Jean-Yves Duperret has been a pastry chef for over 24 years and widely beloved for his hospitality and personable teaching style. He was one of the very first pioneers to introduce the authentic French bakery to the Bay Area. Chef Jean-Yves is the author of best-selling book La Nouvelle Patisserie: The Art and Science of Making Beautiful Pastries and Desserts and in his culinary travels he has baked for presidents, mayors, and celebrities. He has also toured with William Sonoma.
The San Francisco Zoo
The origins of the San Francisco Zoo can be traced back to 1886. Once part of the now-defunct amusement park Woodward’s Gardens, the menagerie opened with a lone California grizzly bear. The zoo’s mission has evolved from an animal showcase to a state-of-the-art care and wellness facility focused on conservation. It is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals representing more than 250 species. The zoo also has several lush gardens of native and foreign plants, making it a place for family memories. The historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel and the 1904 miniature Little Puffer Steam Train are treasured by generations of visitors. In the fall of 2013, the zoo reopened the newly restored Elinor Friend Playground.
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Eli D’Elia and Reiner von Weber
Eli D’Elia and Reiner von Weber represent two of the very best minds behind the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) movement. Eli is the lead designer at Ballistic UAV, an armored robotics firm, and is the co-founder and lead designer of the competitive drone group the Aerial Sports League. He is also a certified and sponsored designer at Autodesk, having earned the title Expert Elite. Reiner von Weber, ASL co-founder, Lead Engineer, and Technology Director, has flying in his blood. Reiner is the grandson of an aviation engineer who flew with Howard Hughes on the only flight of the Spruce Goose. Both Eli and Reiner are also central contributors to Game of Drones, a DIY airframe manufacturer and drone sports organizer.
Star Wars Memorabilia Venue
glassybaby was founded by Lee Rhodes, a three-time cancer survivor with a vision of launching a business devoted to the mission of giving. Her line of vibrantly colored glass votives is a favorite among interior designers, editors, Martha Stewart, and elegant hosts everywhere. Creating each glassybaby involves eight hands, 2000 degrees of focused heat, and a multi-layered glassblowing process. As a result, no two hues glow quite alike. Over the last 20 years, the company has donated over $4.7 million to charitable causes and in 2015, Lee established the White Light Fund, a 501c3 organization to assist glassybaby in its goal to promote hope and healing.
Founder of West Marin Food and Farm Tours
As founder of West Marin Food and Farm Tours, Elizabeth Hill shares her passion for the natural beauty and culinary bounty of the region. She could not be a better suited ambassador. Elizabeth is a certified natural chef, a credentialed teacher with a master’s in education, and a certified gardener by the University of California. Her ties to the land run deep, starting with her great-grandparents’ arrival in the late 1800s. She grew up sailing on Tomales Bay, picking huckleberries for her grandmother’s famous tarts, and swimming and picnicking at the local beaches. Through her unique culinary tours, she shares her love and knowledge of West Marin’s incredible food culture with her guests.
Yoga & Meditation Instructor
Erin Gilmore is a yoga and meditation instructor. She grew up in Cape Cod where she coached swimming and dancing before discovering her true calling: yoga. Ten years ago, she began dedicating herself to yoga practice while studying fashion at FIT in New York City. After relocating to San Francisco she did her teacher training with the highly esteemed yogi Rusty Wells. In early 2011, she started teaching her own classes at multiple yoga establishments. Through her own struggles with an eating disorder, Erin has developed a healing practice of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. She has made it a mission to spread those tools to bring wellness to the world.
Yoga and Meditation Instructor
Darren Main is a yoga and meditation instructor. His books include Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic, Spiritual Journeys along the Yellow Brick Road, Inner Tranquility, The Yogi Entrepreneur and Hearts and Minds: Talking to Christians about Homosexuality. He facilitates workshops and gives talks on yoga and modern spirituality throughout the United States and abroad and is the host of the internationally syndicated podcast “Inquire Within” and teaches the popular class Yoga on the Labyrinth inside San Francisco’s iconic Grace Cathedral.
Alana Leigh captures romance and opulence in her jewelry designs, making them wearable works of art. Born in Hawaii and later raised in Mill Valley, California, she began selling handmade pukka shell necklaces to local boutiques at age 13. Alana now has an eponymous collection that is decadent and rich with lustrous baroque pearls, intricate meshwork, signature medallions and embedded gems. Her work has been featured in the pages of top fashion and luxury magazines. Her jewelry has been sold in more than 400 stores worldwide including in her own boutique, the Alana Leigh Atelier on Union Street in San Francisco. Her success attracted the notice of Hollywood A-listers and style savants.
Kara Haspel Lind
President/Founder of Kara's Cupcakes
Executive pastry chef Kara Haspel Lind has always had a sugar tooth, but with a dentist father, sweets were verboten. In adult life, after more than a decade in advertising sales, Kara left her expense accounts behind and opened her first bakery in San Francisco in November 2006. Today, Kara’s Cupcakes boasts nine locations around the Bay Area. Her bakeries are focused on made-by-hand methods and local ingredients (fresh farm eggs, salt harvested from the San Francisco Bay). Kara's Cupcakes has been featured in Food & Wine, Martha Stewart, and Food Network's "Cupcake Wars".
Triathlon Coach & Personal Trainer
Jen Revelli is a triathlon coach and personal trainer. She helps people of all ages and skill levels reach their fitness goals in weight loss, indoor cycling, competitive strength training, and competitive races. She began her career in fitness as a runner before adding cycling for cross-training purposes. Jen has competed in a 2014 triathlon race. Her many credentials include being a triathlon certified coach, certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor, certified cycling instructor, and instructor.
From the runways of Paris to the stealth chic of San Francisco, fashion journalist Emily Holt has covered it all. Her stylish resume includes stints editing the society and celebrity pages and fashion news at several notable fashion publications. Emily's writing has also appeared in lifestyle and news publications. After 12 years in New York, the chic insider decided to trade coasts. Returning to her native town of San Francisco, she is adding entrepreneur to her byline with a fashion and lifestyle store opening in 2016.
Founder of Urban Hiker San Francisco
In 2004, Alexandra Kenin visited San Francisco for the first time and never wanted to return to her home on the East Coast. She did. But in 2007, she finally bought her one-way ticket back to the Bay Area as a Google marketing manager. On weekends, the transplanted Jersey girl explored her new home on foot. When she discovered the Embarcadero via the Vallejo and Filbert Street steps, she became hooked on urban hiking. Today, she has fallen in with a band of fellow enthusiasts. Through monthly day hikes of up to 30 miles, Alexandra and her friends explore secret, hidden spots throughout the city.
Jean-Yves Duperret Supports
The Adventure Project
The Adventure Project, an organization focused on creating jobs in developing countries, gives people the tools, education, and resources to become entrepreneurs, so they can serve their own communities with improved health, decreased hunger, a safer environment, and clean water. The nonprofit channels charity strategically towards jobs that lift people out of poverty while transforming local communities with life-saving services, using rigorous data to understand the most effective ways to move people out of poverty for good. They “add venture,” believing that when local economies thrive, children survive and families escape poverty faster. Founded in 2010, the Adventure Project has created 862 jobs impacting over one million people in Haiti, India, Uganda, and Kenya.