Beat Them to the Punch

Wed Nov 20, 2013
San Francisco Ferry Building
5:30pm - 8pm
Restaurants, Bars, Food & Drink Event/Festival


Pull your party dresses and bow ties out of the closet for the kick-off event of the holiday season: Beat them to the Punch: Fall Cocktails of the Farmers Market. While the months ahead will surely feature obligatory office parties and family gatherings, you won’t want to miss this evening of overflowing punch bowls and savory bites with your friends.

Join CUESA and the Northern California chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) in the Ferry Building’s Grand Hall for a cozy night of creative holiday punches, hot spiced drinks, and nogs. An all-star lineup of bartenders and chefs will highlight fresh produce from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, like pomegranates, persimmons, pears, citrus, and other fall delights.

Guests receive two full-sized signature cocktails featuring Herradura Tequila, 11 sample sized drinks, and delicious hors d’oeuvres from ten of the Bay Area’s hottest chefs. A recipe booklet will be shared with attendees featuring all 13 seasonal drinks to inspire future party planning. Beat the party season to the punch and warm your soul with good friends as the winter holidays set in. There’ll be no Chardonnay, baked Brie, or fruitcake at this fete!

Tickets: $45, inclusive of all food and drink

Participating Bartenders and Bars:

Mauricio Moe Arce, Monarch

Adam Barr & Ruari Horan, Rock Bar

Tayler Buffington, Range

John DeCarlis, Chapel

Erik Ellstad, Slanted Door Group

Levi Jacobs, The New Easy

Dillon Lockwood & Alex Smith, Novela

Andrew Meltzer, 15 Romolo

Suzie Robinson, Blowfish Sushi

Aaron Sears, Palmer's Tavern

Vita Simone, Kingston 11 and Sassafras Seagrass

Trent Simpson, La Urbana

Mari Urquizo, Buckshot

Featured Fine Spirits:

209 Gin

American Harvest Vodka

Breaking and Entering Bourbon

Charbay Pomegranate Vodka

Crystal Head Vodka

Cointreau Noir


Jack Daniel's Unaged Rye

Jim Beam Signature Craft Series 12 Year Bourbon


Reyka Vodka

Tequila Herradura

Participating Chefs and Restaurants:

Adam Carpenter, The Park Bistro & Bar

Benjamin Klein, La Urbana

Hiroo Nagahara, HN2 Group

Mario Tolentino, Betelnut SF

Erica Holland Toll, Prather Ranch Meat Co. American Eatery

Phil West & Rachel Sillcocks, Range

Mike Yakura, Dobbs Ferry

Nick Yoon, Izakaya Kou

Stephane Tonnelier, FIVE

NOTE: Tickets are nonrefundable. No one under 21 years old will be admitted.

Photos by Valter Fabiano.



  1. San Francisco Ferry Building
    One Ferry Building , San Francisco, CA