Upcoming Events - 2010
White Truffle Dinners
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010: Delfina's 12th anniversary! Early reservations are still available
Please join us for our 11th annual White Truffle Dinners at Delfina. Our daily changing a la carte menu will feature dishes that are especially suited for white truffles. Expect to see some favorite items from past years as well as some new items the kitchen is cooking up.
Here's a peek: Kuri Squash Sformatino with Fonduta and Chestnuts, Carne Cruda with Truffled Celery Root, Hand-cut Tajarin in bianco, Risotto al Barolo with Radicchio and Bone Marrow, and Veal Arista with Black Trumpet Mushrooms.
To compliment these gems, we will be breaking out some fantastic Piemontese wines that we have been "garaging" for these dinners. We will be offering an extended list of Barolo and Barbaresco from a range of storied vintners, vineyards, and vintages. We will also be offering flights of Nebbiolo by the glass so you can experience the range of this fantastic grape.
Winemaker, Cecilia Naldoni Piccin of Grifalco della Lucania Visits Delfina!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Basilicata is the instep of the Italian boot. This hilly and mountainous region is located in the southwest corner of Italy on the Ionian Sea. Parts of Basilicata have been settled since the Stone Age, and over the years has been conquered by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Normans. The region is rich in barley, citrus, olives, tomatoes, and wine- although until recently little of their wine production was seen outside of Italy.
Fabrizio Piccin and Cecilia Naldoni of the Grifalco winery came to Basilicata from Montepulciano, where they had been making Vino Nobile since 1974. "Basilicata was a beautiful unknown territory," Piccin said. The couple first made tiny experimental amounts of wine, finding "incredible potential" in the volcanic slopes of the area. They bought land, and with the 2004 vintage they began to sell wine. Grifalco raises only Aglianico, 16 hectares of it in four locations: around the brand-new winery near Venosa, and in Ginestra, Rapolla, and Maschito.
On Monday, November 8th, we will be featuring two of her wines, AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE D.O.C. "GRIFALCO", and AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE D.O.C. "GRICOS", both awarded 2 glasses from Gambero Rosso. We will also offer our a la carte menu which will feature a few dishes inspired from the region of Basilicata.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Executive Chef Craig Stoll and
Delfina pastry Chef Abby Olitzky will be volunteering at Sparks annual
Sugar Rush dessert tasting fundraiser. Spark's mission is to provide
life-changing apprenticeships to youth in under served communities
across the United States.
Past Events - 2010
CUESA's 8th Annual Sunday Supper Fundraiser
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 - Reception begins at 5:30PM; Dinner at 7:30PM
Delfina's Chef Craig Stoll and Lane Milburn, along with other talented Bay Area chefs, will be teaming up to create a "whole beast" dinner benefiting the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture.
Please visit www.cuesa.org/events/calendar/#OCT for more information.
March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Twenty of the Bay Area's most prominent chefs, including Executive Chef Craig Stoll of Delfina, and award winning wineries will join this unique event and contribute their signature dishes as well as once in a lifetime auction packages to raise money for the vital work of the March of Dimes. Event details
SFC Brown Bag Lunch Project
Friday, October 8th
Chef Craig Stoll
will be teaming up with the SFC Brown Bag Lunch Project to help raise
money for The San Francisco Community School, a progressive K8 public
school located in the Excelsior neighborhood.
Slide Ranch 40th Anniversary Benefit Dinner
Thursday, September 30, 2010 - Dinner begins at 6:30pm
Executive Chef Craig Stoll and Chef di Cucina Matt Gandin will be partnering up with Slide Ranch for a rustic, family-style dinner at the Slide Ranch Watershed. The Slide Ranch mission is to teach visitors the impact our choices have on food, health and the environment through hands-on activities and exploration of our farm and coastal wild lands. Event details
Party on Block 18
August 28, 2010 - 11AM to 5PM
Party on Block 18 is sponsored by the Women’s Building and will benefit the following non-profit organizations in the Mission: Women’s Building, Buen Dia, 826 Valencia, 18 Reasons, Nextcourse. The Women’s Building is a 501c3 organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent the law allows.
