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
What is it like to be a woman in the culinary field today? Mary Ladd interviews Elvia Buendia, Pam Mazzola and Fontaine McFadden. They share their personal stories regarding the role gender has played in their career development.
Chef Dennis Leary explains his culinary style and is opening two new spots: a bar and a restaurant in San Francisco. The chef is also working with a Capay Valley farm, and will use produce from Gauchito Hill Farm at his sandwich shops and restaurants this summer.
This week marks the launch of Chef Charles Phan's South restaurant in the new SFJAZZ Center. Explore what South means to the Bay Area and jazz, with commentary from Chef Charles Phan, musician Kitty Margolis and SFJAZZ trustee Robert Mailer Anderson.
A visit to The Fizzary Soda Menagerie, where Aaron Dolson and Taylor Peck sell soda, beverages, tonics and old-fashioned style candies in the Mission District. The duo also operate Taylor’s Tonics beverage company. They shared their thoughts on the soda and beverage scene and sugar legislation.
Mary Ladd interviews Gitane restaurant chefs Bridget Batson and Patrick Kelly, who are married and share a Valentine's tradition of making and eating uni pasta. The two talk about what it is like to live and work together.
Mary Ladd investigates the Bay Lights art installation on the Bay Bridge by artist Leo Villareal, who is a longtime participant of Burning Man. The lighting celebration is on March 5 -- see which restaurants will have great views.
Mary Ladd interviews Bay Area resident and Master Chef Martin Yan, who has opened a new Chinese restaurant in San Francisco. Yan dishes about his new TV show, the Year of the Snake, and where he likes to eat locally.
Mary Ladd visits Dandelion Chocolate's new cafe, where a team of passionate chocolate makers use beans that are sourced directly from quality small farms to make chocolate bars, smoothies, tea and iced chocolate drinks.
Nopa Restaurant is a San Francisco success story: farm to table food, late night hours and stellar service. Mary Ladd interviews partner-owner Jeff Hanak, who shares his holiday traditions and Bay Area food favorites.