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24 hours of New Year’s Eve in SF

Follow our blueprint for our ideal New Year’s Eve and you’ll be guaranteed that 2016 will welcome you with open arms and a warm hug.
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Attire – more importantly, the dress. Choose from a comfortable, clubby ensemble from Amour Vert, a classic lace get-up from DVF that says I am serious about this holiday, or something fun and flashy that you can layer with a jacket when getting around on the city streets. All these dresses and styles available at PlumpJackSport.
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Are you in the mood to party on New Year’s Eve? 
Are you the popping bottles and noshing on caviar partier or are you the laying low-type that likes intimate conversations over some good bubbles and hearty fare. Ditch the grocery store party platter and whip up some delightful finger food, but first, the main character, the bubbles.
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Go to PlumpJack Wine & Spirits and ask for Paul, or just take his word for it and buy his top picks.
1. Comtes De Champagne Taittinger, 2005: “100% Chardonnay, in my mind this is one of the greatest Champagnes around. It is probably the only champagne i would flat.
2. Pol Roger Brut Réserve Champagne: “This is an equal blend of the three main varietals. This champagne has a toasty and fruity balance to it.
3.Champagne Gratiot Gerad: “100% Pinot Meunier. This champagne has a little more of a floral note to it and a nice creamy mousse.”
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Diversify your libations and add a celebratory signature cocktail to liven up your soiree.
We enlisted our favorite bartenders at Forgery for a cocktail recipe, and guess what, they know what their doing, so take notice. If you don’t know what some of these items are, there is always Google.
And then there are snacks – very important if you want to continue the party til midnight.
We have lots of inspiration on our Pinterest board, we literally spent many hours searching, pinning and procrastinating, because that is what Pinterest is for, let’s be honest. When it’s time to usher your guests out of your place, because things are starting to get messy and the bubbles are all gone, get yourself to a club. We have two choices for you. For a smaller venue with great jams and lots of dancing, plus champagne and really great cocktails, and even a beer for those who just want to quench their thirst, get to MatrixFillmore. New Year’s Eve features DJ Amy Robbins, spinning the best Top 40 and House beats. Purchase tickers here
If you’re looking to go out and dance your face off to some serious DJs and want to splurge on ultra-exclusive table service, featuring batched craft cocktails, light fare, and more, you need to add Verso to your NYE agenda. Or you can just purchase a ticket to dance and drink, and it will still be the best New Year’s EVER! Purchase tickets here.
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Aftermath of New Year’s can be bitter, but you know what makes it sweet? Brunch!
Get yourself to Balboa Cafe San Francisco, STAT, and order the following: a Balburrito (trust us), an order of Eggs Benedict, or Huevos Rancheros and then wash it down with the city’s best Bloody Mary. Okay, feel better now, we thought so. And, maybe you had a big night and are still up at 9am, in which case, you’re in luck, the Balboa opens bright and early and if you slept in until 1pm, you’re still doing great. And if you are unable to leave the confines of your living room/bedroom, Balboa delivers with partner Caviar. MENU
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When it comes to getting away for New Year’s, Squaw Valley is the place to be! PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is a cozy, lodge-like resort located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in North Lake Tahoe California. With amazing snowfall kicking off this season, you wont want to miss the chance to get up to the mountain with amazing conditions this season. Enjoy a great apres ski at the PlumpJack Bar (view menu), the perfect place to wind down from a day of skiing with friends! We are also offering a special Prix Fixe menu for New Years (view menu).

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Tis the season for #PlumpJackCheer. We have countless activities, gift options and events going on at our properties to celebrate the holiday season!new balance running shoe

Show us Your Holiday Cheer with tag #PlumpJackCheer for a chance to win dinner for four. Share holiday décor; festive meals; celebrating with friends and family; and anything that brings you cheer!

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  1. Follow us on Instagram @PlumpJackGroup
  2. Point, zoom, shoot and show us your cheer!
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  4. Be automatically entered to win dinner for 4 at a PlumpJack Restaurant ($200 gift certificate)*
  5. Contest ends December 31st, winner announced in January 2015


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Balboa Cafe Mill Valley
Holiday Hours
Join us for Christmas and New Years Eve Dinner! Enjoy our regular menu plus specials. We are closed on Christmas Day.
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015 
Dinner served 4 pm to 10 pm
New Years Eve, December 31st, 2015 
Dinner served 4 pm to 11 pm

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Balboa Cafe San Francisco 
Holiday Hours
Join us for Christmas Dinner at Balboa Cafe San Francisco and enjoy traditional Christmas fixings, with choices from firsts and entrées
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015
11:30 am to 11:00 pm
Christmas Day, December 25, 2015
12 pm to 2 pm limited lunch menu
2 pm through 8 pm
Reservation recommended
New Years Day Brunch 10 am to 3 pm
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In need of some special holidays plans for Christmas Eve, Day and New Years Day? PlumpJack Cafe at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is the perfect please to celebrate the holidays. Nothing beats celebrating in the snowy mountains with friends and family.

