At last year’s August 2022 Outside Lands, I wrote about the festival’s top 7 eats, five of which were back — and still great — this year, and still available locally year-round. August 11-13 impressively marked OL’s 15th anniversary, the largest independently owned music festival in the US…
From a rousing Foo Fighters show (with surprise guest Michael Bublé popping up out of the audience), to an equally spirited Janelle Monáe set, the musical lineup was varied and diverse. So was the food and drink, with highlights here, which we can order year-round locally: Read more →
From May 8–11, 2023, our own Kevin Diedrich, owner of PCH (Pacific Cocktail Haven) and Kona’s Street Market — named American Bartender of the Year and PCH the Best American Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail in 2020 — quietly and quickly launched the inaugural SF AAPI Cocktail Week, an event that will be bigger next year with more… Read more →
In the small downtown of Healdsburg, Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience (HWFE) just hosted its second year, May 18–21, 2023, featuring a range of events highlighting some of Sonoma County’s best food and wines. From a region that grows some of the best produce in the nation, local produce is highlighted in the food, while the Queen grape is showcased at every turn — plus a few cocktails, too.
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In September 2021, I wrote here about the pandemic evolution of Michelin-starred Lord Stanley into Turntable at Lord Stanley, an exciting residency for chefs from around the globe and the U.S. to showcase their beloved menus, concepts they’re working on or other collaborations with the tight and consummate Lord Stanley team. Returning this August 2022, I experienced chef Melissa M. Martin’s cooking from New Orleans’ lauded Mosquito Supper Club: Read more →
Published August 8, 2022, at The Bold Italic, seven foods from Outside Lands 2022 that we’re still craving (and thankfully, you can still eat around the Bay Area): Read more →
Published November 1, 2021 at The Bold Italic, seven foods from Outside Lands 2021 that were still craving (and thankfully, you can still eat around the Bay Area):
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In the Fall 2020 print issue of Distiller Magazine: A recap of our first virtual week of ADI (American Distilling Institute)’s 17th annual Craft Spirits Conference, which was to be in my beloved New Orleans in April but went virtual this Summer. You’ll see me here in this story, as I was on a couple international panels, both for gin… Read more →
Published October 5, 2020, at Bob Cut magazine is my checklist on just reopened (September 30) indoor dining, how you can stay safe and keep hospitality industry workers safe while dining out.
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My latest article for The Bold Italic, published September 4, 2020 (my regular Bold Italic articles here): https://thebolditalic.com/support-chinatown-restaurants-with-these-outdoor-dining-spots-e0ee6566a82 China Live Washington Bakery Mister Jiu’s/Jiu’s Ho Ho Spicy King Dim Sum Corner Read more →
The color drained from the world. That’s how I felt as the pandemic hit and independent restaurants, bars, food and drink purveyors were forced to shutter overnight. Millions are (still) unemployed in a $1 trillion industry that’s the U.S.’ largest private sector job provider. Many already can’t afford to come back (closure estimates range up to 85% from industry experts across the nation and in this recent detailed report). But we’re losing much more than jobs. We’re losing culture it has taken decades to build. A “secret” American strength. I’ll explain.
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