Quick Hits: SF Ballet’s Prelude To A Kiss; Lord George’s New Cocktail Menu

Sarah Van Patten in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty
Sarah Van Patten in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty

Photo Credit: © Erik Tomasson

Although the official season of the San Francisco Ballet doesn’t start until January, the exciting build up begins much earlier. Specifically on Thursday, November 9 when the SF Ballet Auxiliary hosts Prelude to a Kiss. This special cocktail party provides guests an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new costumes for The Sleeping Beauty. The reception is at a private house in Presidio Heights and features appetizers by Charles Phan’s acclaimed Slanted Door restaurant. A ticket to the event also includes seats for the opening night premiere—and festivities—of the classic story ballet on January 23. Ballet lovers should not miss this unique experience.

Celebrate the city’s most iconic weather element by way of Karl the Fog, a smoky brew of Highland Park Magnus, honey, and bitters
Celebrate the city’s most iconic weather element by way of Karl the Fog, a smoky brew of Highland Park Magnus, honey, and bitters

Photo Credit: Allison Webber

Lord George has announced it’s next guest bartender and its one of our favorite mixologists, Brian MacGregor. Many years ago, MacGregor used to tend the circular bar at Jardiniere, but he now serves as the marketing manager of a Scotland-based spirits company, Edrington, whose products include Macallan and Partida Tequila. At the South Park watering hole, its Mavericks cocktail series partners with notable bartenders like MacGregor to craft a limited-edition drink menu. MacGregor’s menu, which debuts on November 6 and is available through January 31, 2018, is called ‘Underground Icons of San Francisco.’ It features libations inspired by local figures like Karl the Fog and the startled tourists he taunts.

The new Salt & Straw storefront in Hayes Valley
The new Salt & Straw storefront in Hayes Valley

Photo Credit: Steve Kepple

Hayes Valley is not just having a retail moment, but it’s having a culinary one as well. Salt & Straw, Portland’s ice creamery with a cult following, is opening its second  SF location at 586 Hayes Street on Friday, October 20. Debuting at the ice cream shop are Salt & Straw’s three annual holiday menus, the first being flavors inspired by Halloween—such as the Great Candycopia (a tasty combo of salted butterscotch ice cream and an abundance of homemade snickers, whoppers, heath bars, and peanut butter cups) and Creepy Crawly Critters (chocolate covered crickets and coconut toffee-brittle covered mealworms blended into a matcha ice cream). Wise Sons Bagel and Coffee is also opening in Hayes Valley, at 537 Octavia Street, on October 31. It will be the fifth SF location for the beloved Jewish deli and features a mural by Amos Goldblum. Enjoy their delicious bagels, housemade shmears, smoked fish, and deli specialties like the hot pastrami sandwich with coleslaw, Russian dressing, and Swiss cheese or a Chinese chicken salad with radishes, onion, orange slices, cilantro, and toasted nuts. Delish!