September Is California Wine Month

September marks season’s change. Crisp air, crunchy leaves and, best of all, California Wine Month. For the twelfth year, we celebrate California’s vintners and growers while sampling the finest wines and culinary pleasures. Napa Valley is recognized for its world-famous wines, producing 4% of California’s wine and serving as home to over 600 wineries. We will be dedicating the month to some of our favorite vineyards across the northern region of California.

Odette Winery

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Tasting Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm,

daily

Address: 5998 Silverado Trail, Napa Valley CA

This is where a vineyard becomes a fairytale. Experience the magic of California at Odette Winery, classic wines have a modern twist – they’re bold, unique and flavorful. Begin the month on a magical journey, with sprawling mountains and luxurious vineyards, Odette Winery is one with the land. Sample Chardonnay, Petite Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon to understand the purest expression of Napa Valley wines.

PlumpJack Winery

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Tasting Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, daily

Address: 620 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville CA

Kick off your celebration of CA Wine Month with some of the finest quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The key to developing a quality Cabernet is perfecting the delicate balance between science and art. PlumpJack Winery’s head winemaker, Aaron Miller, prides the vineyard on its ability to produce a wine that “is strong enough to stand on its own, yet elegant enough to be enjoyed with food.” Placed in the heart and soul of wine country, our 42-acre estate in Oakville has been the site of wine production since the 1800s.

CADE

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Tasting Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, daily

Address: 360 Howell Mountain South, Angwin CA

California is all about healthy living and here at CADE our motto is, “think green, drink green.” Healthier soil develops a more natural wine. Founded in 2005 and inspired by Shakespeare’s reference to wine cades, CADE crafts powerful yet approachable flavors. Our winery is the first LEED Gold Certified estate winery within Napa Valley. Our renowned architecture is not only aesthetically pleasing but ecologically sound. The panoramic views and intriguing architecture make us the ultimate destination during your time in Napa. Throughout your celebration of wine month, make sure to sample our estate’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Honoring winemakers, tasters and creators, visit some of our favorite vineyards to get a taste – and sip – of all that Northern California has to offer. Hop in your car and explore, from lush fields to sprawling mountaintops – every vineyard offers something unique.

Marina PlumpJack Wine & Spirits

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Store Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday-Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm Sunday

Address: 3201 Fillmore Street, San Francisco CA

In 1992 PlumpJack’s first business, Marina PlumpJack Wine & Spirits, was officially opened providing San Francisco locals with an unique wine buying experience. Now twenty-four years later the shop continues to offer its patrons with a welcoming, educational and overall fun experience.

Stop in and discover a diverse collection of wines from around the world, carefully chosen by wine and spirits buyer, Paul Birman. The Fillmore location sells an enticing collection of very rare library wines for the discerning buyer and collector.

Noe Valley PlumpJack Wine & Spirits

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Store Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday-Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm Sunday

Address: 4011 24th Street, San Francisco CA

Recognized as one of Noe Valley’s neighborhood institutions, locals are invited to Noe Valley PlumpJack Wine & Spirts for their wine, spirits and craft beer purchases.

General Manager and buyer Josh Thinnes has created a place of unique value and you’re sure to find something special in our shop. From vintage Ports and Madeiras dating back to the early 1900s to unusual small production bottles our team can help in selecting no matter the occasion.

Insider Tips: Best Hikes in Marin County

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If you want a break from the hustle and bustle, we have insider tips on the best hikes in Marin County with breathtaking views of the city and the dozens of hiking trails that get you there. While the list of hikes in Marin has virtually no end, we’ve rounded up our top three picks based on insider tips. Grab those hiking boots!

Cataract Loop Trail Best Hikes in Marin County

Cataract Loop Trail on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County California

#1 Cataract Trail Loop on Mount Tamalpais
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7.7 miles / 12.4 km
Duration: Half day
Mount Tamalpais State Park is the symbolic peak at the heart of Marin County and a beautiful change of scenery from the city to the woods. The loop offers panoramic views of the entire bay stretching to the Pacific Ocean. The most popular attraction is Cataract Falls; however, popularity comes with little secrecy, making the trail relatively packed during summer months. Our tip, and the best way to avoid crowds and ensure you can find a parking spot is to go on a weekday.
Click here for more tips and directions to the trail head.

