Lounge Hours

The weather is beginning to heat up, so what better opportunity than to tuck inside for a cool beverage?

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Julia’s features a great wine list, thirst-quenching beers and stunning mixed drinks.  We even have specialty drinks that change with the seasons.

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A wide array of glasses are ready and waiting

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Refreshing white wines on ice

Come cool off with us and treat yourself to a little downtime this Spring.

Just adjacent to Julia’s, in the Julia Morgan Room, you can sip on a cocktail and enjoy the beauty surrounding you.

Julia’s Lounge is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30pm – 8pm

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A quaint celebration

Have you considered Julia’s as a gathering place for your next celebration?

Great food, stunning service and picturesque views.  A great option, right?

Bay Area photographer, Anna Wu would agree and held a recent birthday at our namesake restaurant.

Small touches of detail adorn the table and pops of color are stunning for Spring.

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Dinner guests (and the birthday girl!) were enveloped in beauty as the perfectly set table was wrapped in architectural details of the historic space.

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Through the windows, you can take the outside in and enjoy beauty in all forms.

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If you are considering this as an option for your next small gathering, contact us via email or phone.

Our Team is happy to assist you in the process.

julias@berkeleycityclub.com / 510.280.1547

Images by Anna Wu Photography

Top 5 Kitchen essentials

Do you have a few tried and true Kitchen favorites that you love to rave about?

Executive Chef, Alaun Grimaud, shares his picks that create ease in the Kitchen.

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Chef Alaun inside Julia’s / Image by Team Member, Trevor Johnson

And, here we go!

1.  An 8″ or 10″ Chef’s knife

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It is one of the most indispensable of knives and also a favorite when it comes to chopping, dicing and slicing.

 If you want to follow in his footsteps, Chef Alaun uses Sabatier knives from France.

2.  A 2.5″ paring knife

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Used for peeling and chopping fruits and vegetables, it will become one of the most versatile knives in your Kitchen.

3.  An 18” x 24” heavy duty cutting board

Insider tip:  Chef recommends against wood cutting boards

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White marble cutting board

Surfaces like plastic or glass are easier to clean than wood.

Wood is naturally porous, and those tiny grooves tend to harbor bacteria.

4.  KitchenAid Mixer

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A 5-Quart Mixer (perfect size for home)

An essential if you have desserts and pastries on the brain

5.  A Vita-Prep high speed blender

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Yes, they are expensive, but nothing purees food or soups finer

While these items may be pricey on the pocketbook, they are timeless in your Kitchen.

 Take care of them and they will last you for many meals to come.

5 Questions with Jan Zvaifler

If you have had the opportunity to meet Jan, you know she is a wealth of information of all things wine.

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If you have not, take a peek into her world and learn a bit!

She is the perfect mix of knowledgeable, friendly and approachable.

Without further adieu, Jan Zvaifler, Wine Buyer and Sommelier.

1.  What wines, by the bottle, are affordable and delicious? 

This is always a tricky question, because “affordable” is a relative term.  I define an affordable wine as one that is reasonably priced considering its “pedigree.”

That said, I love to trawl the markets looking for what I consider to be a truly tasty wine for under $14.  The thing about wine, which can be frustrating for some and exciting for others, is that everyone’s palate is different.  Just keep exploring and tasting to find the wine that suits your palate and your pocket book.

If you enjoy the $2 wine from Trader Joe’s, drink it unapologetically! 

If you like Rosé with your steak (which I often do, especially on a hot summer day), don’t feel you are required to drink Cabernet.

2.  What wines get a great “bang for their buck” at Julia’s?

We strive to find affordable wines from all around the world.

It could mean anything from the $27 Pinot Grigio to the $69 Lamborn Zinfandel (which, is a steal at that price – you won’t find it in another restaurant for less than $75 and it’s made by Heidi Barrett, who is considered to be “Napa’s best-known and most sought-after talent” according to Wine Spectator magazine).

3.  What are one or more of your favorite “off the beaten path” wines? 

I love the whites from Southern Italy; specifically the varietals Falanghina and Fiano; Gruner Veltliner and Riesling from Austria; the reds from the Montsant and Priorat districts of Spain; and Sauvignon Blanc from Chile…those are the ones you can find.

There are also some truly delicious wines being imported now from Turkey and Greece and many other regions that would surprise you.

What do you love most about your role?

My work requires that I seek out good food and wine – both separately and in combination.  What’s not to love?

What are some of your favorite food and wine combinations? 

 I am never comfortable with the term “favorite.”  I can’t name a favorite author or book, movie or actor, food or, well … anything.  Call me indecisive.  But I will throw out a few pairings I enjoy that come to mind at this moment:

Raw Oysters and Champagne (duh!)

Crab and Chablis

Mushroom Risotto and Pinot Noir

Burger and Côtes du Rhône

Lamb and Tempranillo (like a Rioja or Ribera del Duero from Spain)

…I could go on and on!

Julia’s gets raves for our great, varied wine list at reasonable prices.

Make a reservation to dine with us for Lunch or Dinner.

We would love to have you!