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High on the Hog

In a few weeks I’ll be visiting New Orleans for a conference. I haven’t been for a few years—since before Katrina—but I’ve been hearing a lot about the amazing work going on in both farmer’s market and restaurant recovery. I’m looking forward to visiting the Crescent City Farmers Market and hearing from Richard McCarthy at Market Umbrella, who is working to support local farmers and bring healthy food to New Orleans.

PURR Vintage Fashion Fundraiser hosted by Vanessa Getty and Melanie Ellison

On May 14th, Vanessa Getty and Melanie Ellison hosted a fabulous sale of Vintage and Designer clothing to benefit the San Francisco Bay Humane Friends and the Peninsula Humane Society. Clothing was donated from the closets of some of San Francisco, LA, and New York’s most stylish women along with many top fashion houses, such as Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Judith Leiber, Oscar de la Renta, and Riser Goodwyn.


Jenna Hunt, Kate Harbin


Allison Speer, Alexis Traina, Kate Harbin

A Cure For the Summertime Blues



At first sip, MateVeza  tastes ... interesting. But by the third sip, my little after work impromptu office party couldn't get enough. The yerba mate-infused cerveza has an unexpected kick that sets it far apart from other beers. It has a decidedly herbal finish and a natural stimulant, making it both unique and compelling. Now I’m not saying swap your morning cup of joe for a bottle of this earthy brew, but the next time you have some friends over for a BBQ and don't want to take a 3 p.m. nap, pop open a MateVeza and make your event a hopping success.

SFMOMA MAC Art Auction

On May 14th, the SF MOMA’s Modern Art Council  hosted the biennial Art Auction Fundraiser, featuring a range of art including photographs, paintings and works on paper donated by local and national galleries and acclaimed artists. The highlight of the live auction was the "Turbosphere" (2007) by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, whose work was the subject of a recent critically acclaimed survey. Guests enjoyed tantalizing passed hors d’ oeuvres and gourmet food stations by McCall Associates. Sponsors included Frette and Intercontinental San Francisco.


Dolly Chammas, Danielle Erb

Gin and Tonics: The Great Tonic Showdown

One of the recent warm evenings, I decided to pit the two boutique tonic waters now on the market head-to-head. Fever-Tree has been available for more than a year, but Q is just coming into the market and I was sent a sample last week.



Both are trying to make the experience of that classic drink, the gin and tonic, better by improving the oft-neglected role of the mixer. Fever-Tree is made in England, with ingredients sourced from around the world. Q is made, best I can tell, in New York. The gin?

Q&A: Dennis Leary Downsizes with The Sentinel

I’ve always liked how chef Dennis Leary thinks: small. After his chefdom at Rubicon, he threw in the kitchen towel to downsize to a tiny former coffee shop in the TenderNob he dubbed Canteen, serving a small number of people a nice, small menu. From there, he's thought even smaller. His latest project is The Sentinel (37 New Montgomery St.), a New York- cool soup-and-sandwich to-go joint located in an old cigar shop across from the Palace Hotel. The kitchen is made up with nothing more than a soup warmer and a convection oven.

Hayley's Current Faves Playlist



Hayleys Current Faves Playlist

Due to copyright issues some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Sunny Hill Services Council Benefit

On May 10th, the Sunny Hills Service Council hosted the Power of Love: Opening Our Hearts to Children in Need benefit at the Four Seasons in San Francisco. The evening included a fabulous silent auction as well as a gourmet dinner and dancing. The Sunny Hills Services programs provide educational, community and housing services to emotionally disturbed children. 


Dana King, Hannah Heller


Chris Hollenbeck, Holly Hollenbeck
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