7x7's fans chose chef Kory Stewart to be the winner of our first-ever "Your City, Your Chef" contest!
by Riley Manlapaz
Photography by Joe Budd
One of our most exciting and rewarding readers' contests this year determined San Francisco's next culinary star. After thousands of votes were cast in two rounds of voting, Kory Stewart—the young chef of Americano Restaurant & Bar at Hotel Vitale—was chosen as the brightest new talent* on our city's much-ballyhooed food scene.
On June 3, 7x7 gathered some of San Francisco's brightest and brilliant stars to celebrate our picks for the best people, places and things in the city! Co-hosted by Ghirardelli Square and Fairmont Heritage Place, the event was blessed with absolutely gorgeous weather, while guests enjoyed stunning views of the bay and thrilled to the sounds of Best of the City winners Wallpaper!
It ain't easy looking as good at 75 as the SF MoMA does, and, appropriately, the elegant museum is celebrating its third quarter-century in the art world with its most lavish birthday party yet on Friday, May 14. While access to the ultra-exclusive rooftop dinner is sold out, tickets for the Birthday Bash are still hot. Get them for $150 ($125 if you're a member) or for FREE during a giveaway to our newsletter subscribers (which you can sign up for on 7x7.com).
Local cinephiles, get on the edge of your fold-down seats! The 53rd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival is set to flicker onto city screens on April 22, and it won't quit until May 6.
As part of his "research" for a weekly NYTimes column about Bay Area enforcement of traffic laws against cyclists, Scott James (aka Kemble Scott, author of the 2007 novel SoMa) decided to put a camera at the intersection where Duboce meets Steiner and Sanchez to capture the behavior of cars and cyclists and posted his video to the New York Times Bay Area Blog. But the placement of his camera allows you to see only one of the stops in full, the Steiner & Duboce stop, which also happens to be the end of the Wiggle, that wonderful maze of left and right turns that make getting to the Haight on bike seem fairly flat.
The California coastline is nothing to be taken lightly. Spanning 1,110 miles and housing an array of aquatic life--cormorans, pelicans, sea otters, jellyfish, sea lions, gray and blue whales, seals, great whites sharks, just to name a few--it's one of the state's proudest attributes. Eighty percent of California's residents live within an hour's drive. It's highway, the scenic State Route One, is one of the most traveled roads in the country. Yes, people just can't seem to get enough of the California coast.
Start the week off with style...
Out-of-town friends or relatives looking for a hotel recommendation? Well, the Westin St. Francis, one of downtown's poshest hotels, just got a facelift. And it's an A+ in our book, a nod to present-day San Francisco while still preserving the building's history.