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Scenes from Whole Foods Market ‘Taste of the Holidays’

We were very fortunate to be invited by Whole Foods Market to a festive sneak peek this past Wednesday of their holiday offerings for the upcoming season.

We sampled a variety of delicious foods, dishes and drinks from the Whole Foods Market holiday menu, including creations from William-Sonoma’s Amanda Haas, Nom Nom Paleo’s Michelle Tam, Top Chef finalist Melissa King and Whole Foods Markets’ Trent Page.

The event took place at Tank18 in San Francisco.

Taylor from Whole Foods Market and Patrick and Austin of Headlands Brewing Company.

Taylor and Headlands teamed up to create Cloudview White Ale, which made its debut at this event. It’s their take on a holiday beer and will be sold exclusively at Whole Foods Market.

We tasted a number of delicious cheeses, expertly guided by Nicholas, a certified cheese professional.

Also making its debut was the Golden Milk & Gingerbread Ice Cream, launched by Humphrey Slocombe and chef Melissa King and exclusive to Whole Foods Market as well.

We really appreciated the wonderfully warm hospitality provided throughout the evening. And it was great to have the opportunities to catch up with Greg (second from left), Melanie and Jen.

PR extraordinaire Erika.

As regular shoppers at Whole Foods Market – and having enjoyed the convenience of ordering fully-cooked turkeys and sides for past Thanksgivings – we fully appreciated seeing up close – and tasting! – the plethora of ways to help enhance the flavors of the holidays.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


2017 Halloween Beerwalk Edition

The popular Halloween edition of Beerwalk is set for Sat., Oct. 28 in Willow Glen from 2pm-5pm.

For the sixth straight year, folks will be dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoying beer tastings – including offerings from a half-dozen San Jose breweries – at a variety of local shops throughout downtown Willow Glen.

Based on past Beerwalks – not to mention the latest weather updates predicting a gorgeous afternoon – no doubt plenty of fun and good times will be had by many as usual.

Participating Breweries

  • Hermitage Brewing
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing
  • Anchor Brewing Co.
  • 10 Barrel Brewing
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Hapa’s Brewing
  • Ballast Point
  • Goose Island
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Elysian
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Geartooth Alewerks

Tasting Locations

  • 20twenty cheese bar
  • Atelier Salon & Barber Shop
  • Bay Area Phone Doctor
  • Bella James
  • Castlerock Realty
  • Eye Luv Lucy Optometry
  • Details Clothing Co.
  • Gold Star Jewelers
  • Goosetown Lounge
  • Haute Tan Airbrush Tanning
  • Island Inspired
  • Main Street Burgers
  • Mariette Chocolates
  • Ohana Board Shop
  • Park Place Vintage
  • Round Table Pizza
  • The Source Willow Glen
  • Whatnots & Dodads
  • Willow Glen Diamond Company
  • Bruni Gallery

Early bird tickets are still available through the weekend and go up to $35 starting on Monday. Tickets include tastings, souvenir glass and passport.

Check-in starts at 1:30pm (until 4:30pm) at Goosetown Lounge (1072 Lincoln Ave.).

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the Halloween Beerwalk Eventbrite page.

The Cider Junction Grand Opening Celebration

The Cider Junction bistro & bottle shop – located in Willow Glen at 820 Willow St., Suite 100 – will celebrate their grand opening tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11am to 4pm.

The first 100 patrons will receive commemorative glassware. San Jose City Councilmember Dev Davis will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The celebration will also serve as a fundraiser for the North Bay fire victims. All proceeds from a special cider flight from Sonoma and Mendocino County cideries – including sales of Alluvium Pilsner and Megathrust IPA from Santa Rosa’s Seismic Brewing Co. plus raffle tickets – will be going to the cause.

We were able to check out Cider Junction a couple of weeks back when they first opened their doors.

Cider Junction has 26 ciders on tap.

It was great to see on the menu the latest offering from Sunnyvale’s Red Branch Cider Company – the deliciously sweet, hibiscus-infused Flor De Jamaica.

