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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 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.


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.

Holiday Dining & Celebrating with PlumpJack

balboa-holiday-shoot-46It’s the most wonderful time of the year to spend with friends and family, whether for group dinners, intimate dining options, holiday Happy Hours with friends, and more. Our restaurants and bars are great locales for libations and dining, see below for details.

Balboa Cafe San Francisco
3199 Fillmore Street, San Francisco

Open 365 days a year, Balboa Cafe is a popular spot to gather during the holidays, especially for the holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Thanksgiving & Christmas VIEW MENU
12pm-2pm Limited menu including the Balboa Burger, sandwiches, salads & appetizers
2pm-8pm Reservation-only (415.921.3944) special holiday a la carte menu
Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day Regular business hours (11:30-2am)

Book a large group for dining at Balboa Cafe San Francisco – please call 415.921.3944 or email

160215_hangar_steak_low_res_09_0a9a3001-copyBalboa Cafe Mill Valley (BCMV) 38 MIller Drive, Mill Valley, CA
Located in the charming town of Mill Valley just a quick drive over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, BCMV features creative holiday menus by Chef Howard Ko
Thanksgiving 2pm-8pm Reservations Strongly RecommendedVIEW MENU
Christmas Eve Brunch from 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-11pm*
Christmas CLOSED
New Year’s Eve Brunch from 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-11pm*
New Year’s Day Brunch from 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-10pm*
*No Happy Hour

PlumpJack Cafe at Squaw Valley Inn
The perfect location to celebrate the winter holidays with festive meals surrounded by family and friends. Celebrate the 10 Days of Christmas with a special holiday-themed menu offered around the holidays. Make reservations online or call 530-583-1578
Thanksgiving CLOSED
Christmas Eve
5pm – 9:30pm
5:30 – 9:30pm
New Year’s Eve
5:00pm – 11pm
New Year’s Day
5:30 – 9:30pm

For private dining inquiries for large groups, go to plumpjacksquawvalleyinn.com

Cheers it’s the Holidays!
For fanciful libations to celebrate the spirit of the holidays, pop into one of PlumpJack’s three bars MatrixFillmore, Forgery, Wildhawk.
forgery-manhattanForgery Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving & Day After CLOSED
December 23rd – 26th CLOSED
New Year’s Eve OPEN – Forgery & VERSO Nightclub
to operate as one venue (Entertainment and Offerings to be announced in November – go to VERSOSF.com to stay updated or follow on social media @verso_sf)
New Year’s Day CLOSED

Wildhawk Bar Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving CLOSED
December 25th – 27th CLOSED
New Year’s Day CLOSED

VERSO: Behind the Scenes

Get to know the man behind the music – Entertainment Director Jared Forkner. Find out what attracted him to the music industry, what he listens to and what to expect with VERSO in the upcoming months.

What inspired you to pursue a life long career in music?
I’ve always been a avid fan of music and took guitar/drum lessons as a child. I began DJing at 14 and in the late 90’s I started dabbling in music production. While I was in college, I started playing lots of the parties in Boulder, Colorado. After moving back to the Bay Area in 2003 I started playing at clubs and raves. My biggest break came while waiting tables at the Balboa Cafe San Francisco when I began to play weekly at MATRIXFILLMORE . I eventually linked up with Trevor Simpson, who was then on Energy 92.7 and began working with him in the studio which was when things really started moving. I got to remix loads of artists and held residences at Ruby Skye, 1015 Folsom and regularly playing at Vessel, The Endup, etc.
What do you love about VERSO as a music venue?
I had a moment recently that really hit home. Folks come to VERSO to hear new fresh music. It’s an amazing and refreshing difference from the normal Jukebox expectations from normal ‘clubs.’ I believe this is the biggest difference between a music venue and a normal club.

Who are some of your favorite artists?
So many great ones right now – Noisia, Chris Lorenzo, Skapes, Low Steppa, the entire Dirtybird Family, Shift K3y, Gorgon City, Icicle, Mat Zo, Calibre, Jakwob, MJ Cole, Taiki Nulight, Weiss, June Miller, Etherwood, Joe Ford, AC Slater & the entire Night Bass crew, My Nu Lengo!

