Mary Ladd

Mary Ladd is a freelance writer and event professional based in her hometown of San Francisco. Her writing has been featured in SF Weekly, Tasting Table, the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. She has shuttled Anthony Bourdain around town and mastered the art of properly loading a catering van in a flash. Mary has eaten the world’s hottest burger and loves to cook and eat. Follow her at @mladdfood

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LGBT Pride: Where to Eat and Drink During the Dyke March

LGBT Pride: Where to Eat and Drink During the Dyke March

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd reports on where to eat and drink during the Dyke March, which is one of the most fun and spirited celebrations during Pride month in San Francisco.

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Hot Eats: The Commissary & Chino Open

Hot Eats: The Commissary & Chino Open

| May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd reports on the juiciest restaurant updates from hot new spots: The Commissary from Chef Traci Des Jardins, and Chino from the people behind Tacolicious.

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Michael Mina Dishes Details for Pabu and The Ramen Bar

Michael Mina Dishes Details for Pabu and The Ramen Bar

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pabu and The Ramen Bar, slated to open in mid-June, will be among the hottest new restaurants in San Francisco. Chef Michael Mina shares with Mary Ladd his favorite dishes from ramen to sushi, as well as the fate of his East Indian concept on Steuart Street.

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Hot Eats Round-Up: Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, Brews & BBQ from Dave McLean

Hot Eats Round-Up: Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, Brews & BBQ from Dave McLean

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd reports the juiciest updates on hot new spots from cult ice cream maker Humphry Slocombe–yes, there will be Secret Breakfast! Then there’s the Dogpatch project from Dave McLean, the beer maker behind Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery and Alembic–look for tasty BBQ (including smoked pork belly, beef brisket and house-made sausages) from Chef Dennis Lee of Namu.

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Fried Chicken from the Chef Behind the First Michelin-Starred Indian Restaurant: Suvir Saran Makes West Coast Debut

Fried Chicken from the Chef Behind the First Michelin-Starred Indian Restaurant: Suvir Saran Makes West Coast Debut

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd talks with Chef Suvir Saran, who moved here from New York late last year and is finally preparing for his long-rumored West Coast debut. Expect on the menu: Rose Levy Beranbaum’s favorite biscuits, fried chicken, and spicy slaw.

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‘Top Chef’s’ Casey Thompson Prepares Her San Francisco Debut: Aveline and The European

‘Top Chef’s’ Casey Thompson Prepares Her San Francisco Debut: Aveline and The European

| March 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

Mary Ladd talks with ‘Top Chef’s’ Casey Thompson about her San Francisco debut in the Warwick Hotel. Aveline and The European promise contrasting light foods and manly drinks. Start planning now for the fall openings.

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(Tasty) Ice Cream and Liquid Nitrogen: Get Smitten with Robyn Sue Fisher

(Tasty) Ice Cream and Liquid Nitrogen: Get Smitten with Robyn Sue Fisher

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Smitten Ice Cream started out of a red Radio Flyer wagon in San Francisco and now has outposts in Hayes Valley and Los Altos with more Bay Area spots on the way. Mary Ladd interviews Smitten’s founder, Robin Sue Fisher, about using liquid nitrogen to make fresh and smooth ice cream and what’s coming next from this dessert scientist.

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Restaurant Round-Up: Ichi Sushi & Ni Bar, 4505 Meats, and The Square

Restaurant Round-Up: Ichi Sushi & Ni Bar, 4505 Meats, and The Square

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

San Francisco is bursting with hot new eatery projects. Mary Ladd reports on the juiciest updates on spots from Tim & Erin Archuleta, Ryan Farr, and Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty.

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Organic Ice Cream, Sergio Romo, Catchy Outfits: Q&A with Three Twins’ Neal Gottlieb

Organic Ice Cream, Sergio Romo, Catchy Outfits: Q&A with Three Twins’ Neal Gottlieb

| February 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Three Twins Ice Cream started in the Bay Area and is growing: there’s a recently re-opened scoop shop in the Haight, and flavors like Sergio Romo’s Mexican chocolate (“it only tastes illegal”). Mary Ladd talks to Founding Twin Neal Gottlieb, who is a character for wearing eye catching outfits to industry events, and his products and dedication to giving back are the real deal.

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Valentine’s (Wine and Cocktails) with Greg and Shelley Lindgren

Valentine’s (Wine and Cocktails) with Greg and Shelley Lindgren

| February 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Greg and Shelley Lindgren share news on their businesses: his Rye on the Road will soon get new digs, and A16 celebrates its anniversary on Valentine’s Day. The power hospitality couple share wine and cocktail ideas that are fun and interesting…including a recipe for “My Bitter Valentine” which will be the Valentine’s day special at Rye.

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Valentine’s with Chef Mat Schuster & Wine Expert Paco Cifuentes

Valentine’s with Chef Mat Schuster & Wine Expert Paco Cifuentes

| February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s it like to run a “pop and pop” restaurant together? Mary Ladd talks to Chef Mat Schuster and wine expert Paco Cifuentes of Canela Bistro & Wine Bar in the Castro to find out.

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Bruce Hill: Fog City & Wood-Fired Grilling

Bruce Hill: Fog City & Wood-Fired Grilling

| February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chef Bruce Hill has mastered delectable burgers, pizza, roast chicken and hand-cut furikake French fries and is involved in many noteworthy restaurants: Fog City, Zero Zero, Bix, Pizzeria Picco and Picco. Find out what the chef is cooking via wood-fired grill at the newly revamped Fog City, as well as what he plans for 2014.

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A View Inside the World of Marijuana-Laced Cookies and Edibles

A View Inside the World of Marijuana-Laced Cookies and Edibles

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

What is it like to eat a cookie that is made with medical marijuana? While coping with a breast cancer diagnosis, Mary Ladd explores the world of pot edibles and lands on some good medicinal cookies from a friend who is a natural chef.

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A Floating City: Cooking on a Celebrity Cruise Ship

A Floating City: Cooking on a Celebrity Cruise Ship

| January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cooking for guests aboard a giant cruise ship has its own challenges: 24-hour service, rolling-and-rocking motion from the sea, and making many menu items from scratch. Mary Ladd found out why the Top Chef TV show hit the seas this season and she gets a behind-the-scenes view of the kitchens, buffets and restaurants aboard the Celebrity Millennium.

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