GEV Magazine’s Winter Issue 19.0 Feb01

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Welcome to a shiny new year and our first issue of 2016! Fiercely fabulous, actress Necar Zadegan graces our cover and gives us a peek into her life as one of the radiant stars of Bravo’s hit series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. Fresh off our commitment to brilliant New Year’s...

GEV Magazine’s Gift Guide Issue 18.0

By Kaye Cloutman What is the true concept of celebrity? At GEV, we are constantly besieged with pitches from PR firms about their celebrity clients. While this is flattering, we also feel we have a huge responsibility to the community regarding who we feature. Fame is great but when the question arises “what has this person done for the community?” more often than not you can hear a pin drop while waiting for the answer. Therefore, it is a true honor that we are not only graced by one but five individuals in the Bay Area who I consider Santa’s true helpers all year round. These people, despite their media stature, are truly grounded...

GEV Magazine’s Summer Issue 17.0

By Annabelle Marceno Pericin Creator of Ahmad Couture, Sha Ali Ahmad is blazing his way on the red carpet. With GEV’s current Issue 17 celebrating all things INDIA, Sha’s intricate and beautiful designs grace the issue’s cover and shares with us his story growing up in a small town that lead him to New Delhi, a city highly connected to fashion and one of the top fashion cities in the world. Aside from being a fashion designer what is something you intend or plan to do in your career life? I want to build a Fashion House to provide a healthy working environment for the less fortunate in my county. I want to provide a place where they can...

Behind the scenes of our dazzling shoot with Emily...

By Kathryn Holland Besser They’re warm, witty and committed to using every inch of their budding restaurant empire in support of a good cause. To top it all off, they’re absolutely stunning and brought their OWN clothes to our photo shoot! Emily and Anjan Mitra of San Francisco’s DOSA restaurant rolled out the red carpet for GEV Magazine, welcoming us with a veritable feast for the senses. Our fashion/beauty team included a few of our newest collaborators: photographers Rosaura Sandoval (www.rosaurastudios.com) and Calvina Yang Nguyen (www.calvinaphotography.com) along with make-up artist Brittni J. Coleman...

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By Genevieve Dee It is not often that we meet women who are altogether beautiful, fascinating, compassionate, and courageous – women who embody the heart and soul that Gastronomique En Vogue represent. When we do, it is a moment we cherish and share with all. It is cause for celebration....

An In-Depth Look at BITE Silicon Valley: Where Food and Technology Met Jul08

An In-Depth Look at ...

By Kathryn Besser Photos courtesy of Bite Silicon Valley and Kaye Cloutman Caryl Chinn, VP at Octagon Culinary and founder of BITE Silicon Valley, crafted a food event that charted novel and exhilarating territory. A culinary powerhouse and out-of-the-box thinker, Caryl clasped hands with...

GEV Magazine’s Spring Issue 15.0

Spring is always a time for new beginnings and I have to admit that in this issue more than any other, the pleasure of blossoming in the company of so many women powerhouses in various industries has truly given the GEV team a sense of significance. Fresh from the 8th Annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine, my spirit is renewed. The matchless tandem of Food & Wine Magazine publisher Christina Grdovic and Editor in chief Dana Cowin spearheaded a movement in the culinary world where women are deservingly celebrated as the kitchen champions that they truly are. How fabulous it was, to be able to interact with Michelin star chef Dominique Crenn...

GEV Magazine’s Winter Issue 14.0

  READ THE WINTER ISSUE NOW Words cannot even begin to express the gratitude which sets in when you wake up one morning and realize how you’ve created a tight circle of love after four years of just encouraging people to fulfill their dreams and passions. As we begin another year at GEV, I am again reminded of the magic of collaboration. We’ve published 14 issues covering 176 events, 89 editorial location shoots, 215 restaurant visits, 62 winery tours and 72 fashion shows. We’ve been through so much professionally as a team but most importantly we’ve also been there for each other on more personal issues. I know...

GEV Magazine’s Wine & Food and Fashion ...

Three years; it may seem like a long time for some but I feel that it happened in a blink of an eye. When GEV started, it was mostly out of a state of desperation – a desire to prove something. The main objective was genuine but the foundation was shallow – a little rough around the edges, to tell you the truth, but time allowed us to improve and better ourselves and yet we’re still a work in progress. To be the platform I really envisioned the magazine to be is to be the voice of unsung heroes, gifted artists and small business owners who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance to showcase their accomplishments. I found joy...

