You guys know La Cocina? You should. They are a nonprofit. A food nonprofit based here in San Francisco. Their mission is to support immigrant and minority entrepreneurs developing food businesses, or as it reads on the site, simply, cultivating food entrepreneurs. This is done primarily through their incubator kitchen located in the Mission. They are a very popular organization among chefs here....
San Francisco has a Bourbon history. This video tells an interesting piece of San Francisco’s spiritous history. This article from 7x7 does also.
The Rum Diary Part 4: Classique and The Prince
Sibling cocktails; stark difference in their way of drinking. Order both. Picking up from the last entry of the Rum Diary. We were just about to get into the details of The Prince, Yanni’s spirituous endeavor with Barbancourt, a Haitian Rhum. In this Spiritual, The Prince is perhaps the furthest style from its counter, Classique. For this reason, it is also best reveals the intention of the...
Nopa Joining Bay Area Women & Children's Center...
September 28, 2012. Save this date!! We’re excited to announce that Nopa will be joining the Bay Area Women & Children’s Center (BAWCC) for a benefit dinner on that evening. Tickets are on sale August 15th. We’ll post more details in the weeks ahead, but were excited to share this announcement with you. BAWCC supports low-income women and children in inner city...
The Rum Diary: The Prince (And Terrior...
Rum Origins So far most of the analysis of this Spiritual has centered on the way these cocktails drink. We’ve been looking at the dramatic variance in the profile of a cocktail where only a subtle component has changed. But this Spiritual is also organized by producers, and is in fact, very much about the producers. In the Agricole Punch, Ginger Beer and Lemon add a spicy-sweet-sour...
Nopa in Full Support of Bi-Rite on Divisadero
Nopa is located on 560 Divisadero Avenue. Just next door at 550 Divisadero, there is the exciting prospect of this currently vacant building being inhabited by a 50-year old San Francisco family business. Bi-Rite has been an important voice and outlet in the advocacy for local and sustainable agirculture in California. We share their belief in creating community through food and look forward to...
Before reading this post, it may be helpful to reference this one. That link is to the introductory article on The Rum Diary Spiritual. The Rum Diary is intended to be absorbed in couplets and the Creole Apertif is best assessed by also taking into account its sibling, Agricole Punch. If you’d rather jump right in, feel free to do so and cross reference the previous one if the words byrrh or...
The Rum Diary: Agricole Punch
Because we put so much energy into it, it’s easy to forget that the Nopa beverage program is not immediately understood by many of our guests. Internally, words like Feature, Insert and Spiritual are commonly used. They are important words in the vocabulary of our restaurant, but more importantly, an essential part of our identity. The Spiritual and Wine Feature are composed by distinctive and...
On Bosco Agostino Barbera d' Alba and Wine Schools
Bosco Agostino is a winery in the region of Alba, a town in the famed Piedmont wine region in northwest Italy. For oenophiles and gourmands (the town is also revered for their white truffles) the Alba brand is an impeccable one. Last month, Arron, one of our managers, took a trip to Italy, and predictably, allotted some time for the sacred gastronomic grounds. Even better, he was led around the...
Copain Single Vineyard Syrah - Redefining Ripeness
I like watching a winemaker evolve and mature. There has been a movement in recent years wherein a number of young winemakers have started to push the boundaries of wine in California. I suppose it is a natural shift – a swinging back of the pendulum – because whereas 15 years ago people where pushing the boundaries of ripeness towards more is better – this new wave is pushing the other...