Liam's List: Neighborhood Cocktails at The Ritz-Carlton and Oakland Restaurant Week

Liam Mayclem attending the Sonoma International Film Festival.
Liam Mayclem attending the Sonoma International Film Festival. Photo credit Liam Mayclem/KCBS Radio

San Francisco’s Ritz-Carlton has recently debuted an exciting new menu of cocktails called “Neighborhood Cocktails of San Francisco,” as a nod to the city they love most. Inspired by the Louis Vuitton Guide of cities around the world, the hotel’s food and beverage team meticulously curated a hand-sketched menu of cocktails featuring new creative libations that represent a selection of iconic neighborhoods in the city. From Japantown to The Castro, hints of the neighborhoods are found in every aspect of the cocktail, from glassware and garnishes to ingredients and overall presentation. Visitors and guests will also be in awe with the composition of the physical menu personally sketched by Rosana Mae Bugarin, a talented staff member of the hotel’s guest relations team. There is a new tasty food menu in the Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco too - more on that soon. I loved the drama, theater and creativity of all the cocktails - thanks, Jennifer and Tommy - but my favorites were:

“Karl the Fog'' and the Golden Gate Bridge - Belvedere Vodka, red grape and hibiscus syrup, elderflower liqueur, aquafaba, and a mystique bubble in a Riedel Coupe glass
“North Beach” - barrel-aged mix of Tanqueray Sevilla, Campari, Jerez de la Frontera, and Vermouth, smoked tableside in a Riedel Rocks glass.

Enjoy my conversation with Director of Restaurants Carlos Gomez here:

The 57th Edgewood Fair will be held at the Olympic Club Lakeside in San Francisco on March 30 through 31, 2023! The Edgewood Fair provides important support to healing programs and services for the youth and families that they serve. I am honored to serve as Edgewood emcee for the two days of fundraising. Get tickets to the event at their website.

Eat. Drink. Repeat. From neighborhood gems and food trucks to Michelin star restaurants, “Feast Your Way Through the East Bay” during the ten days of Oakland Restaurant Week 2023. Participating restaurants offer specially-created lunch and dinner menus to showcase the diverse culture and cuisine of this incredibly dynamic city. The community and fabric of Oakland is made up of culturally-distinct neighborhoods, inspiring an incredibly creative food scene of unexpected pairings and fusion-style flavors. Some favorite foodie hot-spots include Jack London Square and Temescal to Uptown and Fruitvale making Oakland Restaurant Week a BARTable event. Plan a visit now through Sunday, March 26, and taste what makes Oakland so delicious!

Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), noted for delivering the best in film, food, wine and fun during its annual festival continues through Sunday, March 26, with more than 130 films from 32 countries. James Beard winning chef, and culinary icon, Martin Yan was honored with the SIFF Culinary Excellence Award. Festival passes are on sale now.

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