GEV Magazine’s Summer Issue 12.0 Sep11

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In this Issue   Summer is that time of year when people make time to relax and get doses of vitamin C by soaking up the heat of the sun.  As GEV Magazine’s new Managing Editor, I am pleased to become part of this exciting summer issue as it is sizzling with everything summer including the...

The Cavalier’s James Nicholas Lands the Cover for Issue 11 May14

The Cavalier’s...

Today we unveil our cover for the upcoming Issue 11. The gracious and dashing James Nicholas of The Cavalier in San Francisco is joined by the lovely forces of Anna Weinberg and Chef Jennifer Puccio who will engage the readers with their fascinating views on marriage, family life, nurturing...

GEV Magazine’s Spring Issue 10.0

a joyous comeback… The past season provided us an opportunity to look back and reassess our goals as well as give us the break we needed to really focus on what’s truly essential – in both our personal and professional lives. After almost three years building a magazine and a website that now commands such amazing global attention I found myself needing to hit the RESET button. There were many challenges and obstacles to overcome, and I can’t begin to say how proud I am of the entire GEV organization for everyone’s relentless pursuit of this endeavor, truly a labor of love for us all. The winter season brought serious...

GEV Magazine 9.0’s Big Fall Fashion and Food...

The long wait is over! Our Fall issue is packed with so much goodness it was impossible to put everything in just one volume. Presenting the gorgeous Fall cover girls Karen Caldwell and Kathy Fang. Servers have loaded the files and it should be up and live today for your viewing pleasure. ———————————— Cover Editorial Team Producer Kaye Cloutman Associate Producer Donté R. Young Karen Caldwell Cover Photographed by Carl Simpson Kathy Fang Cover Photographed by Vincent Gotti Lighting Specialist Ken Westermann Creative Director Nicanor Gutierrez Social Media Peter Stetson...

GEV Magazine Presents The Making of a Cover – Issue 9.0 Sep30

GEV Magazine Presents The Making of a Cover –...

GEV Magazine is working feverishly and excited to see the completion of Issue 9.0 within the end of October to showcase heavyweights in food, wine, fashion and design. Our cover story which highlights notable San Francisco designer Karen Caldwell is joined by good friends winemaker Kevin Morrisey (Ehlers Estate), interior designer and master of art Erin Martin plus gorgeous chef and restaurateur Kathy Fang (House of Nanking and Fang Restaurant). With the breathtaking scenery and dreamy ambiance provided by Ehlers Estate, our featured personalities show us how fashion is very much alive and at its best in wine country. Producer Kaye Cloutman...

GEV Magazine Presents The Mondavi Sisters for Issue 9.0 Aug05

GEV Magazine Presents The Mondavi Sisters for Issu...

Meet the pretty little Mondavis (Angelina, Alycia, Riana and Gigi) from the Napa Valley coven; Their Zinfandel Dark Matter label is sexy, mysterious and totally to die for just like them! Visit their website at http://www.darkmatterwines.com/   All Rights Reserved © 2013 GEV Magazine Photography by Vincent Gotti Lighting Specialist Carl Simpson Creative Director Nicanor Gutierrez HMUA Jessie Olmedo Produced by Kaye Cloutman Special thanks to their parents Marc and Janice Mondavi for opening up their gorgeous home to the...

GEV Magazine’s Legendary Issue

On The Cover: The much anticipated Legendary Issue celebrates the contributions of Peter Mondavi Sr. (98), Cecilia Chiang (93), Margrit Mondavi (83), and Miljenko “Mike” Grgich (90). The memorable photo shoot was done recently at the magnificent Vintner’s Hall of Fame of the Culinary Institute of America in Greystone Napa Valley, known to celebrate the men and women whose collective vision, determination, and hard work have been responsible for the growth and worldwide prestige of the California wine and culinary industries. CLICK HERE TO READ Eight has always been an auspicious number for me. In mathematics, the symbol of infinity is...

GEV Magazine Issue 3.0 Cover Shoot Sizzle Featuring Jean Charles Boisset of Boisset Family Estates Apr18

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GEV photo shoot sizzle :: Jean-Charles Boisset from OpenLineMedia on Vimeo. He’s charmed us with his style, elegance and intellect and we can’t wait to show you how absolutely magical this shoot was. Jean Charles Boisset definitely combines food, wine and fashion in the most...

flour + water’...

