Growing up in an Italian family in New York, Francesca Maniace has been around wine since she was a kid. But it wasn’t until she was working as a maître d’ and floor manager at a NYC restaurant circa 2006 that she realized her career would be in hospitality — and wine. Maniace was “happier […]
While most of her peers were thinking about college or who they’d ask to senior prom, Haley Guild Moore already knew what she wanted to do in life. After experiencing a wine-paired tasting menu in Paris, then-17-year-old Moore decided she was going to pursue a career in hospitality. She studied hospitality management at San Diego […]
Here’s the thing about drinking wine with tacos: you can’t be too serious about it. After all, when you’re hanging at your local taqueria or ordering Mexican takeout, you’re more likely to crack a beer or sip a Margarita.
Laboratory analyses can’t identify anything special about the water Hangar One Vodka Distillery collects from Bay Area fog to produce its limited edition Fog Point Vodka. But head distiller Caley Shoemaker can. She says it’s the taste of San Francisco. At the height of summer, when inland temperatures soar above 90 degrees, San Francisco is […]
Spring has officially sprung, even if temperatures across much of the country remain stubbornly wintry. On the bright side, the new season brings several hotly anticipated bars, perfect for late-night revelry, patio sipping, and so on. From an experimental cocktail laboratory in the Pacific Northwest, to a chic Midwestern hotel bar, to an izakaya next […]
The sun beams through the windows of The Saratoga, a year-old cocktail bar and restaurant in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Hosts, cooks, and bartenders buzz about, readying the ship for a busy Friday night. The back bar, which seems to stretch toward the heavens, sparkles in the afternoon light. Brandon Clements, co-owner of The Saratoga […]