View From Marin
NOVEMBER SIGNALS THE beginning of the holiday season and the chance to celebrate and dine with friends and family. But for some in Marin, that simple
act is a little more challenging when money
for food is hard to find. Photographer Clara Lu
takes us inside the world of volunteers and staff
who work every day at the SF-Marin Food Bank
to help alleviate that problem. We also provide
some stats on this top-producing food bank and
information on how you can lend a hand.
that will impress
Here at Marin Magazine, we are used
to photographing people, and while
doing that can be challenging, it is
often more difficult to make good
food pictures. That’s why we called
on photographer Lori Eanes; she has
a way of making tasty dishes actually
look that way. Along with art director
Rachel Griffiths and recipe developer
Lynda Balslev, she produced the
photos you’ll see in our “Party Like a
Chef” feature on page 62.
Next up, writer Carrie Kirby puts the pedal
to the metal to learn about the growing cargo
and electric bike trend that is picking up speed
in Marin. Meet Marinites who are getting fit
while having fun and staying out of long traffic lines. Another way to ease congestion is to
rideshare. If you use Uber or Lyft, you might
meet Mill Valley’s John Ince. He writes this
month about staying in tune with his clients
as both driver and counselor.
We wrap up features with a celebration of
holiday entertaining. Writer and recipe expert
Lynda Balslev presents six local-chef-inspired
dishes that will impress your holiday guests.
Up front, we look at recent bike trail
improvements and introduce you to a theater
director, t wo Christmas tree providers, a wine
glass identifier, and a Secret Service agent
who had a fateful date with history. And just
in time for Election Day, take a trip behind
the gates of San Quentin’s death row to see
what condemned inmates think of this year’s
capital punishment ballot measures.
In Destinations we visit five places that will
help you kick the winter blues. Also, explore the
genuine allure of Iran, the second-largest country
in the Middle East, with writer Vassi Koutsaftis.
It’s an exciting issue that makes for a great
read as those days get shorter and a bit colder.
And when your holiday guests arrive, there’s
no reason to tell them where those great
recipes came from: just sit back and enjoy the
company — and the accolades.
Marin Magazine Staff Editors
Above, from left:
Mimi Towle, Nikki Wood
and Dan Jewett