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Robert Parker Wine Advocate Scores for PlumpJack Wineries

The start of 2017 has been incredibly kind to our three wineries with the release of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate Northern California scores. We are thrilled to announce that the 2014 vintage turned out to be much better than expected, while the 2015 vintage is on par to be great, too. It is http://cialisfrance24.com quite exciting to be in the midst of a historic succession of spectacular vintages, and we honored to share that a few of our 2014 wines have earned top honors.

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Danielle Cyrot of Cade, Jeff Owens of Odette, Aaron Miller of PlumpJack Winery

Without further ado, please join us in congratulating our very talented Winemaker’s – Aaron Miller of PlumpJack Estate Winery in Oakville, Danielle Cyrot of CADE Estate Winery on Howell Mountain and Jeff Owens of Odette Estate Winery in Stags Leap District – on their fantastic work. Winemakers Aaron Miller and Jeff Owens each scored 98+ on their 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons, scoring in the top 10 of the recently released scores from Robert Parker.

Though we don’t define the success of our wines by the scores they receive, we are proud that they reinforce our commitment to crafting world-class Napa Valley Estate-driven wines.

To learn more about Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rating system and to check out all of our wine reviews, please follow the links below:

2014 PlumpJack Estate Winery Reviews
2014 CADE Estate Winery Reviews
2014 Odette Estate Winery Reviews

For questions regarding the prices, release schedules, or to secure your own allocation of these awarded wines, please contact winerymembership@plumpjack.com or call 707.224.7533.

Carmel Tastemaker: Shelly Mitchell Lynch, Carmel Realty Company

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Shelly is fourth generation Carmel. She definitely knows her way around and is well-versed on all of the great Carmel events that take place throughout the year. And if you decide that you’d like to have a place of your own in Carmel, Shelly is a great person to help you make that happen as she proudly continues the family tradition in the local real estate business which was established in 1913.

What do you believe to be Carmel’s hidden treasures that the locals mostly know about that you don’t mind sharing with visitors?

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GBG Boutique

For the outdoor enthusiasts, do you have any favorite hiking/biking trails or other outdoor “must see/do” recreation opportunities?

  • I am an avid hiker and my favorite hike is Soberanes or Garapata Ridge Trail. It’s an incredible trail, about a two hour hike that passes through cactus gardens, redwood forests, cross streams, up the face resplendent with wildflowers and poppies depending on the time of year, and ocean views to Big Sur all the way down the mountain. I never get sick of it, never. We are so lucky to live here. I love a good Big Sur hike and Snively’s at Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley is  another great steep hike for a workout where you can still have cell service if you need it (I know, sounds crazy and defeats the purpose, but sometimes a must).

Where do you go for a really great cocktail?

  • Without a doubt, I go to Grasings and have Ira mix up a New fashioned or a Natural.
  • The Bench at Pebble Beach Lodge has fire pits and a delicious drink called a Benchwarmer.
  • Outside Carmel, they have really unique craft cocktails at 1833 in Monterey in the old Stokes Adobe.

Carmel is known for putting on some really great events, what’s your favorite and why? For me, the Concours D’Elegance in August  is the most fun week of the year.  Many locals dislike the crowds that week, but I welcome it and love the excitement. It’s a great event for Carmel. Parties have become so extreme, from the Carmel Realty/Christie’s kickoff party after Cars on the Avenue to the Jet Center Party at the Monterey Jet Center to the historic races at Laguna Seca and the myriad of small private parties that week sponsored by the likes of Bentley, Bugatti, Rolls Royce and more. I also adore GourmetFest,  which is coming right up and founded by  David Fink and Relais et Chateaux, simply incredible food only rivaled by  the Tasting Tents during The Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival.

Someone visiting Carmel who wants to picnic on the beach, what are your suggestions, i.e. 1603-Carmel Cheese Shop-4 copywhat to pack, where to get picnic accoutrements, and which beach to go to.
Picnics on the beach area a must. River Beach is beautiful for a picnic but the water is not safe to swim so we opt for a to-go order from Cheese Shop or a 5th Street deli basket and then go to Carmel Beach. Always pack warm clothes  as when the sun goes down it can be cold. Good options for the beach are s’mores, wine, maybe a little cheese and charcuterie, what more do you need?

What do

you love most about living in Carmel?

