News: I’m in a Google Video! (and also in the NYT)

You may remember that I posted a short, cryptic blurb a couple months ago about being in an upcoming Google video… it’s now been released on Google Plus!

It’s amazing that this took a full day to shoot! It was interesting to see the process of creating a video, including all the alternate shots the team goes through to give them enough fodder to make the actual video. This is a bit like the process of writing a speech — you gather a whole bunch of thoughts and information and then distill it into one smooth piece of text that only includes a fraction of the information you gathered. I happen to know a bit about that, and, as a totally unrelated, shameless self-promoting side note, was so excited to have my business, Vow Muse, featured in the NYT last weekend!… 

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Upcoming Event: Oakland Wine Festival 2015

Wine festivals aren’t just for Napa, and 2015 is Oakland’s inaugural year getting in on the action. This full-day festival on Saturday July 18 is jam packed full of winemaking and tasting events, seminars, and presentations that you can attend a-la-carte, or one after another with full day and half day packages. See below for the press release information about the festival, and their site for a schedule of activities and tickets!

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Oakland Wine Festival (OWF) is a high profile wine and food event featuring over 100 celebrated winemakers from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and beyond with creative pairings from 10 of Oakland’s most celebrated chefs.
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News: I’m Going to be in a Google Video

Just a teeny tiny sneak peak to something I’ve been invited to participate in… I can’t say much, but I’ll be one of the people featured in an upcoming food-related video campaign that Google is shooting. I assume they’ve cast me as “normal person who isn’t sure what to do with their hands on camera,” and I look forward to exceeding their expectations in this role.

The campaign is still being sorted out, so no more details yet, but hopefully more to come in a few weeks!

New Restaurant: Blaze Pizza Opens in SF & Free Pizza!

Hey y’alls! Blaze Pizza is coming to San Francisco! You may remember when their Fremont location opened last year and they gave me some sweet vouchers for free pizzas. Well, this weekend you don’t need a voucher — come build-your-own FREE artisanal pizza on Saturday, March 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. in exchange for simply following Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The new digs are at Stonestown Galleria over near SFSU, and this is their inaugural SF location.

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What is Blaze Pizza, you ask?… 

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News: Michelin San Francisco Bay Area 2015

Michelin has recently released their annual listing for star rated restaurants in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, and once again my mouth waters with desire. The only place I’ve been on the SF list is State Bird Provisions, though I’ve certainly perused many of the other winners’ websites longingly in the past.

Deliciousness from State Bird Provisions

Deliciousness from State Bird Provisions

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News: Win This Restaurant

Ever win a contest? How about a restaurant? Me neither. But someone will do both when the owners of Pace Food + Drink in Santa Barbara give away their restaurant to their favorite entrant on June 1, 2014. I thought this was a strange choice for what to do with a successful restaurant you no longer want to own, but it certainly is intriguing.

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pace food + drink in santa barbara

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some food from the current menu… yum

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News: 7 Squared Project

I was recently contacted by Kyle Garrett from Seven Summits Productions and told about a neat new venture called the 7 Squared Project. This is a bold project by two film makers who want to use their prowess with the camera to highlight 7 non-profits and 7 businesses in San Francisco with a crowd-funded mini-documentary series. Many of the featured businesses/non-profits are doing work that is geared towards food — Four Barrel Coffee, Heart of the City Farmers’ Market, La Cocina, Mission Pie, and the San Francisco Food Bank, to name a few (hence the reason I was interested in featuring this on B&C). If you’re still scratching your head, watch their short video on Indie-Gogo site and you’ll understand a lot better. Plus, exponents are pretty awesome, so I was excited right away.

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7 Squared Project

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