We hope that you can be part of our “Party on Block 18” by enjoying one of the delicious creations made by one of our neighborhood Chefs. More info (www.womensbuilding.org)
Natural Wine Week
August 23 - 29, 2010
Delfina is participating in San Francisco's Natural Wine Week from Monday, August 23 through Sunday, August 29. Throughout the week, all of our wines poured by the glass will be from natural producers, and our bottle list will highlight natural wines. From Monday through Thursday, we will also offer a flight of natural wines from a variety of regions and grapes.
To learn more about the event, please visit the website at San Francisco Natural Wine Week.
SF Street Food Festival
Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 11AM to 7PM
The San Francisco Street Food Festival is an event hosted by La Cocina that advocates for the creation of policies that support the formalization of mobile food vending in San Francisco. Street Food Festival
Menu: Fagiolini al Cinese, Meatball Hero, "The Delfina Koolaid"
San Francisco's Premier Culinary Weekend Event: August 6 - 9, 2009
SF Chefs. Food. Wine. is a four day food and wine event celebrating the unique flavor, diversity and bounty of Northern California. The main tasting tent will be in Union Square, where chefs, wine makers and distillers will offer an exploration of taste featuring local products. Classes and seminars will offer interactive opportunities for the public to participate with local farmers, ranchers, chefs, winemakers, distillers, media, luminaries, authors, vintners, mixologists and culinary experts in an entertaining forum.
The event supports three charities. Feeding America is a major sponsor of the San Francisco Food Bank, which provides food to needy families in the community. Meals on Wheels provides food and meal delivery especially to seniors and others with mobility issues. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation provides funding for culinary and hospitality students based upon economic need. All three charities will receive funding from the weekend’s activities. For ticket and schedule information visit sfchefsfoodwine.com
Get Green at the Macy's Union Square Cellar
Wednesday June 10, 2009 - Craig Stoll of Delfina and Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farms
Get Green! Local farmers and chefs explain the ins and outs of sustainable farming, the importance of seasonal produce and the tremendous impact your food choices can have on your community. Not to mention that eating green just tastes better.
Seating is first-come, first-served starting ant 5:30pm. The presentation begins at 6pm. With your $10 donation to CUESA (the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) you'll receive a sample of the featured dish and a glass of Benziger wine. The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture is a nonprofit that operates the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs.
Delfina Celebrates the Wine and Food of Fruili
Friday, May 15 - the ever charming Aleš Kristan of Movia Winery
Tuesday, May 19th - Valter Scarbolo of Scarbolo Winery and Joseph Bastianich of Bastianich Winery
Each night, the winemakers will be on hand to discuss and pour their latest vintages. Our daily-changing ala carte menu will feature Friulian-inspired dishes such as: Poppyseed Gnocchi with Spec, Peas and Morels ♦ Asparagus, Potato and Montasio ♦ Frico Mixed Grill with Polenta and Housemade Sauerkraut ♦ Strawberry Schnitten with Lime Syrup.
The northeastern region of Friuli is home to some of Italy's best wines. Mountains, dramatic rolling hills, and the Adriatic Sea all contribute to the unique nature of Friuli’s renowned white and elegant reds. Local winemakers are passionate about grapes indigenous to the area- including Friulano and Refosco- as well as international varietals like Sauvignon and Pinot Noir that grow so exquisitely in their soil. These wines perfectly compliment the rich and diverse cuisine of Friuli, which is shaped by influences from bordering Austria and Slovenia while remaining inherently Italian.
Friday, May 15 - Movia's Aleš Kristan
The Kristancic family has
been tending vines at the Movia estate since 1820. Over the
years, the nationality of their land has changed several times as geo-political borders were
drawn and re-drawn, presently leaving half of their vineyards in Italy and half in Slovenia. The traditions that withstood the centuries of upheaval and the pioneering spirit that resulted from them have come to define the wines of Movia. Aleš has been at the helm of this dynamic winery for nearly two decades, and has made it famous for bio-dynamically producing wines of purity, depth, and ridiculous longevity. Aleš himself is a force of nature; full of knowledge, full of energy, and fully dedicated to creating experiences that are as fantastic as his wines. On Friday, May 15th come sample Delfina’s resident Movia selections, the Puro sparkling wines and gorgeous “Veliko Bianco” blend, as well as the rest of what Movia has to offer, then settle in and witness the whirlwind.
