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Brooke Arthur: She's Back and Better Than Ever



Well, she's been back for a while, but I never made a note of it. If you remember, I posted back in January about Range bartender Brooke Arthur, who was injured with smoke inhalation in an apartment fire back on New Year's Eve. Well, after several long months of recuperation, she returned first to the city and, a couple of months ago, then to her job.

Sicily's COS winery: New Wine in Very Old Containers



I recently became reacquainted with some of my favorite wines in the world, the wines of COS, a small producer from the southeast corner of Sicily in the DOCG region of Cerasuolo di Vittoria. A year and a half ago, I was fortunate enough to visit this property and spend some time with its owner, Giusto Occhipinti (below).



Some of his wines, such as the bottle pictured here, are unusual in that they're fermented and aged not in steel tanks or in wooden barrels but in terra-cotta amphorae.

Domaine Tempier Rose: Sunday in the East Bay with Jonathan

Last weekend, Christie and I ventured to the East Bay for a dinner party at the house of Jonathan Waters, the wine director of Chez Panisse. As with any trip to a foreign land, we prepared by getting all the necessary shots and vaccines and loading up our vehicle with water, dried and canned goods, ammunition and flares. We hardly ever go to the East Bay, so you've got to prepare for the worst.

Luckily, none of the above would be necessary. Jonathan put out an unbelievable spread. The pièce de résistance was a huge, vegetarian paella that he expertly cooked over a roaring backyard fire.


Launch Party for SF20 Host Committee at Boucheron

Boucheron hosted a kick-off cocktail party to honor the SF20 Host Committee on July 31st. SF20, which will take place September 10th at Fort Mason, is a 20th Century art show and sale benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

 
Sebastian Arseguel, Harry Denton


Beth Johnson, Jordan Shlain

Symphonix Opening Gala Preview Held at Decorator’s Showcase Home

Symphonix hosted an Opening Gala Preview event at this year's Decorator Showcase home in Pacific Heights. San Francisco Symphony Artistic Administrator, Michael Bartlett, Associate Conductor, James Gaffigan, and first chair violinist, Melissa Kleinbart answered questions regarding this year's Opening Night Gala repertoire on September 3rd.


Eric Hankinson, Krista Mitzel Hankinson, Dennis Agnos, Erik Noland

Michael Horwitz, Cameron Phleger

Tcho: Beta Chocolate from the Founder of Wired

You know how sometimes you’re confronted with something that is so over your head it’s embarrassing? This is a familiar feeling for me. I felt it through every math class of high school, during a conversation with a friend who works as an industrial designer for venerable pie-plate company Pyrex (I thought we’d have so much in common—I like pie, he designs pie plates! All was going fine until he started to talk polymers) and, most recently, while reading the website for SF-based chocolate company Tcho.


The chocolate revolution will be digitized.

Valley of the Roses Artisanal Soaps



When it comes to hitting the bubbly, we’ve got a soft spot for all things sweetly beneficial. That’s why it was love at first sniff when we chanced upon this splashy bouquet of artisanal soaps at the local Farmer’s Market in San Francisco. Creators Nancy and Arthur Rosenthal have been gathering and lathering buds from their organic garden in Sebastopol, California for 10 years in the quest to cross-pollinate intoxicating fragrance with supple skin-tone, yielding their Valley of the Roses collection.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at the Greek Theatre

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

The Grammy Award-winning duo mesmerized a packed audience at the Greek Theatre on Friday, June 27 with hits off their latest CD release, Raising Sand. The performance was part of the album tour featuring an all-star band led by producer T-Bone Burnett.

Slow Food Nation: Ritual Roasters Gets Fresh

Today we start a month’s worth of Monday blogs, leading up to Slow Food Nation, which lands on SF this Labor Day weekend. I’m glad the big food festival is happening here, but I’d venture to say that in SF, Slow Food Nation is almost redundant. It’s kind of like putting an Obama bumper sticker on your car. There are Slow Foodies wherever you look.


Ritual Roasters' owner Eileen Hassi and her vacuum-packed baby.

7 Sexy Things



1.
Bang Bang Variety Hour presents: Menagerie
Saturday, August 2, 10pm (doors open at 9pm)
Kimo's Penthouse Lounge
1351 Polk St.
bangbangvariety@gmail.com

Check out this performance, which combines cabaret, burlesque and vaudeville. Their promise? That you’ll experience “a crossover between artist and spectator.”
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