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Ballet Celebration Dinner at Silk's

photography by Vasna Wilson for Drew Altizer

On Friday, February 29 a black tie gala was held to honor the Gala Steering Committee for their aid in raising money for the San Francisco Ballet. The exclusive event was held at Silk’s restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and featured a five-course dinner courtesy of chef Joel Huff and a decadent wine pairing by vino connoisseur Kim Beto.


CSA Boxes: Eatwell Farm

OK—I’m about to get a little bit preachy. We just wrapped our annual green issue, which will be on newsstands at the end of March, and it prompted a lot of conversations around the office about what we could do…me, and you, and even you, and what habits we might change to make a positive impact on our city and world at large. Since I’m the assistant eat + drink editor, my thoughts always turn to food—how we communicate with food, how with celebrate with food, and how we get political with our food.

Green garlic
Photo by Joan Vicent Canto

Dylan Boutique’s Spring Fashion Show and Benefit

photography by Drew Altizer

On Friday, February 22 Marina boutique Dylan held their third annual fashion show benefiting the Princess Project, a nonprofit organization that provides prom attire to underprivileged young women.  The event, which was co-hosted by Vintage 415 Creative Culture Marketing, was held at the W Hotel and featured looks from the Spring 2008 collections and a live performance by DJ Grandtheft from Team Canada.

Grown Up Punk: Jay Howell's Solo Debut

Jay Howell
courtesy of Jay Howell

Sale Away

Photo courtesy of Romi boutique

The coming change in seasons brings a welcome shift in fashion: fresh prints, lighter weight fabrics and new silhouettes. But before breaking the bank on your floral-enhanced spring wardrobe, visit some of our favorite San Francisco shops where we’ve scoped out last-minute fall and resort buys at unreasonably low prices.

Where: Romi boutique 2512 Sacramento St., 415-922-7664
When: Now

Mika at the Wafield

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

London-based pop star Mika performed his lavish songs at the Warfield on Tuesday, February 12. Toronto's the Midway State opened the show.




Melissa's Playlist 03.05.08

courtesy of The Whigs

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.


...that's a lot of glasses.

This was a dinner I attended during the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers up in Napa. It was a good three days, and I gleaned some valuable information about publishing. More than that, however, I made some excellent new friends. Not a bad use of time, particularly for people who are just starting their career.

Stony Hill

Last week, I made my first trip to Stony Hill, a winery in St. Helena that I've admired for a long time.

I got to meet Peter McRea, the owner, who has continued making excellent Chardonnay from the Napa Valley in the exact same style his parents did--which is to say, balanced, completely devoid of new oak and extremely age-worthy.

A-Rhone at the Top

March 15 and 16 marks the return of the Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting, to be held at the Log Cabin in the Presidio. If you like inky Syrahs, bright Grenaches, juicy rosés, lush Marsannes, vibrant Roussanes or anything remotely related to Rhone varieties grown in the United States, this is the tasting for you. You can meet winemakers, taste new and old vintages and generally get your Rhone on. Pretty much everyone who's anyone in the world of Rhone varieties, including my favorites like Peay, Qupe, Tablas Creek and McCrea, will be there. Don't miss it.

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