Tuesday, May 19 - Joe Bastianich and Valter Scarbolo
Joe Bastianich and Valter Scarbolo have much in common.They both run outstanding small-production, family-operated wineries, and are successful restaurateurs; Joe has partnered with his mother Lidia Bastianich and chef Mario Batali to create several benchmark restaurants in New York City and Los Angeles, Valter runs the quintessential osteria “La Frasca” near Udine in Friuli. These two friends will also both be at Delfina on Tuesday, May 19th with the latest vintages of their wines, including staff favorites Bastianich “Vespa Rosso” (a luscious blend of Refosco, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot) and Scarbolo’s exceptional Sauvignon. On their own, Joe and Valter are charismatic hosts with the most welcoming sense of hospitality. Together, they’ve had the habit of creating the kind of evening one remembers for a lifetime - you don't want to miss this one.
Delfina Celebrates the Food and Wine of the Marche with Guest Winemaker Luciano Landi
Tuesday, April 14th
For centuries the Marche has had a rich history of viticulture, enjoying a climate that benefits from both
coastal and mountain influences. From vineyards facing the
Adriatic Sea, the Landi family has been growing grapes since the 1950's, and continues to bring both tradition and innovation to their life-long passion of winemaking. Focusing on unique grapes indigenous to the area, Luciano Landi produces wines that define the concept of terroir.
On Tuesday, April 14th, Delfina will be showcasing our love for the Marche region! We will have special guest Luciano pouring the latest vintages of his wines including the stunning Lacrima di Morro d'Alba "Gavigliano," along with other fantastic blends and Delfina's longtime favorite, the Lacrima Passitio dessert wine.
To accompany these wines our a la carte menu will feature dishes inspired from the Marche, which has a cuisine rich in food from both the sea and the land. The menu may include: Brodetto di Pesce (with 11 different kinds of seafood!), Fregnacce with Louisiana White Shrimp, Lasagna Vincigrassi, and Rabbit in Pottacchio.
10th ANNUAL PASSOVER WEEK
Wednesday, April 8th - Monday, April 13th
Please join us during the week of Passover to enjoy some special dishes inspired by Passover, spring, and a melding of our very own traditions. This is not a seder, but a weeklong, a la carte, daily-changing menu celebrating the holiday, featuring both seasonal and festive dishes.
Menus may include: Brisket, Carciofi alla Giudea, Poached Bass with Gelatina and Walnut Sauce, Veal Tongue Dolce-Forte, Risi Bisi, Passover Ribollita, an edible seder plate, and Matzoh Ball Soup made in the Stoll family tradition, as well as many of our signature dishes like Spaghetti and Roasted Chicken. On Sunday, April 12th, we will be celebrating Easter as well. Please join us for spring lamb, local spring vegetables, Stracciatella, and some exciting surprises!
Keep in mind that it's not kosher and we make no claims as to authenticity- only to deliciousness and fun!
Delfina Celebrates the Food and Wine of Campania with Guest Winemaker Bruno De Conciliis
Wednesday, March 11th
De Conciliis is a pioneering winery making waves in the southern Italian region of Campania. It is located just south of the famous Amalfi coast in the relatively uncharted Cilento zone, Italy's second largest national park. Amidst arid, hard-to-till land, De Conciliis is producing full-bodied, fruit driven Fianos and Aglianicos that are
as complex and elegant as they are approachable. Highly sought after on both sides
of the Atlantic, their wines have reached cult status in the States and received Italy’s prestigious Tre Bicchieri award.
Bruno De Conciliis is the dedicated winemaker at the helm of this acclaimed winery. For years his wines have been featured at both Delfina and Pizzeria Delfina, and we are excited to welcome him here to share with us a selection of his latest vintages.
To provide a perfect match to these bright and fresh wines, the evening's a la carte menu will include dishes inspired from the flavorful cuisine of Campania.