Cider Junction also has 6 beers on tap – all California breweries.

Included on tap was one of my all-time favorites: Ophion Golden Strong Farmhouse Sour from San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company.

The mixed cheese and charcuterie board. Yummy!

A super enjoyable cider flight.

Cider Junction owners Claudia Derp and Tracy Smith.

We first met Claudia and Tracy earlier this summer at the Willow Glen Beerwalk in July. We were originally struck by their wonderful energy – along with those of all their supportive friends and family.

It was great for us to see that Claudia and Tracy have been able to infuse the same wonderful vibes into Cider Junction.

We loved visiting Cider Junction – such a great space with tasty plates, attentive service and a diverse selection of ciders and beer.

With an expanding menu and 2/3 of their taps in constant rotation, we’ll be visiting often for sure.

Their hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 4pm-10pm
  • Friday: 4pm-11pm
  • Saturday: 11am-midnight
  • Sunday: 11am-8pm

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


Half Moon Bay Brewing Hosts 4th Annual Coastside Brewfest, Plus Fall Beers and Events

Credit: Half Moon Bay Brewing

Coastside Brewfest

The fourth annual Coastside Brewfest – presented by the Mavericks Community Foundation – is set for this Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1pm to 5pm at the waterfront parking lot of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company (390 Capistrano Rd.).

This year’s list of nearly two dozen participating breweries – plus a cidery – includes:

  • Alpha Acid
  • Altamont
  • Alvarado Street
  • Barebottle
  • Bartlett Hall
  • Golden State Cider
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Discretion
  • Drakes
  • E.J Phair
  • Faction
  • Fieldwork
  • Fort Point
  • Hop Dogma Brewing Co.
  • Marin Brewing Company
  • Morgan Territory
  • New Bohemia
  • Novel
  • Pine Street
  • Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen
  • Santa Clara Valley
  • Sudwerk
  • Temescal
  • Track 7

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will be open for dining throughout the event. Additionally, local food will be offered including Seville Tapas, Spicoli Pizza and barbecue by American Legion Post 474.

Tickets to Coastal Brewfest are $30 in advance and available for purchase at the brewfest’s Eventbrite page. Tickets are $35 at the door, and designated driver tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit the Mavericks Community Foundation seeking to promote the San Mateo County coastside and Coastside Hope.

Fall Brews

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has re-released three signature beers:

Take it to the Limit Barleywine, an American-Style Barleywine displays a deep amber color, with Crystal and Munich malts presenting strong fruity esters in the aroma while American hops identify this as an American take on a classic. The high alcohol is evident, adding to the complexity of this smooth barleywine, and combines with a two-month aging process in stainless steel to result in a smooth dark beer. 14% ABV & 84 IBUs.

Pumpkin Harvest Ale, a full-bodied Amber Ale is made with locally grown sugar pie pumpkins that are roasted with a secret blend of spices added to the brew kettle, resulting in a subtle pumpkin pie spice flavor balanced by a biscuity maltiness. 6.3% ABV & 23 IBUs.

Papa Juice Old Ale, a small batch, limited release old ale, aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels. The deep ruby red color lets you know you’re in for a smooth ride, while the American hops add a well-distinguished dryness to the finish. The sweetness of the beer has been transformed by the oak in the barrel, resulting in an easy drinking old ale. 13.1% ABV.

Crowler Launch

Guests at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will be able to take beer to-go and enjoy the quality-saving powers of the can with a 32 oz. crowler. For the unfamiliar, a crowler is the can’s take on a growler, allowing breweries and taprooms to fill and seal aluminum cans on-demand. The containers combine the flexibility and portability of growlers with the quality-preserving properties of a can.

Pumpkin Menu

On the menu through October is a special pumpkin menu created by chef Fred Godinez, featuring butternut squash soup, brussels sprouts salad with pumpkin vinaigrette and desserts including pumpkin ice cream.

