San Francisco Gourmet was one of several bloggers who attended “Inside the Kitchen” — a culinary event held at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay several weeks ago. In his most recent post, SF Gourmet talks about William Werner, pastry chef for the Ritz and its’ flagship restaurant Navio.

… a young pastry chef, perhaps accustomed to toiling away out of the spotlight as he builds his career, stunned the crowd with his innovative, delicious, and utterly satisfying desserts. This seemed to be the culinary equivalent of the walk-on actor who almost steals the show, a forceful exclamation point demanding that we sit up and take notice.

Sacramento food bloggers gathered recently to hold the First Sacramento Food Blogger Picnic. Elise posts a great roundup of the day and Brendon chronicles the picnic with words and pictures on his blog.

This, my friends, is my idea of bliss: a mellow, unrushed conversation with food bloggers over wine and dessert.

Looking for cooking ideas? Tea tempts us with a recipe for beet radish pickles, Ellen encourages us to make Mustard Baked Pork Chops, and Muffin Top shows us how to make some lovely pumpkn muffins

Our Bay Area bloggers don’t lack for opinions about local restaurants. What are we discussing these days? Blog Appetit talks about the changes at Yoshi’s, the Restaurant Whore reviews Bar Crudo, Food Musings tells us why we should try Maverick, and Restaurant Girl discusses Sauce in Hayes Valley..

Links Around the Bay 7 November,2006Jennifer Maiser

  • Chef Ben

    I’m new to the whole food blogging thing (sorry if I’m late to the party!) so not sure how my blog can get a mention in this Links column, but I hope you all will check out

    I live in the Bay Area and am a self-taught cook. I post about easy recipes to cook for yourself or for guests, and I ramble on like others about all the great food things around the Bay Area. Thanks for the consideration! 🙂

  • C(h)ristine

    Thank you for the shout out! We at Muffin Top hope everyone enjoys the pumpkin muffin recipe!


Jennifer Maiser

“My passion for food began young.”

I am the editor of the influential website which encourages readers to support local farmers and producers.

I began my personal website, Life Begins at 30, in 2003.

I have been published in Edible San Francisco and Fine Cooking, write regularly for Bay Area Bites, Serious Eats, and have been quoted in many nationwide publications. Photography is a passion, and I have had photos printed in National Geographic Traveler and Travel + Leisure.

I contributed to a Williams-Sonoma cookbook: Cooking from the Farmers’ Market, which was released in February 2010.

I live in San Francisco, California and can often be found at local farmers markets seeking out the best of what’s in season and chatting with farmers.

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