This week, Perks is bringing you an exclusive invite to spend Labor Day weekend in Napa with Thomas Keller, hanging out at the French Laundry, and he’ll take you on a culinary whirlwind of catered meals and demonstrations. Save your appetite.
Things to do for July 15, 2010
Fast Cars, Bacon Ice Cream and Psycho
The weekend is having vuvuzela withdrawal.
Drawings by David Byrne and Dave Eggers
Not only will the drawings of both local scribe Dave Eggers and Talking Heads front man David Byrne be on display—for the first time, in the same room—but these Renaissance men will also be on hand to discuss. With a menagerie of 100 pencil drawings of furry, feathery and scaly creatures, as well as random tree diagrams, we think you’ll have a lot to talk about.
Lamb Two Ways at Prospect
Rule of dining out #337: lamb two ways is always better than one. Especially when it’s a long-braised boneless loin on top of harissa-honey-glazed grilled ribs—all garnished with Padrón peppers, olives and feta from the South of France. Which reminds us of rule #712: nothing cuts the richness of all that lamb like bourbon. In this case, we think it’s okay to go ahead and follow the rules.
A pig roast on Epic’s patio is just the beginning of this pork-and-pinot-filled summer party, with pulled-pork sandwiches, spare ribs and porchetta. Chef Birnbaum will be manning the grill and slinging housemade sausages, and before they send you off, make sure to try the maple ice cream and bacon brittle. Pork wins again.
Fifty never-been-printed rock photos from the ’60s and ’70s—from the Fab Four backstage to Keith Richards at Villa Nellcôte—will be ready for viewing Saturday over a few gin and tonics at the opening reception. You have permission to party like a rock star.
Hitchcock’s iconic shower-stabbing thriller will be screened on Saturday while the all-string San Francisco Symphony Orchestra plays along in concert. We suggest you shower beforehand. Or at least have a shower companion ready to go for after...
Presidio of SF Concours d’Elegance
The green at the Presidio’s main post will be dotted with hundreds of collectors’ cars on display, including the debut of a ’67 Ferrari 330 GTS. There’s also a cigar and scotch lounge, and tents for wine tasting—think of it as drinking and not driving.
The math speaks for itself: with at least 20 chefs (from SPQR to Namu to Incanto) prepping their own lamb dishes and wine to pair, you’re in for a gluttonous afternoon. You’ll get to vote on your favorites, but really, everyone’s a winner here.