Angel Island, Best Hikes in Marin County

Angel Island Fire Road Hike in Marin County California

#2 Angel Island Perimeter Fire Road
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.7 miles
Duration: Half day
If you’re looking for a more leisurely hike without skimping on the 360 degree view of the bay, Angel Island is your best bet. This loop is more than just a hike, you will encounter historic sites, beaches and picnic spots so pack some snacks and enjoy the view. Our insider tips are to A) check the weather. San Francisco Bay, especially at sea level, is prone to fog which would inhibit visibility of the main attraction! B) Check the Angel Island Ferry Schedule and plan your day ahead of time and don’t get stuck on the island overnight! Fun fact: you can take your bike to Angel via the ferry.

Point Bonita, Best Hikes in Marin County

Point Bonita in Marin County California

#3 Point Bonita Marin Headlands
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.1 miles

/ 6.6 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
When you see pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge with downtown San Francisco in the
background odds are they were probably taken in the Marin Headlands. The headlands offer
many long and short loops and trails, but this short hike leads to a beautiful historical sight
and a local favorite vista point. Point Bonita Lighthouse is a fully operational lighthouse with
fascinating history to be learned and experienced at the site. Don’t let the short distance lead you to believe this will be a boring walk; the hike is steep at points and requires crossing 2 suspension bridges. Insider tip: the tunnel to the lighthouse is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, so plan accordingly so you don’t miss out on the beautiful
views.

After you experience the local nature and vistas Marin has to offer, enjoy brunch (weekends) lunch or dinner at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, a local favorite in historic Mill Valley. The restaurant is a short 10-to-15 minute drive from all of the hikes listed above!

Chef Howard Ko places an emphasis on sourcing the best ingredients from local farms and purveyors for his classic bistro menu with a modern twist. Your nature experience doesn’t have to end with the hike; alfresco dining is available during the summer months! A day trip to Marin is a must during your visit to San Francisco for a local experience full of beautiful hikes and delicious cuisine.

Summer Cocktail Sessions: Vermouth

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Jacques Bezuidenhout’s collection of Vermouth. Photo Credit Antoinette Bruno for Star Chef’s piece on Vermouth.

Got Vermouth? Wildhawk, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, knows what it takes to produce seriously tasty cocktails using this sweet aperitif.

So what exactly is Vermouth, you ask? Vermouth is fortified wine flavored with various botanicals to add color and flavor. A few key ingredients you may taste include chamomile, coriander, juniper, gentian, saffron and wormwood. Traditionally white wine is used as the base to produce a dry liquor native to France. The Italians are known for sweet vermouth, made with red wine.
More of a potion than a drink, vermouth was originally used as a medicinal tonic because of the spices and botanicals. Today, it is an awesome tool for any barman and with the right compliments can become your quintessential summer sidekick. While it has a longer shelf life than wine, it will start to oxidize after a month, so it is best to store your favorite bottle in the fridge.

How do I enjoy Vermouth?
Vermouth is diverse, delicious served neat or chilled, or as the ultimate summer cocktail base. Find one you like, add a splash of soda and enjoy with a twist of citrus.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can tackle the vermouth cocktail. Wildhawk favorite, Hip Hops, incorporates grapefruit, pineapple and hops for a refreshing summer libation. Check out the recipe below and make it yourself at home!
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2 ¼ oz Martini Ambrato
½ oz Grapefruit
½ oz Pineapple Gum
¼ oz Hops Tincture
Shake / D/Strain / Tall Sours
Garnish: Grapefruit Spiral

Can’t get enough vermouth? Visit Wildhawk in San Francisco and try their full menu of vermouth-based cocktails.

 

Vermouth Resources
At Wildhawk, vermouth is taken very seriously and veteran Bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout knows what he’s talking about when it comes to this underrated spirit:
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“There are so many wonderful vermouths that are still undiscovered by many people, or are limited to consuming in Manhattans or Negronis. While classics are always loveable, sipping vermouth as a standalone drink is widely underrated. This is why we’ve implemented our vermouth program at Wildhawk – to give guests the opportunity to explore and learn more about the different styles of rosso, bianco and ambre. Vermouths are complex and chock full of aromas – chamomile, coriander, juniper, gentian, saffron and wormwood, to name a few. It’s great to play around with the different styles when developing cocktails! We feature an array of vermouths to be enjoyed neat or on the rocks and a curated selection of cocktails that are vermouth-forward. It’s also an aromatized and fortified wine, which means it’s low in alcohol content so guests can easily throw a couple back!”Jacques Bezuidenhout, partner, Wildhawk & Forgery in San Francisco

For more tips on how to drink and mix vermouth, check out his handy User’s Guide on Star Chefs!

