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20 August, 2015

Forage for Porcini in Italy with Punk Domestics!

Posted in : Announcements, Events, Travel on by : The Gourmez

My friend Sean Timberlake, founder of the beautiful Punk Domestics canning and preservation blog, has been leading hands-on culinary tours to Italy since 2012.  He has two coming up, 10/8/15–10/14/15 and 1/14/16–1/20/16, based out of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. These are can’t miss experiences for those of you who love diving deep into food
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4 May, 2015

Chai Bar by David Rio Launch Party

Chai Bar by David Rio Launch Party
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Coffee in San Francisco, CA, Coffee Shops, Events, Sake on by : The Gourmez

In a few short weeks, the Chai Bar by David Rio, the flagship storefront location for the highly successful David Rio Chai company, will be open at 1019 Market St., San Francisco. I think this new café/bar/lab/restaurant hybrid will be a lot of fun to visit, based on my experience at its recent launch party.
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17 April, 2015

Food Should Taste Good Brunch with Tablehopper!

Food Should Taste Good Brunch with Tablehopper!
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Events, Food, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez

It’s been three weeks since I was invited to brunch at the Cavalier in downtown San Francisco, hosted by Tablehopper Marcia Gagliardi and the Food Should Taste Good (FSTG) snack food brand. It’s never too late to write about great food, right? The brunch was part of FSTG’s national promotional tour that’s been challenging star
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25 February, 2015

Coffee Fest Atlanta 2015: Best Coffee Shop Competition

Coffee Fest Atlanta 2015: Best Coffee Shop Competition
Comments : 1 Posted in : Coffee Shops, Events on by : The Gourmez

Last month, I had the pleasure of covering the 2015 Southeastern Regional Coffee Fest, which took place in Atlanta. The Coffee Fest is a trade show and coffee education opportunity held in four different regions each year—upcoming ones for 2015 will be held in Tokyo, Chicago, and Portland. I’m writing a post on my favorite products
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20 November, 2014

The Great San Francisco Mac and Cheese Throwdown

Comments : 2 Posted in : Events on by : The Gourmez

When four, count ’em four, friends contacted me this week to make sure I was aware of this event, I realized I’d made a bit of a mac-and-cheese-tasting reputation for myself. This throwdown comes your way through the combined efforts of the SoMa StrEat Food Park and FunCheapSF, both great organizations with a goal of
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26 September, 2014

Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Expansion!

Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Expansion!
Comments : 5 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Events, Travel, Travel Guide for Lodi, CA on by : The Gourmez

Oak Farm Vineyards Winery (23627 Devries Road) is on its way to becoming the first of its kind in the Lodi, CA, appellation: a family-owned estate that offers the full experience of a large-scale destination winery, minus the glitzy hotel and pretension. I took part in a media preview of their new expansion, which will
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