It seems like a good idea on paper: Throw a music festival in wine country where guests can go wine-tasting and sample some of the region's best restaurants in between musical acts. That was the focus of Bottle Rock, a new festival thrown in a park in downtown Napa that combines stadium-filling rock ... More >>
When Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza, the couple behind San Francisco's popular State Bird Provisions, entered the packed media room at last night's James Beard Foundation Awards at Lincoln Center in New York, they were quickly devoured by a hungry press corps like some tiny little quail. And wit ... More >>
Napa police are investigating a break-in at Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's Napa Valley home that happened long before voters started heading to the polls on Tuesday. Thieves reportedly broke into the House Minority Leader's Napa Valley house on Monday afternoon, the day before she was reelected to Con ... More >>
As if we needed a more dramatic celestial gesture to signal the start of Indian Summer in San Francisco, Wednesday's dramatic sky -- complete with double rainbow, no less -- was almost as grand an entrance as a skydiving queen of England.
With a full 52 entries (yes, a full year) into my tenure wit ... More >>
Talk about late bloomers. Tapatio* Tequila ($33/one liter bottle, 40% alcohol by volume), a new spirit hitting shelves in the US, is a 75-year old brand that is popular in Mexico for having a balance of flavor, quality, and value.
Produced at La Alteña (NOM 1139) in the highlands of Jalisco with 1 ... More >>
For most people, it takes a talented bartender to make them enjoy a complex spirit in a cocktail, especially whisky or one they might have developed a terrible aversion for (usually tequila). For me, it takes a skilled person to have me enjoy the most basic spirit: vodka. There's nothing wrong with ... More >>
Cindy Pawlcyn's latest cookbook, Cindy's Supper Club: Meals from Around the World to Share with Family and Friends, takes readers on a sophisticated and diverse culinary journey around the world. The book highlights menus from a weekly informal supper club that Cindy hosts at her restaurant in ... More >>
With Goose & Gander opening tonight, the former Martini House restaurant has been given an Aspen-ski-lodge-meets-duck-hunting-club makeover, with decoys and antique weapons, but it's the downstairs bar run by bar manager Scott Beattie that has us the most excited.
With help from Michael Pazdon (for ... More >>
The day has come for the James Beard Foundation to announce the semifinalists for the 2012 Restaurant Awards. As SFoodie has written before, the finals can resemble the Oscars in that they're often career awards rather than a measure of how the nominees are performing at this very moment. Tha ... More >>
Ben NarasinModel Bakery's English muffins are all about anticipation and fulfillment. From the moment you take a light, thick disk out of its sleeve, the buttery touch on your fingers -- in stark contrast with the crisp, dry, dusted crust -- makes you want to take a bite. But you have to to ... More >>
CharbayOld stills in Charbay's garden in St. HelenaDIY Cocktails With Scott Beattie and Charbay SpiritsWhere: Ferry Building Marketplace, One Ferry Building (at Embarcadero)When: Saturday, June 18, 2-4 p.m.Cost: $50; reserve online via EventbriteThe rundown: Scott Beattie's cocktail class series ret ... More >>
dr_XeNo/FlickrAt last year's ZAP Festival, plenty of old-vine Zin, not enough scandal.In January, we attended the largest single-variety wine tasting in America: the ZAP Festival at Fort Mason. We sauntered through the pavilions, glass in hand, point-blank asking winemakers how old their "old ... More >>
Tamara PalmerJon's Street Eats' Jon Kosorek, who got his start at the CIA at Greystone, is returning to the Napa Valley.A pioneer of the Emeryville food cart scene is heading for the exit. Jon Kosorek says Saturday is the last night for Jon's Street Eats, a cart that since August 2009 has ser ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.Urban Daddy is first to call an opening day ― Friday ― for The Brixton (2140 Union, at Webster, 409-1114, brixtonsf.com). The pitch: Britrock-themed bar with pubby-sounding food from Michel ... More >>
Annie JessemanSt. George's latest batch of single malt whisky is its best yet.Cocktails and hot drinks rule the holiday season, but there's something just as festive, not to mention warming: a glass of a special brandy or whiskey. The Bay Area's expanding roster of artisanal spirits producers ... More >>
Three ThievesStraight outta St. Helena in Napa County, Three Thieves' Bandit beverages are a slick alternative to two-buck Chuck or one's favorite box of wine. Priced around $9 for one liter (or $4.79 for a juice box-sized half liter), they're kind of a steal.It's not exactly outdoor picnic weath ... More >>
David Chang (right) with Chris Cosentino before last night's discussion at Cafe Du Nord.If there's a takeaway lesson from fig-gate, it might be this: Don't drink on stage.
At a 7x7-sponsored panel discussion at Café Du Nord last night, N.Y. chef David Chang took heat for having being what ... More >>
J. BirdsallRyan Farr dispatching a beast at Bloodhound.Yet another butcher-chef-fire event (this one called Primal) is happening Saturday in Napa -- observe the breakdown of a pig, a goat, a cow, and a lamb, and taste the results. Incanto's Chris Cosentino, Perbacco's Staffan Terje, Fatted Ca ... More >>