Wo Hing General Store and Foreign Cinema are both holding special wine pairing dinners this week with a pair of distinct wineries.

On Monday, August 20, Wo Hing will be partnering with Brooks Winery in Oregon for a special family-style dinner. Chef de cuisine Michelle Mah will be offering an array of appetizers and entrees for each table to share. Chris Williams from Brooks Winery will be on hand offering four wines (2011 Bois Joli, 2007 Ara Riesling, 2009 Janus Pinot Noir, 2007 Rastaban Pinot Noir) as well. The full menu from Mah is below:


Chopped Yuba and Mushroom Salad

Shu Mai Dumplings

Honey/Thai Chili Grilled Chicken Skewers w/ Baby Carrots and Radishes


Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu

Sea of Cortez Scallops w/ Summer Squash ad Snow Peas

Niman Ranch Beef Claypot w/ Snap Peas, Mushrooms and Pan-Fried Noodle Rolls


Stir-Fried Gai Lan w/ Vegetarian Oyster Sauce


An assortment of mini desserts

The dinner is from 6:30-9:30 and is $80 per person (does not include tax or gratuity). Wo Hing General Store is located at 584 Valencia Street.


On Thursday, August 23, Foreign Cinema will be hosting renowned Russian River Valley winemaker and musician Les Claypool and Claypool Cellars at the restaurant.

Claypool, the lead vocalist and bassist for Primus, will be joining Foreign Cinema’s new wine director Shannon Tucker, pairing wines from Claypool Cellar with a five-course meal prepared by chef/owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark. The full menu, wine pairings included, is below:

Passed appetizers

Pink Platypus Pinot Noir Rose, Russian River Valley 2009

First Course Served Family-style

Mozzarella di Burrata

Oaxacan-style Squid

Summer Chicory Salad

Duck Mousse Bruschetta and Nectarines

Purple Pachyderm Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2009

Main Course Selection

Santa Barbara Sea Bass served with Brandywine tomatoes,

fresh curry leaf, and cumin basmati


Tea Smoked Five-Spice Duck Breast with cannellini, golden plum chutney,

mache, and five spice cracklings


Grains & Greens: quinoa, haricot vert, little fingerlings, Tabil cauliflower,

baby carrots, raita, and harissa

Purple Pachyderm Pinot Noir, ‘Hurst Vineyard’ Russian River Valley 2009

Hand Selected Cheese

Rourme d’Ambert, Walnut Bread, and Fennel


Mexican Chocolate Petite Cake

Rhone-Style Fancí Blend, Lake County 2009

Claypool will also be signing bottles of wine that may be purchased through Claypool Cellars. As is always the case at Foreign Cinema, a movie will be shown on the walls. The choice for the dinner is one of Claypool’s favorite films, Dr. Strangelove.

The dinner is being held on Thursday, August 23 at 6:00 p.m. Price is $60 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (415) 648-7600 ext. 0. Foreign Cinema is located at 2534 Mission Street.



Photo Credits: Claypool Cellars, Brooks Winery, Foreign Cinema