Le Colonial in San Francisco will host a Storybook Mountain Vineyards wine dinner on Thursday, October 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. priced at $65.00 for a five-course prix fixe menu with the option of also ordering paired wines by the glass for an additional $45.00. All prices are per person and exclude tax, San Francisco mandate fee and gratuity. In attendance will be Dr. Jerry Bernard Seps, "wine educator, owner, tractor driver, winemaker, visionary and custodian of Storybook Mountain Vineyard." The restaurant's regular a la carte offerings will also be available that evening. Reservations are required and can be obtained via http://www.lecolonialsf.com/wdrs.
For this special dinner, Le Colonial Executive Chef Jean-Paul Peluffo will prepare Goi Du Du Tom Nuong, green papaya salad, tamarind glazed prawns and sweet and sour dressing paired with Zin Gris Rose, Storybook Mountain Vineyard ‘16; Banh Hap So Diep Chien, fried wonton filled with seafood served with ginger cilantro and sesame soy sauce paired with Viognier , Storybook Mountain Vineyard ‘16; Bo Cuon resh roll with slow cook beef shank and tamarind sauce with a Zinfandel , Storybook Mountain, Mayacamas Range ‘13; Bo Luc Lac Wok, seared filet mignon cubes with sweet-savory soy and crispy lotus chips with a Cabernet Sauvignon, Storybook Mountain Vineyard ‘13; and Banh Pho Mat, green tea cheesecake and exotic fruit salad with a honey infused zinfandel cocktail.
Appropriate to its name, the vineyard has a fanciful back story: "a long, long time ago, Storybook Mountain Vineyards, originally known as Grimm Vineyards and Wine Vaults, was founded in 1883 by Adam Grimm (yes, the Grimm brothers!) who helped direct Chinese laborers dig three large caves for wine aging into the property’s mineral-rich volcanic rock. By 1919, with Adam relocated to San Francisco, his brother Jacob was making sacramental and medicinal wines, permissible during Prohibition. Post-Prohibition, the winery was abandoned and the vineyard subsequently destroyed in 1964 by the disastrous Hanley Ranch fire although the caves survived. In 1976, Jerry Seps, a former professor of European history, and his wife, Sigrid, fell in love with the wild, abandoned site and purchased 90 acres surrounding the original winery, planting roughly half to grapevines. The Seps renamed the vineyard Storybook Mountain to denote its fairytale beauty and to honor the brothers Grimm. Today, Jerry and Sigrid, along with their daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Rick Williams, continue building an impressive legacy of world-class, artisan wines."
Le Colonial Executive Chef Jean-Paul Peluffo was born in Nice and has worked at distinguished restaurants and for premier culinary-related businesses in locations as diverse as France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Guinea and the Ivory Coast, plus the American cities of Miami and Pasadena. In 2001, he orchestrated culinary operations for the G8 Summit in Genoa, creating custom meals for eight Heads of State. In the Bay Area, for nearly a decade he was the Executive Chef at Le Bistro, a venue loved by both critics and customers. Peluffo holds three Master's degrees including ones in Culinary Arts and Pastry & Chocolate and he has excelled in numerous Food Network show competitions such as Guy’s Grocery Games (winner) and Cutthroat Kitchen (two-time Super Championship winner).
Complementing the restaurant's food, the Le Colonial international wine list has more than 200 selections, of which about 20 are available by the glass. The list is comprised of French and domestic vintages, plus wines from Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and elsewhere. The full bar’s cocktail menu showcases classic, contemporary and original libations.
The atmosphere at Le Colonial evokes the elegance of Vietnam in the 1920’s. From the mosaic-like tile flooring, the vaulted pressed-tin ceiling, the shuttered windows, the plush rattan furniture, and the tropical plants, all accented by the glow of candlelight, the restaurant feels as if it was transported here from many generations ago and 10,000 miles away. Vintage black and white photographs of life at the turn of the century adorn the walls, while ceiling fans gently stir the air. In addition to the intimate main dining area, the upstairs bar and lounge at Le Colonial provides a relaxed salon ambiance with its faded oriental rugs, decorative bamboo birdcages, low wood tables and comfortable couches. The lounge is appropriate for tea, cocktails, appetizers or casual dining.
Le Colonial is located at 20 Cosmo Place between Sutter and Post and Jones and Taylor. The restaurant is open nightly for dinner, Sunday through Wednesday from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday, 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. Valet parking is available. Visit Le Colonial on the web at www.lecolonialsf.com. For more information or reservations, which can also be made via OpenTable.com, call (415) 931-3600.