Category Archives: Food Culture

2015 James Beard Awards Semifinalists Announced

Last week the 2015 James Beard Awards semifinalists were announced including some of our friends and restaurants where we have done work. Included is Bar Agricole for Outstanding Bar Program, Michael Mina, Mina Restaurants for Outstanding Restaurateur, and The Progress for Best New Restaurant. We made a variety of pieces including the banquettes at Bar Agricole; flower vessels, console tabletops, […]

Friends of Concreteworks: Young America Creative

Santa Cruz natives Brian Friel & Meghan Dorrian partnered to start Young America Creative through a friendship, a background in architecture, and an interest and experience in craft, construction and the process of making. The seasonal poster projects emerged from a simple unanswered question: what is in season when? This is not always apparent at […]

Guide to Bay Area Restaurants

We often have the pleasure of working with great restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for projects large and small. Take a tour of some of the restaurants we have contributed to over the past few years in our 2014 Restaurant Guide. Featuring: Penrose (Oakland) Abbot's Cellar (SF) Outerlands (SF) Roka Akor (SF) Sightglass […]

Outerlands Now Open!

Outerlands restaurant in San Francisco's Sunset District is now open, following a renovation and expansion into the neighboring space, formerly Wo's Chinese Restaurant. Additional seating and a full bar were added, and there was a transition to a new chef: Greg Kuzia-Carmel (Per Se, Altamarea Group). The beautiful existing natural wood elements continue into the new space, designed by […]

2014 James Beard Foundation Awards | Winners

The James Beard Foundation Awards took place on Monday, May 5th, in New York City. Among the winners are Daniel Patterson of Coi for Best Chef: West and Jensen Architects with Shed for Outstanding Restaurant Design: 76 Seats and Over. The award is "the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America," as stated on the James […]

Now Open: Trou Normand

This week Thad Vogler of Bar Agricole opened his new restaurant Trou Normand on the ground floor of the historic Art Deco Pacific Telephone Building in San Francisco. Slated to be open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., the restaurant will serve food all day with breakfast sandwiches and coffee in the morning to hearty […]

Aidlin Darling Design Honored in the 2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

Aidlin Darling Design is honored in the 2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture for their work at Bar Agricole restaurant in San Francisco. "The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) have selected nine projects for the 2014 Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture. Recognized as some of the most “outstanding building interiors created by architects licensed in […]

Garden Tables at Haven

Concreteworks collaborated with Daniel Patterson, (owner of Haven, also known for Coi, Plum, and Plum Bar) on the new patio garden tables at Haven along the Jack London Square waterfront in Oakland…the challenge was for them to serve as a table and a physical barrier from the foot traffic. The creation of the garden tables was a complete service […]

Just Add Saltwater

Drive a bit north from the San Francisco Bay Area and you'll find yourself in the sweet quaint community of Inverness, nestled alongside Tomales Bay. The downtown area of Inverness consists of only a few businesses including a general store, coffee and gift shops, a library, post office, some hotels and inns, the Inverness Yacht […]

Food and Community at Glide Memorial

Glide Memorial is one of the most liberal church's in the US and has a long history of providing innovative and comprehensive services to the poor and marginalized in the San Francisco community. Glide kicked off a new outreach program called Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, sponsored by Safeway.  This is a new program that teaches families […]