For all of this month, Scala in San Francisco is offering a prix fixe “Three Martini Lunch,” featuring a selection of three martinis alongside a Caesar salad, grilled flatiron steak and mini-dessert, all for the meagre price of $50. No word on whether or not tax and tip are included.
Elsewhere on the beverage bargain front, this Friday, April 18, the Bourbon House in New Orleans is hosting a luncheon with Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. Included are passed hors d’oeuvres complemented by Sazaracs and Blue Grass Sunset cocktails, sweet potato soup served with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, prosciutto-wrapped salmon accompanied by George T. Stagg Bourbon and a chocolate pecan tart offered with a drop of the increasingly rare Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year-Old. All for only $45, tax and tip included.
Back in California, this week will also see the craft brewing community descend on San Diego for the annual Craft Brewers Conference. For four days, some 1,600 brewers, importers, wholesalers and associated hangers-on – like bar owners and beer writers – will overwhelm the Town & Country Resort, as well as many if not all of San Diego`s breweries, brewpubs and beer specialty bars.
On second thought, maybe I`m just as happy to not be in San Diego this week...