Share the Bounty
Summer is all about good times and good food;
count on me to bring the Chinese chicken salad.
This edict was probably
motivated by that time I showed
up with a friend from college who
thought juggling machetes would
be a great party trick.
invested in making our county great. Chefs and
restaurant owners are no exception. How can
someone who expresses love through garlic and
cilantro not be an asset to any gathering? It was
fun getting to know this talented group, and we
all enjoyed turning a workday into a party.
Speaking of workday into a party, associate editor Kasia Pawlowska and her
boyfriend/photographer Ron Poznansky
turned an assignment into an adventure last
month by visiting the Marconi/RCA stations
in West Marin. Their enthusiasm for the historical significance of the isolated art deco
building in Bolinas was contagious. As we’ve
teased in this issue’s cover lines, these radio
operators could be an important lifeline if all
other means of communication break down
in an emergency.
The stations are named for Guglielmo
Marconi, who as a boy in Italy experimented
with electromagnetic radio waves and Morse
code in his parents’ attic. In 1899 he transmitted radio waves across the English Channel.
He made his way to the States, where he
reported on the America’s Cup via radio,
was co-awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics
in 1909 and, three years later, was credited
with helping to save the 712 Titanic survivors.
By 1912, the Marconi Company had completed nearly 500 shipboard installations and
about 70 land stations, including KPH, San
Francisco’s first radio station. Originally stationed at the Palace Hotel (the “PH” in the
call letters), the station moved to Marin for
better reception and reach into the Pacific.
I hope you can take some time to explore
Marin this month, whether its history or its
food. And if we’ve missed a recipe from one of
your favorite places, please let us know.
Mimi Towle, Executive Editor
ILOVE SUMMER IN Marin. Long days at he beach, hiking home via the Dipsea Trail and ending the day with a gather- ing of friends to enjoy the bounty of our county. I also love a good potluck. Over
the years certain friends have become known
for the dishes they bring: I’ve learned to count
on Helen Holscher for her chocolate chip cookies and Doug Carlucci for his homemade buffalo
wings, and I’d like to think my Chinese chicken
salad (recipe credit goes to Karyn Hillman),
made with angel hair–shredded cabbage, shredded chicken, cilantro, green onions and toasted
sesame and almonds, has gotten me on a few
party lists. For this issue, when Lynda Balslev
pitched a summer potluck recipe article featuring treats from a handful of local restaurants,
I knew readers would eat it up, pun intended.
Bring a few of these dishes and you may find
your summer party card quite full.
As Lynda created the restaurant list, I
worked on the location. I couldn’t imagine a
more picture-perfect summer party spot than
Dyer and Rob Edington’s home in Tiburon.
It’s the type of house that to me screams “the
more the merrier.” In the past, Dyer has had
to point out that despite that vibe, party invite
etiquette frowns on adding to a guest list when
it’s not your home. Message received, and
looking back, this edict was probably motivated by that time I showed up with a friend
from college who thought juggling machetes
would be a great party trick.
Despite my iffy track record, the prospect of
using Dyer’s home as a backdrop for our summer picnic shoot was just too tempting. To up
my odds of getting a yes, I was sure to ask her in
the presence of her daughter, who gave the idea
a thumbs-up and showed up with her adorable
friends to help eat the goods. One of my favorite
parts of this job is getting to know local business owners, advocates, and artists — people