A Journey Through Mexico Pop-Up at BCMV

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Balboa Cafe Mill Valley (aka BCMV) is debuting a “Journey through Mexico” Pop-Up, highlighting regional flavors of Mexico that includes the Yucatan, Baja, Mexico City, and more. Forgery will be taking over the bar featuring bar stars Jacques Bezuidenhout, Ken Luciano  and Elizabeth Montana. Expect some Tequila and Mezcal flights, plus signature cocktails to pair with Howard’s Mexican-inspired menu.
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The restaurant will feature the pop-up menu exclusively on August 28th for dinner service from 5-10pm. To make a reservation, call 415.381.7321 or book online through OpenTable.

 


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Journey Through Mexico Pop-Up Menu

“Journey Through Mexico” Pop-Up Menu

JulyNewsletter_BonAppetiteAbout Howard Ko, Executive Chef Balboa Cafe Mill Valley
A renowned chef with a passion for innovative cuisine, Howard Ko is ideally suited to lead the culinary program at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley.  In his career to date, Ko has already worked at some of the industry’s most well-respected establishments – The Restaurant at Meadowood with Christopher Kostow, The French Laundry with Thomas Keller and in the kitchens of Goose & Gander in St. Helena, Melisse in Los Angeles, Hanilkwan in Osaka, and DB Bistro Moderne, Picholine and Daniel in New York.

Ko was raised in Koreatown in Los Angeles and fell in love with cooking at a very young age. After spending time in Los Angeles mastering the art of pastry making and baking, Ko traveled to New York to attend the Culinary Institute of America. As a student at the CIA, Ko assisted at Daniel on weekends to gain experience in the kitchen doing everything from peeling potatoes to cleaning mushrooms.

Making the move to Wine Country as Chef de Partie at The French Laundry in Yountville, Ko worked the line and focused on creating new dishes for the daily changing menu. From there he joined acclaimed chef Christopher Kostow at three-Michelin starred The Restaurant at Meadowood as Chef de Partie where he assisted at all stations and mentored the commis.

Ko accepted a position as chef de cuisine at his third Wine Country restaurant Goose & Gander off Main Street in St. Helena. As his final position before joining Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, Ko ran the kitchen and was responsible for putting a dramatic spin on the neighborhood eatery. Ko also introduced a shared plates concept, new flavors, and new techniques with the goal of bringing people together to taste different flavors.

As Executive Chef at Balboa Café Mill Valley, Ko will serve a seasonal menu with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients taking advantage of all Northern California has to offer. The menu will consist of market driven bistro classics with modern twists. Howard Ko lives in Napa with his fiancée, Wendy, and dog, Whiskey, and when he’s not in the kitchen, enjoys CrossFit and growing his eclectic collection of cookbooks.

 

Pets Get Pampered at PlumpJack!

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The Hideaway Carmel is the perfect place to soak up

dog-friendly Carmel-by-the-Sea with nearby beaches, downtown steps away and nearby hikes. Meanwhile, your pooch will appreciate all of the nice amenities, including a cozy bed, treats and their own water and food bowls.

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DogFriendly

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is a dog paradise with miles of hiking trails; nearby rivers and lakes; plus their own table in the bar where they can take in Happy Hour from 4-6pm.

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The Carneros Inn is perfect for the posh pet that likes the finer things and enjoys lounging in a bed of lavender or relaxing on the stoop of your private cottage.

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A Taste of Agave in the Sierra Mountains

Tequila TastingA Weekend Celebrating Tequila & Regional Mexican Inspired Cuisine
PlumpJack Cafe in Squaw Valley Inn has put together a weekend fit for Tequila and Mezcal lovers featuring Herradura, Del Maguey, Partida and more. Tequila ambassadors, chefs, barmen/women and guests all come together for three spirited events, kicking off with a Margarita Happy Hour in the PlumpJack Bar on Friday, October 13th-15th. From there the weekend only gets sweeter with a four-course culinary pairing on Saturday and then a Libation Creation with a little dash of history and more, on Sunday (see below for more info). For those who want to stay at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn to really get to experience the activities and scenery, plus the comfort of the Inn, you can book our package with rates starting at $810 (25% off for a three-night stay, plus all the great perks).