What’s on tap with VERSO’s music lineup?
We’re going to be focusing more on curated events and also featuring some of the best talent in the world for House, Techno, Trance and more. In the fall we will continue to expand our programming to other genres of electronic music and eventually live music as well. View the calendar here

Why VERSO over other clubs in San Francisco?
Verso is special because we do things from the heart. Both Rico (Marketing Director) and myself are DJ’s and lovers of music. Having DJ’d for 20 years, as well as being a working musician and engineer, I know what the artists expect and what the guest wants. We genuinely want the artists and our guests to have an experience that makes them feel right at home and comfortable. It’s all about having a great relationship and meeting new like minded people in a great environment.
If you’ve never been to VERSO, what should you expect on your first visit?
It’s a gorgeous and expansive venue with great sound with a warehouse feel. What they don’t know is that the team behind it is devoted to creating the best venue we can. A refined selection of artists. We’re not the normal ‘club,’ but a venue by the people for the peopl

What has been the most memorable music night at VERSO since its opening?
March 25th with Chris Lorenzo (Dirtybird / Nightbass) & Shift K3y (Colombia Records). Two artists that I love and respect dearly got to play back to back and the night was truly magical. A close second would be Tiesto, when we had him out during Super Bowl 50 weekend. I used to play his records 15 years ago.
What about private events?
I can honestly say that VERSO is one of the best event venues in San Francisco for both social and corporate events. The venue is designed to be equally functional and comfortable with a smaller or larger group, and can accommodate up to 400+ guests. Our director of events, Ashley Guillory is passionate about making sure her clients have the best experience.

1525 Mission St. at 11th
San Francisco, CA

Conversations with Hilary: TV & Radio Personality, Liam Mayclem

Photography by Rick Camargo

Photography by Rick Camargo

From the moment I met Liam, I knew I had a friend for life. He is extremely charming, hilarious, kind, loyal, philanthropic and loved across the San Francisco Bay Area. Most people will recognize Liam as the Emmy Award winning radio & TV personality and CBS San Francisco’s very own “Foodie Chap.” To me, he is simply an amazing friend and one of the most generous I know.

Liam and I both share a passion for fundraising and philanthropy. I have been lucky enough to have Liam be our auctioneer for our Annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic, which is going into its 17th year. He resides over more than 20 charity auctions a year and has helped raise millions of dollars for Bay Area charities & schools. I am honored to have him as my subject for this month’s Coversations.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
I am proud of three things!
1. My 10 year relationship with my partner and best pal Rick Camargo. I wondered if anyone would ever want to grow old with me? He appears to be…but of course HE is NOT growing old – I am.
2. I am proud of my friendships. They have endured through the years. I love being able to look at a pal and say “twenty years ago do you recall when?” I am a sentimental fart. I treasure friendships immensely.
3. I shed 35 pounds this year and have managed to keep it off. I am proud of that. I took charge of my health by eating right and exercising regularly. Not an easy task when you are the “foodie chap” and one eats and drinks for a living. The key to my weight loss: drink three nights a week instead of eight, push aside the carbs, work out in the morning before you do ANYTHING else and at night, run to bed early instead of to the fridge for snacks.

Do you have a prized possession?
A photo of my brother Rory and my mother who passed in 1998. I was two and my brother five in the photograph. It’s one of just a few that I have of me as a wee one.

What qualities do you think others love about you?
I show up, sometimes too much. Often briefly, but I always show up.

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
I always dreamed early on that I might be an actor. The next Peter O’Toole or Michael Caine. There is still time – no?

What do you like most about what you do for a career?
I love that every day is different as a radio/TV/event host. There is never a dull moment. I am always on the move. This week alone: filming commercial spots for PEETS coffee; today I have a voiceover session for Infiniti of SF; later taping at Oakland Zoo; Sunday a Christmas tree lighting in Half Moon Bay; and three charity events to host, too ….and that’s just half of it. Next week I venture off to India to film a week of travel pieces for CBS-TV – so never an opportunity to get bored. Every day brings new adventure. Did I mention I am also about to launch a 10 day cruise with CRYSTAL CRUISES and my pal Chef Hubert Keller!!? See, life is one non-stop, fun filled adventure!!

