Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
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Bayview District residents Kristin Jenkins and Barclay Nicholson have lives that entwine the personal and professional. The domestic partners operate two growing food businesses that both have “SF” in the name: Nosh SF and SF Private Chef. They also have a dream to create a community garden to help kids learn about where food comes from.
Ryan Robles and Joshua Wilder Oakley live and work around good food and drink in San Francisco. The couple worked together at Bar Bambino and Ryan does PR for restaurants and spirits companies while Joshua has a pop-up called Tango & Stache. Find out how they celebrate Pride and what it was like for Joshua to grapple with being “out” in the kitchen.
It’s been a big year for San Franciscan Joel Riddell, who won an IACP award for his Dining Around radio show and also had his longtime mentor, Gene Burns pass away. Riddell is a confidant to chefs, bold-faced wine and travel leaders and is the longtime partner to Robert Moon. Riddell shares his experiences of pride and homophobia within the culinary & media worlds.
One lesbian couple is learning what it’s like first hand to start a food business in Sonoma County while raising a young child. Chef Jennifer Johnson is the “wusband” to Serafina Palandech. The two run Hip Chick Farms and fell in love at the Lexington Club in San Francisco. They work together to provide a product without preservatives, hormones, antibiotics or fillers.
Chef Preeti Mistry is gearing up to open her Indian street food-inspired, previously a pop-up, Juhu Beach Club in Temescal, Oakland on March 1.
Mary Ladd investigates the Bay Lights art installation on the Bay Bridge by artist Leo Villareal, who is a longtime participant of Burning Man. The lighting celebration is on March 5 — see which restaurants will have great views.
Mary Ladd interviews Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland’s Councilmember At-Large, who was recently re-elected and is a champion of food businesses as a way to grow and ultimately improve the city.
In celebration of LGBT Pride month, Mary Ladd profiles culinary artist Yasmin Golan, who lives in Oakland and has worked locally in the pop-up scene and restaurant world. Golan’s ideas on cooking and living are based around community and sustainability.
In celebration of LGBT Pride month, Mary Ladd profiles Preeti Mistry, who is opening Juhu Beach Club in San Francisco and has appeared on Top Chef. Mistry shares what it’s like to be female and queer in the culinary world.
The pair behind Rawdance bring their fresh moves to the restaurant scene in performances at Orson this week.