Everything I listed, plus the beauty and sophistication of the town, plus the diversity of shops, galleries, restaurants, people, dogs, spas, outdoor activities – all against the a natural backdrop that visually changes every day – I never tire of it. I love my job of escorting people into the community and guiding them to discover all that this area has to offer and seeing some of the most beautiful real estate on the planet.

Carmel Tastemaker: Davika Weston of Weston Gallery


Davi is at the heart of the arts community in Carmel working for one of the oldest and most prominent art and photo galleries. She is a trusted tastemaker when it comes to the arts in Carmel and for family-friendly outings, as she has a young son.

What are your favorite kid-friendly activities to do in Carmel and the surrounding areas?

  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the entire world! When my son was very young, we would go on weekday mornings and virtually have the place to ourselves (so long as it wasn’t a holiday).
  • Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley is a great place to hike and ride bikes, and is literally our front yard so we are here often.
  • Soberanes Park for hiking and beach combing on the west side of Highway One has some of the best views of the Pacific I’ve ever seen.
  • Rent paddle boards and have lunch on Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey.
  • Carmel Beach is a favorite destination which is kid and dog friendly!
  • We also have so many kid-friendly restaurants which specialize in local, organic fare including Carmel Belle, La Balena, Luca, La Bicyclette, and L’Auberge.
  • Cottage Sweets on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea – it is like stepping back in time to sweet shops our parents used to frequent.

Where do you go for a really great cocktail?

  • Hyatt Carmel Highlands – can’t beat the view;
  • 1833 in Monterey has really fun signature cocktails;
  • Step back in time and go to Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch grab a lounge chair, and enjoy the view out to sea.
  • Mudaka is really fun late night as they often have a DJ or live music- ask for a clara con limón cocktail.
  • The Cypress Inn (co-owned by Doris Day) you can grab a drink or high-tea with your four legged friend!
  • Vesuvio rooftop bar is a popular spot for locals and they have heat lamps for when the fog rolls in.

For travelers who are enthusiastic about the arts, where would you tell them to go/do?

  • The Monterey Museum of Art is fantastic and offers two locations (La Mirada). They feature California artists and have a wonderful collection.
  • Simply walking around the streets of Carmel can be interesting as there are many galleries specializing in different genres and mediums.
  • The Center for Photographic Art puts on some great exhibitions.
  • The Sunset Center (Carmel) and Golden State Theater (Monterey) have wonderful acts from all over the globe.
  • The Pacific Repertory Theatre has some impressive local productions. For artists, the landscape is incomparable and whether you’re a Plein Air painter, author, poet, photographer, the landscape is the most beautiful and inspiring aspect of the Carmel art scene – it is a living, breathing canvas in itself! It brought my husband’s grandfather, Edward Weston, here in 1929 and Ansel Adams, who was a dear friend of our family, in 1962, and has been a mecca for photographers worldwide.

For all of those Instagram photo enthusiasts out there, what are the best photo worthy spots to take advantage of in Carmel and surrounding areas?

What do you love most about Carmel?
I love the small town vibe and that the end of our “Main Street”, Ocean Avenue, is the beginning of Carmel-Bach-Orchestrathe Pacific Ocean. Raising my child where such natural, wild beauty is his playground, is why we love living here. And while Carmel and the surrounding towns are small, the feel can be quite International with travelers from all over the world and wonderful events going on year-round like the AT&T Pro-Am, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Carmel Bach Festival, Big Sur Marathon, Concours d’Elegance, McCall’s Motorworks and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Carmel Tastemaker: Angolee Bodee, Stylist & Entrepreneur

Angolee is the owner of Oya Salon with her husband Brian. Along with managing the salon, she’s also active in the Carmel/Monterey community, as well as managing a household with two kids. She knows a lot about the fabric of Carmel and beyond. She has great tips on Monterey and Carmel Valley for those who like to venture out of Carmel during their stay.

What do you believe to be Carmel’s hidden treasures that the locals mostly know about, but you don’t mind sharing with visitors.

  • Big Sur and pretty much any spot there is magnificent.
  • Carmel Beach is just a short walk from town – great walking beach and is dog friendly, also walking along Scenic in Pebble Beach or driving along 17-Mile Drive is a must and then eating at the Bench in Pebble Beach.
  • For hiking, I love Garland

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    with its variety of landscapes and available hikes for different levels, making it great for the avid hiker or a more casual family hike. Afterwards, reward yourself with some wine tasting at one of the many wineries in Carmel Valley.

