September 1, 2010

“It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them – the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Neyah White pours Japanese whisky at SF Chefs' Hog in the Fog party

I’m proud of the innovation and spirit in the Bay Area. As I visit old and new favorite distilleries like St. George and Old World Spirits, sample a preview dinner of Daniel Patterson’s upcoming Plum, and celebrate the release of the first fair trade spirits, FAIR, it’s clear that it’s a vibrant time in the world of food and drink.

Top Tastes highlights major new openings like Benu from French Laundry chef, the exciting Sons & Daughters, street cart food, okonomiyaki and a tea house. Imbiber raves about cocktails from Healdsburg to the East Bay, with sips at Ministry of Rum 2010 and through Heaven Hill’s catalog.

Around the Bay goes for East Bay fine dining at the constantly hyped Commis, then down home Jamaican cooking at Sweet Fingers.

Bar Agricole's striking patio

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Here’s recent entries in my SF Bay Guardian column, Appetite:
Studying Drink – 3 books to have on your shelf
Wine Country’s new hotspots
The Scene at SF Chefs
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**Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Virginia Miller**