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Holiday Recipes with Mr. Espresso

A well made coffee combination never gets old, especially when it involves Mr. Espresso’s  sustainably sourced beans. For a list fit to inspire your holiday sweet tooth and impress your

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Vote for Your Favorite Marin County Restaurants

The Marin IJ Readers’ Choice Awards polls are open!   Vote for your favorite Marin County restaurants: Copita, Poggio Trattoria, and Gott’s Roadside. We suggest BEST MEXICAN / BEST BRUNCH

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The Bay Area’s Must-Do Events

M.Y. China – Crab Menu    In celebration of M.Y. China’s 7th anniversary, the restaurant will be launching their annual crab menu. The special menu will offer 7 unique preparations

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JBF Taste America Ticket Sales

We’re excited to celebrate the 7th consecutive year of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America, bringing the Foundation’s Good Food for Good mantra across the country.   Good Food for

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Thanksgiving Dishes and Traditions From the af&co. Staff

Macie – We kick off the Thanksgiving feasting with my cousin’s Artichoke Spinach Dip.   Kelly – Pumpkin custard pie. Martha can do no wrong, and this version of pumpkin

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Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday

4505 BBQ   4505 BBQ be heading into the season of giving with a special promotion Cyber Monday through Giving Tuesday. A portion of online orders from Monday 12/2 –

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Agave Girls at Copita Tequileria y Comida

Get ready for Copita’s next Agave Girls gathering on Wednesday, December 11 — a special holiday celebration! Join the original Agave Girl Joanne Weir, PBS Chef, author of Kitchen Gypsy:

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New Openings: Meso Santana Row and Bierhaus Walnut Creek

Meso   Meso, meaning “middle,” is a modern Mediterranean restaurant and bar,  an oasis in the heart of Santana Row, located at 3060 Olsen Dr. #50 San Jose, CA 95128.

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Marcelle Eats Like She Gives A F*CK at Wildseed SF

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of dining at Wildseed, Marina’s new fully plant-based restaurant on Union Street. As you know we are seeing more and more

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Sign Up for the 2020 af&co. Trends Webinar

Don’t miss our two exclusive live presentations! Andrew Freeman will be sharing the report in its entirety during two free webinars linked below. Space is limited so reserve your place

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Thanksgiving and Holiday Specials Around The Bay

One Market     Chef/Partner Mark Dommen invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving at One Market with a special four-course prix fixe menu, available on Thursday, November 28 from 1-8pm for $89

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November Blind Tasting at One Market Restaurant Benefits LightHouse for the Blind

From November 1st through the 30th, One Market Restaurant will offer a “salute to blind ambition” with daily changing blind tasting flights selected and served by Sommelier and Wine Director

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October Industry Corner

Business news from us to you!   It’s Official – We’re Working With the GGRA   We’re so excited to be working with our friends over at the Golden Gate

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Join Us at This Year’s Cab Fest

Join us on November 9th Under the Dome for one of the Bay Area’s greatest celebrations of Cabernet wines.   CAB FEST is the largest of its kind, attracting Cabernet

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October af&co. Eats

The af&co. team sure was hungry this month! From a new Italian restaurant in the Mission, to reviews of some of SF’s staples, we tasted our way through some of

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Brunch at Foreign Cinema with Marcelle

Last month, I had the pleasure of enjoying brunch at Foreign Cinema for the first time. It was my best friend’s birthday visiting from Washington D.C., and of course I

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Alyssa Make it to Mister Jui’s

The tasting menu, a seven part experience, was presented in three shifts, forcing us to focus on and discuss each dish. The first three courses came one by one, accompanied

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Macie and Friends Go To Matador

Last week I celebrated a friend’s birthday at Matador. We were a group of 13 women and took up the majority of the small, dimly lit restaurant. After arriving early

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What time is it? Dumpling Time!

A few weeks back I went to Dumpling Time in SOMA following the final Giants game of the season. The wait time here can be long, so we arrived right

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Alley Strikes Gold at the Mission’s New Italian Spot

The food… Great Gold Tomato Bread lot’s of red sauce, lots of garlic, lots of olive oil, Meatballs red sauce, cranberry beans, roasted garlic, Cavatellisweet corn, brown butter cacio e pepe, Vermicelli Carbonara snap peas, guanciale,

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Alyssa Goes to Maialino in NYC

After this dining experience, I would recommend Maialino to anyone asking for suggestions in NYC.  It exuded a welcoming café-like energy in an up-scale environment. The staff were all attentive

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Media Training for Food and Hospitality Professionals with af&co.

If you’re in the food or hospitality business and often find yourself struggling to articulate a project or event that you’ve been working on, we recommend signing up for our

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Where to Book Your Holiday Parties

Jack’s Restaurant and Bar   Book your holiday party at on of Jack’s private dining spaces at their San Mateo, Pleasant Hill and Newark locations.   E&O Kitchen and Bar

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Celebrate the Abundance of the Season at Duende

In the spirit of harvest season, join Chef Paul Cañales of Duende, Oakland for a celebration of La Abundancia del Otoño (Celebrating the Abundance of Autumn) on Thursday, November 7 at 7pm!

