Category: On the Town

Food Lovers & 49ers: Michael Mina’s Guest Chef Series at Levi Stadium Football Games

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. The third season of Michael Mina’s Tailgate parties — a food lover’s feasting extravaganza for season ticket holders (annual membership is $3500, including all pre-season and regular season home games) at Levi’s® Stadium Bourbon Steak and Bourbon Pub — is the best season yet. A world class… Read more →

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Top 5 Whiskies at Whiskyfest SF 2016

It’s my 8th year attending Whiskyfest San Francisco (also held in Chicago and NYC annually) and like any other year, the event held many return sips of favorite whiskies (here are last year’s standouts), from Scotland, Japan, Ireland, Canada, India and the US, in the massive underground ballrooms of the SF Marriott Marquis. Of new releases this year, here were… Read more →

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Highlights of Tales of the Cocktail 2016

Going off and on since 2010, Tales of the Cocktail remains the most exhausting, exhilarating reunion of spirits and cocktail folk — many from the best restaurants, bars and brands — in the world. For some of us, the nightly parties have become too big, loud and not really a showcase for drink, while the peak of summer oppressiveness in… Read more →

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16 of the Bay Area & World’s Top Chefs Cook Together for One Night

Last year, the unforgettable S.Pellegrino Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle entailed some of the best chefs in the world switching places/restaurants around the globe for one night only, with my dinner at Coi cooked by none other than the chef of Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Spain. On July 11, they did something different but similarly exciting. Last night’s Gelinaz! Walk With Us… Read more →

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The Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle: Mugaritz Chef Cooks at Coi for One Night

If you save up your funds to dine at Pellegrino’s World’s Best or Michelin-starred restaurants as you travel — or at home if you’re privileged to live in a city where you’re surrounded by them — S.Pellegrino Presents THE GRAND GELINAZ! SHUFFLE is a one-night-only event you geek out about. This year, it took place on July 9th. 37 international… Read more →

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Talking Drink at Aspen Food & Wine Classic

With high altitude (around 8000 feet) and an onslaught of activity, Aspen Food & Wine is a dizzying, long weekend of tastings, seminars, parties and events held in the idyllic mountain town of Aspen every June. This summer I went with a drink focus in mind, even as I ate my way through the weekend. In fact, drink — namely… Read more →

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Top 5 Whiskies at Whiskies of the World 2015

Another Whiskies of the World (WoW) on the San Francisco Belle docked in the Bay, held on March 28 (last year and years prior here). Although it is one of the big whisk(e)y events in the country (also in San Jose, Atlanta and Austin), it remains more approachable than bigger whisk(e)y events, more like a big party than a corporate… Read more →

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New Sushi Greats, 5 Notable New SF Spots, 7 BBQ Joints, San Mateo & More

From my 15 articles/posts a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to just some coverage highlights here – you can sign up for Zagat’s weekly newsletter for highlights here and follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily. As I have been for over a decade, I’m on the ground daily looking for early standouts at each… Read more →

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Highlights from SF CHEFS 2013

SF Chefs is one of my more anticipated food and drink events all year. Partly because it is now in its fifth year, it runs like a well-oiled ship, a buzzy flow of seminars, classes, luncheons, tasting events and parties, the four main Grand Tastings being held in an entirely tented Union Square, which always feels like a party in… Read more →

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