June Newsletter

June 5th, 2014

What’s Inside this Issue…

This Sunday is Father’s Day – made your plans yet?
If not don’t worry. We have you covered with great
ways to spend the day with Dad.
Soccer (well, all sports really) and beer is one of the
best combinations in all of humanity. We show you
where you can drink to your favorite team at 9am.
Despite the working individual’s dilemma of not
ever being able to make happy hour, we compiled a
list of our favorites in the Bay Area for you anyway.
Hosting a 4th of July BBQ? Impress your friends
with this surprisingly simple, yet entirely delicious
recipe from on of our superstar chefs!
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Meet Kimberly Sanders – maker of a killer chocolate chip
cookie and our fabulous new PR Director!

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Dads work hard all year round, so take this Sunday to spend quality time together over great food and drink.

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Alioto’s | San Francisco | Pier 8 - Celebrate Father’s Day with a special dinner at Alioto’s on Fisherman’s Wharf and beautiful views of theGolden Gate Bridge. Enjoy fresh seafood and Sicilian classics served in a San Francisco institution! This month’s Seafood Sunday Supper is a Cup of Chowder or Dinner Salad, Pan Fried Pacific Rock Fish with mushrooms and truffle oil (served with vegetables and a starch of the dayand a delicious Tiramisu all for $31.95. For reservations call 415.673.0183 or visit their website here.

Bluestem Brasserie | San Francisco | Union Square - Not every dad loves golf, however most enjoy a good Bluestem-table-300x216challenge. In celebration of Father’s Day, Bluestem Brasserie will set up a putting green on their beautiful rooftop patio during brunch, and all guests will have one shot to make a hole-in-one! Those who succeed will earn themselves an Egg in a Basket (their version of Toad in a Hole) or a John Daly cocktail (lemonade, sweet tea and vodka). Make your brunch reservations by calling 415-547-1111 or visit their website here.

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Poggio | Sausalito | Waterfront - Take Dad across the bridge for a delicious meal on the patio at this Sausalito institution and enjoy spectacular food with gorgeous views. What dad doesn’t love something delicious off the grill? Try Poggio’s Bistecca “alla Fiorentina” (oak-grilled porterhouse steak) or their grilled Wolfe Ranch quail served with tart cherries, ramps and crispy spaetzle. For reservations call 415.332.7771 or visit their website here.

Slow Club | San Francisco | Potrero Hill - For Father’s Day Slow Club is partnering with neighbor and camping extraordinaires Alite Designs. They are offering a complimentary bloody Mary to all dads who shop at Alite on Sunday, June 15th. Following brunch, take your brunch receipt next door and the friendly folks at Alite Designs will give away two sets of their Cloverware 4-in-1 utensils on the house to help you with your next camping adventure. For reservations call 415.241.9390 or visit their website here.

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The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards | Livermore - Treat dad to an eclectic three-course brunch menu after hitting the course from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Located in the heart of Livermore Valley’s wine country, Wente Vineyards creates remarkable dishes incorporating locally grown ingredients and offers breath-taking views of their vineyards. To make reservations call 925.456.2450 or visit their website here.

Craft beer WENTEWente Vineyard’s Father’s Day Gift Package includes a round of golf and tickets to their Craft Beer Dinner on Friday, June 13th. The Grill at Wente Vineyards’ Chef Owen Nattrass will prepare a four-course dinner designed to highlight local Livermore Valley brews. Representatives from Altamont Beer Works, Schubros Brewery, Working Man Brewing Company and Eight Bridges Brewing will be present to provide a variety of tastings and talk about their brews as Chef Owen explains the reasoning behind each course pairing. Get your dad the round of golf and the beer paired dinner for $159 for the public, or $149 for Club members.

 

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Soccer is the world’s sport, and beer is the world’s beverage. Bring both together in style and start drinking before 9am at these locations for the duration of the 2014 World Cup.

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Bartlett Hall | San Francisco | Union Square - This newcomer to the Union Square scene will be showing every World Cup game on their four TVs and in the Brew Cage with their hi-def short throw projector. During game times, you can get the Margherita pizza for just $10 (excluding Friday and Saturday dinner periods). Come for the soccer, stay for the food and drink. For reservations call 415.433.4332 or visit their website here.

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Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant | Mountain View | Downtown - Hailed as one of the South Bay’s bestbeer bars, this staple of Downtown Mountain View will be opening at 8:30am every day and showing all the games of the World Cup on their 8′x10′ Magic Screen, as well as the other TVs throughout the space. Reservations are taken for groups of ten or more by calling 650.963.9568.

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La Urbana | San Francisco | Western Addition - La Urbana will be showing the World Cup games in the Mercado Urbano. Stop by between 4:00 and 6:30pm for their newly extended happy hour with $2 tacos, $4 bottled beers, $5 drafts and $9 mezcal margaritas! La Urbana is also open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:00am-2:30pm for your midday Mexican fix. To make your reservation call the restaurant at 415.440.4500 or visit their website here.

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As summer approaches with alarming speed, you will need to know where all the best Bay Area happy hours are to fully utilize those Summer Fridays! $1 oysters? Head to Gaspar Brasserie. Drinking for a cause? That would be Bluestem Brasserie. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite happy hours so you can spend less time looking and more time drinking.

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Peach Gazpacho 

Mat Schuster | Canela Bistro • Bar

“I love peaches, they are one of my favorite summer fruits. I get mine from Rodin Farms at our Wednesday Castro Farmers’ Market from the wonderful Rodin sisters. You can also use other stone fruits if you like, including apricots, plums and cherries. Make sure you chill this summer soup. Enjoy!”

  • 6 ripe peaches, pitted and diced, reserve a few slices for garnish
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced, 1 tbl reserved for garnish
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced, white membrane removed, ¼ cup reserved for garnish
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 2 tbl Spanish Sherry Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Spaish Olive Oil
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
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  • 1/2 cup croutons 

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add enough water to make consistency of choice, but should not be too thick. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Garnish with reserved cucumber, croutons, pepper and peach. Serve with bread if desired.

