Last week, a very special gourmet food & wine event called San Francisco Restaurants Unite to End Hunger, was held at Ferry Plaza to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. The San Francisco Food Bank (SFFB) sources, collects and repackages nearly 100,000 pounds of food per day, which comes from supermarket chains, large manufacturers & wholesalers, restaurant suppliers, the USDA and food drives for seniors nutrition programs and low-income families. The food that the SFFB collects supplies for over 600 vital food programs, such as senior centers, after-school programs, neighborhood pantry networks and soup kitchens.
Eileen Fisher has always been passionate about empowering women to feel good about their bodies. Eileen creates simple, elegant designs that are truly timeless in appeal. Her commitment to improving the lives of women and girls is evident by the many organizations the company supports through the grant-making program and special fundraisers.
This Saturday, September 27th, from 12-5 Eileen Fisher will be hosting their fall event to benefit Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa. Ten percent of all of sales will be donated. There will be goodies and special gifts with purchase. You can support Girls Inc. and check out the latest designs at Bay Area Eileen Fisher Stores :
San Francisco: 2216 Filmore Street Palo Alto: 114 Stanford Shopping Center Walnut Creek: 1171 Broadway Plaza.
The economy may be hurting, but people on the Peninsula just can't get enough of cupcakes. Kara's opened a few weeks ago in the Town and Country shopping center. Lines are out the door. Sprinkles opens today in the Stanford Mall. Sprinkles held a grand opening party this Sunday, and reports are that the cupcakes were just amazing. I was impressed by the invitation, a box of two beautiful cupcakes that my family devoured. My kids were quite upset to miss the festivities, but I assured them I would be picking up some cupcakes today! Now for my personal plea..will one of you cupcake makers please make some dairy free cupcakes so people with allergies can enjoy these goodies too?
Don't we all just love September? The chill in the air, the kids back in school, the big fat fall fashion mags!!944 San Francisco brings it home this issue with must-read articles on local fashionable trends.
Such as: An interview with Jessica Herrin from Stella and Dot home jewelry business, a profile of up-and-coming fashion designers Alyssa Prentice and Ronnie Escalante Jr., a Q&A with one of SF's most stylish closets, and much more. Check it out online at: http://www.944.com/magazine/
The Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) is hosting a sensual gourmet food & wine event called - A Food Affaire. The event is this upcoming Monday, September 22nd at the renowned Ruby Skye nightclub on 420 Mason Street in downtown San Francisco. Over twenty top San Francisco chefs will serve aphrodisiac-inspired dishes that incorporate mood-enhancing ingredients. Whether it's decadent oysters being sucked right out of the shell, lavish caviar pearls bursting between your teeth or foie gras melting like butter on the tongue, you can experience all of the sexiness that these foods have to offer. It is anticipated to be a memorable evening in which you can indulge in seductive food and entertainment.
When it comes to fashion and personal style, a touch of vintage is always in and one of the best venues to find authentic vintage clothing is the biannual San Francisco Vintage Fashion Expo. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the fall expo is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California Street. Tickets are $10.
Lis Normoyle, co-owner of Vintage Fashion Expo, tells me that the current Frida Kahlo exhibit at MOMA has been a big influence on local style. Several dealers at the show will have Mexican embroidered jackets, hand painted skirts, hand-tooled handbags, and silver jewelry. Normoyle works with the best vintage dealers around the country bringing designer clothing, estate and costume jewelry, accessories, and textiles to San Francisco every year. Check the Vintage Fashion Expo website for hours and a $2 off coupon, http://www.vintageexpo.com/.
It's never too early for jewelry and particularly the lovely designs of Jewelry by Rosalina. Local fashionable ladies gathered one morning last week at Neiman Marcus for the Bubbles and Bites event, to get a peek at Rosalina Lydster's latest jewelry designs and welcome visiting entrepreneur Faye Ho.
Mireille Schwartz was eying a bauble or two, looking fabulous in Chanel. Damion Matthews from SFluxe also paid a visit before darting off to work.
Don't miss your last chance to see Spared From the Storm: Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art, now on view at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University through October 4, 2008. Over 80 drawings, paintings, and sculptures by some of the most significant artists in history are included, representing only a portion of the New Orleans Museum of Art's diverse and comprehensive collection which was spared from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
It comes as no surprise given the history of New Orleans that the exhibit is undoubtedly rich in French works, including such artists as Bucher, Vigee-Lebrun, Degas, and Braque, but the exhibit also includes equally interesting works by Picasso, Magritte, O'Keefe, Cassatt, Cornell, and many others. The artistic range and profound variety makes this exhibit particularly fascinating. Spared From the Storm: Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art on view now through October 4, 2008 Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University 328 Lomita Dr (at Museum Way) Stanford CA 95305
Free tours of the exhibition on Thursdays at 12:15 pm and Saturdays/Sundays at 2pm. This exhibit was organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art to benefit its Katrina Recovery Fund.
This Thursday, September 18th, an event called, San Francisco Restaurants Unite to End Hunger is being held at the Ferry Building from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This is a special Gourmet Food & Wine event, that has been organized to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. The SF Food Bank has been having a tough year and they are hoping to get a great turnout for this event. Tickets are $40 and are available at the door at One Ferry Plaza, directly behind the Ferry Building.
