Archive for June 2009

Chocolate at the Commonwealth Club SF Tonight

June 25th, 2009 — 9:04am

I am looking forward to moderating the Women & Chocolate panel tonight at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. We have four renowned Bay Area chocolatiers:

Carly Baumann, Owner, Cosmic Chocolate
Christine Doerr, Founder and CEO, Neo Cocoa
Malena Lopez-Maggi, Owner, The Xocolate Bar
Kathy Wiley, Owner, Poco Dolce

What I want to know is this: Is there really a special connection between women and chocolate or is that a bunch of bunk? I’ll report back tomorrow with some insights.

And after the talk, we eat, yes, you guessed right, chocolate!

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June 18th, 2009 — 11:36am

I am so happy and proud to announce that my husband and partner in life, Scott, has won the 2009 Knight Challenge.

His project, MediaBug, will be an open source, wiki style web site for people to report errors in online or offline news reports.

I am excited to see how his project evolves.

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My Strange Life

June 17th, 2009 — 9:03am

Yesterday, I went foraging with Iso Rabins up by Lake Anza in Berkeley Hills. We found radish greens, wild artichokes (wicked looking with lethal spikes), and the first blackberries. We also found wild fennel and nasturtiums, and then raided a friend’s loquat tree (with permission). Today’s task, which will be a chapter in my book, is to write about our adventure, and to make our haul into a meal. Here’s what I’m thinking:

Fennel pesto over noodles
Steamed artichokes with aioli
Sauteed radish greens and mushrooms – maybe folded into phyllo with melted gruyere
Loquat crisp

But I haven’t quit my day job and also got a phone call at Yoga Journal from Arthur Sulzberger (I’m guessing a junior Sulzberger). At first I thought it was a joke, but yes, it’s true, he is from that Sulzberger family, and he’s writing a piece on regulating the yoga industry (complicated topic). I gave him some info, then told him three things: that John Burns is my favorite reporter, that I am devoted to the NY Times (thanks, he said, really meaning it), and that I will read it no matter what the delivery platform. “Tell that to your market research department,” I said. He chuckled, and our conversation was done.

This is my strange life. Now, to cook fennel pesto.

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Women in Chocolate Panel at the Commonwealth Club SF June 25th

June 3rd, 2009 — 9:18am

Join four fun fearless female Bay Area chocolatiers for Women in Chocolate: A Natural Combination, an evening of talk and taste at the Commowealth Club in San Francisco, June 25th. It will be moderated by another fun fearless Bay Area female, yours truly. Tasting included with admission.

Why are women and chocolate such a natural combination? How have women in the chocolate business turned chocolate into an artisinal art form? Delight your mind and your palate and attend this luscious event.

Women in Chocolate Panel
Thursday, June 25 2009
at The Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market at Montgomery, San Francisco
5:30 – 7pm, $20/$12 for CC members

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