 

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Kimberly Sanders | PR Director – We would like to extend a warm welcome to Kimberly Sanders, the newest addition to our high-energy PR team. Stepping in to the role of public relations director, Kimberly will be responsible for leading our current PR strategy, overseeing day-to-day operations of the PR team, and supporting the development of new initiatives and business ventures as our company continues to grow and evolve.

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A Southern California native and seasoned world traveler, Kimberly brings an air of expertise in the luxury hospitality and restaurant sector. Prior to joining our team at AF and Co., she spearheaded and led media and PR outreach for the world-class Irvine Company Resort Properties, including The Resort at Pelican Hill, an internationally acclaimed Five-Star luxury destination in Newport Beach, Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s Five Diamond coastal luxury property, Pelican Hill Golf Club, one of the most highly sought after Tom Fazio designed golf courses in the world, and multiple award-winning restaurants recognized by Wine Spectator, Zagat, Gayot and OpenTable. She’s restaurant savvy, hospitality focused, a strong leader and will be a great addition to our team.

Kimberly is a life-long sports fan, an active volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and foodie at heart. She loves a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a great burger and fries, and makes a mean home-made chocolate chip cookie.

May 5th, 2014

This month we tell you where to spend Mother’s Day so she feels truly appreciated, all about the Biggest Openings of the year, What’s Happening across the City, we introduce you to the Executive Chef at Gaspar Brasserie and share another phenomenal recipe with you!

Mother’s Day Around the Bay
A-May-zing Openings
What’s Happening
Chef Confidential
Cooking With AF&Co.

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and many restaurants are featuring something special to make mom feel like a star. Restaurants are offering flowers, bubbles and bites to ensure that each mom knows how much she is appreciated. Read on for a few of our staff’s favorite Mom-ories!

LauraGLaura Garner | Account Manager - The best thing my mom ever did for me as a little girl growing up in the South, was to teach me to ride saplings. If you don’t know what that means, here goes: you find a small, bendable tree (oak saplings were always my favorite) with low lying branches and you climb it to the top. The tree will bend without breaking and you can ride it rodeo style. It’s still one of my favorite party tricks. My friends think it’s hilarious.

ErinEErin Euser | Account Supervisor - Carol Euser is a woman to love. I could write for days about how fortunate I am to call her my mother, that she is truly the best mom in the whole wide world, and that I happily share clothes with her due to her impeccable style, but I will go straight to the point. I love you, Mama. Love, Bubbers (Erin)

Mom and MayaMaya Placido | Associate Account Manager - Whenever I would wake up from a bad dream or be feeling sad or anxious, my mom would make me a cup of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea. Somehow she always added just the right amount of milk and honey to soothe me as she provided guidance about whatever was bothering me. To this day, I keep the tea on hand for times when I’m feeling overwhelmed, but I can never seem to get the proportions of milk and honey right – some things are just better coming from her, advice included.

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KellyCKelly Curran | Account Manager - While I admire my mother’s independent spirit and knack for adventure, her sense of adventure didn’t quite translate to the kitchen. Her rolodex of meals consisted of Spaghetti & Meatballs, Chicken and Rice-a-Roni, and Ground Beef Tacos (not even going to mention Monday night Taco Bell and Ecco’s Pizza on Fridays) – but on her way home from work she would frequently “phone it in” and ask me to start prepping. Somewhere between her disinterest and my “chores,” I can attribute my passion for food to my mom.

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Farryn Lewis | Executive Assistant - My mother and I used to travel across the country every summer by train. The landmarks that we saw and the cities we visited have made those times spent together memories that I will treasure forever!

Where to Spoil Your Mother This Weekend!

Alioto’s | San Francisco | Fisherman’s Wharf - There are few things more San Francisco then delicious seafood on Fisherman’s Wharf at the City’s oldest fine dining restaurant. Celebrate Mother’s Day with Alioto’s for a special lunch or dinner and take in beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and watch as the sun sets over the Bay. For reservations, call the restaurant at 415.673.0183 or visit their website here.

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Slow Club | San Francisco | Mission - Now through Mother’s Day, Slow Club is taking it upon themselves to give complimentary sparkling wine for the City’s Mothers!  On Sunday, May 11th each mom dining for brunch will get also get a takeaway gift of Slow Club’s fantastic Chocolate Chip Cookies. Consider your sweet tooth satisfied! For reservations, call the restaurant at 415.241.9390 or visit their website here.

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Poggio Trattoria | Sausalito - Take mom across the Bridge to Sausalito and enjoy a delicious meal at the renowned Poggio Trattoria led by Chef Ben Balesteri. Poggio will give each mom a fresh gardenia to ensure the rest of her day smells sweet! Be sure to ask for a table on the patio so you can enjoy the spectacular views. For reservations, call the restaurant at 415.332.7771 or visit their website here.

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Bluestem Brasserie | San Francisco | Yerba Buena Treat mom to Executive Chef Francis Hogan’s new brunch menu at this urban neighborhood restaurant, which incorporates the bright, fresh flavors of spring into a mix of classic and innovative items. Think Asparagus Salad with Poached Egg, Mocha Stuffed Brioche French Toast, and Egg in a Basket, where eggs are fried in slices of whole wheat sourdough and topped with ricotta, Parmesan and seasonal pickles. For reservations at this trendy establishment, call 415.547.1111 or visit their website here.

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The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards | Livermore - Celebrate Mother’s Day on a beautiful landscape of rolling hills and pristine nature at the oldest single-family owned winery in the country. The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards will be serving a special three-course brunch menu that features mouth-watering dishes such as Estate Corned Beef Wild Rice Hash, Hawaiian Walu and a Chocolate Flour-less Cake with Dulce de Leche. Brunch is available from 10:30-2:30. For reservations, call the restaurant at 925.456.2450 or visit their website here.