Package includes:

  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome amenity
  • Two drink tickets for our Happy Hour and Margarita Match Up (October 13th from 4pm to close)
  • Dinner for two for a four-course culinary pairing menu (October 14th, 6pm in the PlumpJack Cafe)
  • Essene of Agave tasting for two  – History & Modern Influence, Libation Creation (October 15th, 2-4pm in the PlumpJack Cafe)

*pricing excludes all taxes and gratuity. Package must be reserved for all three nights, October 13th-15th . Please call 1.800.323.ROOM now to reserve your package

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About Chef Jack Connell, Executive Chef, PlumpJack Cafe

In his role as Executive Chef at PlumpJack Cafe, Jack Connell focuses on a seasonal, New American culinary approach utilizing modern techniques. Jack started his culinary journey in Ocean City, Maryland where he worked in a kitchen the summer before graduating from Xavier University in Ohio. From there, his passion for food brought him to several notable restaurants over a span of seven years including some time in Chicago working under Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand at Tru and Paul Kahan at Blackbird who mentored him and made him realize he wanted to take his culinary skills to the next level. His wanderlust took him to Lake Tahoe where he had his first stint at PlumpJack Cafe as sous chef for three years and then he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park where he excelled among his peers and graduated with the highest cumulative GPA in his accelerated class. After the CIA, Jack went to Philadelphia where he worked with Certified Master Chef Oliver Andreini at the Merion Cricket Club.

The outdoors and the pull of Lake Tahoe kept calling to him and he decided to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the big cities to pursue his culinary roots back in Tahoe to work as Chef de Cuisine at Bistro 22 in the Village at Squaw and then for the newly opened Ritz-Carlton at North Star, before making his way back to PlumpJack Cafe as sous chef under Executive Chef Wyatt Dufresne. In the Spring of 2015, Jack was promoted to Executive Chef at PlumpJack Cafe where he and Chef de Cuisine Shawn Arney lead a strong team of talented chefs and cooks. Together they turn out some of the best food in all of North Lake Tahoe. Jack takes pride in working closely with several local farms in the Sierra foothills and in nearby Reno to source ingredients and also adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquariums seafood watch program. He is passionate about the outdoors and has several hobbies that fit into the Tahoe lifestyle including skiing, sailing, hiking, biking, and camping. He also enjoys music, lasers, thrift store shopping, antique bicycles, and his expansive cookbook collection.

PlumpJack Cafe’s Summer Winemaker Dinner

We are excited to partner with our sister wineries in the Napa Valley to pair beautiful wines from PlumpJack Winery and Cade Estate Winery with Chef Jack Connell’s tasting menu. Please call to make a reservation 530-583-1578 or make a reservation online.

Guests who stay get 25% off their room rate when they attend the dinner. BOOK NOW

winemaker dinner plumpjack cafeAbout Chef Jack Connell, Executive Chef, PlumpJack Cafe
In his role as Executive Chef at PlumpJack Cafe, Jack Connell focuses on a seasonal, New American culinary approach utilizing modern techniques. Jack started his culinary journey in Ocean City, Maryland where he worked in a kitchen the summer before graduating from Xavier University in Ohio. From there, his passion for food brought him to several notable restaurants over a span of seven years including some time in Chicago working under Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand at Tru and Paul Kahan at Blackbird who mentored him and made him realize he wanted to take his culinary skills to the next level. His wanderlust took him to Lake Tahoe where he had his first stint at PlumpJack Cafe as sous chef for three years and then he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park where he excelled among his peers and graduated with the highest cumulative GPA in his accelerated class. After the CIA, Jack went to Philadelphia where he worked with Certified Master Chef Oliver Andreini at the Merion Cricket Club.