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activities to do in Carmel and the surrounding areas?

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Where do you go for a really great cocktail?
For fresh juice, I like Juice Bar: Good to Go and Carmel Belle. For cocktails, I go to Grazings, Barmel, Rooftop at Vesuvios, Il Fornaio, Lucas or any wine bar in Carmel.

What are your Carmel wardrobe essentials – how should people pack for a visit to Carmel?
Definitely wear layers. Pants, dresses with long or short boots, sweaters, light jackets.

Carmel is known for its charming town filled with shops, galleries, restaurants and cafés, what are some of your favorite spots?
Girl Boy Girl, Paloosh, Bay Company, Weston Gallery, Hat shop in Carmel, Foxy Couture, Thinker toys, Coast, Bay Company, Augustina Leathers, Eco Carmel, Fourtane, Star Child, Carmel Belle Restaurant, La Bicyclette Restaurant, Lucas Restaurant, Dametra Restaurant, Aw Shucks Restaurant, Little Napoli Restaurant, Casanovas Restaurant, Mundakas Restaurant, Roys or the Bench (MY FAVORITE FOR VIEW AND FOOD) in Pebble.

What do you love most about Carmel?
Its natural surroundings, peaceful, safe and clean. Love hiking, being outside, dog friendly, nice people, casual living.

 

 

Conversations with Hilary: Jacques Bezuidenhout, Bar Star

With the recent opening of Wildhawk, I found it fitting to feature the genius behind the cocktails, Jacques Bezuidenhout. A Johannesburg native, Jacques became captivated by the cocktail and spirits culture in London and then decided to take the great American bus adventure to discover the lay of the land. Thankfully for us, he found his favorite American city in San Francisco and officially planted roots here in 1997.

Jacques is a partner in both Wildhawk and Forgery, and is also a National Brand Ambassador for Partida Tequila and Campari. Both Jacques and partner Ken Luciano have worked extremely hard this past year to open two amazing bars, with one getting ready to celebrate it’s one year anniversary (Forgery) and the other celebrating its opening (Wildhawk), the future looks bright for our two bar stars.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?

Family and friends. My relationship with my family, friends and Alexis is my best accomplishment. Without any of them, nothing else really matters. I feel in that regard I have not accomplished as much as I can. I can always be a better friend, family member, son, father, brother or partner.

What qualities do you think others love about you?
I hope my passion, generosity and sometimes my jokes.

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
I wish I had the talents to be an Architect. I have always loved the talents and creativity of Architects. Designing something and then building it – Gaudy and Frank Gehry leave beautiful marks on this world.

What do you like most about what you do for a career?
The creativity and the people. I love the creative process about putting a bar idea

together and then the people you work with and the people you serve bring everything together and make it special.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Kiss Alexis good morning and then slowly try and figure out my first cup of coffee.

The Wildhawk bar team

The Wildhawk bar team

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
That could be many things. It could be something at home or out in a city. Usually involves either a cocktail or some food. I love our culture of food and liquids. Every day is a new adventure in food, wine and spirits.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Basketball. I wanted to be a professional basketball player in the NBA. I loved the process of constantly shooting a ball every day and going through the process of getting better and improving.

What are you passionate about now?
Food, spirits and worldly culture.

What’s your favorite season and why?
Fall. I grew up in constant beautiful summer in Johannesburg so never experienced fall until I moved, and I love it. I love fall on the East Coast. Leaves change. Food changes. Smells change. You start to feel that chill and smell wood smoke in the air.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
A Negroni. Maybe a little misunderstood, a little bitter, but full of complexity and fun at the same time. It’s the kind of cocktail that makes you happy at any part of the day.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Jay Z – Ain’t No love like the Heart of the City.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
I always go back to Nelson Mandela or Madiba as he is affectionately referred to back home. I would just love to connect with such a special person. Try and understand his Grace to humanity after everything he went through.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
I hope it’s a Will Farrel movie. Somewhere between Step Brothers, Semi-Pro and Other Guys, with a little sprinkle of the movie Cocktail and a small part of a River Runs Through It. So a little like a cocktail. Many small parts, all good.

