The People

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    Shane McKnight @ Globe

    Shane McKnight | Director of Mixology for Best Beverage Catering | Photographed at the bar of Globe in San Francisco, California on 03.27.14
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    Vittorio Zoppi

    Vittorio Zoppi | Winery Consultant | Photographed on the road from 03.17.14 - 03.23.14
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    Tabitha Stroup @ Friend In Cheeses Jam Company

    Tabitha Stroup | Founder | Photographed in the kitchen of Friend In Cheeses Jam Company in Santa Cruz, California on 03.07.14
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    Alan Atha @ Baeltane Brewing

    Alan Atha | Head Brewer | Photographed at Baeltane Brewing in Novato, California on 02.27.14
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    Dino Capriotti @ Vinity Wine Company

    Dino Capriotti | President & Owner of Vinity Wine Company | Photographed with his team at their office in Emeryville, California on 02 .10.14
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    Gary Rulli @ Emporio Rulli

    Gary Rulli | Master Pastry Chef | Photographed with his team at Emporio Rulli in Larkspur, California on 12.19.13
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    Michele Belotti @ Ristobar

    Michele Belotti | Executive Chef | Photographed with his crew at Ristobar in San Francisco, California on 11.14.13
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    Forrest Gingold

    Forrest Gingold | Executive Chef | Photographed at home in Santa Clara, California on 11.02.13, preparing Portuguese cuisine with friend and aficionado, David Bettencourt.
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    Kevin Dietrich

    Kevin Dietrich | Bar Manager @ Jasper's Corner Tap & The Starlight Room | Photographed at home in San Francisco, California on 10.21.13, recovering from an ACL tear
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On The Road

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    A Suburban Speakeasy

    At the end of a last minute trip to Long Beach, CA to consult on a potential new bar/lounge space, I received an invite from a longtime friend to enjoy a cocktail at her home in Los Angeles.
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    La Morra & Ravioli Del Plin

    Mid September in 2012 the harvesting of the noble Nebbiolo grapes was already halfway through due to warm prolonged summer and a late winter snowfall. Our trip to the small hill town of La Morra, in the province of Cuneo, began with a missed train stop at Alba, with a final exit in Cuneo, a good 60 [...]
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    Le Colture. Harvest. Prosecco!

    The central portion of this last European trip took us to the countryside between Verona and Venice in the heart of Treviso, home of the Glera grape, more commonly known as Prosecco. We met Alberto and Veronica Ruggeri, the striking brother and sister ambassador team for Le Colture winery, at the Co[...]
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In The Kitchen

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    Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

    I imagine that every Spring, people eagerly prep their Summer gardens and along with the tomatoes and fava beans, exist tangled vines of zucchini and yellow squash.
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    The Wood-Fired Bistro Burger

    While there is little doubt that the burger has surged back into popular culture as a staple on every gastro-urban-tavern-lounge-pub menu from East to West, utilizing high quality (high fat content), grass-fed beef, artisan cheese and a Brioche bun, I can't help but look back to my first hamburger c[...]
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    Pan Seared Sole w/ Puffed Wild Rice

    The bar snack has always been an odd tug and pull with me, somewhere between desire and temptation, lay guilt and disgust.
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    Provençal Seafood Stew

    The fish stew is one of the great dishes of any coastal region in the world. San Francisco has Cioppino. The Galician region in Spain has Caldeirada, a simple dish of potatoes and white fish in a garlic-paprika sauce. Iceland has their 'Plokkfiskur' (fish stew), which is a combination of local h[...]
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    Pan Sautéed Halibut w/ Beet Compote | Sweet Potato Gnocchi

    I first published this recipe a year ago on our former food blog where we expressed some sorrow at the demise of Lala.com, as the website had provided us with so much musical entertainment over the course of four seasons.
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    Olive Oil Poached-Roasted Garlic & Fennel Sausage | Beluga Lentils | Watercress w/ Buttermilk Vinaigrette

    Clearly, there is an abundance of readily available gourmet sausage available on the market today. While the Boudin Blanc with chestnuts from Fatted Calf is one of my all time favorites in Napa Valley, it does not take a lot of convincing to walk around the corner to our local German bar for a coup[...]
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