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“I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people.”

- Maya Angelou


GOLDEN – A new refined nightlife experience draws nearly 500 to San Francisco

GOLDEN, brought to you by sf|noir in collaboration with theREGISTRYBayArea.com, combined elements of art, music and culture with a targeted marketing campaign that resonated among young and “young spirited” professionals, artists and creatives. By design, GOLDEN brought its guests back to a memorable period in music. It was a journey back to the GOLDEN Era of Hip [...]

Main 2013 Festival Image

Thank You Bay Area for a Wonderful Culinary Arts Festival!

The sf|noir Wine & Food Event returned for Black History Month on February 21-24, 2013 and it was a great 4-day journey celebrating the culinary arts through a distinctive African American and Southern-inspired cuisine perspective. The series of events featured wonderful culinary delights by premiere Bay Area soul-food chefs paired alongside a diverse variety of wines [...]

Kingston 11 Owners

Meet the Chefs: Nigel Jones – Kingston 11

Nigel Jones is the chef and owner of Kingston 11, a popular pop-up Jamaican restaurant in Berkeley’s “Gourmet Ghetto” that went from packed Friday evenings at Guerilla Cafe to full houses on Saturdays, all in a little over a year. Nigel’s inspiration for opening the well-received venture was the feeling that even though there was [...]

Marcus Shelby

The Marcus Shelby Trio @ The Oakland Jazz Brunch

February 24, 2013


Helping to cap off a full weekend of culinary happenings in fine fashion will be internationally renown jazz artist Marcus Shelby. An accomplished teacher, composer, arranger, bassist, and San Francisco resident, Shelby is the 1991 winner of the Charles Mingus Scholarship and studied with composer James Newton and legendary bassist Charlie Haden. From 1990-1996, Shelby [...]

Esterlina Family

Meet the Vintners: Esterlina Vineyards

The Sterling Family has been making wine for several generations. As California farmers with over 30 years of experience, we have carefully selected each of our vineyards. Our father believes wine making is all about the land and vineyard cultivation. Esterlina’s careful vineyard selection is the start of exceptional wines. Special attention is paid to [...]


A Perspective on Positive Tones in Hip Hop Music and Culture

Michael Eric Dyson, academic, author and professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, provides insight on the need for more lucid and positive representations in hip hop music that makes it out to the mainstream compared to music in the genre that seldom gets out to listeners’ ears. If his perspective resonates with you, you should [...]

Jon Reitz Cedar Hill

Meet the Chefs: Jon Reitz – Cedar Hill

Jon Reitz is the Executive Chef and co-owner of Cedar Hill. A Texas native, Jon has always been partial to Southern cuisine due to his upbringing in the region. Years of hunting and fishing at Cedar Hill Ranch, his family farm near Anderson, Texas, and summers in North Carolina further fueled his passion for BBQ [...]

Damon White and Phil Shell

Meet the Mixologists

Damon White was born in NYC and raised in Harlem during the 1970s. In 1985 Damon arrived at Middlesex Preparatory School, in Concord Mass. and he graduated very shortly afterwards from Middlebury College in 1989. In 1990 Damon enrolled in the William Esper Art Studio on the Lower West side of Manhattan where he would [...]

Sarah Kirnon

Meet the Chefs: Sarah Kirnon – Miss Ollie’s

Growing up on the island of Barbados, Sarah Kirnon learned about the meaning of community from the same woman who taught her how to cook: her grandmother, Miss Ollie. Today, Kirnon’s new restaurant, located at Swan’s Market in Old Oakland, deliciously serves up both Caribbean-style cooking and community. “It is not just a restaurant; it’s [...]

James Moss

Meet the Vintners: J. Moss Wines

J. Moss Wines is a small family wine business established in 2000 by James and Janet Moss. James Moss moved to California in 1998 from Dallas, Texas where he first was introduced to fine wines working for a large Texas distributor. His work often brought him to the Napa Valley for further education, winery tours and [...]

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