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Lazy Bear, The Progress Named 2015 James Beard Award Semifinalists

Congratulations to all our Bay Area James Beard Award 2015 semifinalists! You'll see some familiar names and some new names. The final nonimees will be announced next month, and the awards will take place on May 4 in Chicago. Until then, check out which locals made the first cut.

10th Annual San Francisco Artadia Awards

Headquartered in New York City, Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue has celebrated and funded local visual artists for ten years. The first Artadia Awards were presented in San Francisco 10 years ago, and the organization has since come to include additional cities like Boston and Houston. This year, three jurors—Glen Helfand (curator and critic); Doryun Chong (MOMA NY); and Lauren Ross (Friends of the High Line)—selected fifteen finalists from a pool of 680 applications from Bay Area artists.

Solid California Wines for Under $15

Last weekend, Fort Mason hosted the winners of the SF Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, with more than 4,000 entries judged by 60 wine professionals. Of the Best In Class winners, we chose seven very affordable California vintages. Troubled times demand good (but not expensive) vino. Print this list out for your next pre-dinner party grocery run.

1. 2006 Mandolin Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, $12.

2. 2007 Mandolin Pinot Noir, Central Coast, $12.

3. 2007 South Coast Winery Grenache Rosé, Paso Robles County and Temecula Valley, $14.

4. 2005 Pedroncelli Estate Vineyard Syrah, Dry Creek Valley, $14

Getting Piggy With It: 7x7's Eat + Drink Awards

Tonight is 7x7's Eat + Drink Awards, an event a bit like the Academy Awards of the SF restaurant industry (minus Botoxed actresses choked with tears). Unlike most events—where chefs are asked to cook very small bites of food on a bunson burner, plate it on paper and serve it to a herd of tipsy people—this is a night that chefs get to actually relax and celebrate themselves. As they well should.

The 2008 Hot 20 Under 40 Party

The who's who of SF gathered amongst antelopes, hartebeests and (very curious) penguins at the California Academy of Science's African Hall last Friday for the 7x7 2008 Hot 20 Under 40 party, sponsored by Johnnie Walker.

<i>7x7</i>’s Eat and Drink 2008 Awards Party

photography by Aubrie Pick for Drew Altizer

Performers for Choice 2007

Performers for Choice, a benefit for NARAL Pro-Choice California and the NARAL Pro-Choice California Foundation, took over Bimbo’s 365 Club for a night of comic relief, remarks from Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America and the presentation of the Champion of Choice award to Dr. Madelyn Kahn, an abortion provider.

Sydney Mintz_Fay Zenoff Megan Porter_Laura Hahn Renuka Kher_Sandeep Solanki

SFMOMA Award for Artist Richard Serra

The Modern Art Council of the SFMOMA held the 2007 Bay Area Treasure Award luncheon, honoring artist Richard Serra, at the St. Regis Hotel.

Guest_Bibi Marti Marcus Diebel_Stefan Valter Justine Sears_Gabrielle Bravo

Hellenic Ball Pre-Party

The Elios Society threw a pre-party for its biennial Hellenic Ball (a black-tie celebration of Greek American culture and tribute to nationally reowned Greek-American personalities) at Kokkari. Among the honorees were actress Olympia Dukakis and singer Tony Orlando.

Project Inform's Evening of Hope

photography by Vasna Wilson for Drew Altizer

More than 200 folks gathered at One Fort Mason for Project Inform's Evening of Hope where various invitees received awards for their ongoing work with the HIV community.

Jenny & Lilly Cao Carol & Rich Selsted Charles Huff_Judy Young
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