Mary Ladd

Mary Ladd is a freelance writer and event professional based in her hometown of San Francisco. Her writing has been featured in SF Weekly, Tasting Table, the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. She has shuttled Anthony Bourdain around town and mastered the art of properly loading a catering van in a flash. Mary has eaten the world’s hottest burger and loves to cook and eat. Follow her at @mladdfood

Hot Eats Round-Up: Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, Brews & BBQ from Dave McLean

Mary Ladd reports the juiciest updates on hot new spots from cult ice cream maker Humphry Slocombe--yes, there will be Secret Breakfast! Then there's the Dogpatch project from Dave McLean, the beer maker behind Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery and Alembic--look for tasty BBQ (including smoked pork belly, beef brisket and house-made sausages) from Chef Dennis Lee of Namu.


Organic Ice Cream, Sergio Romo, Catchy Outfits: Q&A with Three Twins’ Neal Gottlieb

Three Twins Ice Cream started in the Bay Area and is growing: there's a recently re-opened scoop shop in the Haight, and flavors like Sergio Romo's Mexican chocolate ("it only tastes illegal"). Mary Ladd talks to Founding Twin Neal Gottlieb, who is a character for wearing eye catching outfits to industry events, and his products and dedication to giving back are the real deal.


Valentine’s (Wine and Cocktails) with Greg and Shelley Lindgren

Greg and Shelley Lindgren share news on their businesses: his Rye on the Road will soon get new digs, and A16 celebrates its anniversary on Valentine's Day. The power hospitality couple share wine and cocktail ideas that are fun and interesting...including a recipe for “My Bitter Valentine” which will be the Valentine's day special at Rye.


Bruce Hill: Fog City & Wood-Fired Grilling

Chef Bruce Hill has mastered delectable burgers, pizza, roast chicken and hand-cut furikake French fries and is involved in many noteworthy restaurants: Fog City, Zero Zero, Bix, Pizzeria Picco and Picco. Find out what the chef is cooking via wood-fired grill at the newly revamped Fog City, as well as what he plans for 2014.


A Floating City: Cooking on a Celebrity Cruise Ship

Cooking for guests aboard a giant cruise ship has its own challenges: 24-hour service, rolling-and-rocking motion from the sea, and making many menu items from scratch. Mary Ladd found out why the Top Chef TV show hit the seas this season and she gets a behind-the-scenes view of the kitchens, buffets and restaurants aboard the Celebrity Millennium.