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  • Proud of PRIDE

    To the community, we one hundred percent stand beside you and celebrate your humanity on this month and always. Thank you for your beautiful, complex spirits.

    We get to interact with some extraordinary individuals & teams in our work and wanted to highlight some LGBTQIA-owned or operated businesses. And now that the parade is over, you might be able to get a table at one of them! Go forth and enjoy!



    5179 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
    Preeti & Ann have struck gold with their casual Oakland establishment that seems to have its priorities in order. Also check out Navi Kitchen in Emeryville. 👌


    2251 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
    You may not be able to get these delightful PRIDE cupcakes all year, but just ask owner Rick Hamer and something fabulous will turn up in front of you.


    3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
    Variety is the spice of life at Atelier Crenn & this team consists of some truly mad geniuses. The experiences they create is the stuff dreams are made of.



    [click link for locations] Helen & Brooke started Equator from a garage in Marin County and have grown steadily, becoming a National Small Business of the Year in 2016 from the SBA.



    3407 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
    Jen Biesty & Ted Nugent have put together an enduring, classic oasis on Lakeshore Ave. Stop by for a creative menu, happy hour mastery, or a laugh with Jen & Ted.



    69 Bluxome St, San Francisco, CA 94107
    This cool brewery on Bluxome Street is woman-owned and they make absolutely delicious beers like Let’s Get Tropical, Mezcal Red, & Sweet Emotion.



    705 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
    You can find all kinds of wonderful wines, artisanal products, and handmade crafts in Flora’s shop in North Beach. Put together a special meal for your beloved or yourself!

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  • Ready for This?

    We’re rolling into 2016 full steam ahead, and wanted to share some of the projects you can look forward to this year, assisted by yours truly. More good things coming from a lot of our repeat clients, making the world a more delicious and/or drunken place again and again (and again…).

    Umberto Gibin & Staffan Terje, in addition to being lovely human beings, know their way around a successful restaurant. Volta is a stunning space, the result of a complete renovation at 868 Mission. It practically begs to be photographed. [See above.] And then there’s the food — French brasserie with Scandinavian influences — these veterans from Perbacco & Barbacco can make a damn good plate of it.

    We’re in awe of Charles Bilillies & crew. They’ve nailed a great concept, affordable yet fab food, and they execute it with aplomb. We brought our friends from the SFPD there one afternoon which kicked off almost weekly lunches enjoyed by the Department… so you can assume they’re running a legit operation.  Charles is readying to open on Divis and there’s serious talk for a third location in the near future. Join us in praying that it’s Oakland.

    Alvin Garcia & Tom Patella have been busy bees running Causwell’s on Chestnut, opening Popson’s on Market (Alvin’s solo project just next door to Tommy Kneecap’s upcoming joint, Waystone). If you can’t wait until March to try the famous Popson’s burger, you’re in luck because a pop up take over of the old Marlowe Burger at 330 Townsend in Soma is now open. Gentlemen, your Adriano Paganini background is showing. And we couldn’t be happier about it.

    Telefèric Barcelona
    Authentic Basque cuisine is now in… Walnut Creek? Most of our clients are consummate hospitality purveyors, but Xavi Padrosa impressed when he shared his uni risotto with us during a preliminary meeting. Telefèric Barcelona has already made a name for itself as a lively, positively scrumptious destination and they’ve been open for literally 11 days.

    Gasp! The Monarch team bought Mighty! They’re flossing it out in signature Monarch fashion and certainly have some cool ideas in mind, many of which even we are not privy to. Whatever it is, it will be damn good.

    Warren Rector of Portal in Oakland opens Philomena on 14th Ave, Oakland, in February. Portal has been a major player in East Bay beer enjoyment and rather wonderful food on their sprawling patio.  Warren creates the type of places you feel at home immediately and for the long haul, which may or may not be a good thing when you start boozing at 11.

    Barcha has been around for a while, but they are going through some upgrades including procuring a distilled spirits license. Santé! Peter Steiner is responsible for the bar program at Barcha, which will certainly be a hit amongst the faithful clientele from Barcha & Sens.

    Welp, that should keep you busy for a while. Good god, it’s hard to keep up! Here’s to a delicious & interesting 2016!