Halloween Party

The annual Halloween Party takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 with live music from 7pm to 10pm featuring The Bonedrivers. The annual costume contest begins at 8pm, where guests of all ages are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories, including most original costume, best group costume, trendiest costume, scariest and cutest.

Pumpkin Harvest Dinner

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s annual Harvest Dinner is back by popular demand and will take place Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6pm at the Mavericks Event Center. The dinner – prepared by chef Godinez – celebrates the farms and breweries on the San Mateo County coast and will feature local Pescadero farmer Simms Organics and brewmaster James Costa’s hand-crafted Pumpkin Harvest Ale.

Strike Brewing Company Brewery and Taproom Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

Cheers to 3 Years! Strike Brewing Company is celebrating the third anniversary of their 10th Street brewery and taproom location (2099 10th St., #30) this Saturday, Oct. 7 from 1pm to 9pm.

There’ll be good eats with Gold Rush Eatery (1-4pm) and Cochi BBQ (4-8pm), a silent auction from Sports Gallery, special release beers and more.

Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative pint glass and three pours.

Limited, One-Off Beers

Look for the following special release beers at the celebration:

  • Triple Play Triple IPA
  • Kettle Sour with Mango
  • Imperial Stout with Chocolate & Orange
  • Stone Finger Tart Saison
  • Cask Aged Two Seam IPA with Grapefruit

Descriptions below:

  • Triple Play Triple IPA, 11.8% ABV, 80 IBU – In celebration of our Third Aniversary at our 10th Street location, we decided it was only appropriate to brew a behemoth of a triple IPA. Massive whirlpool additions and a double dry hop with Simcoe, Azacca, Loral, and Mosaic hops dominate the aroma and flavor with notes of pineapple, mango, and melon.
  • Kettle Sour with Mango, 5.1% ABV, 10 IBU – Our latest kettle sour, fermented with a strain of lactic acid producing bacteria that creates a wonderful fruity tartness. After primary fermentation, we conditioned it on fresh mango puree to up the juciness to an extreme. Light, crisp, and wonderfully tart with bright mango flavor at the forefront.
  • Imperial Stout with Chocolate and Orange, 7.9% ABV, 35 IBU – An American style imperial stout that is bold yet smooth, boasting a chewy body and huge roasted malt character. The addition of cacao and fresh orange zest before packaging works in harmony with the sweet, full-bodied base, creating a winning combination of flavors for your palate.
  • Stone Finger Tart Saison, 4.7% ABV, 20 IBU – Stone Finger is back! Aged in red wine barrels for over a year now, this Belgian style saison was soured by an awesome blend of brettanomyces and lactobacillus. Complex funk and acidity mingle in this bright, refreshing tart Saison.
  • Cask: Two Seam IPA with Grapefruit , 6.5% ABV, 68 IBU – We’re also tapping a cask of Two Seam IPA infused with fresh grapefruit zest! Try a new take on one of your favorites.

Taco Takeover Comes to San Jose’s Avaya Stadium, Plus 20% Discount Code

I didn’t get to enjoy any tacos on National Taco Day today, but I’ll be sure to make up for it this Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Taco Takeover festival taking place at the home of the San Jose Earthquakes – Avaya Stadium (1123 Coleman Ave.).

Taco Takeover is presented by Cannonball Productions – the same folks behind the popular Bacon and Beer Classic events – and will feature cocktails, beer and tequila samples paired with tacos from local restaurants, including original recipes from Olla Cocina, Tacolicious, Tacomania, Tacos el Pelon, Araujo’s Mexican Grill and more.

A​ ​panel​ ​of​ ​judges​ ​- including yours truly – will​ ​be on hand to award​ ​the​ ​best​ ​tacos​.

There’ll also be games and activities – bobbing for churros, nacho eating contest and more – and a live Mariachi band, not to mention the picture-perfect weather.

Kate​ ​Levenstien,​ ​founder​ ​of​ ​Cannonball​ ​Productions​ ​and​ ​the​ popular ​Bacon​ ​and​ ​Beer​ ​Classic,​ ​is​ ​thrilled​ ​to introduce​ ​Taco​ ​Takeover​ ​to​ ​foodies​ ​and​ ​tequila​ ​lovers​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country.

