Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

  • Proud of PRIDE

    To the community, we one hundred percent stand beside you and celebrate your humanity on this month and always. Thank you for your beautiful, complex spirits.

    We get to interact with some extraordinary individuals & teams in our work and wanted to highlight some LGBTQIA-owned or operated businesses. And now that the parade is over, you might be able to get a table at one of them! Go forth and enjoy!



    5179 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
    Preeti & Ann have struck gold with their casual Oakland establishment that seems to have its priorities in order. Also check out Navi Kitchen in Emeryville. 👌


    2251 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
    You may not be able to get these delightful PRIDE cupcakes all year, but just ask owner Rick Hamer and something fabulous will turn up in front of you.


    3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
    Variety is the spice of life at Atelier Crenn & this team consists of some truly mad geniuses. The experiences they create is the stuff dreams are made of.



    [click link for locations] Helen & Brooke started Equator from a garage in Marin County and have grown steadily, becoming a National Small Business of the Year in 2016 from the SBA.



    3407 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
    Jen Biesty & Ted Nugent have put together an enduring, classic oasis on Lakeshore Ave. Stop by for a creative menu, happy hour mastery, or a laugh with Jen & Ted.



    69 Bluxome St, San Francisco, CA 94107
    This cool brewery on Bluxome Street is woman-owned and they make absolutely delicious beers like Let’s Get Tropical, Mezcal Red, & Sweet Emotion.



    705 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
    You can find all kinds of wonderful wines, artisanal products, and handmade crafts in Flora’s shop in North Beach. Put together a special meal for your beloved or yourself!

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  • Ready for This?

    We’re rolling into 2016 full steam ahead, and wanted to share some of the projects you can look forward to this year, assisted by yours truly. More good things coming from a lot of our repeat clients, making the world a more delicious and/or drunken place again and again (and again…).

    Umberto Gibin & Staffan Terje, in addition to being lovely human beings, know their way around a successful restaurant. Volta is a stunning space, the result of a complete renovation at 868 Mission. It practically begs to be photographed. [See above.] And then there’s the food — French brasserie with Scandinavian influences — these veterans from Perbacco & Barbacco can make a damn good plate of it.

    We’re in awe of Charles Bilillies & crew. They’ve nailed a great concept, affordable yet fab food, and they execute it with aplomb. We brought our friends from the SFPD there one afternoon which kicked off almost weekly lunches enjoyed by the Department… so you can assume they’re running a legit operation.  Charles is readying to open on Divis and there’s serious talk for a third location in the near future. Join us in praying that it’s Oakland.

    Alvin Garcia & Tom Patella have been busy bees running Causwell’s on Chestnut, opening Popson’s on Market (Alvin’s solo project just next door to Tommy Kneecap’s upcoming joint, Waystone). If you can’t wait until March to try the famous Popson’s burger, you’re in luck because a pop up take over of the old Marlowe Burger at 330 Townsend in Soma is now open. Gentlemen, your Adriano Paganini background is showing. And we couldn’t be happier about it.

    Telefèric Barcelona
    Authentic Basque cuisine is now in… Walnut Creek? Most of our clients are consummate hospitality purveyors, but Xavi Padrosa impressed when he shared his uni risotto with us during a preliminary meeting. Telefèric Barcelona has already made a name for itself as a lively, positively scrumptious destination and they’ve been open for literally 11 days.

    Gasp! The Monarch team bought Mighty! They’re flossing it out in signature Monarch fashion and certainly have some cool ideas in mind, many of which even we are not privy to. Whatever it is, it will be damn good.

    Warren Rector of Portal in Oakland opens Philomena on 14th Ave, Oakland, in February. Portal has been a major player in East Bay beer enjoyment and rather wonderful food on their sprawling patio.  Warren creates the type of places you feel at home immediately and for the long haul, which may or may not be a good thing when you start boozing at 11.

    Barcha has been around for a while, but they are going through some upgrades including procuring a distilled spirits license. Santé! Peter Steiner is responsible for the bar program at Barcha, which will certainly be a hit amongst the faithful clientele from Barcha & Sens.

    Welp, that should keep you busy for a while. Good god, it’s hard to keep up! Here’s to a delicious & interesting 2016!

    ABC License Company


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  • Get Your Events Right

    You have your liquor license and adoring patrons who now want you to cater their events– a holiday dinner in Big Sur, a Twitter party at a loft, or maybe providing cocktails for a charity event.

    None of those magical things can happen until your event is authorized with the Dept. of ABC. Please think of catering events as a two-step process. Here are some things to know about properly catering your events:


    Get Your Catering License

    First and foremost, Type 41 & Type 47 licenses allow you to easily obtain a Type 58 Catering Permit. This is a simple, quick process that you will want to make sure is in place well-before any potential events. Don’t procrastinate though, this will become a nightmare when your event is scheduled! Send a check for $127 (no CC’s, this is the Dept. of ABC) along with this form, NOTARIZED, to your local ABC District Office to get that in order. Or, make the trip yourself and an ABC employee can sign off, no notarization needed. Also a good time to ask them about any upcoming events and what they will require.


    Fill Out Your Event Authorization Form

    The next step is to determine if an Event Authorization is needed – the rule of thumb is: if the event is PRIVATE, no alcohol will be sold, and the venue is not licensed, nothing further needs to be done.  If the event is PUBLIC or alcohol will be sold, well, of course, there’s more. That next step is to complete this form, ABC 218.  Most ticketed events are considered public and require the Authorization, so call us if you are unsure of your event designation.

    If an Event Authorization is required and it is PUBLIC and/or over 500 people, you may need police department approval. Police departments like to have 2 weeks to review, so best to submit a completed ABC 218 to the PD at least 3-4 weeks prior to the event (before submitting to the ABC). Sometimes they have their own Event Authorization forms, so check with your local PD to find out.  The landlord may be required to sign off on your event, and a diagram may also be required, so check with us or with ABC to determine what all is needed. The ABC 218 is a short form that takes a LONG time to complete, so start EARLY!


    Submit the Forms to the Department of ABC

    ABC likes a week notice to your event. So submit your ABC 218 form good and early with a check ($25 per isolated serving station but these rules are tricky so confirm fees prior to sending.)

    Note: If you’re submitting less than 5 business days before the event date, you will need a certified check or money order for ABC to process it on time. 

    Get in the habit of submitting your event authorization requests as early as possible to keep yourself in good standing with the Department of ABC.  Be respectful when you’re submitting, the intake officers at ABC are your gatekeepers.  And of course, reach out to us if you have any questions for a specific situation.  We love to hear what you’re up to.

    To many joyous and successful events…

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