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Vespera On Ocean is Officially Open in Pismo Beach

Central California’s newest luxury hotel and restaurant, Vespera on Ocean and Somerset Grill are officially open! Located along Pismo Beach’s famous stretch of surf, sand and sun, the new property

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A Mediterranean Oasis is Coming to Santana Row

An oasis in the heart of Santana Row, Mediterranean restaurant and bar, Meso, is pleased to announce it will open its doors in late-October 2019 with dinner and happy hour,

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News from Beyond the Bay

Here’s what you should note outside of the Bay Area this month!   Spork   Now through December 1, General Manager Sean Enright and the talented team behind the bar

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Non-Spooky Ways to Celebrate the Season Around the Bay

Jack’s Restaurant and Bar   Congrats to Jack’s on the refresh and reopening of their Pleasant Hill location! No matter the occasion or time of day, Jack’s is the place

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Bay Area Halloween Round Up

Let’s get spooky! Here’s a list of some of the frightful and delightful happening around the Bay Area this month.   Salt and Straw   A new set of spooky

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Pinots & Plaid

We’re excited for the first ever Pinots & Plaid event highlighting Northern California’s Best of the Best Pinot Noir. This is an event that Bay Area wine lovers will want to attend.

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Dumpling Week at M.Y. China

The number 8 is associated with prosperity and good fortune, so this September, M.Y. China will be celebrating National Dumpling Day (Sept. 26, 2019) for 8 days by featuring 8

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Karina Checks Out Elda

Earlier this month I visited Elda, the Mission’s beautiful new cocktail bar on 16th Street exuding Caribbean and Latin influences. It was my goal to get the recap done before

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Macie Has A Great Time (and even better food) at Leopold’s

At the beginning of this month, I had dinner at Leopold’s, a Bavarian-style gasthaus down the street from my apartment. Two of us walked into Leopold’s on a Thursday night

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Head to these spots before going to the new chase center

The Chase Center just opened in the Mission Bay neighborhood and we’ve got some great recommendations of where to go before, and when you’re there!   Little Creatures Mission Bay

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This Fall’s Can’t Miss Events

One Big Table 2019 Saturday, September 21st   Once a year, the SF Marin Food Bank transforms its warehouse into an unforgettable dining experience with One Big Table , a

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New Client Alert

Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort   Our latest client is the iconic Roman Spa Hot Springs, a beautiful boutique hotel and spa. What sets it apart and makes it a

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Bake the World A Better Place Bake Sale

San Francisco’s top Bakers and Pastry Chefs will be at Bluestem Brasserie for the 2nd Annual Bake the World a Better Place Bake Sale this Thursday, September 12. Gather your

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AC Hotel San Jose Santa Clara is Officially Open

Congratulations to Silicon Valley’s newest hotel, AC Hotel San Jose Santa Clara! The Marriott property officially opened its doors on Friday, September 6.   The hotel is designed for well-traveled,

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Magnolia Brewing x The Golden State Warriors

As part of the Warriors’ move back to The City, Magnolia Brewing has partnered with The Bay’s team to brew Dubs Golden Ale, the Warriors’ exclusive co-branded beer! Get ready

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Beyond the Bay This September

Ocean Prime   Earlier this year, associates at 15 Ocean Prime locations participated in bourbon blending workshops with a representative from Woodford Reserve, creating one-of-a-kind selections to be served in-house.

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Around the Bay this September

Salt and Straw   Salt & Straw’s Student Inventor Series is back this fall, as kiddos get ready to head back-to-school. Starting on September 6, the Student Inventor Series hits

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af&co. July Reviews

The af&co. staff has been out and about tasting all of the best the Bay Area has to offer. Take a peek at where we’ve been and click through on

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Alley Throws Back a Few at Willkommen

It was a beautiful Sunday and I was walking my dog as I passed by Black Hammer Brewing’s new beer hall, Willkommen, for what felt like the hundredth time. Just

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Amy Reviews Afternoon Tea at Dandelion Factory’s Bloom Salon

I tried out the Bloom Salon at the new Dandelion Factory on 16th for their chocolate tea. We are big fans of afternoon tea and had heard early positive reviews

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A Bagel Break at Daily Driver with Karina

I (along with Kelly and Katie) hopped into Daily Driver, the Dogpatch’s hottest new addition. With all the coverage they’ve been getting with their opening, I wanted to try these bagels

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Marcelle Recaps Her and Karina’s Night At Rich Table

Karina and a couple of our girlfriends and I recently started a “Dinner Club,” which would give our group the opportunity to try San Francisco restaurants none of us have

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Summer Beyond the Bay

You don’t have to be in the Bay Area to have fun next month! Check out all of the exciting things happening with our clients beyond the bay.   Ocean

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Summer Specials Around the Bay

AC Hotel Sunnyvale   The sleek and stylish AC Hotel Sunnyvale is continuing to draw in locals and travelers alike with their AC Lounge music series. They’ll be welcoming back

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Congrats to Poggio, Copita and Gott’s for Making the Best of Marin County 2019 List

Marin Magazine‘s yearly anticipated “Best of Marin County” list is out and we couldn’t be prouder of Poggio Trattoria, Copita Tequileria y Comida and Gott’s Roadside for making the list

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Kelly Heads to Yountville to Try Thomas Keller’s La Calenda

I made a stop by  La Calenda, the next fast casual (?) Mexican concept from Thomas Keller in Yountville on Saturday. I’m a big TK fan and was very excited

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