Jacques behind the bar at Forgery

Jacques behind the bar at Forgery

Do you have any regrets?
Yes. I believe we all do but for the most part I am happy with my choices and decisions. I would say the biggest regret is not having more daily time with my Daughter or loved ones.

Define Freedom.
Freedom to me would be an open world of travel. No borders and an unlimited flight, hotel and food expense account.

What are your personal core values?
Love. Passion. Life.

What three things would you bring with you on a desert Island?
Alexis, Partida Reposado and Pasta Arrabiata and if I could smuggle a fourth then a few cases of great wine.

Conversations with Hilary: Executive Chef Howard Ko

This month I sat down with new friend and member of the PlumpJack family, Chef Howard Ko. We are so excited to have him on board as Executive Chef of Balboa Cafe Mill Valley. In his career to date, Howard has already worked at some of the 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 Daniel in New York.

Howard lives in Napa with his fiancée, Wendy, and dog, Whiskey. If you haven’t experienced Chef Ko’s food yet, you’re in for a treat. Howard takes bistro classics and adds his own modern twist. Locally sourcing his ingredients, and sometimes even foraging for them in the wilderness.

Bon Appetite Test Kitchen NYC with Chef Christopher Kostow & Chef Pancho (Restaurant at Meadowood)

Bon Appetite Test Kitchen NYC with Chef Christopher Kostow & Chef Pancho (Restaurant at Meadowood)

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Asking my fiancé Wendy to marry me. I never thought in a million years someone as wonderfully strong as her would agree to put up with my antics and this crazy adventure with me. We are getting married in August at San Francisco City Hall and am so excited!

What qualities do you think others love about you?
I think that I am understanding but stern at the same time. People know that I am fair and I think people are drawn to my work ethic, but also my sense of humor and lightheartedness.

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
I would own a barbershop. I spent a lot of my childhood at barbershops and I can do a killer fade. That was my side gig during my youth.

What do you like most about what you do for a career?
Making people happy. I never got into cooking just to feed people. I got into this career to create memories.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Hit the snooze button – ha, just kidding. Make it to CrossFit. I have to take care of my body due to the demands of the business. I either CrossFit, go to the gym or for a run, and I am getting into cycling now.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
I’ve been working on Friday nights ever since I can remember but on the rare occasion I do have one off I like to try out a new restaurant and probably watch a movie.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
To get better at my craft. Cooking was something I knew I was going to do since I was in the 6th grade. I’ve been trying to perfect it ever since.

What are you passionate about now?
I’ve been cooking for 10 years now homing in on the things I don’t understand and researching them. Not knowing how to do something really bothers me when it comes to cooking. I want to know everything there is to know about it. My cookbook collection is getting rather extensive.

What’s your favorite season and why?
Spring! It’s when everything starts to come back to life. All the vegetables and fruits are so beautiful. They really add so much to dishes.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Jameson neat. Nothing fancy. It’s a cook thing. Oh and chase it with a Chimay.

What’s the #1 most played song on your music rotation?
Right now it’s Billie Jean by Michael Jackson.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
My grandma who passed a while ago. At a young age she was the one who raised me and I felt I never appreciated that enough. I’d like to talk to her and get to know her and thank her.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Sacrifice

Do you have any regrets?
I think everyone does to some extent. I have a lot. I could have been better, I could have loved more, I could have worked harder, but then I could have sacrificed less and spent more time with family. It’s the nature of what I do and I do it because I love it.

Wendy and Howard in Napa

Wendy and Howard in Napa

Define Freedom.
Being able to cook the food I love and want, and to have the support of every guest that comes into my establishment.

What are your personal core values?
To always be kind and genuine. I will help anyone out who needs it and I want to leave a legacy. Like the memories that I am trying to create, something that outlives me, my restaurant, our company.

What three things would you bring with you on a desert Island?
My fiancé Wendy, our dog Whiskey and some beers. I am a simple man with simple needs.

The Carneros Inn Unveils $6.5 Million Renovation

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The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley gets ready to unveil first phase of $6.5 million renovation, which includes a new wedding venue, enhancements to the family pool, new guest reception area, and refreshed cottages. Expected timeline of completion is early spring.

