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29 June, 2016

Pairing Pure Leaf’s Tea House Collection with SPQR’s Finesse!

Pairing Pure Leaf’s Tea House Collection with SPQR’s Finesse!
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Events, Food, Product Reviews, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez

Last week, I had the pleasure of trying Chef Matthew Accarrino’s cooking for the first time. No, I didn’t try it at SPQR, the Michelin-starred restaurant the chef calls home. I sampled it at a travelling tea house! Pure Leaf is in the midst of a tour of major food-loving U.S. cities to promote their
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24 June, 2016

3 Best Wines at Urban Vines

3 Best Wines at Urban Vines
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Events, Red Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez

Two weekends ago, I checked out Urban Vines, an annual Oakland wine festival that highlights African American winemakers, a markedly underrepresented group. Its theme is “A Toast to Diversity,” and the event was founded by Sip & Swirl, an event planning company that specializes in urban-based wine, food, and travel. It’s also held in Chicago.
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18 February, 2016

Thursday Night Rooftop Marketplace at the Port Workspaces

Thursday Night Rooftop Marketplace at the Port Workspaces
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Events, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez

Late January, I went to the inaugural, and soon to be monthly, rooftop night market hosted at one of Port Workspaces new venues at the Kaiser Center in downtown Oakland. Located at 344 Thomas L. Berkley Way, the coworking organization was in the midst of creating a fun, whimsical, hub of offices on the first
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1 October, 2015

7th Annual Sustainable Contra Costa Gala

7th Annual Sustainable Contra Costa Gala
Comments : 4 Posted in : Beer, Beer, Wine, Sake, Dining in Concord, Events, Port/Sherry Wines, Red Wine, Rose Wine on by : The Gourmez

How often do you get to chat with winemakers fresh from harvest with the purple hands to prove it and chefs young and old describing their locally sourced dishes all while helping advance the cause of sustainability with a ticket purchase and silent auction bid on more amazing foodstuffs? Okay, for me, it’s fairly often.
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24 September, 2015

Sampling Coastal Spirits and the Gin Farallon Kickstarter

Sampling Coastal Spirits and the Gin Farallon Kickstarter
Comments : 1 Posted in : Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Events, Gin, Liqueurs, Vodka on by : The Gourmez

  Recently, I was invited by Justin of the Grapevine Consulting to come and check out Coastal Spirits distillery and their new Gin Farallon.  Pretty much everything about Coastal Spirits is new; Brad Plummer launched his first spirit, Vodka Farallon, last September. It’s already picked up a medal from the American Distilling Institute and is
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