August 3rd at the Commonwealth Club: “San Francisco’s 2011 James Beard Award Winners: What Makes a Restaurant Great?”

OMG, famous Paolo Lucchesi, Charles Phan, and Michael Tusk will all be on hand at the Commonwealth Club on August 3rd, 2011!

This is going to be mega. Get your tickets right now.

All the deets:


Joshua Aidlin, Architect, Designer and Owner, Aidlin Darling Design; Owner and Designer, Bar Agricole; James Beard Award, “Outstanding Restaurant  Design”

Paolo Lucchesi, Author, “The Scoop,” SF Chronicle; James Beard Award, “Best Food Section”

Charles Phan, Owner and Chef, The Slanted Door; James Beard Award, “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees”

Michael Tusk, Owner and Chef, Quince; James Beard Award, “Best Chef in the Region”

Marcia Gagliardi, Founder, and; Author, The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco – Moderator


TITLE:           SF’s James Beard Award Winners: What Makes a Restaurant Great?

DATE:            Wednesday, August 3, 2011

TIME:             6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 reception

PLACE:          SF Club Office, 595 Market St. 2nd Floor

PRICE:           $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)

To buy tickets call 415/597-6705 or register at

Several of this year’s San Francisco winners of the James Beard Award, “the Oscars” of the food world in the words of Time magazine, will reveal the secrets of their success and discuss their views on what makes a restaurant great. This panel of chefs, restaurant owners, critics and designers represents some of the brightest stars of San Francisco’s restaurant scene, widely regarded as one of the nation’s richest culinary centers.

Ever more deets, after the jump

Joshua Aidlin is an architect, designer and owner of Aidlin Darling Design, winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design for its work on Bar Agricole. Aidlin has designed celebrated restaurants, residences and commercial buildings all over the Bay Area and across the nation. In addition to Bar Agricole, Aidlin’s work includes Bar Bambino, Wexler’s, Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse, and Scribe Winery. He received his degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

Paolo Lucchesi covers the Bay Area’s breaking restaurant news for the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Inside Scoop” column, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Food Section. Before joining the Chronicle, Lucchesi served as founding editor of Eater San Francisco. Lucchesi is also a co-author of The Humphrey Slocombe Ice Cream Book, a cookbook based on the popular San Francisco ice cream shop, due out later this year.

Charles Phan is the owner and executive chef of The Slanted Door and a 2011 inductee into the James BeardFoundation’s “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America.” Born in Vietnam of Chinese descent, Phan spent his childhood in Vietnam, Guam, and San Francisco. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Michael Tusk is chef and owner of Quince and Cotogna. Tusk was named Best Chef of the Pacific Region by the James Beard Foundation in 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and an associate’s degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America.

Marcia Gagliardi is a freelance food writer whose work has appeared in Travel + LeisureLA Times Magazine,, San Francisco magazine, Travel WeeklyDiningOut Magazine, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She is the author of The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco: Find the Right Spot for Every Occasion. She holds a degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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