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Conversations with Hilary: Academy-Award Winner, Blye Faust

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Blye Faust with husband Aaron Faust at the Golden Globe Awards 2016

Blye Faust, Award-Winning Film Producer & Interior Designer
After a brief hiatus from Conversations with Hilary (lots of fun projects to be announced), I am back, and excited to feature my friend, the talented and dynamic, Blye Faust. Blye is not only the mother of two young boys and the wife of my friend Aaron Faust; she is a former entertainment lawyer, an accomplished interior designer, and maybe most impressive of all, is her role as Executive Producer of the award winning film, Spotlight (2016 Academy Award winner for Best Picture). This powerful film is not to be missed, if you have not seen it, please put it on your list of films to watch.

Blye is gracious and funny, and as always, I so enjoy getting to know the people that I admire even better through Conversations with Hilary. I hope you love this “Conversations” as much as I loved the interview. Blye’s true spirit really shines in these simple and straightforward answers.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment? 
My dudes (otherwise known as my family).

What qualities do you think others love about you? 
Reliable and steady to a fault; you will find no drama here!

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
An author with something to say.

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career? 
I get to pursue my passion and tell stories about people who inspire me on a daily basis.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? 
Check my email (I wish it wasn’t so, but it’s true).

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Blye Faust’s husband Aaron with their two boys

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Hang out with my family after a long week.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Horses & books.

What are you passionate about now?
Telling stories.

What’s your favorite season and why? 
Summer and all its possibilities; there is a freedom and carefree nature to it all that doesn’t come with the others.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Classic martini.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? 
Hamilton soundtrack.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? 
Queen Elizabeth I.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Good To Be Here

Do you have any regrets? 
Never having officially lived in New York City for a period of time.

Define Freedom. 
The ability to share the truth without fear of repercussion.

What are your personal core values? 
Have fun, be kind, work hard, and think outside the box.

What three things would you bring with you on a desert Island? 
My two boys and my husband – surely the four of us together can figure out a way off…and have a few laughs in the process!

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Blye & Aaron Faust with their son.

Keep up with Blye on her blog ispybyblye.com

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!

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.

Balboa Cafe Mill Valley Announces New Exec Chef Howard Ko

Balboa Cafe Mill Valley Announces New Executive Chef Howard Ko
Critically Acclaimed Chef Brings Impressive Culinary Background,
Local and Seasonal Focus to New Role

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MILL VALLEY, Calif. – PlumpJack is excited to announce the appointment of Howard Ko to the position of executive chef at the Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, known for classic American bistro cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  Ko has worked at some of the most critically acclaimed culinary establishments in the United States, including The Restaurant at Meadowood with Christopher Kostow and The French Laundry with Thomas Keller, as well as Goose & Gander in St. Helena, Melisse in Los Angeles, Hanilkwan in Osaka, and DB Bistro Moderne, Picholine and Daniel in New York.
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“It is a privilege to welcome distinguished Chef Ko to the Balboa Cafe Mill Valley,” said Hilary Newsom.  “He brings a wealth of knowledge having worked at award-winning restaurants across the country and around the world, and we’re thrilled to bring his expertise to the restaurant’s culinary program.”
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Ko began his career in Los Angeles, mastering the art of pastry making and baking before relocating 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 in St. Helena, where he 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.nike free runners

As executive chef at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, Ko will serve a seasonal menu with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, taking advantage of all that Northern California has to offer.  The menu will consist of market-driven bistro classics with modern twists.

Balboa Cafe Mill Valley is located at 38 Miller Avenue in the historic downtown Mill Valley.  For more information, please visit www.BalboaCafe.com.  For more information about The PlumpJack Group, please visit www.PlumpJack.com.air jordan xiii

 

The People of PlumpJack: Jared Forkner


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Featured this week on The People of PlumpJack is Jared Forkner, Entertainment Director at MATRIXFILLMORE. Jared has been with the PlumpJack family for more than 10 years and got his start in 2005 waiting tables at Balboa Cafe San Francisco. Just a year later he began DJing at MATRIXFILLMORE and now manages the club’s entertainment. Extremely passionate about Electronic Dance Music, Jared helped create the blog Dancing Astronaut, which is considered to be one of the biggest ‘EDM’ blogs in the world.
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Originally from Malibu and Santa Barbara, he attended boarding school in Indiana at Culver Academies. Little did he know Jared had a PlumpJack connection early on in life. During his sophomore year he roomed with, now former Chef at Balboa Mill Valley, Dave Wasemsmall world, right?

When he’s not working you can find Jared in his hometown of Fairfax, mountain biking, ghost producing music for Bay Area DJ’s and working on special projects with Dolby Labs.


“I love working for a company that takes care of it’s employees. I’ve had the opportunity to grow and learn and it’s really meant a lot to me.”
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1. What would your last meal be?
My families lamb recipe for sure!

2. What is the best advice you have ever received?
First you give them what they want, then you can give them what you want.” – The Big Night. This quote has remained relevant for me in all avenues of my career.

3. What is the last thing you googled?
Resetting PRAM Macpro 3,1

4. What is your personal mantra?
Follow your heart and be good to others.

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Jared DJing in 2001

Jared DJing in 2001

5. If you could travel back to any one point in time what would it be?
Tough question! Maybe I’d go back and tell my parents and ‘childhood me’ to FORCE me to play piano. Aside from that personal history I’d really like to go back and watch Nikola Tesla work. His mind was so far ahead of his time.
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6. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
Maybe the days leading up to the end of the dinosaurs. I would love to see how the world looked and the shape of the continents back then.

7. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to be able to really play piano. I understand it decently but would love to play well.

8. What was the last gift you gave someone?
I gave my wife some earbuds last week.new balance mens tennis shoes

9. If they made a film of your life what star would you like to play you?
Paul Rudd. A buddy says I look like him.

10. If today was the last day of your life, how would you spend it?
I would work on music, have dinner with my family and then walk up the hill behind my house and
watch the sun set at a place that I want to have my ashes spread.air jordan all models

“Jared is a wonderful asset to the MatrixFillmore team, as his entertainment and music knowledge have helped excel our Events Department and service our clientele with all relative and pertinent information. He is always offering to assist in any way possible and is dedicated to the success and growth of our company.”
– Ashley Guillory, Director of Events at The PlumpJack Group