’t miss the chance to dine, drink & chat with cookbook author, Lynne Curry. Check out her newly published book and let her answer all your meaty questions. Oh, and our kitchen will be cooking up some purely delicious grassfed beef specials.
*Lynne will be selling signed copies of her book*
Pure Beef is a friendly, expert guide for everyone looking to nourish themselves and their families with wholesome, well-raised beef. Based on Lynne’s 10-year experience cooking grassfed beef and living among the people who raise it, this book connects you to a joyful, practical and mindful way of eating meat.Many people are rediscovering beef, drawn in by the nutritional benefits of grassfed beef and the giant steps in animal welfare. And thanks to rising demands for better beef, there are more options on the market than ever before. Consumers can choose from natural, organic, and grassfed beef, in addition to the standard commodity beef that’s always been available. But all these choices raise more questions than ever: What type to eat? Where should it be bought? How should it be cooked? How much to eat?
After spending years seeking answers to these questions and more, Lynne Curry has put all of her knowledge into PURE BEEF: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut. A book for everyone who loves beef and those who are venturing back to meat. A complete guide to artisan beef, it offers readers the benefits of a leisurely, informative, and delicious the ranch-to-table experience-with 140 recipes highlighting an entirely new approach to cooking and eating meat.
Parovel is a winery in Friuli, nestled in a small area located north of Venice, known as the Carso. The Carso is very close to Trieste and happens to jut out on a peninsula just like San Francisco. The wines produced in this area are nothing close to conventional, their existence is expertly finessed by their producers. The “bora” is a strong wind that blows from the mountains in the evening, ensuring that mold or mildew does not blanket the vineyard. The result is that of a very unique growing area. Add in the iron rich soil and you have a recipe for some very diverse, complex and outstanding wines.
Elena Parovel will be with us on Tuesday, October 11th, to discuss her three wines: The first wine is from the Vitovska grape, which is indiginous to the area and pairs fantastically with a multitude of dishes. We will then pour Refosco, a stunning red wine, it is tannic yet filled with voluptuous fruit. Lastly, we will pour a blended white called Matos Nonet or MN, as we like to call it. Composed of grapes; Malvasia Istriana, Sauvignon and Semillon it makes a powerful, yet refined white wine quite typical for the north east of Friuli. The wines will be paired with a three course dinner from chef Tia Harrison.
Just book a reservation at your desired time and Elena and the staff will guide you through a wonderful evening. The cost of the event is $75 per person, not including tax or gratuity.
Avedano’s Butcher Shop in San Francisco, Slow Food Solano and Soul Food Farm come together again to honor the work of Butchers and the beauty of grassfeed local beef. The event will be held on Oct 15 featuring a grass feed steer from Agricola Ranch with top Bay Area chefs such as J.W.Foster of the Fairmont Hotel, Tia Harrison of Sociale and Paul Schroeder of Montis. The chefs are preparing half of the aged beef and John Fink of the Whole Beast is grilling the rest and talking about open fire cooking. At 3 p.m. butchers; Dave the Butcher, Chris Arentz , Angela Wilson of Avedano’s, Zach Gero from Shoppers Corner and Josh Kleinsmith from Piedmont Grocery will demonstrate how to break down the second half of the same steer describing both American and Italian cuts. The demo will be followed by raffling off the cuts of beef. This event is held each year as a fund raiser to support local farms and agricultural projects in the Bay Area. All of food will be enjoyed with artisan micro brews from La Trappe and Pacific Brewing laboratory. Click here to buy tickets.
Please join us in celebrating 10 years of Sociale. We opened September 4, 2001. It was quite a time for this country yet alone three friends, pretty much green to the restaurant industry, to start such a daunting task. Well, thanks to chef Tia and the rest of the staff we made it to double digits! Starting Tuesday, September 6th, we will have a few great events featuring some of our local friends we’ve made along the way and hope you can find the time to drop by, say hello and have a glass or two of wine.
Tuesday September 6th
Fritz Stuhlmuller, all around good guy and Proprietor of Stuhlmuller Vineyards in the Alexander Valley, will be at the restaurant to pour, taste and talk about his prized estate Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Stuhlmuller’s Chardonnay has been a mainstay on our wine list for more than 8 years. Chef Tia will prepare a three course dinner paired with Fritz’s wines for $65 per person.
Wednesday, September 7th
Akiko Freeman, Proprietor and Assistant Wine Maker of Freeman Vineyards in Sebastopol. Akiko will join us for a fantastic evening of exploring the depth and nuances of three of their well sought after wines: Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, and Akiko’s Cuvee Pinot Noir. Akiko and husband Ken have been good friends of the restaurant for many years and have the longest lasting placement of pinot noir by the glass in the history of Sociale. A three course dinner paired with these wines will be $65 per person.
Thursday, September 8th
Ross Cobb, co-founder and wine maker of Cobb Winery in Occidental. Sociale Proprietor David Nichol has been a huge supporter of the masterfully produced Cobb Family wines ever since he found out 7 years ago there was a 15 acre plot of land producing remarkable pinot noir at the end of Fitzpatrick Lane in Occidental (about 60 miles north of SF). It just so happens David spent his early childhood on this quiet and serene road. All of Ross’s pinots are 13.5% alcohol or lower – a remarkable achievement in today’s wine world. Ross will be here to pour and discuss three of his famed pinots – Emmaline, Coastlands and Diane Cobb paired with a simple yet refined three course dinner for $75 per person.
Friday September 9th
Join us for a dinner with Sociale’s Favorite farmer Laurie Steel. Kellogg Farms on Mount St. Helena supplies us with the world’s best tomatoes August through October as well as a small selection of carefully picked produce (when we are lucky). We take anything Laurie brings us and always use the opportunity to be inspired and taste her delicious hard work. We appreciate her efforts and love working with her. Chef Tia will create a Kellogg Farms menu based on what Laurie brings us that day.
Saturday September 10th
Join us for a dinner with esteemed cookbook author and dear friend Marissa Guggiana. Marissa has spent years of her life traveling the country and telling the stories of the most talented and innovative chefs, butchers and charcuterie makers. Her new book Off the Menu, scheduled for release October 11, 2011, is a look inside the kitchens of America’s top restaurants, where she shares staff meals and behind-the-kitchen-door tales. She is the co-founder (with Sociale chef and co-owner Tia Harrison) of The Butcher’s Guild and a celebrant and student of all things meat. Come and learn about meat, purchase one of the few remaining copies of her first book, Primal Cuts: Cooking with America’s Best Butchers, and hear the stories of the restaurant underground. Tia and Marissa will be butchering a whole animal in-house this day and creating a menu for your enjoyment.