Starting Monday, May 9 and running until May 14, 2016, San Francisco’s award-winning restaurant flour + water is celebrating its 7th year with a “favorites of flour + water“ pasta tasting menu priced at $70 per guest and a special off-menu late night dish available every night starting...

Rodney Strong Vineyards Master Blender Sweepstakes May05

Rodney Strong Vineya...

By Annabelle Marceno Pericin Known for crafting world-class wines that represent Sonoma County’s finest appellations – Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill and Sonoma Coast, Rodney Strong is offering a unique wine country experience to three grand prize winners the ultimate...

Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center To Hold  A Taste of TEL HI 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton May04

Telegraph Hill Neigh...

Community nonprofit Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (TEL HI) will host their much anticipated annual fundraiser, A Taste of TEL HI, at The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco on Friday, May 20, 2016, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. A Taste of TEL HI is the nonprofit’s primary fundraiser, with all proceeds...

BottleRock Napa Valley Announces 2016 Culinary Lineup Creating an Inspired Food, Wine and Brew Festival to Complement the Musical Lineup May02

BottleRock Napa Vall...

Images by Rey Del Fierro Situated in the heart of America’s wine and food playground, BottleRock Napa Valley, presented by JaM Cellars, has once again tapped into the region’s renowned culinary scene, creating an inspired food, wine and brew festival to complement the BottleRock musical...

When It Comes to Bru...

The Bay Area offers many options for celebrating Mother’s Day in memorable, GEV-fashion. Treat Mom to a delicious and stylish meal at some Bay Area notables: SAN FRANCISCO Roka Akor Photo courtesy of Roka Akor Toast the incredible woman in your life this Mother’s Day at an extravagant...

Jackie Greene to hea...

The Blue Rose Foundation presents an evening with Jackie Greene, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers plus special guests Nicole Atkins, Jason Crosby and Elliott Peck TICKETS ON SALE NOW! On Saturday, June 11 at 8:00pm at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA the Blue Rose Foundation presents an...

Wine Road Of Norther...

In honor of its 40th anniversary taking place this year, Wine Road of Northern Sonoma County will throw “A Ruby Affair” gala event on May 14, 2016 to celebrate this exciting milestone. The evening will take place at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, and will include a farm-to-table dinner by...

La Toque Honors Judg...

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, or the Judgment of Paris, La Toque at The Westin Verasa Napa is offering a special flight of current vintages of the most honored wines at the blind tasting. The Judgment of Paris was a wine competition on May 24, 1976 in...

Sip and Mingle with Over 150 Leading Ciders at Cid...

SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are thrilled to announce that early bird tickets to attend Cider Summit SF will go on sale today. The third annual Bay Area event will be held April 23, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Civil War Parade Ground in the Presidio, adjacent to the Main Post.  Cider Summit SF celebrates local, regional and international artisanal ciders and cidermakers.  Cider Summit SF is presented by Whole Foods Market, along with supporting sponsors including, Upcider Gastropub, KRAVE Jerky, Oregon Fruit Products Co., Wag Hotels, KIND Snacks, BART, and Morris Distributing. As in years past, Cider Summit SF...

Kerrin Laz Wine Tast...

Photo credit: Robb Mccdonough On Friday April 22nd, expert wine merchant and trusted consultant Kerrin Laz will bring together 20 of the best vintners and winemakers from some of the most famed and iconic appellations in Napa Valley — including Oakville, St. Helena, Rutherford, Stag’s...

From First to (Legen...

by Kathryn Holland Besser Photographs courtesy of Flavor! Napa Valley Celebrating its fifth year, Flavor! Napa Valley is now held in March to allow attendees a slightly more relaxed pace in sampling Napa’s finest farm-to-table cuisine and world class wines. While five days is ample time...

Fashion Week El Pase...

Fashion Week El Paseo announce plans for the 11th annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ 2016, taking place April 2-9, 2016 at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert, CA. This premier fashion event — the largest of its kind on the West Coast – features a star-studded line- up of top designers from...

FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY...

Festival Napa Valley (formerly Festival del Sole), one of America’s premiere summer destination events, presents its Eleventh Season, July 15-24, 2016. The ten-day fete features exclusive engagements by preeminent classical, opera, jazz and dance artists paired with intimate food and wine...

Celebrity Cruises Brings Tastes of Acclaimed Docum...