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Hopscotch | Uptown Oakland - Mothers and their families can get their morning donut fix at Hopscotch, where they’ll be offering donuts with their classic butterscotch cream. All the favorites from the brunch menu will also be served, like the Soy Braised Pork Belly Benedict with Jidori eggs and Miso Hollandaise, Soba Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, and Shoyu Eggs. For reservations, please call the restaurant at 510.788.6217 or visit their website here.

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E&O Asian Kitchen | San Francisco | Union Square - After a day of shopping, there is no better place to bring your Mother to enjoy a modern Asian meal than E&O Asian Kitchen. The menu has something for everyone with items such as their famous Indonesian Corn Fritters and Butternut Squash Dumplings, craft cocktails and even an extensive gluten-free menu. For all of the moms, Executive Chef Sharon Nahm will prepare a sweet treat of Oolong Tea-Infused Marshmallow Bites with Chocolate and Sea Salt. For reservations call 415.693.0303 or visit their website here.

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M.Y. China | San Francisco | Union Square - If you forget to buy Mother’s Day flowers, don’t worry, M.Y.China has got you covered with hand-carved flowers from Executive Chef Tony Wu. With two locations at the Westfield San Francisco Centre and Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, the Chinese cuisine will delight your mother’s taste buds with a menu featuring hand-pulled noodles, dim sum and several wok classics. On Sunday, May 11th, moms will end their meal with a beautiful hand-carved vegetable flower at each of the locations. For reservations call 415.580.3001 for the San Francisco location or 707.703.1955 for the Rohnert Park location. You can also visit their website here.

 

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May 2014 will go down in San Francisco’s record books for the Most Restaurant Openings in a Single Month. AF&Co. alone is opening six properties, with 11 more breaking onto the scene around the city. Not only are we making waves in San Francisco, but we are also taking our operations nationwide with projects in Savannah, Chicago and Seattle!

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Dirty Habit | San Francisco | Union Square | May 1 Fifth Floor restaurant and lounge will be reborn as Dirty Habit, a fine dining restaurant headed by the renowned chef David Bazirgan, but with a more bar-focused vibe much like popular joints Trick Dog and 15 Romolo. Dirty Habit is a dark and sultry hideaway serving creative cocktails and exquisite seasonal dishes. Much of the original team of Fifth Floor can still be found on staff. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Magnolia Brewery & Smokestack | San Francisco | Dogpatch | May 6 - San Francisco hot-spot Magnolia Brewery is finally expanding  from their original location on Haight to the Dogpatch district alongside new BBQ restaurant inclusion, Smokestack. The laid-back joint will be plating hearty and innovative BBQ dishes alongside their prized beer menu, offering an entirely new experience of brews and food. The bar program will specialize in American whiskeys and have a lengthy selection of cocktails. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website or Facebook page.

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Palm House | San Francisco | Marina | May 14 Palm House is a new restaurant and bar in the former Nettie’s Crab Shack space, featuring tropical comfort food with a Californian sensibility. Located at 2032 Union Street at Buchanan, Palm House offers the flavors of the Caribbean with an innovative bar menu featuring the restaurant’s signature slushy and a relaxed, fun environment. Escape from the city to a tropical paradise with Palm House! For more information, please visit their website here or Facebook page.

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Bartlett Hall  | San Francisco | Union Square | May 19 - Reminiscent of old-school San Francisco, Bartlett Hall is a versatile space offering elevated bar food by former-Maverick chef Eman Eng. The menu will be seasonally inspired and offer a variety of dishes ranging from flat breads to bone marrow, while the bar program will incorporate local spirits. The restaurant will have a small brewing operation on site for their house beers and an intimate private dining room perfect for executive lunches and friendly gatherings. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar | Savannah, Georgia | Downtown | May 20 - Downtown Savannah’s newest gathering place for fine food + drink, Pacci is as warm and inviting as a traditional Sunday supper in a quaint Italian village. Each dish is lovingly prepared by Savannah’s own Chef Roberto Leoci, using the purest ingredients and age-old techniques. When their doors open this spring, you will find a signature “Kitchen Counter,” community bar, dining room, and intimate Secret Garden courtyard—perfect for a sultry night under the Southern stars. For more information visit their website here or Facebook page.

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Gaspar Brasserie | San Francisco | Financial District | May 22 - Named after his grandfather, the new restaurant by Franck LeClerc of the Claude Lane collection (Café Claude and Café Claude MarinaGitane and Claudine) is a stunning endeavor in Downtown San Francisco. The new brasserie located adjacent to the Galleria Park Hotel on Sutter and Kearny will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, serving both lunch and dinner with a focused happy hour program. The restaurant will feature two full bars – one upstairs in the ‘Cognac Room’ and the other downstairs in the more casual bistro-style setting. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website or Facebook page.

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Chino | San Francisco | Mission | Late May - Telmo Faria and Joe Hargrave of the wildly popular Tacolicious will be opening their new Asian-centric restaurant (and their first non-Mexican venture) Chino in the former Andalu space. Their highly-anticipated menu will consist of innovative spin-offs of dumplings, noodles, traditional Asian dishes and strong cocktails. The opening date might be pushed back due to the loss of their originally planned chef, Brandon Jew. For more information, check out their Facebook page.

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Shakewell Bar & Kitchen | Oakland | Lakeshore | Late May - The beautiful yet casual space features a menu incorporating the chefs’ favorite dishes with a twist from Mediterranean countries such as Turkey, Spain and North Africa. The restaurant will have a wood-burning oven where they will cook a variety of  interesting rice dishes and Chef Tim Nugent has crafted a delectable dessert menu as well. Much like the worldly food, Shakewell’s beverages will represent an eclectic and elegant list of international beers and wines with a selection of fine cocktails. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Aveline and The European | San Francisco | Union Square | June 3 -  Aveline and The European will be occupying the restaurant space inside The Warwick San Francisco. Casey Thompson makes her San Francisco culinary debut at the helm of Aveline, a name that pays homage to her culinary heritage. Guests can find a menu inspired by San Francisco, shared in a convivial space where kitchen, dining, and living are open to each other. Her vision is simple: bring the best ingredients of the season to the table in expertly crafted dishes. For more information on Aveline, visit their website or Facebook page.

