Cocktail Recipe: The Montauk Riding Club

A Cocktail Recipe called The Montauk Riding Club, created by the Bluestem Brasserie in San Francisco.

Filmed for the television series, TASTEABLE CALIFORNIA

TASTE AWARDS select San Francisco as New Location


The TASTE AWARDS Committee is pleased to announce that the 7th Annual TASTE AWARDS will take place on February 11, 2016 in San Francisco.

As part of its long term concept, the awards rotate regularly between Hollywood and San Francisco, with the next event planned in the City by the Bay.

The TASTE AWARDS are the premier awards show celebrating the year’s best in Food, Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, and on Radio. With its strong leading-edge culture of both culinary and technological innovation, the Bay Area community is embracing the event with open arms.

“San Francisco is a perfect location for an awards show that combines food and technology,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel.

The Annual Awards have included appearances by stars, celebrities, producers and executives from networks and platforms such as the Food Network, Bravo, the Cooking Channel, TLC, Discovery, Lifetime, E! Entertainment Television, PBS, NBC, ABC, the CW, HGTV, the Travel Channel, HD Net, Hulu, YouTube, Sony Pictures, Esquire Network, Spike TV, Vimeo, iHeart Radio, Vice, Bio / FYI Channel, Dreamworks and more.

Says Dr. Theresa Watts of awards partner Ferrara Flame, “We are honored to once again be one of the proud sponsors of this amazing event. As the Taste Awards is an excellent salute to experts in food, wine, fine dining, innovation and fashion, San Francisco, a city that embraces all things elegant, high class, avant-garde and leading-edge, is the perfect place for such a wonderful awards show.”

In addition to the new date and location, the awards will also include the 2nd MEDIA TASTEMAKERS SUMMIT. The Summit is a one-of-its-kind gathering of Digital Media, Traditional Media, Online Video, Web producers, Platforms, Apps and Startups specifically focused on the lucrative & highly influential Lifestyle categories of Food & Wine, Fashion, Design & Travel.

“The San Francisco Bay Area is a pioneering food region and home to many talented artists and designers, making it the perfect fit to host the annual TASTE AWARDS,” commented Stacy Jed, Owner, Bluestem Brasserie. “The city has always provided a sense of innovation and expressive freedom which goes hand-in-hand with the awards that celebrate leading achievements in film, video and online content.”

Adds Television Host, Restaurateur and Cookbook Author Joanne Weir, “With extraordinary food and incomparable wines, what better place to hold the TASTE AWARDS than in San Francisco.”

Current sponsors and partners for the star-studded event include Ferrara Flames, TasteTV, Intermezzo Magazine, Cuisine Noir Magazine, SIP For the Love of Drink, Schiltz Farm’s roast goose, R&B Cellars, PR Newswire, SIXTY Beverly Hills, Clubcard Printing, R & J Toffees Dark Almond Toffee, En Voyage Perfumes, Cognoscenti, L’Aromatica Perfume, La Fleur by Livvy, Thorn & Bloom Perfume, Patagonia Provisions, Jim’s Jarhead Jerky, Fusion Jerky,, and more.

A full list of previous Award Winners, Honorees, and Nominees, plus event photos and coverage, can be seen on the site,

The Lamb Jam adds a Summer Picnic Party to its Culinary Recipe

general's residence, fort mason

general’s residence, fort mason


Recently San Francisco hosted the 5th Annual Lamb Jam, a national event produced by the American Lamb Board. The event spotlighted a number of local restaurants and their signature lamb-based dishes for the enjoyment of lovers of the meat.

IMG_4991This year the Jam was also part of the Eat Drink SF food festival, which was just rebranded from the former title, “SF Chefs.”

Unlike in previous years, this time the Lamb Jam took place at a new venue, the General’s Residence at the Fort Mason Center. The views provided on this beautiful warm and sunny day created the atmosphere of a giant, lamb-infused picnic.

Another great aspect, aside from the food, wine, beer and cider, were the People’s Choice Awards, in which attendees voted on their top picks from the following participating restaurants: Bluestem Brasserie, Chino, Hog & Rocks, Pican, Scala’s Bistro, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, La Urbana, Thirsty Bear Brewing Co., Dosa, Gaspar, Bartlett Hall.

Overall we found almost all of the selections delicious, though some of the spicier ones tended to drown out the tasty flavor of lamb in exchange for tongue-burning heat.

Chef John Fink of the Whole Beast unveiled an experimental new lamb sausage product, which judging from how quickly they were eaten, and how many times we went back for “seconds”, it should do quite well.


Chef Francis of the Bluestem Brasserie


Chef Sophina Uong (right) and staff of Pican (Oakland)


Chef Sophina Uong of Pican’s lamb dish, Koren-influenced Smoked Lamb Bulgogi


The Whole Beast’s lamb sausages


Chef Emmanuel Eng of Bartlett Hall (SF)


Bluestem Brasserie lamb sliders


Bartlett Hall lamb dish, Braised Lamb Shank with Taro and Cumin, Napa Cabbage, Sour Szechuan, Peach Jam, and salad


Chef John Fink of the Whole Beast


Chef Matt Greco of the Restaurant at Wente Vineyards and his Smoked Leg of Lamb, Bourbon, Hay and Green Romesco


Chocolate tasting



Scala’s Bistro lamb dish, by Chef Larry Finn