December 10, 2015

Jean-Pierre Rives’ favorite Bay Area places

ON THE TOWN Renowned French artist and former rugby superstar takes his passion and energy to the Bay Area When strolling the streets of Tiburon or the shores of Stinson Beach with his partner, Sonia Rives-Deleval, and their two young sons, tousle-haired Jean-Pierre Rives looks like any dad hanging out with his family. Rives, 59, was once a superstar flanker in the rugby world – as famous as former San Francisco 49er quarterback Joe Montana was in the heyday of his football career. The International Rugby Hall of Famer is today a renowned sculptor and painter who spends part of the year in France and part of the year in Tiburon, making art and enjoying Bay Area life. Some might view his two careers as disparate, but he thinks the driving forces behind them are similar. Rives’ parents were tennis players who wanted him to take up the racquet, but he fell into rugby instead, drawn by the camaraderie and energy of team sport. Living in the suburbs of Paris, he spent his free time in the homes of sculptor Albert Féraud and painter Ladislas Kijno, who became his mentors. At the Serge Sorokko Gallery in San Francisco, Rives’ abstract […]
December 7, 2015

Sommelier Raj Parr’s favorite haunts

ON THE TOWN Sommelier’s haunts include plenty of bars but also the great outdoors and farmers’ market The native of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India, was introduced to wine by an uncle in London and studied under famed sommelier Larry Stone at the long-gone Rubicon restaurant. The sommelier, who lives a single life (ladies, are you listening?) in San Francisco’s Financial District, is learning that making wine is far different than serving wine. Where do his tastes lie when bouncing around town? Parr’s favorite hangouts Zuni Cafe, 1658 Market St. I like Sunday brunch here with my wine team from RN74. There are three things in the dish, and it’s all about the oven, in roasting the chicken and toasting the bread for the salad. Most laid-back places have a skeleton crew late at night; one bartender and most of the servers have gone home. Sitting at the bar, you can see the restaurant and the action and eat off a great menu. Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, 1 Sausalito at the Embarcadero. When I travel anywhere in the world, I go to a farmers’ market. In my refrigerator, I always have Andante Dairy cheese, Marin Sun Farms eggs, fruit from Hamada […]
November 25, 2015

Dave Bernahl and Robert Weakley’s favorite things

Dave Bernahl and Robert Weakley are the creators of Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a celebration of California’s finer taste treats, which they founded in 2008 under the umbrella of Coastal Luxury Management. Weakley, 38, had run the Masters of Food & Wine event at the Park Hyatt Highlands for 21 years, but the venue was turned into a residence club, and the company moved the event to South America. Together with Bernahl, 33, who had been at the helm of the Carmel luxury store Pacific Tweed, he fashioned a fledgling event that capitalized on the state’s agricultural and culinary hubs. To keep current on the chefs and wineries that participate in the Pebble Beach Food & Wine event, and the Los Angeles Food & Wine spin-off they created (now in its third year), Bernahl and Weakley eat their way across the country, sometimes hitting five restaurants in one night hint: Tyler Florence is using all local products and farmers, which is fabulous. […] to work it all off, I go back to the gym at the Mandarin, followed by a massage – and end up feeling like a Kobe cow. Keiko À Nob Hill, 1250 Jones St. Says Rob: […]
November 23, 2015

Brian Boitano’s favorite food, hats, art

Olympic gold medalist tips his hat to Italian cuisine, imaginative artwork Brian Boitano’s international claim to fame occurred during the 1988 Calgary Olympics, when he narrowly edged out Canadian Brian Orser for the gold medal in men’s figure skating. Boitano, 49, still takes to the ice a few times a week, but in 2009 professionally traded the sharp edge of his skates for the blade of the kitchen knife as the host of his own culinary show, What Would Brian Boitano Make? It appears on the Food Network and is based on the title of a song from the 1999 South Park: Recently, he became an author, with a cookbook called What Would Brian Boitano Make? Fresh and Fun Recipes for Sharing With Family and Friends (Lyons, 256 pages), co-written by TV chef Giada De Laurentiis. Muscular and standing 5 feet 11, he was on a strict 1,800-calorie-a-day diet because the judges told him he needed to look thinner and lose weight. […] I eat a Mediterranean diet, with sauteed greens and cleanly prepared fish. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem bar, 2323 Mission St. This is a funky, casual, and fun place to hang out, although I’ve not been involved […]
November 23, 2015

Brian Boitano’s favorite food, hats, art

Olympic gold medalist tips his hat to Italian cuisine, imaginative artwork Brian Boitano’s international claim to fame occurred during the 1988 Calgary Olympics, when he narrowly edged out Canadian Brian Orser for the gold medal in men’s figure skating. Boitano, 49, still takes to the ice a few times a week, but in 2009 professionally traded the sharp edge of his skates for the blade of the kitchen knife as the host of his own culinary show, What Would Brian Boitano Make? It appears on the Food Network and is based on the title of a song from the 1999 South Park: Recently, he became an author, with a cookbook called What Would Brian Boitano Make? Fresh and Fun Recipes for Sharing With Family and Friends (Lyons, 256 pages), co-written by TV chef Giada De Laurentiis. Muscular and standing 5 feet 11, he was on a strict 1,800-calorie-a-day diet because the judges told him he needed to look thinner and lose weight. […] I eat a Mediterranean diet, with sauteed greens and cleanly prepared fish. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem bar, 2323 Mission St. This is a funky, casual, and fun place to hang out, although I’ve not been involved […]
November 16, 2015

Julia Hartz – favorite hangouts in S.F.

Eventbrite co-founder invites anyone to check out her list of favorite spots, S.F. and nearby Yet the petite Hartz, in nude Jimmy Choo pumps, an oversize Chloe purse, and a company that recently passed $ 1.5 billion in ticket sales, could easily be mistaken for pretty cool. “The offline experience is the new luxury good,” she said over enormous egg and bacon sandwiches at Marlowe near Eventbrite’s SoMa offices. A mother of two, Hartz said her favorite places in San Francisco are “kind of boring,” before mentioning her husband’s flying lessons in Sonoma. Hartz’s favorite hangouts Rose’s Cafe: 2298 Union St., San Francisco: We live just a few blocks away, so it’s quite literally our second kitchen. Sonoma Horse Park: 7600 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma: Our daughter rides at Burgundy Farms in Sonoma, and we fell in love with the region. Near the park we found this huge old barn imported from New Jersey that had been retrofitted into a house, so we rented it and spent three months living there, working in the city, but getting out into nature, which for us is like ‘Oh, a bird!’ Kevin (Hartz, her husband) took flying lessons. On The Town