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PlumpJack Wine & Spirits, Marina: Give amazing gifts this holiday season! From gift baskets/boxes and wooden boxes can be filled with the wine or spirit of your choice. Our gift baskets are packed with wine, spirits, beer, gourmet treats, and more. Custom gift boxes and baskets are also available. These gift packs are perfect for holiday gifting and special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, congratulations, corporate gifts and more.
Cocktail kits make a great gift for the experienced cocktail maker, or for a beginner trying to build their at home bar.
PlumpJack Wine & Spirits Clubs are the perfect gift that keeps on giving. With nine different clubs to choose from there is something for everyone. Wine, whiskey, champagne to gin, we have it all.
Try Forgery‘s new cocktail menu! A fun place to reunite with family and friends around the holiday season. Forgery recently made Playboys list of Best Bars in America, check out the article here.Give Back This Holiday SeasonWe love supporting great causes and charities, especially around the holiday season. For a special Thanksgiving meal our Chef from Balboa Cafe San Francisco prepared a delicious thanksgiving meal for 160 students at Holy Family Day Home in the mission.

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The People of PlumpJack: Jared Forkner


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Featured this week on The People of PlumpJack is Jared Forkner, Entertainment Director at MATRIXFILLMORE. Jared has been with the PlumpJack family for more than 10 years and got his start in 2005 waiting tables at Balboa Cafe San Francisco. Just a year later he began DJing at MATRIXFILLMORE and now manages the club’s entertainment. Extremely passionate about Electronic Dance Music, Jared helped create the blog Dancing Astronaut, which is considered to be one of the biggest ‘EDM’ blogs in the world.
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Originally from Malibu and Santa Barbara, he attended boarding school in Indiana at Culver Academies. Little did he know Jared had a PlumpJack connection early on in life. During his sophomore year he roomed with, now former Chef at Balboa Mill Valley, Dave Wasemsmall world, right?

When he’s not working you can find Jared in his hometown of Fairfax, mountain biking, ghost producing music for Bay Area DJ’s and working on special projects with Dolby Labs.


“I love working for a company that takes care of it’s employees. I’ve had the opportunity to grow and learn and it’s really meant a lot to me.”
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1. What would your last meal be?
My families lamb recipe for sure!

2. What is the best advice you have ever received?
First you give them what they want, then you can give them what you want.” – The Big Night. This quote has remained relevant for me in all avenues of my career.

3. What is the last thing you googled?
Resetting PRAM Macpro 3,1

4. What is your personal mantra?
Follow your heart and be good to others.

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Jared DJing in 2001

Jared DJing in 2001

5. If you could travel back to any one point in time what would it be?
Tough question! Maybe I’d go back and tell my parents and ‘childhood me’ to FORCE me to play piano. Aside from that personal history I’d really like to go back and watch Nikola Tesla work. His mind was so far ahead of his time.
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6. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
Maybe the days leading up to the end of the dinosaurs. I would love to see how the world looked and the shape of the continents back then.

7. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to be able to really play piano. I understand it decently but would love to play well.

8. What was the last gift you gave someone?
I gave my wife some earbuds last week.new balance mens tennis shoes

9. If they made a film of your life what star would you like to play you?
Paul Rudd. A buddy says I look like him.

10. If today was the last day of your life, how would you spend it?
I would work on music, have dinner with my family and then walk up the hill behind my house and
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“Jared is a wonderful asset to the MatrixFillmore team, as his entertainment and music knowledge have helped excel our Events Department and service our clientele with all relative and pertinent information. He is always offering to assist in any way possible and is dedicated to the success and growth of our company.”
– Ashley Guillory, Director of Events at The PlumpJack Group

Give Back with PlumpJack for #BCAM

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Hilary Newsom with her mother, Tessa Newsom, who lost her battle with breast cancer.


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Throughout the month of October, PlumpJack businesses are joining the cause to help raise awareness and raise funds for UCSF’s Art for Recovery. Every cent counts, so get shopping, sipping and dancing.
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Get educated with our social media campaign throughout the month of October. Follow the PlumpJack Group on twitter and facebook to get a daily mix of links, infogrpahics, photos, videos and messages! Become more aware of breast cancer prevention and help raise awareness with us.
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Tessa's Tini

Tessa’s Tini


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Sample delicious cocktails and help raise money for UCSF’s Art for RecoveryBalboa Cafe San Francisco  features the Tessa’s Tini with Absolut Kurant, Combier, fresh lime juice, a splash of simple syrup and cranberry – $14 ($4 will be donated). Balboa Cafe Mill Valley features a Bubbling Bliss cocktail with Skyy citrus vodka, St. Germaine elderflower liqueur, cranberry juice, sparkling wine – $1 from this drink will be donated.
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PlumpJack Wine & Spirits Noe Valley and Marina locations will feature Tessa’s Cuvée with 100% of the sale of this wine going to Art for Recovery.