The-European-Rendering-2-600x335Aveline’s partner, The European, is a bar and lounge offering guests an array of original craft cocktails and classic favorites in a relaxed environment. The menu, created by Master Barman Adam Wilson, is influenced by his travels and is reflective of the rich history and evolution of European spirits and cocktails. For more information on The European, visit their website or Facebook page.

 

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The weather isn’t the only thing that’s been hot lately. This beautiful city of ours has been buzzing with exciting happenings.

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Dress for Success Power Walk | Little Marina Green | Tomorrow - Team AF&Co. is at it again this year! We are excited to don our red headbands and hit the pavement in an effort to raise money for Dress for Success. Bossman Andrew sits on the board of this wonderful organization that works to provide independent women with job counseling and professional attire to help develop their careers. To donate to Team AF&Co. or the organization as a whole, please visit the website here.

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Star Chefs & Vintners Gala | Meals on Wheels | Fort Mason | June 1 - The Meals On Wheels of San Francisco Star Chefs & Vintners Gala is one of the premier culinary events of the Bay Area. Each year, the region’s top chefs and vintners join together for an evening in support of San Francisco’s homebound seniors. Proceeds go toward providing crucial support — including hot meals, daily human contact and volunteer services — for the City’s most vulnerable residents, allowing MOWSF to continue its mission of “Nourishing the Whole Person.” For tickets and more information, visit the website here.

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Negroni Week | Campari America | Nationwide | June 2-8 - Raising a glass to a good cause has never been easier. From June 2-8, 2014, the second-annual Negroni Week descends upon the city for a celebration of San Francisco’s favorite cocktail, The Negroni (one part Campari, one part gin, and one part sweet vermouth). Proving that cocktails taste better with charity, participating Bay Area bars and restaurants will be donating a portion of proceeds from every Negroni sold to the charity of their choice. Bars and restaurants interested in signing up can go to www.NegroniWeek.com. Negroni fans are also encouraged to spread the word on social media using the hashtag #NegroniWeek, with surprise giveaways to supporters throughout the week. Be sure to check out La UrbanaGitaneCafé ClaudeGaspar BrasserieDirty Habit and Perbacco for their creative twists on this classic!

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Content Connect | 5th Annual PR Summit | The Old Mint | June 17 - Over 500 executives (including our beloved Andrew Freeman!),top-tier media influencers, analysts, marketers, pr practitioners and entrepreneurs discuss the latest trends and best practices in business communications, storytelling and content marketing. This conference gives you the chance to spend one-on-one time with these industry visionaries and leaders from the world of publishing, public relations, marketing, branding, advertising, niche communities and vertical with a vested interest in the future of social journalism and digital storytelling. Andrew will be on a panel to discuss event marketing, social engagement and how they are affecting the world we work in. For tickets and more information visit the website here.

DFSSF Postcard_2014- vertSuccess: You Wear it Well | Dress for Success | Julia Morgan Ballroom | June 19 - Andrew is very proud to be on the Board of this incredible organization and would like to formally invite you to join him at the 9th Annual Fashion Gala. Enjoy cocktails and bites from top female chefs, the thrill of a live and silent auction and a stunning fashion show. Special guest Jeannie Mai will be present for this wonderful evening as well! For complete information and to purchase your tickets, please visit the website here.

 

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Chris jones Headshot.jpgChris Jones | Executive Chef | Gaspar Brasserie - Chris Jones joined the team at Gaspar with a love of cooking that began in childhood. At an early age, Jones helped in the family kitchen, making recipes from children’s cookbooks and continued to experiment as a teenager. During college, Jones realized that he enjoyed his job in a restaurant kitchen more than the courses he was taking.

Jones took a leap of faith and decided to work his way up in the kitchens of Washington, DC. After gaining invaluable hands-on experience, Jones decided to fill in the gaps of his knowledge by enrolling in California Culinary Academy before going back to work in DC. He has been inspired by many chefs along the way, including Jeffrey Buben and Robert Weidmaier who helped him hone the French technique that he has utilized throughout his career.

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Most recently the Executive Chef at Brix in Yountville, CA, Jones is excited to lead the kitchen at Gaspar. When he’s not busy in his own kitchen, you can find him at home experimenting with new recipes or out on the town working his way through the Bay Area’s many restaurants.

 

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Chef Robin Song’s Chicken-Liver Mousse
Hog & Rocks | Mission District

628x4718 oz. chicken livers, cleaned
1/2 cup cream
1 stick butter
½ cup shallots
¼ cup celery
3 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons Port
½ teaspoon pink salt
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch Maldon salt or any nice sea salt

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  1. Start by soaking livers in 1/4 cup of the cream for 4 hours, preferably overnight. The next morning, drain the livers well and rinse in water. Pat dry onto paper towels.
  2. In a large, hot sauté pan start with 1/3 of the butter and sauté livers with kosher salt and pink salt. Cook until just firm, then remove the livers and add vegetables. Turn the heat down to a low simmer and cook until soft.
  3. Once softened, add the Port and reduce until alcohol is removed. Add remaining ¼ cup cream and reduce by half.
  4. Pour all contents into a blender with the livers. While the blender is running, slowly add knobs of the remaining cold butter to emulsify.