With recent Taco Takeovers having taken place in New York City and Dallas, Kate shares, ​“We​ ​know​ ​just​ ​how​ ​much people​ ​love​ ​bacon​ ​and​ ​beer,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​response​ ​we’ve​ ​seen​ ​to​ ​Taco​ ​Takeover​ ​is​ ​by​ ​far​ ​the​ ​most​ ​ecstatic yet.​ ​There’s​ ​something​ ​about​ ​a​ ​refreshing​ ​margarita​ ​in​ ​one​ ​hand​ ​and​ ​a​ ​guac-topped​ ​taco​ ​in​ ​the​ ​other​ ​that is​ ​simply​ ​unbeatable.​

“We​ ​can’t​ ​wait​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​this​ ​delicious​ ​combination​ ​to​ ​San​ ​Jose​ ​and​ ​beyond.”


Guests​ ​can​ ​choose​ ​from​ ​two​ ​2.5-hour​ ​sessions​ ​on​ ​Saturday.​ ​General Admission​ ​tickets​ ​are ​$59. ​ ​​VIP​ ​tickets​ ​are $75, good for ​half-hour​ ​early​ ​entry​ ​and access​ ​to​ ​an​ ​exclusive​ ​guacamole​ ​bar.​ ​All​ ​tickets​ ​include​ ​a​ ​souvenir​ ​tasting​ ​glass.

20% Discount Code

Use Discount Code “grateful” to receive 20% off both General Admission and VIP tickets.

For​ ​more​ ​information​ ​about​ ​the​ ​festival, visit the Taco Takeover website.

Cannonball Productions​ ​is​ ​committed​ ​to​ ​partnering​ ​with​ ​food​ ​recovery​ ​programs​ ​in​ ​every​ ​host​ ​city, ​and​ ​will​ ​donate leftover​ ​food​ ​from​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Jose​ ​event​ ​to​ ​the​ ​homeless.

August 2017 Beer Share 2 of 2

So a week after the previous beer share meet-up, a group of us were back at it at Taplands, heeding the call put forth – once again – by local beer enthusiast Michael Su.

Jillian of Taplands enthusiastically served up Half Moon Bay’s Hop Dogma Brewing Co. Silly Gimmick Northeast Style Double IPA.

Virginia’s The Veil Brewing Co. Never Scared Pink Guava Gose Ale.

Vermont’s The Alchemist Heady Topper Double IPA.

The early group, including Dale, Michael, Ray, Barry, wifey and Matt.

Ohio’s North High Brewing collaboration with Pennsylvania’s Weyerbacher Brewing – HighWeyer Double IPA.

Michigan’s Old National Brewing Company Boxer New England IPA.

Oregon’s Rogue Ales XS Old Crustacean Barleywine (bottled in 2002).

The Veil Brewing Co. Hornswoggled Chocolate Milk Stout.

Alaskan Brewing Company Barley Wine Ale (2009).

Ohio’s Hoof Hearted Brewing Konkey Dong Double IPA.

Anaheim’s Bottle Logic Brewing Down Down New England Style IPA.

When I asked Michael what motivated him to share all these wonderful beers, he stated:

“Wish I could give some poetic answer, but alas there is none. I like trading for beer. Sometimes, the rush from closing a trade is more satisfying than the beer itself, <lol>. And then I end up with all this beer I can’t possibly drink myself. Plus, it’s way more fun sharing beer with others than just chugging solo.”

I’m sure there are many like me who are very appreciative of Michael’s generosity. Thank you, Michael!

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


August 2017 Beer Share 1 of 2

In the midst of an unusually hectic summer, I was very fortunate to be able to attend a couple beer sharing meet-ups late last month.

They took place at Taplands and spearheaded by local beer enthusiast Michael Su, who brought many stellar cans to share with us fellow South Bay Beerhounds.

First up: pre-gaming with Taplands’ own 40 Whacks Northeast Style IPA with Blood Orange.