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
“Get out of my head, feet on the floor, out of my bed, embrace the day ahead and RUN or drive to the gym”.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Ideally a date night with my partner Rick, preferably at home, cooking and watching a mindless movie; however, most Fridays I am hosting or auctioneering at a Bay Area charity event.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
I loved to sing and act. I was in all the school plays. Acting was in my young bones. I was a radio nut, too, and listened to much pop radio. BBC radio 1 was my favorite to hear “Top of the pops”! My first job was in radio. At Age 16 I read the cricket scores on County Sound Radio in Surrey.

What are you passionate about now?
I still enjoy radio. I love Terry Gross on NPR and enjoy listening to BBC WORLD SERVICE. I am also a passionate fundraiser. I work with a dozen or more Bay Area charities and get a real thrill playing auctioneer. Nothing feels better than for example, at a recent fundraiser for Operation Smile saying: “Together we raised a quarter million dollars and gave a thousand children the possibility of a smile.” That’s powerful. That is my passion -fundraising and igniting that innate giving spirit in others.

What’s your favorite season and why?
I enjoy September and October here in the Bay Area- our Indian Summer. The vineyards in wine country turn a patchwork quilt of colors. A pretty scene to drive through, and in San Francisco – my home and heart – it’s warm. It finally feels like Summer.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?
My iPhone to stay connected, sun lotion so I don’t burn, and a book titled “how to survive on a desert island.”

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
The Queen Mother (Bombay sapphire, rouge, king’s ginger & lemon bitters). Why this? Because everyone loves the Queen Mum.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah”

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
May I have a few guests? Oscar Wilde for his wit, Robin Williams for laughs, Sting for the music, Marilyn Monroe to share secrets and Julia Child for the cooking.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
New Tales of the City by Liam Mayclem and how Armistead Maupin became a friend along the way.

Do you have any regrets?
Not today.

Define Freedom.
Being here in my hometown San Francisco and strolling down the street with my partner Rick arm-in-arm (we are not very handsy) without fear of being verbally or physically abused. And not worrying about what the neighbors think.

What are your personal core values?
Be honest. Be faithful. Be here.




Be in the Know: Upcoming PlumpJack Events

Date: Thursday, Oct 22nd
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 3138 Fillmore St at Greenwich

Join PlumpJack Wine & Spirits –  Marina location and enjoy six styles of French Champagnes from Demi-Sec to Tête de Cuvée. Each champagne to be paired with a different cheese from
Marin French Cheese Company and Laura Chenel.


Elevate your ski wardrobe in anticipation for an epic El Nino winter! PlumpJackSport at the village at Squaw Valley, is brining the hottest winter styles to the city! Our winter ski wear and technical line includes some of the most stylish pieces that are exclusive to a handful of outfitters in the North Lake Tahoe area. Get ahead of the season and purchase all your ski wear, après wear and accessories before you hit the mountain this winter! You wont want to miss this amazing sale!

Date: Saturday, October 24th
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 3138 Fillmore Street at Greenwich

Designers featured at the sale: Kjus, Fire & Ice, Spyder
Helly HansenGiroSmithAnonBogner and Orage


Bring in a gently used coat benefitting One Warm Coat
and receive an additional 10% OFF your purchase.

Date: Wednesday, November 11th
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 3138 Fillmore St at Greenwich

Join winemakers Danielle Cyrot (CADE Estate, Howell Mountain), Jeff Owens (Odette Estate, Stags Leap) and Aaron Miller (PlumpJack Winery, Oakville) and for a ‘Tour de Terroir’ 

Enjoy flights that celebrate the subtle nuances between these unique Napa Valley appellations, all while receiving intimate access to our talented winemakers who will guide you through the tasting, as well as answer questions about the AVAs, the wines and the winemaking process.


The People of PlumpJack: Jared Forkner

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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

Conversations with Hilary: Justin Fichelson

This month I was able to connect with an old friend and previous PlumpJack employee, Justin Fichelson. Born and raised in San Francisco, Justin decided to pursue his lifelong passion for real estate and architecture after graduating from the University of San Francisco and is currently one of the featured realtors on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, San Francisco..