The outdoors and the pull of Lake Tahoe kept calling to him and he decided to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the big cities to pursue his culinary roots back in Tahoe to work as Chef de Cuisine at Bistro 22 in the Village at Squaw and then for the newly opened Ritz-Carlton at North Star, before making his way back to PlumpJack Cafe as sous chef under

Executive Chef Wyatt Dufresne. In the Spring of 2015, Jack was promoted to Executive Chef at PlumpJack Cafe where he and Chef de Cuisine Shawn Arney lead a strong team of talented chefs and cooks. Together they turn out some of the best food in all of North Lake Tahoe. Jack takes pride in working closely with several local farms in the Sierra foothills and in nearby Reno to source ingredients and also adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquariums seafood watch program. He is passionate about the outdoors and has several hobbies that fit into the Tahoe lifestyle including skiing, sailing, hiking, biking, and camping. He also enjoys music, lasers, thrift store shopping, antique bicycles, and his

expansive cookbook collection.

 

 

 

 

Five Ways to Father’s Day

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  1. Fly Fishing Package at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn – okay, so maybe your guy isn’t a big fly fisherman, but he really enjoys the mountain air. You can always just book a stay and not the package, but the package does include instruction from Matt Heron Fly Fishing outfitter, plus a bottle of Cade Sauvignon Blanc, and a choice between fresh-baked pastries in your room before departure or a cheese platter to end your day with. LEARN MORE
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  2. The Modern Man Facial from the Spa at The Carneros Inn – There is a caveat to this, if you want to book this facial, which is totally amazing, you have to be a guest at The Carneros Inn. So that means the father in your life has to endure a stay at one of Napa’s premier resorts complete with two pools, three restaurants, bocce ball courts, 26 acres of beautiful landscape and more, plus. The facial perfectly caters to the needs of male skin and their daily rituals, the treatment provides vitality and enhanced energy while soothing irritation from shaving and moisturizing the skin for long-lasting results. Sounds like a fab Father’s Day, doesn’t it? THE SPA AT THE CARNEROS
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  3. A Golf Getaway in Carmel and a Stay at The Hideaway in Carmel – Venture to Carmel for some amazing golf and a stay at The Hideaway – book by June 30th and receive 25% off a 2-night stay – rates start at $199.
    Our favorite courses besides Pebble Beach:
    DEL MONTE Opened in 1897, Del Monte Golf Course is the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi.
    PACIFIC GROVE The most affordable golf experience on or near the Pacific Ocean. The entire back nine offers breathtaking views, and is adjacent to the famous 17 Mile Drive.
    BAYONET & BLACK HORSE Recent renovations have made the ‘must-play’ Monterey Peninsula layouts more scenic and a better overall test of golf.
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  4. The House Martini at Wildhawk Bar – For $25 you get two ice-cold delicious martinis in one lovely serving, because we all know the second Martini is always a little bit more amazing than the first. WILDHAWK
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  5. Dads like Cabs! – PlumpJack is known for their robust and beautiful cabs. We can’t really suggest one in particular so we’ll just say that all of the estate and reserve cabs from each of our wineries are worth a taste – Odette Estate, PlumpJack Winery, CADE Estate Winery

Conversations with Hilary: Robb McDaniels, Music Entrepreneur

robbandmaryann-england (2)Robb is one of the coolest people I know. I met Robb through YPO (Young Presidents Organization) nearly six years ago. At that time I had Maxwell and Sade on repeat in my CD player, and while I still love their music, Robb has shown me the light and expanded my playlist to include a varied mix of artists I would have never been exposed to if it weren’t for him.

He is the founder and former CEO of INgrooves Music Group, the leading global music distribution and marketing company, and recently he founded Faction, a technology-enabled talent management company that provides a suite of resources and infrastructure to help the creative community manage their artist’s businesses.

Not only is he a highly successful entrepreneur, but he is a terrific father, and a loyal friend who is  hilarious and always up for an adventure. I am honored to call him a dear friend!  Enjoy my conversations with Robb.

image1What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
I was going to ask whether you wanted to know my greatest personal or professional accomplishment, but quickly realized it all ties

back to the same thing. Early in my adult life, I decided that my goal in life was to positively impact as many people as possible through my work and relationships. My greatest accomplishment is my ongoing pursuit of this goal, which won’t end until this life comes to a close!


What qualities do you think others love about you?

I would like to think that the people around me in life love that I am generally happy, generous, dependable and willing to be unconventional and follow my own path. But maybe they just love that I can laugh at myself and the many jokes they all make at my expense.

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
Have a large farm or country house with a dog rescue facility.

