City_Hall_night.jpgAsk anyone who knows me — I never go anywhere, leaving the fabulous events for the fabulous, while I flop on the couch with the dog. But I can’t pass up Wine Enthusiast’s “Toast of the Town” event at City Hall Thursday night. Allow me to tell you why!

I like eating and drinking. A lot. Event organizers promise an impressive list of wines, beers and spirits, as well as “thirty signature San Fran dishes” served by a fancy-pants selection of local restaurants. “We just signed on our 35th restaurant” says event spokesperson Jacqueline Strum via email this afternoon, “which is more than we’ve ever had in the history of the event series!”

Hanging out in City Hall can be fun. You guys, City Hall is really beautiful and kind of weird and, some say, haunted. Every party I’ve been there has been great — one time I was having such a good time lost a shoe, not my finest hour. So I look forward to another chance to slug hooch in SF’s sacred hall of government. (There is a drunk Gavin Newsom joke in here somewhere, but look at the poor guy these days. Mean!)

There’s a charitable component. According to Strum, “in light of the tragedy in Japan we’ll be hosting a table for Global Giving for on-site donations to help aid in relief efforts.” In addition, she says, “guests can taste sake for a suggested donation (to Global Giving) of $25.”

Tickets are expensive, but not CRAZY vulgar expensive. You’ll pay $99 per person, or $149 for VIP tickets that “include early entrance to the event, exclusive access to hundreds of reserve wines, the opportunity to talk one-on-wine with the wine makers and interact with the restaurateurs.” Yeah, $99 is not an insubstantial sum, I type to you as I eat the “Fiber One” sample I got free with my Sunday newspaper. But for that, you are getting food and booze you’d be paying far more for in real life. It is, perhaps, a fun treat? Your call.

So, anyway, that’s why I’m going. Maybe I’ll see you there?

What: Toast Of The Town food and wine event
When: Thursday, April 7, 6-10 PM for VIPs (hey there, high roller!), 7-10 for people like me.
Where: SF City Hall
Tickets: Buy them here, they’re $149 for VIP access, $99 for everyone else.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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