I’m off to a remarkable start this year, as there is no greater honor for anyone in the hospitality sector than to receive a visit from Marcia Gagliardi, the brilliant writer and founder of tablehopper.com.
While I was running around the Mission with my basket of empanadas in 2009, someone came up to me and exclaimed, “you made it onto tablehopper.com” Right away, I knew this individual was someone that had an exceptional grasp of the latest food trends in San Francisco.
From that point onward, I sporadically made contact over the years and she consistently remained the same loving, generous, and dedicated supporter. I know what it takes to stay true to your passion, yet she remains the consummate professional, and no matter how busy, she never goes without responding to an email.
Marcia is a genuine entrepreneur who treats the little guy and the big shots with equal regard. She embodies the spirit of San Francisco in all its colors. And she is so much fun! Her visit to Chile Lindo Kitchen Culture was a cause for celebration and I had the privilege of spending a lot of time with her talking about what’s going on with my business, the hospitality business in San Francisco, lamenting the loss of so many of our iconic restaurants and how we women have it so tough in trying to stay true to our visions. We are always giving and relying on the "karma account" to keep going because every thing else hangs by a thread.
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I extend my thanks to Marcia Gagliardi for setting me off on a fantastic start on the Year of the Dragon.
I also wish to highlight the latest production by Mauro ffortíssimo and Dean Mermell, the imaginative pioneers of Sunset Piano, that produce Flower Piano, and consistently bring us memorable moments.
Those who are familiar with my newsletter are aware that every September, I promote the highly anticipated Flower Piano event held at the SF Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.
Now los señores are transporting twelve pianos to Grace Cathedral in order to present two original compositions, the world premiere of Sweet Thunder, composed by Paul Phillips, and, Fall And Fly, composed by Benjamin Gribble. Given the exceptional acoustics in the Cathedral, this will undoubtedly be a very special San Francisco evening.
I had the pleasure of receiving a visit today at Chile Lindo Kitchen Culture from Vivian Pisano, the author for whom I produced a book reading at Canessa Printing Co. in North Beach in October 2022. In her memoir, “Living in Two Worlds,” she chronicles her journey of navigating between Chile and California during her formative years. As you can imagine, the account of her life resonated with my own life experiences of growing up between Chile and New York. I have copies of her book for sale.
Lastly, take a look at the article featured in this newsletter that explores the astronomy partnership between Chile and UC Berkeley, emphasizing the pivotal role Chile plays in the field of international astronomy. The observatories located in the Atacama dessert of Northern Chile possess some of the most advanced telescopes in the world.
Hope to see you soon!