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Ken Fulk, Principal at Ken Fulk Inc.

 Ken Folk

Shot on location at Fulk’s studio in SoMa / Photography by Tyler Gourley

Maggie Rizer, Model and Mom-To-Be

Maggie Rizer

Shot on location in Rizer’s garden in Diablo / Photography by Chad Riley

Blade Runner: The TenderNob's New Knife Shop is On Point

There is a sign in Galen Garretson’s new TenderNob knife shop, Town Cutler, that warns customers to be careful while ogling the razor-sharp selections. He can’t take responsibility for any bloodshed. However, he does have Band-Aids. “The knife companies send me boxes of them,” he says. Garretson, who has cooked in kitchens such as Quince and Wayfare Tavern, decided to turn his passion for knives and knife sharpening into a business in June. The day we meet, he’s wearing a pin-striped apron that says “serious chef” and a Mao cap with a Fernet Branca logo. He can talk steel.

Jams We Love: 7x7's Weekly Playlist

For our new column "Jams We Love," we're turning you onto the songs that keep us going every day. We'll showcase a new playlist every Monday so you can start the week off right. This week's playlist features the best songs we witnessed at Outside Lands.

Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) by Tomas Saez

SF-Based DirtyBils Turns Metal Pipes Into Industrial Bookshelf Sconces

If you’ve ever had pipe dreams of swanking out your abode industrial-style, here’s one more ultra-clever furnishing for your wish list. San Francisco-based shop, DirtyBils (aptly named for the owner's penchant to get dirty making things), turns industrial metal pipes into oh-so-urban-hip bookshelf sconces.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Barry Estabrook (Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit)

Tuesday, August 16th, 6-7 pm, at Omnivore Books (3885a Cesar Chavez St.)

Photos: SF Jewish Film Festival 2011

On August 8th, the 31st annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival came to a close after welcoming 57 films from 16 different countries and over 37 special guests both local and international. With 5 venues in 4 cities and presented to more than 30,000 attendees, this year's festival will be remembered fondly. Movie superstar Kirk Douglas was enthusiastically welcomed by a packed grows when he visited the Castro Theatre to receive the Freedom of Expression Award for his role in ending the Hollywood blacklist in 1960.

Photos: Opening Night courtesy Erin Prado; Kirk Douglas courtesy Drew Altizer Photography 

Get to Know Small Potatoes Catering

Small Potatoes Catering & Events has been contributing its delicious creations to countless Bay Area events since 1995 when it was founded by husband and wife duo, Michael and Elaine Jennings. Specializing in local cuisine, Small Potatoes creates memorable menus with fresh, sustainable ingredients.

We recently sat down with owners, Michael and Elaine Jennings to find out more about this local favorite:

How did you get involved in the catering business? Have you always been a foodie?

SF Restaurant Industry War Stories: Bare Feet on The Bar, $130 Bribes & More

Crazy things happen all the time in the service industry. If you've ever been a server or a host, you definitely have a story or twelve to tell. I, for one, will never forget the time, many years ago, when a fellow server had to somehow remove a maimed rat from amidst her outdoor tables during one particularly hot summer night in Washington, D.C. She saved the day—rather delicately I might add—with a take-out box. The point is, servers are asked to handle the unlikeliest of situations with poise all the time. In light of this, let's see what some Bay Area front-of-house folks have been dealing with these days.

This Week's Hottest Events: Bill Maher, Reggie Watts, and Old School Rap with Public Enemy and De La Soul

Comedy
Reggie Watts
The so-called disinformationist who blazed through 2010 with accolades from Conan, Rolling Stone, SPIN, and GQ brings his improv music and comedy to The Indy. But you'll have to beg for tickets—both shows are already sold out.
When: 8 and 10:30 p.m., Wed. 8/17
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.

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