PlumpJack Cafe at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn features Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose for $10 a glass and $40 per bottle. Plus, a  featured specialty cocktail for October – the La Presidente with Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum, Carpano Bianco vermouth, housemade grenadine, lime, Gran Classic bitters, and a house brandied cherry for $12.
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Odette Estate, PlumpJack Estate and CADE Estate Winery will donate a portion of their e-commerce sales, plus proceeds from all pink S’well bottles sold in the tasting rooms. These amazing water bottles are a must have, keeping your water cold for hours!
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Boon Fly Cafe‘s features their deliciously popular Bacon Bloody Mary ($1 from every bloody donated). No need to feel guilty about ordering your second at brunch.
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MatrixFillmore, they will be donating 20% of the door charge, so get dancing for the cause in October.
On October 19th, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Forgery will be hosting guest bartenders from Raven. Two dollars from every drink sold will go to UCSF’s Art for Recovery Fund. Charcuterie and cheese will be served, a new addition to the bars menu.

Sip, shop and enjoy light bites at both PlumpJackSport boutiques as they host events to raise money and awareness. PlumpJackSport, Napa Valley will host an accessories Trunk Show at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley during the Mill Valley Film Festival on Saturday October 10th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


Every Friday afternoon in October, PlumpJackSport in The Village at Squaw Valley will host a local artist from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. A portion of the sales will be donated to UCSF’s Art for Recovery.

Approximately one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. We’re proud to list our businesses that are making a difference and supporting the fight against cancer.

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Father’s Day Gifts that Will Prompt High Fives


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No more boring ties, bbq tools or golf balls, here are five gifts that will put a smile on dad’s face. He’s your go to guy, someone you can always count on to have your back. This Fathers Day PlumpJack can help you show Dad you care, because your dad deserves something awesome.
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1. Whisky, Wine & Beer, OH My!
Choose from so many great PlumpJack Wine & Spirits clubs, like our American Whisky Club, Gin Club, or Beer Club.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
VIEW CLUBS
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2. Fly Fishing in Tahoe
Spoil dad with something relaxing and outdoorsy. Book the Fly Fishing Package at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn that includes private casting lessons and guided fishing on private, stocked ponds with famed fly fisherman, Matt Heron. Plus welcome snacks and wine in your guest room.
BOOK THIS PACKAGE
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3. Forego Brunch and Opt for Cocktails
Spend a night sipping manly cocktails, at one of San Francisco’s Hottest New Bars in mid-market.
VIEW MENU
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4. Gift Kits with a Kick
Choose from a number of great Cocktail Kit choices, including some classics like the Manhattan, Old Fashioned or a Sazerac.
ORDER A KIT
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5. Burger & Wine: A Perfect Pairing
Indulge in two balboa burgers with the suggested toppings of blue cheese, bacon, and sauteed mushrooms, perfectly paired with a bottle of 2012 Adaptation Petite Sirah for $100.00
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6. PlumpJack Gift Baskets
Gift baskets don’t have to be a drag to receive, PlumpJack Wine & Spirits has gift baskets that will be sure to please Dad. From the Build a Better Bar Basket to the Three Cheers for Beer in a Bucket, our hand crafted baskets are loaded up with premium items.
PURCHASE ONE 

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What’s the story behind the PlumpJack Wine Store?

PlumpJack Wine Store was started in 1992 as the first business for the PlumpJack Group, by then founder Gavin Newsom. It’s mission is to make the wine-buying experience approachable and to remove the intimidation factor. In 1992 we had more than 100 wines priced at under $10 per bottle. We now have more than 300 selections that are $25 or under and an expansive collection of spirits and domestic craft beers.

What is a little known secret(s) about your business?
If you buy a bottle of wine from the wine store and take it across the street to the Balboa Cafe, there is no corkage fee. And we will deliver your wine and spirits for FREE in San Francisco proper for all orders over $100. Gift wrapping and enclosure cards are complimentary.

Can you tell us a little about your clubs?

Our Monthly Wine Club (2 bottles) has been operating for more than 20 years, and in that time we have featured wines from all over, from California and Oregon to France, Portugal, Greece and beyond. Our members love that the club gives them a chance to discover new wines from different regions every month. These wines are carefully chosen and are always small production, hand-crafted wines with unique stories.

Our Red Rogues (not rouge) club is a quarterly club that no one else is doing. This is where we pick three red wines that have a unique combination of character, varietal, viticulture, and appellation that members can experience the difference in style and terroir. For example, past features have included three Amarones from Italy; three Pinot Noirs from Oregon; or three different Shiraz from the same winemaker, but from different appellations. It’s a fabulous way to compare and contrast wines that have similarities but display differences as well.


The Case Club is a perfect way to design your own parameters on a monthly or bi-monthly time frame so that you always have a stash of wine to drink, to give as a gift, or to take to someone’s house. Become a member if you don’t have time to shop, if you have unexpected guests frequently, or you are tired of grocery store selections. You set the pricing parameters as well as the varietal type, countries, all red, all white, all rose, or all sparkling—then we do the work so you don’t have to trouble yourself with parking or picking up. We deliver right to your door.

PlumpJack Gift Baskets & Wooden Boxes

Purchase one of our gift baskets for the holiday season. Gift baskets and wooden boxes are filled with wine of your choice and our gift baskets are packed with gourmet foods to your delight. For more information visit our site here.