Modern luxury cruise brand Celebrity Cruises will be sponsoring the upcoming 19th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival, held March 30-April 3, 2016, to bring its new onboard multisensory experience, “A Taste of Film,” on land. This is the third year that Celebrity Cruises has sponsored the Sonoma International Film Festival. Filmgoers who attend the Sunday screening of Celebrity-sponsored film “Cooking Up A Tribute” will enjoy a glass of JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset’s French sparkling No. 69 Crémant de Bourgogne with food tastings, carefully curated to bring the tantalizing aromas and flavors featured onscreen to life. A US production...

Celebrating the King...

By Annabelle Marceno Pericin Photography by Rey Del Fierro With over 100 local Cabs being poured at CabFest Napa Valley 2016, this three-day event (March 4 – March 6) was a celebration of Napa Valley’s reigning signature grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. The weather forecast of rain and wind...

Grand Tasting the Zi...

By Annabelle Marceno Pericin Photography by Brian Wong & Mary Huynh Affectionately known as ZinEx, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) celebrates its 25th year and Silver Anniversary, bringing the Zinfandel Experience 2016 to wine aficionados and red wine lovers to celebrate all...

2016 International Chardonnay Symposium Pays Homag...

The International Chardonnay Symposium, the world’s foremost gathering of top global Chardonnay winemakers, sommeliers, journalists, wine industry leaders, foodies and oenophiles will feature a star-studded panel and guided tasting tour of the most storied and seminal Chardonnay regions in France at this year’s celebration May 12-14. “France has long been the standard-bearer of Chardonnay, and this spotlight and panel discussion comes at an exciting time since France’s classic, lean-and-bright style is clearly influencing winemakers the world over, especially here in California,” says Brian Talley, a Symposium advisory board member and...

Martha’s Viney...

Photos courtesy of Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival Kicking off Thursday, May 12, 2016 and continuing through Sunday, May 15, the fourth annual MV Wine Fest will create a culinary paradise on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. A series of private home wine dinners, as well as...

An Oscar Party To Be...

  Saint Francis Foundation will host “An Intimate Evening With Oscar” party to coincide with the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, with all proceeds to benefit Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership (Tenderloin HIP). The fundraising event will be held in the Penthouse at the Fairmont San...

Donald J. Pliner Per...

Meet footwear designer Donald J. Pliner and view his Spring 2016 collection of shoes and accessories from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 5 at the Santana Row store. Light bites, a special Pliner Punch and music by a DJ are part of the planned celebration during his personal appearance.Shop...

Luce’s Culinary Clash Scholarship Competitio...

Photos courtesy of InterContinental Hotel San Francisco/ Connie Perez Wong Chef Daniel Corey of Luce at the InterContinental® San Francisco announces the top student finalists in the annual Culinary Clash competition in partnership with the International Culinary Center. Entering its fifth year, students submitted three-course menus with corresponding recipes for the opportunity to cook with Luce’s Michelin-star Chef Daniel Corey and win scholarship money. Starting on March 6, 2016, three student teams will showcase their menus at Luce on a designated Sunday evening. The dinner is judged by a panel of hotel executives, local personalities,...

Barbera Roots Run De...

  Barbera may not have the same instant name recognition as  more common red wines like cabernet, zinfandel or merlot, but its roots run deep both in Italian history and in California. Barbera was first planted in California in the 1880s. Often used in blends, barbera is now making a...

Hearts lit up AT...

  By Tamara Gorman Photography by Rey Del Fierro Hearts in the Park? Not just any park, but a world-class ballpark and loving home to the San Francisco Giants – AT&T Park. On February 18th, over 1,000 individuals put their hearts into some serious fun while fundraising and...

GGRA Announces Early...

Images courtesy of Gamma Nine Photography The Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) announces its 2nd Annual GGRA Industry Conference from April 11 – 12, 2016 at the Bently Reserve in downtown San Francisco. Industry conference registration and early bird tickets are now on sale through...

Win Tickets To The B...

Spring ushers in the beginning of fabulous food festivals in San Francisco and Wine country! Here’s a chance for you to win some wonderfully curated gourmet experiences from 4 upcoming food and wine events. Cabfest Napa Valley Flavor Napa Valley California Artisan Cheese Festival   NO...

Find your next vacation at the 2016 Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show! Feb24

Find your next vacation at the 2016 Bay Area Trave...