If you know me, you know I am passionate about philanthropy and have been since I was very young. I am so proud that Justin has also found his passion in philanthropy at a young age with his deep involvement in the San Francisco arts community. He is a founding board member and current treasurer of the Exploratorium Lab, which raises money for the San Francisco Exploratorium, one of the world’s top interactive science museums. Justin is also a member of the Junior Committee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, and previously served as a board member of the SF Symphony Symphonix. You may think you know Justin from his appearance on Million Dollar Listing, but after reading this month’s Conversations with Hilary, you’ll get to know him a little better.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Building a successful career and having the honor of ringing the opening bell of the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Do you have a prized possession?
An original photo by rock photographer Jim Marshall of Keith Richards playing his guitar. Jim was my neighbor while growing up in San Francisco.

What qualities do you think others love about you?
I’m genuine, honest, and I, “think different,’ as Apple says.

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
I would be an historian or a politician.

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I’m a people person and I love architecture and design and the two go hand-in-hand in real estate. Real estate is also a very entrepreneurial type of career in that you are essentially self-employed and running your own business. I also love finding the perfect home for my clients.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Check and respond to emails that I received over night.

Justin with Andy Cohen

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Meet for a drink at Balboa Cafe and see a classic film at the Castro theater.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Politics and entrepreneurship. I always wanted to invest in real estate and I wanted to run for office. I’ve also always been passionate about history.

What are you passionate about now?
Doing real estate, traveling, politics and history.

What’s your favorite season and why?
Spring because the weather is just starting to warm up and excitement builds in anticipation of summer!

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?
A water filter, a survival guide and my green pants.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Negroni. Classic and not trendy.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking by the Rolling Stones.

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

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

Do you have any regrets?
It would have been great to study abroad.

What are your personal core values?
Honesty; ethics; loyalty to friends, family and clients. Working hard and finding time to give back in some way.

Define Freedom.
Freedom for me is the ability to decide how I spend my time everyday.












Conversations with Hilary: Daniel Lurie

This month I have the honor of featuring someone I admire immensely, Daniel Lurie, the founder of Tipping Point Community. Philanthropy is a big part of my life and I admire Daniel and his mission to eradicate poverty in the Bay Area. Tipping Point raises money to support Bay Area nonprofits focused on improving the lives of those in poverty through employment, education, housing, and wellness initiatives. Since 2005, they have raised more than $80 million to support nearly 365,000 people in need. I love that Daniel saw a need for immediate action, and took it on with such passion and focus.

1. What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Marrying my wife, Becca Prowda. And starting Tipping Point Community in 2005.

2. If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
With my work at Tipping Point and with the Super Bowl 50 Host committee, I have two great roles. I wouldn’t change it.

3. What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
My job allows me to interact and learn from the best leaders in the non-profit and business world.

4. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
It’s not usually up to me. Either my four-year-old daughter has woken me up or I go to get my giggling one-year-old son from bed. It’s usually pretty cute, except when it’s really early.

5. What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Hang with my wife at home and watch a movie.

6. What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
I always had the urge to want to make a difference, but I didn’t know how. And sports, I’ve always loved playing and watching sports. I still do.

7. What are you passionate about now?
The San Francisco Bay Area. We are living during a historical time. There is so much exciting innovation and progress happening, but there are still a million people here struggling just to survive. If we don’t take care of our neighbors I wonder how history will actually remember us. I am excited to help make this a time we look back on with pride.

8. What’s your favorite season and why?
I grew up in the San Francisco so I feel like that’s a tough one to answer. Probably fall because San Francisco’s weather is at its best!

9. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?
Honest answer: a cell phone with service to get me off the island. Otherwise, a great spy novel, some beers, and a surfboard. I am terrible surfer, so it would give me a chance to learn without anyone watching.

10. If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be? 
A good tequila on the rocks with a little lime juice.

11. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
I listen to Murph and Mac on KNBR 680 religiously. And ever since Prince played a Tipping Point concert last year at The Fillmore, he’s been at the top of my list.

12. If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Franklin D. Roosevelt. His leadership during this country’s most challenging time is without equal. I would have loved to see his optimism up close.

13. If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
I would go see any other movie (even Sharknado 3), before going to see my life story on the big screen.

14. Do you have any regrets?
I’ve been given so many opportunities and have taken advantage of them to the best of my abilities.

