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Third Annual Dress for Success Gala

On Thursday, July 17, Dress for Success San Francisco celebrated its third year serving the local community with a gala fundraiser. This year’s event at the Bently Reserve featured local jazz legend Paula West along with fashion and design expert Nick Verreos from Project Runway’s second season. Guests sampled food from the city’s finest restaurants, wine from local vintners and both a live and silent auction.


Beth Schnitzer, Andrew Freeman, Shannon Dean (Gala co-chairs)

Billy Idol Performs at The Fillmore

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Billy Idol, the iconic peroxide blond, rocked back-to-back nights at the Fillmore on Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27. His acoustic arrangements including the classic “White Wedding” completed the phenomenal set.

The Eat + Drink List: This Week's Top 7




photo by Platon

1. We are how we eat

Maria Galland: Quite Possibly the Perfect Do-it-All Mascara

I’m not usually one to promote shelling out the big bucks on mascara. With the huge range of options available at the drugstore (not to mention the tiny amount of product you actually get), you can pretty much find what you need at a quarter of the department store prices.



Courtesy of Maria Galland

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.
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