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From the Earth to the Restaurant at County Line

Squash blossoms ready to be picked.

The food issue is out and for it, I interviewed four first-generation farmers. As magazines go, I did a lot of legwork (pages of notes, lots of talking, lots of driving), had many revelations and in the end, only got to write about 200 words about each person. (But, hey, the pictures are pretty! I have to thank our excellent photographer, John Lee, for that. If you don't have a hard copy of the issue, go to the homepage to view our new digital magazine. The article is called "The New Crop.")

Orson: Six Months In


After months of traveling and nose-to-the-grindstone work, I finally made it to Orson, only about six months after it opened. Considering that restaurant critics don't even give new joints the customary two-month lag before reviewing them anymore, my tardiness could be seen as more than genteel. Anyway, I wasn't going in to review it but to enjoy it. And, largely, that's what I did.

Peay Vineyards: A North Country Love Fest

I'm just back from the annual Peay Vineyards Sommelier Love Fest. For the wine trade only, it's an event that I am fortunate enough to insinuate myself into. I bring you pictures for two reasons.

Interviews with Yeasayer, The Cool Kids and Mates of State

Diesel:U:Music hosted some of the great Lollapalooza 2008 talent at their Hard Rock Hotel suite in Chicago.  Check out my videos below with Yeasayer, The Cool Kids and Mates of State.

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

courtesy of Bar 888

1. En fuego

August Style Events: Mark Your Calendar

Dress by Jessie Hill. Courtesy of Silverman Gallery/Look Boutique

What: MiniMarket art and fashion expo presented by Citizen:Citizen and Silverman Gallery

Where: Silverman Gallery/Look Boutique, 804 Sutter St.

When: Now through Aug. 30

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

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