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I am lucky enough to get to work in the music industry, so there are obvious perks of being able to see some of the most amazingly talented musicians up close and personal.  But it’s equally enjoyable to work with others who are so passionate about supporting the arts and the creative community.  It’s inspiring to me to see that passion at work every day.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Usually check my phone, although I am now trying to give myself a few moments to think about things I am grateful for and get myself in the right mindset for the day.

image3What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Given that I am out so much during the week for my job, I usually like to crack open a bottle of wine and cook a nice meal with my fiancée and/or two boys before watching a movie.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Sports, music and girls…and it took me a long time to grow up.

What are you passionate about now?
I am still growing up…but passionate just about one girl!  I also love my two boys, Declan and Owen, and am amazed at how fast they are growing up (much faster than me).

What’s your favorite season and why?
That’s a tough choice between winter (for skiing) and summer (for long days).  Skiing is my favorite activity to do in life; I live to ski.  But summer is just such a fun time of year, with the boys out of school and more available to do things and the long summer days leaving more time for outdoor fun.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
A shot of really good tequila.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
U2’s “A Beautiful Day”

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
My family.  It doesn’t happen enough. But I would ask them to invite Thomas Jefferson so I could ask him if it was OK for us to clarify the whole thing about the right to bare arms.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
The Rules Not Followed

Do you have any regrets?
I tend to correct or change anything I may have regretted in the past and therefore don’t dwell on it.  This is all just a learning experience so onwards and upwards!

Define Freedom.
Freedom is being able to love without fear and live without persecution.

What are your personal core values?
I value personal integrity, honesty, respect for others and seeing the best in people around me.

What three things would you bring with you on a desert Island?
My family, my music and an endless supply of Plumpjack wine!

Japanese Whisky & Izakaya Pop-Up at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley

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Japanese Whisky and Izakaya pop-up at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, May 18th.

Chef Howard Ko of Balboa Cafe Mill Valley has created an impressive Izakaya menu reminiscent of the traditional Izakayas that are popular in Japan. We are presenting an exciting line-up of Japanese Whiskys, including Yamazaki 18yr, Yamazaki 12yr, Hakushu 18yr, Hakushu 12yr, Hibiki Harmony, Nikka Pure Malt, plus some great sakes, and Japanese beers.

Details:
Wednesday, May 18th (5:30-10pm)
Balboa Cafe, Mill Valley

BMVIzakayaPopUpMenu_May2016 (2)About Howard Ko
A renowned chef with a passion for innovative cuisine, Howard Ko is ideally suited to lead the culinary program at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley. In his career to date, Ko has already worked at some of the industry’s most well-respected establishments – The Restaurant at Meadowood with Christopher Kostow, The French Laundry with Thomas Keller and in the kitchens of Goose & Gander in St. Helena, Melisse in Los Angeles, Hanilkwan in Osaka, and DB Bistro Moderne, Picholine and Daniel in New York.

Ko was raised in Koreatown in Los Angeles and fell

in love with cooking at a very young age. After spending time in Los Angeles mastering the art of pastry making and baking, Ko traveled to New York to attend the Culinary Institute of America. As a student at the CIA, Ko assisted at Daniel on weekends to gain experience in the kitchen doing everything from peeling potatoes to cleaning mushrooms.

Making the move to Wine Country as Chef de Partie at The French Laundry in Yountville, Ko worked the line and focused on creating new dishes for the daily changing menu. From there he joined acclaimed chef Christopher Kostow at three-Michelin starred The Restaurant at Meadowood as Chef de Partie where he assisted at all stations and mentored the commis.

Ko accepted a position as chef de cuisine at his third Wine Country restaurant Goose & Gander off Main Street in St. Helena. As his final position before joining Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, Ko ran the kitchen and was responsible for putting a dramatic spin on the neighborhood eatery. Ko also introduced a shared plates concept, new flavors, and new techniques with the goal of bringing people together to taste different flavors.

As Executive Chef at Balboa Café Mill Valley, Ko will serve a seasonal menu with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients taking advantage of all Northern California has to offer. The menu will consist of market driven bistro classics with modern twists. Howard Ko lives in Napa with his fiancée, Wendy, and dog, Whiskey, and when he’s not in the kitchen, enjoys CrossFit and growing his eclectic collection of cookbooks.