Sophia and Dale generously shared special beers as well.

Group photo, courtesy of Jill of Taplands: Brian, yours truly, Sophia, Michael, Dale, Amanda, Terry.

Here we go…

Sacramento’s Track Seven Brewing Company Mo’Suka Northeast-Inspired Double IPA.

Monterey’s Alvarado Street Brewery Cool Runoffs Double IPA.

Iowa’s Toppling Goliath Brewing Company King Sue Double IPA.

Brewed by Oregon’s Hair of the Dog Brewing Company at Belgium’s Brouwerij de Molen – Binkie Claws = Doggie Claws Ale Barleywine (bottle dated 8-5-15).

Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter.

Oakland’s Temescal Brewing Your Favorite Jerks IPA.

Sacramento’s New Glory Craft Brewery Astro Haze Galaxy IPA.

Massachusetts’ Tree House Brewing Company Lights On American Pale Ale.

Massachusetts’ Trillium Brewing Company Double Dry Hopped Congress Street IPA.

San Francisco’s Cellarmaker Brewing Company collaboration with Torrance’s Monkish Brewing Co. – Keeping the Family Together Double IPA.

New Glory Flippin’ Good Pancake Brown Ale.

Alvarado Street Chiffon Fog IPA.

Ohio’s Hoof Hearted Brewing collaboration with Maryland’s RaR Brewing – Party At: Steve Guttenberg’s House Double IPA.

Auburn’s Moonraker Brewing Company Yojo IPA.

Wisconsin’s New Glarus Brewing Co. Enigma Sour Brown Ale.

Oregon’s Great Notion Brewing Juice Jr. IPA.

Tree House Julius IPA.

Tree House Single Shot Coffee Milk Stout.

Virginia’s The Veil Brewing Co. collaboration with New York’s Other Half Brewing Company – All Wheat Everything Double IPA.

Berkeley’s Fieldwork Brewing Company Shoot the Moon American Stout.

Pennsylvania’s Tired Hands Brewing Company Refreshing Double IPA.

Trillium collaboration with Other Half: Two Hundred Thousand Trillion Double IPA.

Moonraker collaboration with Alvarado St. – Electric Lettuce Double IPA.

Another group photo, including Amanda, Terry, Matt, Michael, Tiyo, Brian and Dale. Cheers!

New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb Wisconsin Wild Fruit Ale.

Washington’s Reuben’s Brews Anniversary Style Juice IPA.

Lance (chief beerhound), Tiyo, Dale, Amanda, Terry.

Alvarado Street DeLorean Dust Double IPA.

Matt of Taplands with Michael and Terry.

Hoof Hearted Who’d Like to Hold my Clipboard? Double IPA with Pink Guava, Vanilla & Lactose Added.

Trillium Small Bird Series: Skimpy Sparrow American Pale Ale.

New Jersey’s Magnify Brewing Dr. Citra IPA.

The beer share was simply epic, and I ended up staying much, much longer than originally planned.

Extremely generous folks brought wonderful beers to share. Thanks to all for such special beers and for your splendid company and the festive vibes.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


PS: The next post is another beer share recap that took place a week later.

5th Annual Mountain View Oktoberfest

My favorite local Oktoberfest celebration is set to take place this weekend – the fifth annual Mountain View Oktoberfest presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be held on Saturday (Sep. 30) and Sunday (Oct. 1) from 11am to 7pm each day in the open-air parking lot located directly behind Steins at Bryant and Dana Streets, one block west of Castro St. The weather looks to be picture perfect.

Mountain View Oktoberfest will feature traditional German food, German beers and live entertainment, including music by Big Lou’s Accordion, The SF German Band and Alpiners USA. Check the MV Oktoberfest website for the entertainment schedule.

There’ll also be an expansive Oktoberfest tent, traditional Oktoberfest wood tables and benches for communal sitting, pretzel eating and stein holding contests, traditional songs and dance, as well as bouncy houses and face painting for kids.

