The Chronicle’s 2018 Rising Star Chefs

The San Francisco Chronicle just released its list of 2018 Bay Area Rising Star Chefs, and we thought we’d share their names with you. The Chronicle’s feature includes of course a lot more detail and explanation. The chefs on this list have fewer than five years’ experience running a kitchen.

When choosing this year’s group, the Chronicle team considered several factors. Culinary talent and delicious food were, of course, paramount, but they also wanted to celebrate those chefs who are changing their industry for the better. According to the piece, if you take a look at these chefs and their restaurants and venues, you’ll start to understand what Bay Area cuisine means in 2018 — and where it’s going.

Here they are:

  • Nichole Accettola Kantine 1906 Market Street, San Francisco
    A modern Scandinavian cafe — done her way
  • Francis Ang Pinoy Heritage Pop-ups and events
    Honoring Filipino heritage while pushing boundaries
  • Christa Chase Tartine Manufactory 595 Alabama Street, San Francisco
    Leading by example, from the kitchen at Tartine
  • Alexander Hong Sorrel 3228 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
    The pop-up path leads to the stellar Sorrel
  • Nite Yun Nyum Bai 3340 E. 12th Street, Oakland
    Her Cambodian cuisine finds a home in Oakland
  • Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Jocelyn Jackson, and Saqib Keval People’s Kitchen Collective No brick-and-mortar address, instead community dining as a social practice,  in collaboration with individuals and organizations at various venues
    Rise of the revolutionaries

Foodie Tuesday: Robot-Made Burgers in San Francisco

At Creator, a new restaurant in SoMa, high-tech robots are now making  $6 hamburgers.

It’s the culmination of years of research aided by some of the region’s best and brightest minds who have worked at the likes of Tesla, NASA, Walt Disney Imagineering and Chez Panisse. It’s not like these robots are driving cars, but still this is pretty impressive!

Do you think this might go over well in San Francisco? You bet it will. The place just opened and there’s already a wait-list to get in. We’re not talking hours. We’re talking weeks and months. As of now, you need to buy pre-paid tickets to visit Creator — but there are none available. According to its website, tickets are sold out for June and July, and there is a wait-list for August.

Never-the-less, we’re told it’s worth the wait so be persistent! Watch the video to learn more.

Creator 680 Folsom Street, near Third Street, San Francisco

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

Looks like we’re in for some sunny and warm weather over the next few days — the perfect conditions for the San Francisco Open AVP Beach Volleyball Tournament taking place now through Sunday, July 8 on Pier 30/32, the Embarcadro. Admission is free. If you’d rather stay indoors, and you’re a holder of a Bank of America or Meryl Lynch credit or debit card, you can take advantage of free admission to the de Young, Legion of Honor, and Contemporary Jewish Museum. It’s the first full weekend of July, and so it’s a Bank of America Free Museum Weekend. Click here for details.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/1/18 – 7/7/18

The Rise of the Older, Single Female Home Buyer

Since 1981, single women over 55 have been the fastest-growing demographic of home buyers when compared with a multitude of other categories, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, citing an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Ralph McLaughlin, founder and chief economist at Veritas Urbis Economics in Alameda, Calif.

Married couples are by far the largest group of home buyers, and single women the next largest group. But last year, single, older women made up 8.2% of all home buyers, roughly double the percentage of 20 years ago, Mr. McLaughlin says. These women also buy homes at nearly twice the rate as their male counterparts.

There have long been many more older single women than men, reflecting the fact that men remarry at a higher rate after a divorce, as well as the fact that men generally die at younger ages. But the dramatic increase in home purchasing by older women speaks to something else.

Many women in this place in life want to own a home of their own, says Jessica Lautz, director of demographics and behavioral insight for the National Association of Realtors. Ms. Lautz also notes that longer average lifespans — and people working until later in life — are giving older buyers across the country the confidence to take on a 15- or 30-year mortgage.

The fact that this trend is taking place is not surprising, but it is certainly worth noting.

René Magritte Exhibition Now Open at SFMOMA

You may not recognized the name, but you’re certainly familiar with his work.

René Magritte (1898–1967) was one of the most intriguing painters associated with Surrealism, but he did not fully find his voice until after breaking ties with the movement. This exhibition, the first to look exclusively at Magritte’s late career, examines his most important bodies of work from the 1940s through the 1960s, and shows how they marked a fundamental shift in painting from Modernism to our own time.

Featuring more than 70 artworks in nine immersive, thematic galleries, René Magritte: The Fifth Season explores how Magritte balanced irony and conviction, philosophy and fantasy, to illuminate the gaps between what we see and what we know. Together, the works reveal Magritte as an artist acutely attuned to the paradoxes at work within reality, and an enduring champion of the role of mystery in life and art.

We think this is one of those must-see exhibitions.

René Magritte
The Fifth Season
Now through October 28, 2018
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street, San Francisco, Floor 4

Guess Who Has the Third Most Billionaires in the World

The global billionaire population soared to record levels in 2017, and more of them are living in the Bay Area than ever before.

The San Francisco area now has the third-most billionaires of any region in the world — 74 in total — rising two places in the rankings and overtaking both Moscow and London, according to a 2018 billionaire census released Tuesday. New York and Hong Kong took the top two spots for number of billionaires with 103 and 93, respectively.

The San Francisco metropolitan area — which includes San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties, and in this study some towns in Santa Clara County — saw an additional 14 individuals attain billionaire status in 2017.

To read the entire report, please click here.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

There are a number of things going on this weekend, including the 2018 Art Market San Francisco at Fort Mason, where you might find the perfect painting or piece for your place. For free admission tickets, click here. On Saturday, you can check out the Dutch “King’s Day” Windmill Festival near the Murphy Windmill on the south end of Golden Gate Park, or  watch as 30 dance groups take the stage at Dancing in the Park SF from 1 PM until about 5 PM. Admission is free. This event is one of many taking place during Bay Area Dance Week, from April 27 through May 6. Finally, on Sunday, you can take in the  20th Annual Glen Park Festival.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 4/22/18 – 4/28/18

Education, Income, and Domestic Migration

After analyzing recent data, BuildZoom economist Issi Romem said, “The most attractive parts of the country are harder to move to these days, and they’re being moved to by the cream of the crop in terms of education and income.”

According to an report, the economist presents evidence of what he calls “positive income sorting”: more wealthy, high-income professionals move into expensive cities. This new crop of buyers helps push up rising home prices and push out those who can’t afford them. We’ve certainly seen this taking place in San Francisco.

Will this constant sorting on income, class, and education, as well as the run-up in property value, eventually knock some of these superstar cities off their perch? The economist says that it’s not a problem in the short run. As long as venture capital continues to disproportionately flow into places such as San Francisco, and there is enough talent, and enough parts of the value chain, to create and launch companies, there’s no immediate danger.

Long-term however, this trend could become more problematic, as the polarization we’re seeing today becomes even more pronounced.

Where Did All These Electric-Scooters Come From?

Suddenly, they’re all over town! Electric-scooters are everywhere!

Three companies just hit the streets of San Francisco, diving into the electric-scooter-sharing business simultaneously. Spin, Bird, and LimeBike together have more than $200 million in funding, so clearly they are taking this rather whimsical form of transportation quite seriously. just published a pretty comprehensive explanation about what’s going on here. It provides “everything you need to know about the great electric-scooter takevoer of San Francisco.” It tells you what’s legal and what’s not, and what you can expect when you ride one of these bad boys.

To see the story, please click here.