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Special Restaurant Dinners - Winemaker Dinners

Can anyone suggest restaurants who have periodic special dinners/winemaker dinners to which I could take guests?

I hoping for a resultant that seats 24 - 36 or so in a well-appointed setting for straight forward well-prepared food that is not overly fussy.
My party would comprise perhaps 4-6 of the total. I have found that oftentimes the food at such events is more overworked and interesting than good.

My preference is for tasty bistro/trattoria style food rather than haute cuisine.

I suppose that the daily dinners at Chez Panisse might be a good model for what I am looking for, but do any other places come to mind?
First choice is San Francisco but would consider other places as well. I haven't been to Oliveto's Head to Tail (?) dinner but think I would prefer something of that caliber but perhaps with the food items being more mainstream.

Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  1. Sent Sovi in Saratoga has regular wine dinners with local growers. They are usually in a private room that I would
    guess seats 25-30 people. I have enjoyed these events because
    its a communal table - its a great opportunity to meet other
    wine people.

    Upcoming events Cinnabar Mar 29, Pelican Ranch Apr 26.

    www.sentsovi.com

    1. I went to a lovely Copain dinner at Plumpjack. They have a great back room and the food which accompanied the wines were top-notch. Thanks for reminding me that I need to go back and order off their menu!

      1. Some wine shops organize dinners like that on a more or less regular basis. K&L does them often. Farmstead in Alameda has done them at Eccolo and Bay Wolf.

        http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp
        http://farmsteadcheesesandwines.com

        1. You might want to try winery web sites if you are looking for "winemaker" dinners. A lot of times they will advertise them on their sites to try and get patrons.

          1. Liaison in Berkeley has some events scattered throughout the year. They also have a wine club where everyone brings in a specific style of wine and share with others to a special menu created by Todd Kneiss. I'm not sure of the web site address but the phone is 510 849-2155.

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            1. re: foodfan

              Here's the link to their Special Events pages, which list all of the upcoming winemaker dinners

              http://www.liaisonbistro.com/special_...

              As an aside, the food at Liaison seems to have been invigorated lately. Given that it's my local, I have always used it as a comfortable option when I wasn't feeling too ambitious.

              But my most three most recent meals there have rivaled some of the best Bay Area bistros, along with many in Paris, and it has now become a destination of first choice.