Steins owner Ted Kim shares: “We’re happy to be celebrating our fifth year hosting the Mountain View Oktoberfest! Since its inception, the festival has grown to become a city staple and one of the most anticipated events of the year.

“This year at the Mountain View Oktoberfest guests will be able to choose from seven different beer offerings: six authentic styles from German beer houses and a special local brew combining sweet Munich malts and west coast hops.

“Additionally, there will be plenty of eats as Teske’s Germania and others serve up delicious German cuisine.

“Come out and join us for another fun-filled Oktoberfest! All ages welcome!”

Food & Beer

A variety of food will be available for purchase from four different vendors, including traditional German dishes from German restaurant Teske’s Germania.

German (and German-style) beers include:

  • Doppelbock Dunkel – Andechs
  • Pilsner – Paulaner
  • Helles Lager – Weltenburger
  • Oktoberfest – Hofbräuhaus
  • Grapefruit Radler – Steigl
  • Hefeweizen – Weihenstephaner
  • Hoptoberfest – South Bay 

Prices and Ticket Information

  • $11 for 0.5-liter commemorative stein; requires 1 drink ticket to fill
  • $16 for 1-liter commemorative stein; requires 2 drink tickets to fill
  • $25 for 1-liter boot (limited quantities); requires 2 drink tickets to fill

Drink tickets: $9 for 1 drink ticket and $35 for 4 tickets.

Food: $6-$15 (depending on the dish).


A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit SOAR – Student Outreach Award Resource – a partner charity with the Chamber of Commerce. SOAR is known throughout the community for its financial help and scholarship awards for high school and community college students looking to advance their education.

Scenes from Scott’s Seafood ‘Best of Summer’ Beer Dinner Featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing

Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose held their latest beer pairing dinner earlier this summer – a special beer-and-food pairing event.

The late July weather – plus the gorgeous views form the sixth-floor, rooftop patio – provided a picture-perfect backdrop.

The sold-out dinner featured beers from San Jose’s Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

Scott’s Seafood general manager Marc Buhagiar helped pour SCV Brewing’s refreshing and crisp Dry Creek Blonde, which accompanied a generous cheese and charcuterie platter.

SCV Brewing’s Alviso Mills Hefeweizen – with its aromas and flavors of cloves and bananas – paired nicely with the Scallop Crudo, thinly sliced raw sea scallop with a citrus soy sauce.

SCV Brewing’s Electric Tower IPA complemented the Steak Tartare, served with arugula and crispy shallots.

The Melon Gazpacho was unexpected and quite the unique treat.

Marc and Joann Vaega, Scott’s Seafood marketing director, helped facilitate a fun raffle.

Sitting with friends this lovely evening made the dinner extra special.

Among the many having a good time were Jake and Carl. Cheers, guys!

SCV Brewing’s New Almaden Red is a versatile food-pairing beer and matched well with the Halibut, served with a saffron risotto and mushroom ragout topped with basil pesto.

The delicious Electric Tower IPA – with its hints of citrus, tropical fruit and pine – also has a radiant appearance.

SCV Brewing’s Tom Clark shared a few words about his brewery.

The Chef’s Surprise was the sublime Wild Berry Panna Cotta with a berry compote, which was paired with SCV Brewing’s excellent Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Loma Prieta (Oatmeal Rye Imperial Stout). This course and pairing was a particular favorite among the guests that I polled.

Tom and Coleen Clark.

Some of the Scott’s Seafood crew. All provided attentive, top-notch service. Great job everyone! Cheers!

Food and beverage director Sammy Reyes (left) talking with a couple of satisfied guests.

SCV Brewing Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Loma Prieta capped off another glorious beer dinner event at Scott’s Seafood.

Save the Date – Oct. 30 Rum Cocktail Pairing Dinner

Scott’s next special pairing dinner looks to be a very interesting – and tasty – event that will feature rum cocktails.

Scott’s will present a four-course rum cocktail-and-food pairing dinner featuring Angostura rums. The dinner is set for Monday, Oct. 30.