April 15th, 2014

Cooking with AF&Co


Delta Asparagus and Frisée Salad

Chef Francis Hogan, Bluestem Brasserie

Serves 4

Asparagus Frisee SaladINGREDIENTS
1 bunch Delta asparagus
1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and diced
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon black truffle oil
Salt and pepper
¼ cup sherry vinegar
1 medium shallot, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
1 large head frisée, green tips removed
1 ounce Achadinha Cheese Company Capricious cheese (or other hard grating cheese), shaved with a vegetable peeler
4 large eggs, poached
Nasturtium flowers (or mustard flowers or calendula blossoms), for garnish 

PREPARATION

RTC_Consumers_aspargus1. Cut the tips from the asparagus and blanch them in boiling salted water for 30 seconds. Remove the tips from the water and plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Remove the woody ends of the asparagus by cutting off the bottom inch. Using a mandolin with the julienne blade (or the large grating side of a box grater), shred the asparagus stalks. Soak the shredded asparagus in salted ice water for 30 minutes.

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2. Meanwhile, prepare the potato puree. Place the diced potato in a small saucepan with enough cold salted water to cover. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, cooking until tender (about 7-10 minutes). With a potato masher or fork, combine the potato with the cream and truffle oil and mix until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside, keeping warm.

Vinaigrette3. To prepare the vinaigrette, combine the sherry vinegar, shallot, and mustard in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking. Season with salt and pepper.

prosciutto34. In a sauté pan over medium high heat, lay the prosciutto slices flat and fry until crisp. Remove them from the pan and let them cool. Crumble them by hand into bite-size pieces.

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To assemble the salad, separate the head of frisée into leaves by cutting or tearing out the core. Drain the shredded asparagus and place it in a bowl with the torn frisée. Toss with the sherry vinaigrette and divide among 4 large plates, arranging into a “bird’s nest” shape. Top the salads with the blanched asparagus tips, shaved cheese, and prosciutto crisps. In the center of the “nest,” place a spoonful of the potato puree (this will be the anchor for the egg). Place the poached egg on top of the potato puree. Season the top of the egg with salt and pepper. Decorate the salad with the flowers and serve immediately.

 

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Spring Holidays

Hot Spring Happenings

Chef Confidential

New Faces at AF&Co.

April 15th, 2014

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Madeline Janning | PR Account Manager

A Bay Area girl through and through, Madeline Janning was born and raised in San Jose and lured to San Francisco for a Journalism degree from San Francisco State University, focusing on magazine writing and editing. During her time at SFSU, Madeline worked on the school magazine [X]Press – first as a copy editor then as Managing Editor. Meanwhile, she enjoyed positions at a slew of restaurants in the city, which cemented her love of food, hospitality, and the vibrant San Francisco culinary scene.

From an early age, Madeline studied the ways of her mother, an excellent home cook and baker who was always creating something delicious. Madeline brought this love of food to her position in The Bold Italic’s Marketing Department, where she was surrounded by creativity and humor, which inspired her to transition into marketing and public relations in the culinary world. Madeline launched her freelance career, joining the team at ICHI Sushi to aid with the opening of their second location. Her clients include San Francisco favorites new and old, like Suite Foods and The Beauty Bar. She maintains an extensive, long-established network ranging from coffee to restaurants to nightlife, thanks in part to her husband who moonlights as a DJ at venues such as Monarch, Make-Out Room, and Laszlo.

When she isn’t working you will find Madeline in her surprisingly large kitchen in the ever-exciting and evolving Tenderloin neighborhood, devouring a new recipe and exploring new techniques and ingredients alongside her energetic yet elusive kitten Genevieve.

 

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Spring Holidays

Hot Spring Happenings

Chef Confidential

Cooking with AF&Co.

April 14th, 2014

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Here in San Francisco, chefs are the celebrities around town. In our new series, we will highlight a new chef each month for you to get to know.

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Chef Casey Thompson | Aveline | Union SquareChef Casey Thompson will make her much anticipated culinary debut in San Francisco, bringing her diverse background, versatile skill set, and friendly demeanor to the kitchen at Aveline in the Warwick Hotel. The new open kitchen concept will provide a beautiful stage for diners to enjoy watching Casey and her team create innovative dishes that showcase ingredients at the peak of their season and bring a depth of intricate flavors. Casey’s relationships with local farms, artisans, and purveyors brings thoughtful locality to her connected, uncomplicated New Californian cooking style.

Casey grew up in the Texan south in a family that was heavily influenced by French cuisine. Eventually, she made her way into a position as a prep cook at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas, where she garnered a position as the first female Sous Chef of the Mansion under Southwest culinary legend, Dean Fearing. When Fearing left, he encouraged his protégé  to become Executive Chef of the Asian-concepted Shinsei Restaurant in Dallas. Like most pursuits, Casey invested her heart and spirit into the task, scouring the Asian markets of New York and San Francisco for the best ingredients.

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After spending time away from the restaurant to film Top Chef: Season 3, Casey made the decision to relocate to San Francisco and eventually to the Napa Valley to continue her education in food and wine. She spent three years learning the delicate balance of choreographed food and wine pairings, eventually becoming the U.S. Ambassador for Terrazas de los Andes, a Moët-Hennessey brand.

She returned to Texas to create a local restaurant before heading to San Francisco to lead the kitchen at Aveline. Casey says that she most enjoys creating locally and seasonally influenced, approachable-yet-refined American cuisine in inviting spaces. She focuses on sustainable proteins raised with good husbandry practices, while utilizing fresh, organic, and local produce with a nod to her Southern heritage.