    ABC License Company


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  • Thanksgiving in Stories

    Oh Thanksgiving… it’s one American Holiday we at ABC License Company can get behind. We’ve all hosted before, an anxiety inducing, Xanax-taking, stabbing bystanders with a fork-type of affair for us non-pros, but consistently some of our favorite dinners for the good company, the delicious food coma, and the stories. One of our go-to recipes is Marilyn Monroe’s Sutter Street Stuffing.

    Not only a piece of classic Americana, it’s also incredibly delicious. Sourdough, because San Francisco, soaked and shredded, raisins, parmesan, liver & heart, and a host of other ingredients that, all told, fill 15 ramekins when ready to assemble.The recipe likely came to be in 1956, during Marilyn’s marriage to Joe Dimaggio, and is written on a notepad from City Title Insurance Company located at 68 Sutter Street in San Francisco, which, incidentally, is just around the corner from the Dept. of ABC SF District Office!


    We asked a few of our favorite restaurateur clients to share their stories. Here’s what we heard…

    We already love Kim Alter of the forthcoming Nightbird for her boss kitchen skills and genuinely lovely personality, and this story endears us to her even more:

    My biggest nightmare story would probably be about 10 years ago I had an “orphan thanksgiving.”  To make everyone feel better about being away from their families I asked each guest (14 of them!) what their family always made, what was their family tradition.  Most of them said normal dishes, like mashed potatoes, green beans, etc.  One of my friends said Divinity.  I didn’t have a clue what that was.  I found out it’s a meringue-like candy.  So I went and got myself a candy thermometer and a recipe from a friend.  I was all ready to make it, along with everything else, until Thanksgiving Day was like 70 degrees (in November!!) with humidity.  No matter what I did this stupid candy sucked.  I was so focused and stressed about this candy that I spent most of the day trying to make it work. At the end, it wasn’t great, but everyone was touched I tried to make them feel at home.


    Hugh Groman of the eponymous catering company and Phil’s Sliders has another great (in retrospect) story.

    We were going to Lake Tahoe to spend Thanksgiving with our dear family friends, which we did every year as a wonderful tradition.  I was about 6, the youngest of 4 kids.  By the time we got all packed and left our house in Lafayette for the 3 hour drive, it was late afternoon. I was bundled up in the back of the station wagon (no seat belts, of course).  About 2 hours into the trip, someone realized that the turkey had been left on top of the freezer in the garage back home.  I think we figured that it would be a real problem with raccoons etc. to leave it there for a week, so my parents made the decision to turn around, haul the whole family back to Lafayette to rescue the turkey. Never did that again.

    Well, we can’t imagine anything more fun than an 8 hour road trip with 4 darling children.  Speaking of turkeys….

    The Turkey

    Scott McFadin, the man behind a cool collection of East Bay pubs (Kensington Circus Pub & Barney McBears Social Club), recommends this killer turkey recipethat chefs and normal humans alike will love.  Once you stuff yourself and your guests on the day of, Charles Bililies of Greek-coffee-cup-frozen-yogurt-having, mouth-watering Souvla & his lady Jen Pelka have a great recipe for your turkey bones, an Easier to Write Than Say Turkey Avgolemono (emphasis ours), a delicious, heart-warming soup considered by many to be “Greek Penicillin”.

    And Mourad Lahlou has some opinions on the fowl (surprising, we know). In an interview with Food Republic, he offered this colorful exchange:

    Food Republic: Let’s be honest. Turkey is a difficult protein, right?
    Mourad Lahlou: It’s a fucking horrible protein. It’s like the worst protein. I don’t even understand why people…

    FR: Tradition?
    ML: Well, I get that it’s tradition. But it’s dry and people spend $150 on a fucking turkey. “Oh, this is heritage turkey!” It’s still fucking turkey at the end of the day. But you know what? That’s what makes Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving. I’ve gotten to understand that and kind of appreciate that.

    FR: Give me some tips for cooking on Thanksgiving…
    ML: I think that the best thing you can do is to prepare everything ahead of time. If you’re not having more fun than your guests, it’s not worth it.

    Amen to that. Wishing every host the most fun this year, and may you all enjoy bountiful food and drink with friends or family.

    We are thankful to know you. Happy Holidays!

    – ABC License Company

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