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The Menu at Maven, With Pairings, in Pictures

The butternut squash agnolotti paired with a drink called Santa's Cookies.Photo: Brian Smeets/Grub Street

Yesterday we showed you some interior shots of Maven (598 Haight Street at Steiner), one of the last restaurants to sneak in an opening before 2012 hits, in the former RNM digs — just please don't confuse it with Haven, which opened last week in Oakland. Today we bring you a glimpse of the food, illustrated in pretty pictures. The restaurant's concept revolves around beverage pairings, with both cocktail and beer or wine options for each of the dishes on the concise, three-column menu.

Executive chef David Kurtz is collaborating with sous chef Matt Brimer (formerly of Maverick) on the food, which on the opening menu features a number of hearty, California-cold-weather dishes like butternut squash agnolotti; seared Arctic char with root vegetables and mussels; and a savory winter tart with foraged mushrooms. Along with co-owner Jay Bordelau, the team calls themselves "humble connoisseurs" of all things food and drink, and thus they chose the name Maven.

Maven opens this evening at 5 p.m., and will be open daily from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Maven - 598 Haight Street at Steiner - 415.829.7982 - Opening December 21, and open 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily.

Earlier: Step Inside Maven, Opening December 21

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