 

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April 14th, 2014

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B&B EDSFEat Drink SF | Bounty & Barrel: A Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Dinner Series | April 19 - Join chefs Omri Aflalo of Bourbon Steak, David Bazirgan of Dirty Habit, Jason Halverson of Stones Throw, Laurence Jossel of nopa, and William Werner of Craftsman & Wolves for an intimate five-course whiskey pairing dinner at Devils Gulch Ranch. Set on the picturesque family farm of Mark and Myriam Pasternak, the evening brings together a few of San Francisco’s finest chefs and craft cocktails featuring Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel. Tickets are $150 and proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Bay Area Women’s & Children’s Center. For more information, visit their website

Dining Out For Life | City-wide | April 22 - Dining Out for Life is an annual one-day fundraising event hosted at more than 100 Bay Area DOFLrestaurants, involving hundreds of dedicated volunteers and generous patrons. Each restaurant donates 25% of gross sales generated on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014. All proceeds support the HIV prevention and care services of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. This year’s participating restaurants include GitaneCafé Claude MarinaPrecita Park CaféDolores Park CaféDuboce Park CaféE&O Asian KitchenbarbaccoCanela Bistro & Wine barHog & RocksSlow Club and Serpentine.

COCHON 555 | San Francisco | April 27th - An epic pork event featuring five chefs in a culinary competition promoting the benefits of cooking the whole hog. The chefs include Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen, David Bazirgan of Dirty Habit, Kim Alter of Plum, Mark Liberman of TBD and Michael Rotondo of Parallel 37 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco – Official Host and Hotel of the event. Guests will enjoy 30 chef-prepared dishes, a pop-up butcher shop, beers, wines, oysters, artisan cheese, cocktails, and an ice cream social. Tickets start at $125 for this all-inclusive feast. Please visit their website for more information and tickets.

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House Beautiful | Pacific Heights | May 7-11 - House Beautiful’s 7th Annual Kitchen of the Year will come to life at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. This dream California kitchen, created by Steven Miller Design Studio, will bring modern energy with a fresh, contemporary sensibility to this historic 1907 home. In collaboration with Eat Drink SF, please join us for tours, tastings and culinary presentations featuring Francis Hogan of Bluestem Brasserie, Thomas McNaughton of Flour +Water, Ryan Pollnow of Central Kitchen, and Robin Song of Hog & Rocks. For tickets, visit their website.

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Hog & Rocks | Derby Day Oyster Fest | May 3 - Use this traditional holiday to join in on a celebration of all things Southern and the”best two minutes in sports” at Derby Day Oyster Fest. Grab your Derby hat for a day of Mint Juleps, oyster shucking, and live coverage of the race. Limited $30 tickets now on sale and includes $20 worth of poker chips that can be used for food and drink, or to bet on your favorite horse. There will be an oyster luge sponsored by Bowmore, an oyster shucking contest and a prize for Best Derby Day outfit. Tickets available here.

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Starlight Room | Kentucky Derby Party | May 3 - It may be the fastest two minutes in sports, but it is also the best party of the year at the Starlight Room atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Take in the views of the City while feasting upon an elegant buffet with all of the classics, cleverly reinterpreted by Scala’s Bistro executive chef Larry Finn and executive pastry chef Kimberly Bugler. Enjoy specialty cocktails featuring Woodford Reserve, bottomless mimosas and  the live music of Belle Monroe & her Brewglass Boys. $5 from each ticket will be donated to Mr. Marina to help fundraise for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. Tickets available here.

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A Night of Promise | City Youth Now’s Spring Gala | May 9 - Join City Youth Now for their annual Spring Gala, A Night of Promise. The evening will feature a pre-dinner cocktail hour, oyster and martini bar, silent auction and the musical styling’s of “Pure Ecstasy.” This year’s gala will honor the exemplary service and contribution of San Francisco Supervisor, Mark Farrell, and will feature the presentation of various academic scholarships to the college-bound youth supported by City Youth Now. Tickets are available online here.

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Uncorked! Wine Festival | Ghirardelli Square | May 17 - Food and wine lovers will gather at the historicGhirardelli Square to enjoy wines from more than 50 top-tier wineries, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations by top San Francisco chefs, and wine education seminars. Uncorked! has once again partnered with local nonprofit organization Save The Bay, and will donate a portion of proceeds raised from ticket sales to support the organization’s efforts to protect, restore, and celebrate the San Francisco Bay. Full information and tickets available online here. 

 

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April 11th, 2014

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Don’t Passover This Holiday Meal Tonight!

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Perbacco Ristorante | San Francisco | Financial District | Thursday, April 17th You’re invited you to join Perbacco for the seventh annual Italian Passover. This year they’re happy to announce that Chef Staffan Terje and Chef Joyce Goldstein will be collaborating for two evenings to accommodate additional guests.

As is tradition, the menu will feature a special four-course menu inspired by guest Chef Goldstein’s vibrant Jewish-Italian recipes, Cucina Ebraica. The dinner is priced at $52 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, and the full menu can be found here. Kosher wines from Covenant Winery, as well as the complete Perbacco wine list, will be available for purchase to compliment your meal. To make a reservation for Italian Passover dinner please call 415-955-0663.

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La Urbana | San Francisco | Divisadero Corridor - Savor the brunch fiesta at La Urbana on Easter, with extended hours from 10:30am to 3pm. Whether you’re coming from church or just waking up late and looking for exceptional food, La Urbana will be firing up brunch favorites like Totopos Chilaquiles and Dungeness Crab Sopes Benedict. No Sunday brunch is complete without a cocktail, so stay hydrated with beverages like the popular Morning Call or Mezcal Bloody Mary. For reservations call 415.440.4500 or visit their website here.

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Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant | Mountain View -  If you’re in the South Bay this weekend, head over to Mountain View’s very bestbeer garden for Easter brunch. Serving the finest beers and homemade meals fresh from their kitchen, this local favorite will be rolling out a new brunch cocktail menu for the holiday, featuring champagne cocktails and a twist on the classic Bloody Mary. Chef Colby will be serving his Easter special, Spring Lamb with Minted Peas, all weekend long. Steins’ brunch menu is available on both Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm. Make your reservation by calling 650.963.9568 or visiting their website here.

Canela Bistro &  Wine Bar | San Francisco | Castro - Step into the gorgeous space of Canela right off Market Street between Noe and Sanchez on Easter Sunday for a special rabbit paella. Executive Chef Mat Schuster’s seared Rabbit Paella is made with all natural local rabbit, slow cooked with tomato and pepper sofrito, artichokes, Spanish rice and olive oil. For reservations call 415.552.3000 or visit their website here.

