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Merry Lynch

Just got the news that last week Berkeley Wine importer, merchant and living legend Kermit Lynch was bestowed with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, one of the highest awards given by the French government. If you've read his Adventures on the Wine Trail, one of the most inspiring wine books ever written, you'd know that Lynch is a true rock star of wine. But this award puts him in the company of the likes of Duke Ellington, Clint Eastwood and Julia Child.

Spinsters Soiree

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The Spinsters of San Francisco threw its annual charity event, the Patron's Reception, at Mercedes-Benz of SF. More than 400 attendees joined in the night's festivities and raised $26,000-plus for R.O.C.K. (Real Options for City Kids).

A Tasty Taste 2007

I can't say "no" to food, cocktails, art and music, even on a drizzly, chilly Thursday night; so last week I joined crowds of art-and-food lovers at Taste 2007, a fundraising event at Root Division. With eight popular local chefs preparing an array of savory treats, local artists displaying their work and a jazz band playing, my senses were abuzz from the moment I walked in.

Here Comes the Suntory



Whiskies of the World took place on two floors. On the ground level was the main tasting hall which involved dozens of tables set up around the perimeter, each manned by a different whisky brand pouring its stuff. It was a great showing, but I just can't deal with the crowds. After fighting through people piled up at each table just to get a pour, actually tasting, concentrating on it and taking a note is not easy to do. Which is why I spent most of my time up on the second floor, where in small meeting rooms, guided tastings and seminars devoted to various brands were running almost full time. 

Kilty Until Proven Innocent

    

The annual Whiskies of the World tasting was last weekend, my first one to attend. This is a pretty big deal, as evidenced by the line of people waiting to get in, which stretched from the Palace Hotel meeting hall where the whiskies were being poured through the lavish main hall of the into the glittering lobby and down another hall. Almost as impressive as the several hundred people who paid over $100 a ticket to taste whiskies was the number of people willing to pay over $100 a ticket to taste whiskies in a kilt.

Brunch in the City


The breakfast of champions at XYZ.

A couple of months ago, some good friends told me that they no longer are willing to wait in line for brunch of the weekends. In a city like San Francisco, that’s tantamount to going cold turkey and resigning yourself to cold cereal at home. At first I thought they were just being a little on the high-maintenance side, but now I’m starting to get it. What broke me down? An hour and a half outside Dottie’s, followed by 45 minutes at Universal Café. My weekend mornings were being spent on line, and I was ready to throw in the towel, too.

The Art of the MacGuffin

... and the World According to Hawk

Greetings and salutations* film nerditos and nerdalinas …

Sock It to Me, Motor Mouths

The Horror of Hitchcock Hackery and Verhoeven’s little Black Book

Baked Nirvana


Heaven in a box.

Art and Hieros

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

440 Brannan Studio Showroom (440 Brannan St., 415-957-1411) held an art and fashion soiree featuring works by artist Elaheh Borna and clothes from the Hieros line on Thursday night.


Tim Rose, Yooyoo Nazirbaygiev, Elaheh Borna
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