One of our greatest old-timers, Acquerello, turns 25 years old this July — a huge accomplishment in the turnover-filled restaurant world. Executive Chef Suzette Gresham and Wine Director Gianpaolo Paterlini are celebrating with 7 anniversary dinners, featuring alumni guest chefs and pastry chefs. The first one happened on June 3, featuring chef Liza Shaw of Merigan Sub Shop, pastry chef Tim Nugent of Oakland's soon-to-open Shakewell Bar & Kitchen and Chef Michael Shwe of Proof Baking. The chefs brought back dishes from their days at Acquerello and re-imagined dishes inspired by their current ventures, like Shaw's deconstructed “Terrina Sub” ala Merigan Sub Shop or Nugent's divine pistachio semifreddo with cherries and pistachio brittle (pictured above).
At next week's dinner with Chef Massimiliano Conti and Lorella Degan of La Ciccia and La Nebbia, they are crafting courses like a chilled sheep milk ricotta soup with melon, cucumber and peas and a vertical tasting of 3 aged prosciutti. Thankfully, there are 6 more dinners to go — all held on Tuesday nights through June, July and August. Ten percent of the proceeds from each dinner will benefit different non-profits, like local New Door Ventures. Each dinner will vary in course number, dinner and wine pairing prices. Take a look at the schedule of upcoming dinners below and make reservations via the website asap. 1722 Sacramento St., 415-567-5432
Tuesday, June 24: Chef Massimiliano Conti and Lorella Degan of La Ciccia and La Nebbia, San Francisco
Tuesday, July 8: Chef Nathan Lockwood of Altura, Seattle
Tuesday, July 22: Chef Kim Alter of Haven, Oakland; Chef Gianina Serrano of Sixth Course, San Francisco
Tuesday, August 5: Chef Heather Bailie of Fatted Calf, Napa Valley; Chef Brandon Martinez of The Noble Pig, Austin; Chef Michael Shwe of Proof Baking, San Francisco
Tuesday, August 19: “Up and Coming” Dinner with Chef Jonathan de Wolf of AVB (Alcohol by Volume), New York City; Chef de Cuisine Mark Pensa of Acquerello, San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, September 10: Acquerello and 1760 Wine Director Gianpaolo Paterlini's 1989 Commemorative Wine Dinner tasting wine varietals going back to the restaurant's anniversary date of 1989