October 26 – Solare – Our 2-Year Anniversary
I can’t believe it has been two years already! Yay!
October 29 – Feast of Campania! Sold Out
Each month, we have a special tasting dinner where we feature a different region of Italy. This month it’s Campania! Campania is rich in culture, especially in regard to gastronomy, music, architecture, archaeological and ancient sites such as Pompeii and Herculaneum and the Amalfi Coast. The name of Campania itself is derived from Latin, as the Romans knew the region as Campania felix, which translates into English as “fertile countryside”.
Campanian cuisine is famous! Neapolitan dishes center on seafood, and Casertan and Aversan ones rely more on fresh vegetables and cheeses. The cuisine from Sorrento combines the culinary traditions from both Naples and Salerno. Pizza was conceived in Naples including the ever-popular Margherita. And Neapolitans were among the first Europeans to use tomatoes not only as ornamental plant, but also as food and garnish. Spaghetti is also a well-known dish from southern Italy and Campania. Buffalo mozzarella cheese comes from Campania! The list goes on and on!
It is a 10-course feast served family style at community tables. $59++/person. 6:45pm dinner and 6:15pm reception. It is a “foodie’s” delight! RSVP. Watch a Video about the Feast of Roma that Accursio and I made to get a feeling for the Feasts ~~ Contact us for reservations!
October 28- Dia de los Muertos Altar at Solare
Guess what? We will be building a Solare Altar for “Dia de los Muertos”. We should have it completed by Tuesday afternoon, Oct 28. Our theme of our altar is to honor Parents and Grandparents (any ancestors) that have passed away. Everyone is welcome to bring photos or other items of loved ones. There are many places around NTC and Liberty Station that are doing events for Dia de los Muertos and building altars. And on Saturday, Nov 1 – there will be celebrations and other activities here at NTC from 1pm to 8pm. Come check it out! Click here for more details
October 31 – Halloween
Come join us at Solare for Halloween (it’s a Friday night!) and see our Team with our faces painted in the theme of Dia de los Muertos. We are having special cocktails for the weekend. And come visit our Dia de los Muertos “Altar”. In Sicilian: U juornu re muorti. Italian Halloween at Solare!
November 8 – Cooking Class: Ravioli and Pasta Fresca
Solare’s pasta is made fresh every day – in our kitchen. This is an opportunity to see exactly how Chef Accursio makes that happen! He will teach you all the right techniques to enable you to make the best “pasta fresca” and perfect ravioli. This is a hands-on pasta making class where you will learn the classic dough techniques and so much more. The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. – Limit 10 – Contact us for details.
November 11 – Dunn Vineyards – Yes, the Napa legend
I recently had the opportunity to have dinner with Randy Dunn, founder and owner of the renown Dunn Vineyards in Napa Valley. We had a great time and he heard all about Solare: our team, cuisine, and wonderful customers. The result: we need to have a Dunn Vineyards epic experience here! So we made it happen and we have Randy’s daughter, Kristina, here to personally lead the tasting. I have met Kristina and she is awesome! Here is what we are pouring: 1998 Napa Valley Cab, 2000 Howell Mtn Cab, 2003 Howell and 2003 Napa together, and the just released 2011 Napa Valley Cab. I don’t know the price for the dinner yet (the 5 Dunn wines I described and the 4-course dinner) – but if you are interested in bring on the list to get the final info, send me a note now: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner at 6:45pm and reception at 6:15pm. Get your name on the list asap – it will sell out fast – crazy good wines.
November 19 – Italian White Truffle Dinner
Italian Truffle Season has started!! We did marvelous things with white and black Italian Truffles (Tartufo!) last year and we are excited to do it again. We have an amazing source for fresh Italian White Truffles and we will be getting them on Monday or Tuesday, Nov 17 or 18, and the dinner is the next day. These are fresh aromatic delicious never-to-be-forgotten Italian White Truffles. Chef Accursio is designing a 5-course dinner and the price is $240/person. Yes, fresh Italian White Truffles are expensive. We have a limit of 30 persons for the dinner. RSVP
November 22 – Cooking Class: Fish and Fish Market
Meet at Solare and drive together to a local fish market (less than 3 miles) to learn about fish and buying fresh fish with confidence. Then we all head back to Solare to prepare and cook some great seafood dishes. Chef Accursio was born on the coast of the island of Sicily, and he will teach you how to cook the following incredible dishes: Traditional Cioppino (fish stew), Crudo all’Italiana (sashimi Italian style!), and “Pesce alla Siciliana” (whole fish). Seafood lovers will not want to miss this opportunity! The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry.Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. – Limit 10 – Contact us for details.
Holiday Events and Parties
Have your Holiday dinner, lunch, or party at Solare. We have a great venue with easy parking – and our Team is ready to make it a huge success for you! Solare Events Planning info here
Every Thursday Night – Live Jazz View Flyer
We love jazz of the style from the late 1950’s and early 1960’s … and that is exactly what the Chris Lea Jazz Experience plays every Thursday night starting at 8:30pm. Join us!