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Festival del Sole Luncheon Honors Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele of Chopard

Maria Manetti Farrow hosted pre-luncheon cocktails at her private Villa Mille Rose Estate in Napa to honor Chopard Co-President and artistic director Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele for her Festival del Sole grapevine motif jewelry design. The earrings and necklace suite, which Ms. Farrow wore to the soiree, is made of rose gold, colorful diamonds and briolette gemstones. Guests included Chopard President Marc Hruschka, Tatiana Sorokko, Prince Sultan Abdul Aziz and many more.

 
Muni Fry, Dorothy Torresi

The Milk of the Matter

San Francisco is a good incubator. Ideas take root here, trends grab hold, and before you know it, citizens of our fair city are fairly obsessed. First it was the farmers market, then artisanal foods (charcuterie chief among them) and then coffee—which has reached such a fevered pitch it’s almost ridiculous. In our own pages we’ve written about baristas and roasters, about hi-tech siphons and fair-trade shade grown beans. I would have thought, really, that we have covered this particular topic from every possible angle.


The milk of the matter
Photograph courtesy of Strauscreamery.com

Tilly and the Wall Perform at Great American Music Hall

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Tilly and the Wall played Great American Music Hall on Tuesday, July 8, hitting their signature “bursting with enthusiasm” hyperactivity and delivering trademark “sing-along” songs. 




Welcome to Michael Chiarello-land


Michael Chiarello in the raw space of his upcoming
Yountville restaurant.


I’ve met some TV stars of the culinary sort: Mario Batali (ok, I didn’t really meet him; like a stalker, I snapped a picture of him as he was riding a bike during the Aspen Food & Wine Classic), Jacques Pepin, Martha Stewart, Cat Cora and Tyler Florence. Interestingly, some seem to keep up their persona off camera (Tyler, Martha, Cat), while Jacques Pepin was a whole different person. Much more serious and political and just pretty damn cool—not at all the sweet French grandpa you never had.

Stonescape's Second Annual Summer Celebration

The first thing I think of when I see the words "pool party" on an invitation is, How can I politely get out of the being-in-the-pool part? I don't even know where my swimsuit is--being fair-skinned and generally heat-averse, I steer clear of sunbathing whenever possible. (That being one of the points, for me, of living in SF.)

Friday: Big Night

It’s Friday. Got plans? Lately I’ve been so utterly consumed with the business of getting through the work week that Friday arrives and I haven’t made a single plan. No dinner reservations. No dates with friends. Nothing on the books. A few weeks back, this lack of planning resulted in an epic wait at Beretta. Be advised. So normally I either spend the entire evening at home or venture out for an early drink at my local watering hole (the Latin American Club, for the curious) before calling it a night.

Chateau Montelena: Next, A For-Sale Sign on Mount Rushmore




Not really, but it's quite amazing that two huge, historical and prominent brands have recently been sold to European firms. First, Budweiser, the King of Beers, goes to InBev of Belgium. Now Chateau Montelena goes to the Bordeaux house Cos d'Estournel.

Both were good buys, given the state of the dollar. Still, it's weird that there's not more outrage that our national beer and wine icons are being wheeled and dealed like a used Chevy. Where are the anti-Gall cries of today? What are the new Freedom Fries?

Thomas Keller and Hiro Sone: Umami is Good for the Soul


Thomas Keller and Hiro Sone

On Monday, I attended a symposium on umami called “New Frontiers of Taste”; it was organized in honor of the 100th year anniversary of Japanese Dr. Kikunae Ikeda’s discovery of umami—which is popularly known as the fifth taste. (The others being salty, sweet, bitter and sour.)

Shoe Shopping with Adam Moon

Yesterday I had the chance to sit down with Adam Moon, fashion director for women’s accessories at Macy’s, who dished on everything from his obsession with white Converse sneakers to his airline travel must-reads (US Weekly, People, anyone?). I was interviewing the Noe Valley resident for our annual Style Council feature (look out for him and seven other local style makers profiled in our September fashion issue), and as an added bonus the two of us took a stroll afterward through the department store’s massive women’s shoe floor so he could give me the first-hand scoop on the must-have styles for fall.
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