You’ll find hundreds of destinations, tour operators and travel suppliers from around the globe, who combine to put thousands of travel experts right at your fingertips. Become inspired to take that dream vacation by attending seminars featuring top travel celebrity experts such as Samantha Brown, Rick Steves, Pauline Frommer and Johnny Jet on the Travel Theater. Become your own travel expert on the Savvy Traveler Theater, where seasoned travelers will give you the tips and skills you need to maximize your next vacation. Find out the top places to go and see on your next vacation from local experts as they present 30 minute workshops...

An Intimate Dinner to remember at Frank Family Vin...

By Liz Bernardo Photography by Nash Bernardo Last Thursday, February 18, 2016, Rich and Leslie Frank, proprietors of Frank Family Vineyards in Calistoga, hosted a Trade and Media Dinner to celebrate a great start to Premiere Napa Valley 2016. The day also coincided with National Drink Wine Day, which is celebrated annually to spread the love and health benefits of wine across America. Entering the winery’s fermentation room, we were greeted with a fireball contact juggling performer and a very impressive acrobatic dancer. We enjoyed the magical performance while sipping on the winery’s 2012 Blanc de Blanc and 2012 Brut Rose wines. We also...

Please Your Palate, ...

This year’s celebration will be the best (and tastiest) yet; proceeds fund scholarships for relatives of Central Coast farmworkers. Earth Day Food & Wine invites guests to the Central Coast for its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 23. Nestled under the oaks at the Castoro Cellars...

Taste of Monticello ...

The 2016 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival presented by Mercedes Benz of Charlottesville will return to Charlottesville to celebrate the best of Central Virginia wines at the Jefferson Theater, various local restaurants, and nTelos Wireless Pavilion Thursday, April 7 through Saturday,...

The Baked Bear Custo...

Proprietor Joseph Halloum has opened The Baked Bear custom gourmet ice cream sandwich shop in a food concession trailer in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood. The Baked Bear affords customers the opportunity to enjoy a custom designed ice cream sandwich using a four-step process that...

Yountville Live Announces Lineup for 2nd Annual Fo...

The second annual Yountville Live, the country’s ultimate and intimate food, wine and music celebration takes place in Yountville, California, the culinary capital of the Napa Valley from March 31 – April 3, 2016, featuring a star-studded line-up of rock-star chefs, the finest Napa Valley wines, and chart-topping musical acts to offer special up close and personal, semi-acoustic sets by The Goo Goo Dolls, American Idol Winner Kris Allen, Mayer Hawthorne, and Plain White T’s with emerging artist performances sprinkled throughout the weekend. Dozens of the valley’s celebrated vintners, including Trinchero Family Estates, Jessup Cellars,...

Vineyard 29 Heading ...

 Photos courtesy of Vineyard 29 Oxbow Public Market, anchoring the popular Oxbow District of downtown Napa, has announced that Chuck and Anne McMinn, proprietors of Vineyard 29, one of Napa Valley’s most prominent wine estates, will open CRU @ the Annex at the Market in the Summer of 2016....

7th Annual TASTE AWARDS Tempt Viewers

By Kathryn Holland Besser Photography by Rey Del Fierro Some of the very best in food, fashion and lifestyle programming were honored at the 7th Annual TASTE AWARDS at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theater on February 11th. GEV was there to congratulate the winners and rub elbows with the food and fashion glitterati who came to celebrate. The Awards Show featured a star-studded lineup, including celebrity presenters Brian Boitano (Food Network, HGTV), Bobby Bognar (History Channel, Bio Channel), Jolene Sugarbaker (YouTube), Marisa Churchill (Bravo’s Top Chef, Author), Bret Harris (Indiegogo), Jake Wall (Project Runway),...

Joanne Weir Celebrat...

  On Tuesday, February 23, a very special Agave Girls will take place at Copita Tequileria y Comida in Sausalito, as Joanne Weir, author of Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food, TV personality, James Beard award-winning cookbook author and the...

JCB Tasting Salon and Atelier by JCB Open in Yountville Feb13

JCB Tasting Salon an...

JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset today unveiled the JCB Tasting Salon, a wine tasting and luxury lifestyle retail destination, and Atelier by JCB, a gourmet epicerie that offers a curated assortment of gourmet culinary delights in the epicurean heart of the Napa Valley in Yountville.  The JCB...

Last minute Valentine’s Day Dining Options in the Bay Area Feb11

Last minute Valentin...

San Francisco Aatxe Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with Aatxe and enjoy a special supplemental menu created by Chef Ryan Pollnow on Friday and Saturday evening – highlights include Oysters on the 1/2 shell and California Osetra Caviar Montadito. In addition, guest can let the kitchen...

