Monday November 3, 2014
“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”
Mark Twain said this many years ago and it still holds true. Summers in San Francisco can be cold, damp and downright miserable, but fall and early winter in San Francisco tend to be spectacular. The days are usually warm, the light quality is amazing and the Dungeness crabs are in season and on sale all over the city (particularly in Fishermen’s Wharf).
The City of San Francisco was founded in June of 1776 and the Gold Rush of 1849 made it the largest city on the west coast. It encompasses an area of about 46.9 square miles, with an estimated population of over 837,000 people. Since it is surrounded on three sides by water, San Francisco's weather is strongly influenced by the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean, with moderate temperature swings and a consistently mild year-round climate (except in the summertime).
San Francisco sparkles like a diamond – it has many facets and faces that it shows to its visitors and residents. Each neighborhood is distinctly unique and there are several neighborhoods or districts. The most well-known include Haight-Ashbury, Fishermen’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, Japantown, Union Square and Pier 39. The restaurants in these districts reflect the unique qualities of each district. Let’s take a look at a few of our favorite restaurant partners in magical San Francisco where you may find Mt. Beautiful wines.
Pacific Catch was founded in 2003 by two entrepreneurs, Keith Cox and Aaron Noveshen. Aaron has over 20 years’ experience creating leading edge products and concepts for the food and beverage industry. Keith has conceived of and founded businesses in the restaurant, resort real estate, consumer internet and venture capital industries.
Through the combination of Aaron’s culinary adventures through regions of the Pacific and Keith’s love of the casual, fresh fish restaurants found in Hawaii, Pacific Catch was conceived. Starting with one small location on Chestnut Street in 2003, and with Tom Hanson, COO as a driving force behind it since May 2007, Pacific Catch has turned into one of the most unique fresh fish dining destinations in the Bay Area.
Since the opening of the first Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Dallas, Texas in 1993, the name “Bob’s” has been synonymous with a great steakhouse experience.
Building on the reputation earned in the original Dallas location, Bob’s now has restaurants nationwide. Each Bob’s has created a fine reputation of its own by tightly adhering to the high standards created at the first Bob’s and San Francisco is no exception - GM John Frederick carries on Bob's tradition in grand style.
All locations are examples of the traditional American Prime Steakhouse, combining simple elegance, a lively atmosphere, big drinks, fine wines and large cuts of the finest prime steaks, chops and seafood.
Housed in a beautiful landmark building in the Civic Center area, Jardinière features the award-winning French-California cuisine of Chef Traci Des Jardin. The amazing wine selection, chosen by Wine Director, Jennifer Gomez, perfectly hilights the cuisine.
Before opening Jardinière in San Francisco in 1997, Des Jardins worked in some of the highly acclaimed kitchens in Los Angeles, France, and New York City. Classically trained in French cuisine by some of the best chefs and restaurateurs in the world, Des Jardins style is also influenced by her Mexican and French-Acadian grandparents who taught her how to cook. Throughout her more than two decades in San Francisco, Des Jardins has continued to focus and evolve her style of cooking as well as her restaurants.
If you’re unfamiliar, Sens is the Mediterranean oasis in Embarcadero Center. It boasts a dome-bricked ceiling, rugged rock walls, and exposed beams inside, coupled with unbeatable views of the Ferry Building and Bay Bridge from its expansive heated outdoor patio. The ambiance isn’t the only thing that’s intoxicating, they also have an impressive list of spirits, wine, and beer, skillfully selected by Sommelier/Dining Room Manager Peter Steiner. Their bar staff is both friendly AND knowledgeable – a rare combination in San Francisco.
In 1983, Nancy Oakes opened what was to become one of the most popular restaurants in San Francisco and in America. Created in partnership with Designer, Pat Kuleto, Boulevard began and continues with Nancy Oakes hearty, flavorful and beautiful cuisine as its centerpiece and a wonderfully crafted wine list by Sommelier, John Lancaster and Erick Cadena compliments the cuisine to perfection. Surrounded by Pat Kuleto’s timeless Belle Epoque inspired design, Chef Oakes’ wonderful expression of American regional flavors with a French influenced style has made Boulevard a culinary landmark of San Francisco’s revived Embarcadero waterfront.