A panel of experts discusses San Francisco's unique marketplace, which includes high-end food and liquor products and artisan clothes and accessories. They explore the benefits of buying local, and the distinct procurement culture that makes the SF Bay Area so unique.
When Annemarie was five years old she insisted that from that day on her birthday cake would always be Chocolate Cheesecake with a sour cream frosting. And thus her career began. As her friends continued to eat the cupcakes other regular kids enjoyed, Annemarie dove into a life of food and entrepreneurship, launching not just any lemonade stand at the age of 8, but one made with omagles.
After graduating from the University of Virginia, Annemarie (or AMB, depending on how much you like to type), moved to the Bay Area to pursue her twin passions. She held the position of Director of Event Production for Paula LeDuc Fine Catering where she managed a $3M budget and managed events as far-ranging as private parties for Oprah to 6,000 people celebrations. Pursuing her passion for community building, Annemarie joined the team at Destiny Arts Center as Deputy Director where she has also served on the board.
Annemarie was one of the founders of the San Francisco Street Food Festival, worked for years at Shenaningans Toy Stores and can build just about anything with her hands. She brings event productions experience, food industry knowledge and management to the La Cocina team, along with Chocolate Cheesecake.
SFMade was conceived by Mark Dwight, a San Francisco entrepreneur, business owner and resident. Mark is the founder and owner of Rickshaw Bagworks, which he started in 2007. The company recently began manufacturing and shipping its first products from its San Francisco factory located in the historic Dogpatch neighborhood. Rickshaw sells directly to consumers via its own web site, and select specialty retailers. Prior to founding Rickshaw, Dwight was CEO of Timbuk2 Designs, another San Francisco-based bag manufacturing company.
Dwight is a Bay Area native, with 20 years experience in high-technology and consumer marketing, product development, and manufacturing operations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Dwight is also involved in the efforts to create a Community Benefits District in the Mission/Potrero district. Dwight formerly served on the board of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and on the Backstreets Business Advisory Board at City Hall. He remains an active participant and supporter of the SFBC citywide initiatives. Dwight has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering ('82) and an MBA ('89), both from Stanford University. Dwight lives in the SOMA district of San Francisco.
Hut Landon is the Executive Director for the Locally Owned Merchants Alliance.
Cyrus Musiker is the Evening News Anchor at KQED Public Radio. But he also worked for a decade in the wine industry in Massachusetts, New York City, San Francisco, and Napa Valley.
Cyrus sold wine retail and wholesale in New York, supplying Roederer Crystal and French Burgundies to celebrities in the Hamptons who didn't appreciate how good they had it.
He moved west in 1978, and worked as a cellar rat shoveling pomace, and pumping over for some of Napa's best winemakers. He also did public relations and wine tours at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville.
Cyrus has traveled and tasted through Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Rhone Valley, and up, down, and sideways in California's great wine regions. His one great regret in life is not buying land in Yountville when he lived there in the late 1970's, when vineyards were "just $15,000/acre."
Cy's most memorable wines-a 1904 Lafite Rothschild at a Heublein tasting in Boston in the late 70's, a Nuits St. George "Les St. Georges" 1953 with Henri Gouges in his cellar in the Cotes De Nuits.