New Orleans native Randy Lewis---chef of the chic, month-old SOMA cocktail lounge Bergerac—spent his childhood simmering in the Big Easy’s rich culinary traditions, and taking family “eating” vacays to Europe. (Tough life!)
A newcomer to Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue, Homestead – brainchild of husband-and-wife chefs/owners Fred (Farallon, Camino) and Elizabeth Sassen (Farallon, Waterbar) – is quickly making a name for itself with its well-executed, seasonal comfort food.
Hero to those who prefer their humor deadpan, their tweets dirty, and their breakfast boozy, Jake Godby is the culinary half of the duo behind San Francisco’s idiosyncratic—and, five years in—now iconic Humphry Slocombe ice cream shop.
I chat with Chris Thompson, executive chef/salumaio at Chestnut Street’s award-winning (and always-hopping) A16, on his first full day back at work after being hit by a cab outside the restaurant three weeks ago.
How well can you get to know a chef in fifteen minutes?
Situated in a prime piece of Embarcadero real estate, the months-old Coqueta, Michael Chiarello’s much-anticipated San Francisco/Spanish debut, boasts a phenomenal view (and front row seats for the... delightful? ridiculous? insert your adjective of choice America’s Cup), an inspired menu of pixtos (and equally inspired list of cocktails), and a 7x7 Next Culinary Star-nominated chef, Ryan McIlwraith.
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