“We’re constantly striving to provide our guests at The Carneros Inn with the highest quality amenities and premier accommodations in Napa Valley,” says Vice President of Resort Operations, Philip Kendall. “These renovations showcase our efforts to complement the region’s distinct charm and our unique countryside location, and ultimately, are a testament to our goal of staying current and fresh among our loyal consumer base.”

Designed by Napa-based firm Shopworks, the new Guest Reception building is relocated near FARM restaurant. Guests will be welcomed with a new porte-cochère, water feature, and modern outdoor seating. The guest reception’s interior design will be an extension of the property’s charming countryside appeal with white battened walls, a front desk made of walnut with Carrera marble top, oversized mirrors to reflect the surrounding scenery, fresh cut flowers, orange and white furniture, as well as limestone flooring. By June 2016, the former guest reception area near the Hilltop Dining Room will be converted into two 500-square-foot owners’ lounge and board meeting space.

The Wedding Garden, the property’s main outdoor wedding venue, will receive a $1 million renovation with significant enhancements that include a beautifully planted trellis, an opulent water feature, lavish exterior landscaping, as well as drought tolerant and heel friendly turf, all of which overlook the surrounding Napa Valley vineyards and mountains. On the other end of the 27-acre property, the Family Pool will add an elevated deck with a shade trellis, new luxury padded lounges and furniture, fresh paint, and lush landscaping.

Additionally, the property’s 86 cottages and 10 suites are undergoing more than $2.8 million in soft renovations. The first phase to 40 cottages will be completed in 2016, with the remaining cottages completed in 2017. Keeping in line with the existing sun-washed space, the cottages will receive a lighter and crisper neutral color palette, including charcoal grey, white, dark purple, and accents with the Carneros orange. Bathroom renovations will include new heated tile flooring, counter-tops, bathroom fixtures, and soaking tubs. The cottages will also receive contemporary furniture and lighting, as well as soft goods, such as bedding, drapes, and accessories. Lastly, the cottages will install new TVs and media packages. The Hilltop pool will also add stylish lounge seating and eight cabanas, and the onsite gym will receive new flooring later this year.

Book your stay today!

PlumpJack Does Easter Brunch Better than the Rest

PlumpJack does Easter Brunch better than the rest. With restaurants spanning from San Francisco and Marin to Napa and all the way up to the Sierra Mountains, you’re guaranteed a spot at the table. Enjoy the classics like the Balboa Huevos Rancheros or some upgrades on some classics, like PlumpJack Cafe’s Cinnamon Challah French Toast. See below for menus, links to make reservations and more.

FARM at The Carneros Inn
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Boon Fly Café at The Carneros Inn
Will be serving their regular brunch menus from 7am to 3pm
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Balboa Cafe San Francisco
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Balboa Café Mill Valley
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Join us on the upper pool patio for an Easter egg hunt at 11:00 am
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Jacques Bezuidenhout’s Favorite Classic Cocktails & Bar Essentials

In anticipation for the April opening of Wildhawk Bar, partner Jacques Bezuidenhout reveals his favorite classic cocktails and his essentials for his at-home bar.

What is your favorite cocktail to order at the bar when you go out?
I have three that I order regularly depending on what kind of bar I’m walking into. I cannot just have one. Generally a Negroni is one of my favorites, followed by a Margarita and a good Martini. For me, these three classics, if made well, will always put a smile on my face and make the days’ stresses disappear. They are timeless and very tasty!

Why are these your favorites when you’re out?
Most bars can make a Negroni, even if they don’t, they can be helped with a little direction. Then I love a great Margarita, but that really depends if the bar does fresh squeezed lime juice and if they carry quality Tequila. If that is the case, I will thoroughly enjoy a Margarita or two. Then lastly, I love a well-made Martini, I am very careful when ordering this cocktail. Most bars can make a good Martini, but few can make a great Martini. It is one of those drinks that require some passion and attention to detail. It can truly set the good bartenders from the great bartenders.

Jacques Bezuidenhout and Kenny Luciano of Forgery and upcoming Wildhawk Bar

Jacques Bezuidenhout and Kenny Luciano, partners in Forgery and upcoming Wildhawk Bar

What two things do you stock at your bar at home, that people don’t necessarily think to have or generally own?
A couple of things every home bar should have is a mixing glass and a home juicer. Get a nice mixing glass (Cocktail Kingdom), this will help you stir all sorts of great drinks from Martini’s to Manhattan’s. It is a great piece of equipment to have and looks great on your bar. Then always have a hand juicer for juicing limes, lemons or grapefruits. Do not ever, ever, ever buy pre-mixed citrus. The hand juicer ensures delightful fresh-squeezed juice, which makes for a much better cocktail experience. It takes a little extra effort but the pay-off is well worth it.

