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We Wanna Be Friends With KQED Newsroom Host Thuy Vu

KQED "Newsroom" host Thuy Vu is responsible for keeping Bay Area residents abreast of global affairs every Friday night. The three-time Emmy award-winning journalist, who has covered everything from the devastating legacy of Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam War to the impact of Burning Man on the Bay Area arts scene, let us in on some of her favorite places in the City. 

We Wanna Be Friends With Foreign Cinema Wine Director, Shannon Tucker

Sommelier Shannon Tucker joined the Foreign Cinema wine program in 2013. Since then, her wide ranging wine knowledge has helped the Mission restaurant highlight small unique productions, local visionary producers, and garnered a current wine menu of over 300 varietals. 

We Wanna Be Friends With Causwell's Adam Rosenblum

Former Flour + Water sous chef Adam Rosenblum probably never imagined as a dishwasher at a tiny restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland that he would one day open his own restaurant in San Francisco, Causwells. 

We Wanna Be Friends With Bocanova's Rick Hackett

Michigan native Rick Hackett graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and learned the principles of nouvelle cuisine at acclaimed Washington DC restaurant Le Pavillon before moving to the Bay Area in 1979 and leaving his mark on the local restaurant world.

We Wanna Be Friends With the "Kissing Chef" Nick Ronan

Affectionately known as “the Kissing Chef,” Nick Ronan has been greeting his patrons with a friendly “Welcome home" since Bisou Bistronomy opened in 2010. 

We Wanna Be Friends With MAFIA Bags Founder, Marcos Mafia

What could be more appropriate for summer than a tote made out of recycled sails? 

We Wanna Be Friends With Hi Tops Owners Jesse Woodward & Dana Gleim

Hi Tops co-owners Jesse Woodward and Dana Gleim are fast approaching the opening of their second venture, Bandidos. And we're pretty excited, too. 

We Wanna Be Friends With High Fashion Makeup Artist Victor Cembellin

The fashion industry’s best makeup artist isn’t in LA or NY. He’s right here in San Francisco. Victor Cembellin is an internationally renowned M∙A∙C Cosmetics Senior Artist—and a devoted Bay Area resident. 

We Wanna Be Friends With Hog & Rocks Bartender Michael Lazar

Brooklyn-native and longtime Bay Area resident, Michael Lazar is one of San Francisco's leading experts in spirits and cocktails. Lofty words, I know, but you won't find many other bartenders infusing rye with candy cap mushrooms, “reverse” barrel aging Manhattans, barrel aging beer in 65 gallon bourbon and rye barrels, or inventing a whole cocktail program called "Pimp My Old Fashioned." 

We Wanna Be Friends With Bay Lights Visionary Ben Davis

In 2010, Ben Davis had a thought: "What if the Bay Bridge was used as a canvas of light?"

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