Chef Charles Phan had one word when Randall Kline, the founder of SF JAZZ asked the Slanted Door chef to take over the café South at SF JAZZ's new permanent space on Franklin and Fell.
"I said, 'No,'" Phan said. "A lot of people ask me to do a lot of things, and the first thing I say is, 'No.'"
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The Cooking ChannelChing-He HuangOn Saturday, the Cooking Channel launches "Easy Chinese: San Francisco," a full season of 14 30-minute episodes showing Taiwanese-born Ching-He Huang cooking her recipes in our town.
I spoke with Ching on the phone earlier this week from her home in London ab ... More >>
Photo by Greg DewarPedaling for potA funny thing happened to Board of Supervisors President David Chiu last night, while making his evening round of speeches.Somebody asked him for pot."You got the compassion? Who's got weed?" asked an attendee of yesterday's monthly dinner/medical cannabis givea ... More >>
Chris CristodoulouIn the conducting world, Michael Francis is a rising star. Young, talented, and armed with a devastatingly cute British accent, this is a conductor to keep an eye on. Fortunately for us, Francis will be in town this summer, conducting the San Francisco Symphony's annual summer c ... More >>
Was Mayor Ed Lee entertained or did he do the entertaining at Daly's dive?Anyone who even sits on the sidelines at City Hall knows that Buck Tavern is where you go to sniff out good stories. Political stories, that is. That's one reason why reporters flock to former Supervisor Chris Daly's bar on ... More >>
White Flag If there is anything that the new Board of Supervisors can learn from their predecessors, it's that provoking the mayor can only backfire. After a tense week that shook San Francisco's political circles, Supervisor David Chiu today invited City Administrator Ed Lee, who is expected to ... More >>
Finally SpeaksApparently, City Administrator Ed Lee is taking calls -- just not from progressive supervisors. As the Examiner reports today, Lee's buddies in Chinatown broke the news that he will take the job as Mayor Gavin Newsom's successor -- if he has to. Gordon Chin, executive di ... More >>
Joe EskenaziBruce Porteous changes up the Lone Star flagCity Hall officials hoping to run their ideas up the flagpole and see if anyone would salute them ran into a problem yesterday. Bruce Porteous was already atop the flag poles, removing the flags -- thus inhibiting everyone's saluting instinc ... More >>
Joe EskenaziGiants slugger Pablo Sandoval and his new mohawk 'doAfter taking in yesterday's taping of Inside the Clubhouse -- which really is taped in the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse -- I'm left with two sparkling memories: Team hitting coach Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens pointing at outfielder N ... More >>
If you like eating pancakes and helping kids -- and don't particularly care where those kids are -- IHOP has a deal for youIn one of the more stunningly bad product tie-ins in recent memory, the good people over at the International House of Pancakes have declared next Tuesday to be National Pancake ... More >>
For three decades, Mariedi Anders has used Old World grace and negotiating acumen to create significant American careers for serious European musicians.
Now, the doyenne of West Coast classical music agents faces a new challenge: the globalization of the
Gorbachev foundation prez Jim Garrison has something special in mind for San Francisco in September, an international palaver at the Fairmont Hotel. After that, a seat for himself in the U.S. Senate. And then, who knows? Chancellor of the world?