Food-and-drink spots, deals, events and news
Every week, Virginia Miller of personalized itinerary service and monthly food, drink, and travel newsletter, www.theperfectspotsf.com , shares foodie news, events, and deals. View the last installment here .
The Plant Cafe Organic's second location with Bay views
The Embarcadero goes organic with The Plant Café Organic 's second (and much larger) locale on Pier 3. Stunning Bay views, Blue Bottle and smoothies in the morning (in the cafe side of the space), lunch and dinner (restaurant side) with Spicy Fava Bean & Cherry Tomato Bruschetta or Chicken (organic, of course), Caramelized Onion, Point Reyes Blue Cheese & Fennel Pizza. If breezes kick in, there's heat lamps outside, while inside the air is fresh with a wall plant installation. Watch the sky turn shades of pink and blue at sunset with a Honeycomb Colada (coconut milk, pineapple juice, rum, honeycomb and toasted coconut garnish) in hand.
Pier 3, The Embarcadero
Donato Enoteca debuts in Redwood City
Take a Michelin-starred chef from Italy, place him in the Peninsula and you have Donato Enoteca , Redwood City's newest destination restaurant. Chef Donato Scotti highlights his Northern Italian roots in a menu using farm-fresh produce and Italian ingredients, like imported burrata, prosciutto and olive oils (the latter available in sampler tastings). While choosing from more than 100 bottles of (mostly) Italian wines, dine on handmade pasta, hand-pulled braised wild boar, octopus carpaccio, or spicy sausage/broccoli rabe pizza from the wood-burning oven. The place soothes in white and brown tones, with wine cellar, and a wrap-around patio replete with couches and chairs - an ideal Summer evening setting from which to sip an apertif.
1041 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
7/14 - Bastille Day at Grand Cafe
Let them eat cake.... and eat it for free at Grand Cafe 's Bastille Day celebration. Exec chef, Mauro Pando, prepares special French dishes for the occasion, which you can order a la carte or as an optional three-course prix fixe menu ($58 with wine pairings), featuring beloved French classics like Coquilles San Jacques (scallops) or Duck Coq Au Vin. As you sip on flutes of champagne, French wines (some half-priced) or seasonal cocktails, a vibrant Marie Antoinette graces the ballroom to rousing tunes played by an accordionist. Then there's cake, glorious cake. Celebrate France's independence and storm the bastille!
July 14, 5pm
501 Geary, SF
Calling all Mixologists to compete at SF Chefs.Food.Wine
"SKYY's the Limit": a cocktail competition open to all bartenders who want to compete for "Best Cocktail 2009" at August's upcoming SF Chefs.Food.Wine  bash in Union Square (and thereabouts). The spirit to be used? Campari, Italy's delightfully bitter, rose-tinged apertif. Submit your own Campari creation to David Nepove himself (at firstname.lastname@example.org ) by July 6 and the top 15 recipes will be selected on July 21st, with the overall contest including judges the likes of H. Joseph Ehrmann, Martin Cate, Victoria D'Amato Moran, Scott Beattie and Marco Dionysos. Semi-finalists make their own creations during the festival on August 7 and 8 using Skyy Spirits and one secret ingredient revealed each day. With semi-finalists narrowed down from these competitions, two finalists compete August 9th for a grand prize of two round trip air tickets in the US with Virgin Airlines .
Deadline for recipe entry: July 6