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E&O Asian Kitchen | San Francisco | Union Square - Located in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Union Square, E&O Asian Kitchenoffers modern Asian cuisine in a sleek restaurant and lounge space. The restaurant will be open for dinner on Easter Sunday and will feature Chef Sharon Nahm’s edible version of an Easter egg, the Lap Souchong Tea Deviled Eggs with Char Siu Lacquered Bacon. For reservations call 415.693.0303 or visit their website here.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar | Monterey – Whisk yourself to the Monterey coast over Easter weekend to celebrate the holiday while overlooking the Pacific Coast at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar. Enjoy sumptuous Easter offerings, including a cold seafood buffet, an array of egg options (including an omelet station), sushi, pastas, a carving station and, of course, desserts. When you’re done, an easy stroll around Cannery Row or a visit to the Monterey Aquarium will top it all off! $55+per adult, $23+ for those ages 6-11. The hotel offers complimentary valet. To reserve your coastal vacation, call 831-646-1700 or visit their website here.

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The Restaurant and Grill at Wente Vineyards | Livermore - Join Executive Chef Matt Greco for a specially crafted Easter menu tocelebrate the festive holiday. Featured from 10:30am to 2:30pm, the three-course meal will offer savory choices such as Eggs Benedict with Whole Wheat English Muffin, Canadian Bacon and Rustic Potatoes, as well as Almond Risotto with Porcini, Asparagus, Preserved Lemon and Parmesan for $49 per person. For those who prefer a cocktail with their brunch, a selection of Champagne cocktails will be available, as well as classic Bloody Marys and Mimosas. To make your reservations for this stellar meal, call 925.456.2450 or visit their website here.

The Grill at Wente Vineyards will also serve exclusive a la carte items such as handmade doughnuts with raspberry jam and a lamb burger with spiced greek yogurt, tomato-cucumber relish and onion sprouts prepared by Chef Owen Nattrass. Enjoy these treats before or after hitting the golf course while enjoying the view overlooking the 18th green. For more information on The Grill at Wente Vineyards, call 925.456.2481 or visit their website here.

Cinco de Mayo

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Copita Tequilería y Comida | Sausalito - May 5th might fall on a Monday this year, but Copita Tequileria y Comida will be celebrating allweekend long with festive chalk art drawings and drink specials, like their Palenque Punch. Celebrate this holiday with authentic Mexican cuisine, 90 different tequilas and 10 different mezcales at this beautiful North Bay location. For reservations, call the restaurant at 415.331.7400 or visit their website here.

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant | Mountain View - On May 5th Steins will be doing what Steins does best: adding a creative twist to an otherwise predictable holiday. Cinco de Mayo is out and Chimay de Mayo is in! Join this South Bay favorite as they introduce Chimay Rouge on tap.  There will be a limited amount of this special beer available, so get in while the gettin’ is good! For reservations, call 650.963.9568 or visit their website here.

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La Urbana | San Francisco | Divisadero Corridor - The Western Addition’s newest Mexican hotspot will be open on Cinco de Mayo forall of your tequila- and mezcal-drinking needs. Serving contemporary dishes inspired by the Condesa and Roma neighborhoods of Mexico City crafted by Chef Julio Aguilera, the kitchen and bar teams work together to create an elevated experience. Look for their creativity to shine on Cinco de Mayo with specialty dishes and cocktails for the holiday. Make your reservation now by calling the restaurant at 415.440.4500 or visiting their website here.

 

 The Mother of all Days

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M.Y. China | San Francisco | Rohnert Park - If you forget to buy Mother’s Day flowers, don’t worry, M.Y. China has got you coveredwith hand-carved flowers from Executive Chef Tony Wu. With two locations at the Westfield San Francisco Centre and Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, the Chinese cuisine will delight your mother’s taste buds with a menu featuring hand-pulled noodles, dim sum and several wok classics. On Sunday, May 11th, moms will end their meal with a beautiful handcarved vegetable flower at each of the locations. For reservations call 415.580.3001 for the San Francisco location or 707.703.1955 for the Rohnert Park location. You can also visit their website here.

E&O Asian Kitchen | San Francisco | Union Square –  Celebrate Mother’s Day in the heart of the City this year! After a fun filled day of shopping, there is no better place to bring mom to enjoy a modern Asian meal than E&O Asian Kitchen. The menu has something for everyone with items such as the famous Indonesian Corn Fritters and Butternut Squash Dumplings, craft cocktails and even an extensive gluten-free menu. For all of the moms, Executive Chef Sharon Nahm will prepare a sweet treat of Oolong Tea-Infused Marshmallow Bites with Chocolate and Sea Salt. For reservations call 415.693.0303 or visit their website here.

Slow Club and Serpentine Restaurants | San Francisco | Potrero & Dogpatch – If you’re tired of taking Mom to the standard, prix fixe Mother’s Day Brunch, sister restaurants Slow Club and Serpentine have you covered. Offering their regular, full brunch menus and a special treat for the mothers in attendance, both spots are a perfect respite from the ordinary meal and offer high caliber cuisine without the stuffy setting. For reservations at Slow Club call 415.241.9390 or visit their website here. For reservations at Serpentine, call 415.252.2000 or visit their website here.

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Bluestem Brasserie | San Francisco | Union Square - Treat mom to Executive Chef Francis Hogan’s new brunch menu at this urbanneighborhood restaurant, which incorporates the bright, fresh flavors of spring into a mix of classic and innovative items. Think Asparagus Salad with Poached Egg (recipe in this issue!), Mocha Stuffed Brioche French Toast, and Egg in a Basket, where eggs are fried in slices of whole wheat sourdough and topped with ricotta, parmesan and seasonal pickles. For reservations at this trendy establishment, call 415.547.1111 or visit their website here.