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Zinfandel Feb05

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Celebrates 25...

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) is setting the stage for the Silver Anniversary of Zinfandel Experience 2016, affectionately known as ZinEx. This highly anticipated, annual three-day extravaganza of tastings features illustrious culinary partners, seminars, and once-in-a-lifetime winemaker dinners. With a special nod to its quarter century status as the educational resource behind “America’s Heritage Grape,” the San Francisco based event, taking place Thursday, February 25 through Saturday, February 27, will offer more face time with both the legends and rising stars of the Zinfandel world during five celebratory...

Lake Sonoma Winery O...

Images by Bob McClenahan Lake Sonoma Winery has opened a new tasting lounge on the historic Sonoma Plaza. Founded in 1977, the new Lake Sonoma Winery home offers fans, followers and club members a warm, welcoming space to enjoy wine in the heart of Sonoma’s downtown shopping district. “Lake...

Super Fans Rejoice: ...

By Kathryn Holland Besser Photography by Matthew Brandalise All that glitters is definitely Super Bowl related this week. San Francisco has polished Justin Herman Plaza and the surrounding area to create a gleaming city-within-a-city primed and ready for locals and tourists ready to celebrate...

Bottlerock Napa Valley Announces 2016 Daily Lineup

Single day passes for the fourth annual BottleRock Napa Valley music, wine, food, and craft brew festival, presented by JaM Cellars on May 27 – 29, 2016, will be available February 2 at 10:00 a.m. PST and may be purchased at BottleRockNapaValley.com and Eventbrite.com. Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase their passes early. Three-day General Admission, VIP and VIP Plus Skydeck passes are sold out and a limited quantity of single day passes will be available starting at $109 per person.   The legendary Stevie Wonder will kick-off the festival on Friday, May 27, followed by indie rock superstars Florence + The Machine on...

SEASON OF THE OLIVE FINALE WEEKEND IN SONOMA VALLEY Jan30

SEASON OF THE OLIVE ...

By Tamara Gorman Strasser The sixteenth annual Sonoma Valley Olive Season, a celebration of the olive harvest and an agricultural and epicurean showcase, has been upon us since December 2015.  Encompassing a range of exceptional events, culinary thrills and Valley-wide promotions – from the...

Make an illuminating dedication to your love this Valentine’s Day Jan29

Make an illuminating dedication to your love this ...

By Annabelle Marceno Pericin On January 26, 2016, the relighting of The Bay Lights on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge once again lit up the distinctive city scape of San Francisco and will be a permanent fixture of The Bay Bridge. Conceived and permitted as a two-year installation, the original artwork shone nightly from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from March 5, 2013, to March 5, 2015. The visionary behind The Bay Lights was Ben Davis, Founder and President of ILLUMINATE, and the world’s largest LED light sculpture was created by internationally renowned artist Leo Villarreal. ILLUMINATE successfully led the effort to return...

Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2016 Arrives March 3...

Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the preeminent food and wine festival attracting the most revered and talented chefs from across the globe, returns to Pebble Beach Resorts for the ninth year in a row, March 31 – April 3, 2016. Presented with founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, Pebble Beach Food & Wine is set to feature three-nights and four-days of acclaimed culinary and wine tastings, cooking demos, and some of the most exclusive dining experiences available in the world set against the storied backdrop of Pebble Beach, drawing well-traveled glitterati and gourmands. A gastronomic delight of discovery, in past years the...

Celebrate the ocean + luscious romantic seafood with your loved one on Valentine’s Day Jan25

Celebrate the ocean ...

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the team at Farallon developed a special menu from Chef/Owner Mark Franz and new Executive Chef Jason Ryczek which sets the mood for a truly romantic dining experience. This extravagant food and wine menu pairing, combined with the stunning...

Okane Now Open in Sa...

Okane, now open in San Francisco, California, specializes in izakaya and sushi, providing the Bay Area with an engaging new dining and drinking option that affords guests one of the City’s most authentic Japanese izakaya experiences with an emphasis on traditional dishes. Okane is the...

Countdown to Flavor! Napa Valley March 16 – 20, 20...

The countdown to Flavor! Napa Valley, March 16 – 20, 2016, has begun. The five-day food and wine festival supports programs and scholarships at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena, CA.  Flavor! Napa Valley showcases the finest in farm-to-table cuisine and world class wines with a series of local and celebrity chef demonstrations, intimate winemaker workshops, as well as grand tastings and exclusive experiences to bring out the best flavors of Napa Valley. A highlight of Flavor! Napa Valley 2016 events include:   Wednesday, March 16 — First Taste, Napa Valley, presented by Downtown Napa at the...

