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

Culinary Women, In Their Own Words

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.


Botanical Sodas, Love Potions at The Fizzary

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.


Interview with Nopa’s Jeff Hanak

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.