This is a great way for Food Lovers to give back to their community, while enjoying live entertainment, drinks, and savory hors d'oeuvres from 30 San Francisco restaurants. Guests may also enter a raffle to win $100 gift certificates to the participating restaurants, such as Absinthe Brasserie, Acme Chophouse, Epic Roasthouse, Fifth Floor, Grand Cafe, Orson, Paragon, Perbacco, Plumpjack, Spruce and Yoshi's to name a few. This event is sponsored by San Francisco Private Dining Venues and their member restaurants, Estate Groups/Sonoma Cutrer and San Francisco Event Music.
Some people say San Francisco has no style, but Ezra Miranda is out to prove them wrong. Miranda and journalist Jackson Boren are the shutterbug and scribe behind Golden Gauge, a popular San Francisco fashion photo blog.
Wardrobe Consultant at Ralph Lauren by day and fashion photo blogger by night, Miranda searches the streets of our city snapping shots of anyone who is well dressed and expresses individual style. "I look for people who care about what they're wearing," says Miranda. "People who have paid attention to the details." Like ties and pocket squares accessorizing men and color coordinated outfits on women. " I notice men in particular are on top of their game and I want other cities to see that."
One of the many advantages of living in the Bay Area is our proximity to the Wine Country. Whether you choose Napa or Sonoma, either is accessible in a little over an hour from San Francisco. My family spends many weekends in Alexander Valley, in the Healdsburg area of Sonoma County. People often question my choice of the wine country, as my husband does not drink, and I have four young children. For my clan, the wine country is our country escape, with the side benefit of having great wine and culinary selections. We just spent last the Labor Day holiday up there enjoying many of the special events the vineyards and tasting rooms were offering.
I have been a big fan of yours for years. Growing up in the Bay Area, I was always proud that Gap was started here and had their headquarters here as well. (I probably should have worked for you straight out of college.) I have stuck by your side through all of your changes, and mine. I have literally grown up wearing your clothes. (Yes, a woman of forty can still wear Gap.)
So Gap, why is it that you only have a concept store in New York City? I am so sad that you have chosen to have the rotating designs featured only in your shop on 54th and 5th. What about San Francisco?
My life as a suburban Mom has caused me to miss two very important events - N.Y. Fashion Week, and the grand opening of the Tory Burch boutique in San Francisco. Of course, I do not know what I would wear to the opening of her boutique, other than my Reva ballet flats.
The line was launched in 2004, and has earned Burch a CFDA award for accessories designer of the year in 2008. The traditional designs are inspired by the the 60's and 70's. I personally admire the way Burch can be both traditional and original. The Burch tunics can be worn to the beach, (Palm Beach) or out to dinner. I am not a socialite like Tory Burch, but I can pretend to be one in her designs. The shop is located on 50 Maiden Lane.
C.E.O. Women, a non-profit whose name stands for Creating Economic Opportunities for Women, sponsored its first International Iron Chef Cook-Off at La Cocina in San Francisco's Mission District. If you are unfamiliar with this non-profit, C.E.O. Women's mission is to help create economic opportunities for low-income immigrant and refugee women by educating them in English, Communications and Entrepreneurship. The cook-off was a part of C.E.O. Women's program called Shine Your Brilliance, which celebrates the strengths and talents of these women and this particular event was held in support of women wanting to start their own businesses in the food industry, such as catering, restaurants and the like. The four cook-off chefs featured were graduates of C.E.O Women from these countries - Ethiopia, Japan, Mexico and Peru.
Yours truly was one of the judging panelists, representing, SF Food Maven & SF Bay Style along with three others - Caleb Zigas, La Cocina's Program Director, Donnalyn Murphy, Director of Educational Services at Golden Gate Restaurant Association and Thy Tran, Founder of the Wandering Spoon and the Asian Culinary Forum. Chef Thomas Weibull of Plouf on Belden and the former Les Amis was the Master of Ceremonies and what a spendid job he did.
Sometimes I walk into a place and feel certain they will never accommodate my vegan-ness, and that I’m bound to have a culinarily disappointing time. It’s not that I’m never right, but sometimes, restaurants can actually surprise you.
We were meeting friends for dinner last weekend in Campbell and I was the one who picked the restaurant, mostly based on location and figuring Italian food is often a safe bet. To be honest, once we walked in I didn’t have high hopes for A Bellagio.
Calling all Democratic fashionistas! If you want to wear your vote on your chest this election season I recommend doing so with artistic flair. Check out artist Barbara Sandidge's fabulous rendering of Barack Obama on cotton t-shirts ($15/$20) and canvas totes ($20).
The Democratic Presidential Candidate's smiling face done in pen and ink is instantly recognizable and Ms. Sandidge, from Guardian Visual Arts in Oakland, chose to keep it simple with just his image. "It took about a month to find the right image of Obama and three days to draw it," says Ms. Sandidge. "I took a stack of tees to the Pennsylvania Primary and they sold well." It's been word of mouth ever since and demand is growing.