CabFest Napa Valley ...

CabFest Napa Valley, the premier luxury lifestyle event that celebrates Cabernet Sauvignon and benefits the arts, is set to return to the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville, California, March 4 – 6, 2016. CabFest Napa Valley, a world-class, three-day arts...

California’s T...

Tickets are now on sale for the United States’ premier public artisan cheese event, the 10th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival, which takes place March 18 – 20, 2016.  The weekend-long Festival is a celebration of California cheesemakers, chefs, brewers, cider makers,...

Roka Akor Celebrates National Meat Month with Big Wine, Big Steaks Jan05

Roka Akor Celebrates...

January marks National Meat Month, and Roka Akor San Francisco (801 Montgomery Street) celebrates all month long with high quality, prime-cut steaks prepared on the robata grill. Throughout the month of January, Roka Akor will offer limited time specials such as Domestic Wagyu Flights for...

Day 12: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec24

Day 12: GEV’s ...

The twelfth gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is the one you’ve been waiting for… your chance to become a GoPro® Foodie! DETAILS: GoPro “Foodie” Pack (a Go Pro Hero 4 Black, 3-way folding selfie stick, camera housing, Lexar 633X 32GB micro SD card) About GoPro...

A Taste of Buenos Ai...

Take a virtual trip to the smoky clubs of Buenos Aires via stellar performances by the entire cast of Luis Bravo’s ‘FOREVER TANGO’ now through January 10, 2016 at San Francisco’s newly remodeled Herbst Theatre. Starring ‘Dancing with the Stars’ alums Anna...

Day 11: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec23

Day 11: GEV’s ...

The eleventh gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is a fresh and modern approach to beautiful portraiture. Let photographer Rosaura Sandoval capture gorgeous, classic and authentic photographs of you! DETAILS: Modern Beauty Portrait Session with Rosaura Studios (includes hair/ make-up,...

Day 10: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec21

Day 10: GEV’s ...

The tenth gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is for foodies who care about sustainable farming! Five Marys Farms’ heritage breeds are pasture raised; you’ll taste the difference in every succulent bite. DETAILS: FIVE MARYS FARMS PREMIUM HOLIDAY GIFT BOX 1 rack of lamb 1 leg of...

Day 9: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec20

Day 9: GEV’s 1...

The ninth gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is the perfect choice for stylish photographers (and handbag lovers). DETAILS: THE CLAREMONT LEATHER CAMERA BAG The perfect camera accessory for style & fashion conscious photographers. This leather crossbody bag is designed to fit and...

Day 8: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec19

Day 8: GEV’s 1...

The eighth gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is a bourbon and chocolate extravaganza! DETAILS: A copy of Bourbon Empire by Reid Mitenbuler and an assortment of Kollar Chocolates : 16-piece assortment featuring a selection of Kollar’s classic truffles as well as new seasonal flavors...

St. Helena offers new visitor experiences in Heart of Napa Valley Dec18

St. Helena offers ne...

St. Helena, the premier travel destination in Napa Valley, welcomes the winter season in wine country with a slew of new visitor experiences, openings, holiday events and exciting promotions including the debut of luxury boutiques at Meadowood Napa Valley, a city-wide winery tour, and the...

15th Annual “Feast of the Olive” Epicurean Celebration Returns  to Sonoma Valley on January 30, 2016 Dec18

15th Annual “Feast o...

Olive Season in Sonoma Valley continues in January 2016 by hosting a series of events, including the 15th annual Feast of the Olive dinner at Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn in Sonoma on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Featuring culinary delights and exceptional wine offerings from...

Day 7: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec18

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The seventh gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is a luxurious night’s sleep atop Savvy Sleepers ‘White Russian’ 100% Pure Satin Pillow Cases. DETAILS: Winner may select a set of 4, any combo of Standard and King sizes. Ultra-smooth for hair & skin Recommended for protecting hair...

Day 6: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec17

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The sixth gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is for anyone who appreciates exquisite sweets. It includes: Handmade Artisan Chocolates from Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates Artisan Extract Gift Set by Sonoma Syrup Co. DETAILS: Explore the luxurious textures and captivating flavors—both...

Wine Road’s Winter W...