What do you think would make someone’s home bar a bit extra special?
For me it is not really a specific ingredient – I believe that is a very personal thing. If you love Gin then stock a great selection. Although, it is always handy to have a small selection of bitters and at the very least Angostura.

Conversations with Hilary: Hilary Newsom

decided to start the Conversations with Hilary series so I could feature incredibly interesting people that inspire me and who thought were making a positive impact in the community. The extraordinary people that I have been lucky enough to interview range from NFL superstars to actors, artists, musicians and philanthropists. After almost two years of this series and thousands of page views on the PlumpJack Blog, I feel honored with the response I have received from the audience. My favorite part is getting to know my friends a lot better as they thoughtfully consider the answers to my questions. It was only recently that it occurred to me that I had never done the exercise of answering the questions myself. If you know me, I am mostly an open book, but for those of you who want to know a little bit more about who I am and what I am passionate about, well then, here it is, my version of Conversations with Hilary, featuring ME!air max 90 premium

11118854_1400187450309965_4507302405805553387_nWhat do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
My daughters Talitha and Siena – they are growing into compassionate young ladies, who care about others in a genuine way. This is all I could ever hope for as a parent! And I am proud of my strong marriage to my husband Geoff Callan, one of the most loving and hilarious people I have ever known.new balance 996

Do you have a prized possession?
I have a Cartier “love bracelet” that belonged to my mom. She gave it to me to borrow when she was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. One of the best days for me was when I gave it back to her when she was in remission. Sadly, I have the bracelet back on, for good, since loosing my mom to cancer in 2002.

What qualities do you think others love about you?
I think people would say I am loyal and (mostly) kind! I think I am occasionally funny, but maybe that is just wishful thinking.womens nike free run

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If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
Philanthropy brings me great joy, so I would love to eventually run the PlumpJack Foundation. This will happen, I just need more time!
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What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I am in the business of making people happy. When I came to PlumpJack to work for my brother Gavin, I never imagined I would be here 19 years later and still having so much fun! What is there not to like about the world of hospitality.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Reflect on how many times my two toy poodles woke me during the night! Then revisit the very vivid dreams I had.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Have dinner at my best friend Lori Puccinelli Stern’s house. She is a great cook and throws a great dinner party!

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Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks with Hilary and Geoff at the PlumpJack LINK Classic

Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks with Hilary and Geoff at the PlumpJack LINK Classic

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Making people happy. My youngest daughter says that to me now- that she only wants to make people happy. I think that is something that has stayed with me over the years, my desire to be a people-pleaser.

What are you passionate about now?
Helping people, even if it’s one person at a time. Raising my daughters to be good citizens, loving my family and friends.

What’s your favorite season and why?
I love the fall. I love the cooler weather (I have great coats!) and that the holidays are right around the corner.

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Hilary, Geoff, Siena and Talitha

Hilary, Geoff, Siena and Talitha

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?
Can we consider my husband Geoff, and my daughters Tali and Siena items? Probably not, so I would take pallet of Teas’ Tea in Golden Oolong flavor, my iPhone for audiobooks and a really big solar light, as I am afraid of the dark!

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
The Hilary Gin and Tonic, that you can currently order at Forgery – although I mainly drink Cade Sauvignon Blanc and PlumpJack and Cade Cab’s.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? Anything performed by Eoin Harrington, I especially love his rendition of “Hallelujah.” I’m also a big  fan Pat Monahan of Train!

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Well considering Hillary Clinton was just in SF having “Conversations with Hillary” I was a little hurt she didn’t invite me, so looks like I will have to invite her!

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If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
“Chaordic”, the story of a happy life filled with organized Chaos. My husband would suggest, “Wonder Woman: The Unauthorized Biography of Hilary Newsom.”

Do you have any regrets?
That all I tried to do for my mom, it was not enough.

Define Freedom.
Physically: Feeling safe in your home, in your city, in your country.

What are your personal core values?
I value loyalty, approachability, and being compassionateabove all.