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March 12th, 2014

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PrintBIG Changes for SF Chefs – Announcing Eat Drink SF!

After five incredibly successful years at Union Square, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association has opted to move the Grand Tasting experience to Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. We are excited to move to a larger space which will allows us to provide an enhanced guest experience with an additional 40 chefs and restaurants. With a new, larger space, comes a new identity—the festival will now be called Eat Drink SF.

The new brand evokes an experience that appeals to a wider audience of food and beverage lovers while celebrating the spirit of the Bay Area food culture. Join us at Fort Mason Center, July 27–August 3, 2014 to experience the tastes and flavors of the nation’s finest chefs, bar stars, brewers, and wine experts in an epic foodie festival weekend. With classes, demonstrations, tastings, competitions, parties and the Food Arts Industry Series—there’s something for every palate! Early bird tickets go on sale May 15. For more information, please visit our website here!

 

March 11th, 2014

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NoKidHungry_campaign_10june2Taste of the Nation | March 27 | City View at the Metreon - Join top San Francisco chefs, winemakers, brewer, and mixologists at one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, all while helping end childhood hunger. Sample delicious bites and drinks from the city’s best, browse the silent auction and enjoy an amazing evening at City View @ The Metreon. Nearly half of all children in the U.S. will be on food stamps at the some point in their life. Each ticket purchased for this event supports Share Our Strength’s efforts to eliminate childhood hunger and supports local San Francisco beneficiaries 18 Reasons and Children of Shelters. When purchasing your tickets here, use the discount code TOTNSF14AF for 20% off your ticket price!

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Taste of Success | March 29 | Golden Gate Club, Presidio - Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited wine tasting, featuring over 20 California wineries. Nibble on delectable foods from local restaurants and taste unique artisan products. And be a part of the silent and live auctions featuring unique wine packages, products and more, where 100% of proceeds fund local Junior Achievement programs. Drinking wine is enjoyable enough as it is, but when you add the fact that all money goes to supporting a community program, a good thing gets even better. For more details, to purchase tickets or to volunteer for this event please visit www.jataste.org or contact Ashley Elpers at aelpers@janorcal.org.

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Dining Out For Life | City Wide | San Francisco - Dining Out for Life is an annual one-day fundraising event hosted at more than 100 Bay Area restaurants, involving hundreds of dedicated volunteers and generous patrons. Each restaurant donates 25% of gross sales generated on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014. All proceeds support the HIV prevention and care services of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Help make the world a better place by dining at Canela Bistro and Wine BarbarbaccoGitaneCafé Claude Marina and Hog & Rocks.


CYNA Night of Promise | City Youth Now | May 9th
 
- Join together for an evening that honors the exemplary service and contribution of San Francisco Supervisor, Mark Farrell, at this annual Spring Gala. This year’s event, a Night of Promise, will feature a cocktail hour and silent Auction, the live music of “Pure Ecstasy,” MC Paul Tonelli with some extra-special live auction items and a whiskey and dessert bar after dinner. City Youth Now will be presenting five academic scholarships to college-bound youth who will share their personal stories and goals during the evening. For your tickets or to become a benefactor, click here.

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A Taste of Tel-Hi | Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center | May 10th – For one night you will truly get a “taste” of Tel-Hi as the neighborhood association showcases signature dishes by local celebrity chefs. All proceeds from the event go to supporting the services and programs that serve the Tel-Hi community. The event will be an evening to remember starting from the moment you arrive on the red carpet. Bid on the array of silent and VIP live auction items, enjoy fine wines and cuisine and learn about Tel-Hi’s inspiring programs and services that continue to enhance the lives of the community members.

 

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Bartlett Hall | Union Square | San Francisco

Reminiscent of old-school San Francisco, Bartlett Hall is a versatile space offering elevated bar food by former-Maverick chef Eman Eng. The menu will be focused on flatbreads featuring seasonally driven ingredients, and Bartlett Hall will be open for lunch, dinner and late night during the week, as well as brunch on the weekends. The team has enlisted Chris Wike of Golden Gate Brewing Company to handle the on-site brewing and plans to have two to three house beers on tap. The bar program will consist of barrel-aged cocktails with creative ingredients, as well as wines on tap and San Francisco-based spirits behind the bar. Stay tuned for an official opening date and follow Bartlett Hall on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up to the minute news.

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These two hot spots will be occupying the restaurant and bar space inside The Warwick San Francisco, at the corner of Geary and Taylor streets. Casey Thompson makes her San Francisco culinary debut at the helm of Aveline, a name that pays homage to her culinary heritage. Guests can find a menu inspired by San Francisco, showcased in a convivial space where kitchen, dining, and living are open to each other. Her vision is simple: bring the best ingredients of the season to the table in expertly crafted dishes.

Aveline’s partner, The European, is a bar and lounge offering guests an array of original craft cocktails and classic favorites in a relaxed environment. The menu, created by Master Barman Adam Wilson, is influenced by his travels and is reflective of the rich history and evolution of European spirits and cocktails. For current details follow the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.

Gaspar Brasserie | Financial District | San Francisco

gaspar logoNamed for his grandfather, the new restaurant by Franck LeClerc of the Claude Lane collection is a stunning endeavor in Downtown San Francisco. The new brasserie located on Sutter and Kearny adjacent to the Galleria Park Hotel will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, serving both lunch and dinner with a focused happy hour program. The design of the restaurant will be very unique, offering guests two different experiences to choose from.

The restaurant will feature two full bars with distinct beverage programs. The more casual, bistro bar downstairs will focus on Champagne cocktails, while the lavish upstairs bar will be host to more complex cocktails. The menu will have a large selection of seafood, especially oysters, as well as traditional brasserie fare. Like Gaspar Brasserie on Facebook and Twitter for recent updates, and follow Claude Lane on Instagram for photos from the whole Collection.