While the vineyards throughout Sonoma County might be dormant all winter, Wine Road is once again shaking the cold weather blues with its annual “Winter WINEland” event on Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17, 2016. In its 24th year, “Winter WINEland” invites guests to create their own...

V. Sattui Winery Off...

In honor of the Super Bowl’s 50th year, and because the location is in one of the best food cities in America, V. Sattui invites guests to elevate your typical tailgate munchies to new heights!  The winery  offers Wine & Food Pairing sessions where chips and dip become so much...

Last-minute Holiday Ideas in the Bay Area Dec16

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In case you haven’t noticed, Christmas is 9 days from now and if you’re in panic because you haven’t made special plans for your family yet, Here’s a list of places to check out to make your Bay Area Holiday much more festive and brighter! With these great offerings,...

Day 5: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec16

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The fifth gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is courtesy of Muguette Renee Luxury Fragrances and Candles. The Gift Box Set includes: Bamboo & White Grapefruit Candle Bamboo & White Grapefruit Eau de Cologne Pashmina (80% wool, 20% silk) About Muguette Renee Handcrafted in San...

Day 4: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec15

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The fourth gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is for anyone who loved “Bottleshock” or “Somm”. Here’s a chance to blend your OWN wine as Count or Countess for the Day at Buena Vista Winery! DETAILS: Would you like to be The Count or Countess? Join Buena Vista...

Day 3: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec14

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The third gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is a wonderful introduction to a natural, tea-based line of skincare. The Matcha Skin Gift Set includes: 
8 oz. Matcha Milk Bath 4 oz. Matcha Soap 2 oz. Matcha Mask 2 oz. Matcha Lip Scrub 0.5 oz. Matcha Lip Balm This luxurious gift set comes in...

Day 2: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec13

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The second gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is for chocolate-loving San Francisco 49ers fans. It includes: 50 Years, 50 Moments: The Most Unforgettable Plays in Super Bowl History  by Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams (autographed copy) A 3-pack of decadent dessert mixes from Stonewall...

Day 1: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Giveaway Dec12

Day 1: GEV’s 12 Days of Giving Holiday Givea...

The first gift in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving is for everyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen. It includes A Blueberry Batter Bowl Gift Set from Stonewall Kitchen Inside the Test Kitchen: 120 New Recipes, Perfected by Tyler Florence Napa Valley Whole Spice Blends and Seasoning Set DETAILS: The Blueberry Batter Bowl Gift Set includes an exclusively designed ceramic, spouted batter bowl in colorful blue with a blueberry bush design on the rim. The bowl is filled with Wild Maine Blueberry Syrup (8.5 oz.), a Small Farmhouse Pancake & Waffle Mix, Wild Maine Blueberry Jam (12.5 oz.), and a Medium Navy Spatula. Inside the Test...

Volta to Open Soon i...

Restaurateurs Umberto Gibin and Staffan Terje, owners of the acclaimed Perbacco and barbacco, are collaborating on a new restaurant, Volta, a modern brasserie slated to open mid-December. Volta will offer a menu that pays homage to France and draws from Chef Terje’s Scandinavian heritage,...

Chinatown’s Fi...

By Meileena Bautista Photos by Rey DelFierro All rights reserved Used with permission October 15, 2015 marked the beginning of the first-ever Chinatown International Fashion Week (CIFW). It made a powerful impression on the San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Industry with its exciting pomp and...

12 Days of Giving Starts December 12th! Dec07

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NO PURCHASE OR OBLIGATION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the United States and District of Columbia, 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes entry period is from December 12, 2015...

Tout Sweet Pâtisseri...

Tout Sweet Pâtisserie announced today that they are accepting orders for the Fall/Holiday season, providing the sweetest complement for Thanksgiving feasts and upcoming holiday parties or corporate events. In addition to special orders of Yigit Pura’s line of unique signature cakes and...

A Taste of Wine Coun...

For foodies and wine lovers, few things are as thrilling as uncovering a local gem to share with others. Life in the South Bay is hectic; we often daydream of escaping to Napa or Sonoma. So how wonderful to happen upon a soothing courtyard that echoes California wine country minus the two...

Farallon Uncorks 17t...

San Francisco’s nationally distinguished Farallon restaurant, in conjunction with 60 of the West Coast’s top pinot noir producers, will host the 17th annual PinotFest celebration this November.  Throughout the festive, pinot-centric month, Farallon dinner guests can choose from carefully...

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