15. Define Freedom.
That everyone regardless of the zip code they are born into has an opportunity to have a great education, access to high-quality health care and the chance to chase their dreams.

16. What are your personal core values?
Service, respect, and humility.



Cocktail Club Tasting Notes: June 2015

Bloody mary

PlumpJack Wine & Spirits brings you this month’s cocktail club tasting notes, featuring Seven Stills and McVicker Pickles. June marks the beginning of summer. With longer days, abundant sunshine and a bounty of fresh produce it doesn’t get much better than summer. Summer also means the arrival of fresh tomatoes into the markets, and we can’t think of a more useful way to celebrate than with Bloody Marys! The products featured this month are made by local San Francisco producers, Seven Stills and McVicker Pickles and contain everything you need to create an instantly delicious Bloody Mary.

PlumpJack Wine & Spirits

Image from @sevenstills via instagram

Seven Stills was officially founded by Tim Obert and Clint Potter in January of 2013.  It began as a conversation over drinks at Dobbs Ferry in early 2012. Clint had explained the process of distillation and how whiskey is traditionally made from a low quality beer.  Tim, an avid homebrewer thought, “Why don’t we buy a still and see what happens if we distill my homebrews?” They spent the next year creating over 30 different whiskeys before realizing the results were too incredible to squander. They decided to start a company specializing in whiskeys made from craft beers.

They chose to name their brand Seven Stills, after the seven hills of San Francisco. In order to get up and running they launched a vodka line, produced on Treasure Island at Treasure Island Distillery. The vodka provides an easy canvas for mixing and sipping alike. Ever since they launched their vodka line we’ve talked about a feature with Bloody Marys in the cocktail club, so we’re excited for this release. The packaging you see here is brand new, this batch bottling hot off the press (still).

Born and raised in Kansas, Kelly McVicker learned all about pickling and canning from her grandmothers, Margarett and Harriet. When she moved to San Francisco she brought her family tradition with her, and soon found herself haggling over boxes of cucumbers at the farmers market. In 2012, Kelly launched McVicker Pickles, after winning first place in three categories at the 2012 Eat Real Festival in Oakland. Kelly launched McVicker Pickles to bring her love for canning and pickling to the masses, creating updated versions of her family classics. She also teaches pickling classes at Workshop in San Francisco.

Canning Classes with McVicker Pickler

After taking a pickling class at Workshop late last year, we got inspired to collaborate with Kelly and feature her pickles as accompaniments to a Bloody Mary themed cocktail club selection. When we approached her about the pickles, Kelly mentioned that she, along with friend Gillian Fitzgerald (of Virgil’s Sea Room) could create a shelf stable Bloody Mix come tomato season. This Bloody Mary mix has evolved over time with lots of experimentation and tinkering. Super accessible, the mix is a little bit spicy, a little bit briny. After McVicker unloaded 20-30 jars at the Maker Faire in San Mateo a couple weeks ago, Proud Mary Mix was officially born.

Conversations with Hilary: Tanya Peterson

Hilary talks with her friend, the Executive Director of the San Francisco Zoo, Tanya Peterson. Tanya came to the Zoo at a time of crisis and has worked on changing perceptions about the San Francisco Zoo. In this Conversations with Hilary, Tanya shows her true colors as a caring women doing extraordinary things.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Becoming a Zoo Director

Do you have a prized possession?
My children and my Vizsla (dog)

What qualities do you think others love about you?
Integrity, work ethic and humor

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
While my children are still young, I think about being a full-time mother

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
Working with a sense of purpose and with others who share the same passion

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Hug my dog (and she usually wakes me up in the morning, too)

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Having dinner at home and cooked by my husband (he is a good cook!)

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
The law and journalism because I saw them as ways to make a difference

What are you passionate about now?
Conservation of earth’s wildlife

What’s your favorite season and why?
The Fall in San Francisco — just can’t be beat

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you
Photos of my children, a journal and an expresso machine

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Martini with a twist

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Chris Isaak’s “San Francisco Days”

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Lunch with Dr. Jane Goodall

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Something like, “How I Tried to Save a Zoo”

Do you have any regrets?
Not visiting Africa

Define freedom?
Having a choice.

What are your personal core values?
Respecting all and achieving balance.