Dean Schaffer

Joined August 2011

Dean received his master's degree in journalism from Stanford University.

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San Francisco Street Food Festival returns with eats galore in new location

In two blazing hot days under the sun, the seventh annual San Francisco Street Food Festival came and went at its new location at Pier 70 on Aug. 15 and 16. Organized this year by La Cocina, The Midway and Noise Pop, the Street Food Festival once again played host to an outrageous number of vendors (more than 100!) and an even more outrageous number of eaters come to feast on some of the best food the Bay – and beyond – has to offer. Ultimately, the Street Food Festival is about amazing entrepreneurs as much as (if not more than) their splendid food. Part of the appeal for me is reconnecting with some of the same happy, hardworking faces from year to year.Every year, I look forward to meeting someone incredible who blows me away and to reconnecting with old favorites. This time, Charles Farriér of Crumble & Whisk reminded me why I love this huge, weird, crowded festival. After delighting...
By on Aug 18, 2015

Coachella weekend 2: Can't-miss bands and DJs

Coachella weekend 1 2015 has come and gone. For those lucky enough to be heading out to the desert for weekend 2 in a few days, I present to you my recommendations based on my experiences during weekend 1. To keep it simple, I've picked five must-see artists per day. You'll of course notice that I have a specific taste in music that you may or may not share, but I promise you these are all artists at the top of their game and very much worth seeing. Don't forget to stay hydrated, be kind to your fellow fans and have fun! Friday Charles Bradley: 3:45 - 4:35 p.m. @ Coachella (Main) Stage Born in 1948, soul singer Charles Bradley didn't release his first album until 2011 (in his early 60s, for those keeping score at home). Tearful, impassioned, lively and powerful, he's a great start to a weekend in the sun. Oliver Heldens: 6:00 - 6:55 p.m. @ Sahara Tent Known by now for his hit "Gecko (Ove...
By on Apr 16, 2015

Chow Down: SF Street Food Festival will return in August!

Once the dust -- and crumbs -- had settled after last year's San Francisco Street Food Festival, I attempted to wax poetic on the very real, very sad possibility that it could be the last one. Half a year later, I'm happy to report that the festival will return this August, happy news indeed for those who cherish eating delicious eats, supporting hard-working entrepreneurs and breaking bread with friends old and new alike. According to a press release, the festival will expand from one to two days and move from Folsom St. in the Mission -- often congested with the tens of thousands of attendants -- to Pier 70. It will take place on August 15 and 15. Hopefully the new format and venue will allow the festival to grow while simultaneously shrinking the congestion and long lines that have dogged the event in the last few years. “Since the first whiskey-fueled dreams of this event, we always ...
By on Mar 19, 2015

Smashing Pumpkins bring it at the Warfield

Alt-rock king of yesteryear Billy Corgan returned to the Warfield in San Francisco on Thursday night with the Smashing Pumpkins, hellbent on making a statement that he and his reconstituted band aren't fossils of the past. And they made a pretty convincing case, busting out inspired renditions of pretty decent new songs alongside solid classics that, rather than stale and tired, felt so very refreshing to enjoy anew. The band started right on time at 8 p.m. with no opening act, which meant that many wet, soggy and tardy fans (myself included) missed the first few songs. "You've been through a lot today," Corgan joked after discussing with guitarist Jeff Schroeder how today's "Storm of the Decade" wouldn't have even registered as a topic of conversation in Corgan's hometown of Chicago. Probably true. The set was exciting and balanced, featuring songs from Machina ("Glass and the Ghost Chi...
By on Dec 12, 2014

Why San Francisco needs the Street Food Festival

After a day in the all-too-rare San Francisco sun, eating some of the best food in the world at the sixth annual Street Food Festival, I couldn’t help but ponder the unspoken question behind all the delicious food, smiling faces and full bellies: Is the San Francisco Street Food Festival gone forever? I hope not. Every year, the food festival reminds me of just how wonderful people can be — especially those empowered enough to follow their callings. My first stop is always the incomparable Azalina, the fantastic Malaysian chef whose dishes continue to astonish me year after year with their ingenuity and flavor. More than that, when I thank her for preparing such wonderful food, she smiles the kind of deep, sincere smile that you wish you could bottle and keep forever. I’m never quite sure if she remembers me (she sees thousands of faces at these things, after all), but she welcomes me ye...
By on Aug 19, 2014

San Francisco Street Food Festival returns: Or, how I stuffed myself this weekend

Just like that, La Cocina’s sixth annual Street Food Festival has come and gone. I did my best to enjoy it like it was the last one – since it very well could be – but, as always, the day felt like it ended all too soon. As usual, I was constrained by time, my belly and my wallet, but I did my best to sample as many dishes as I could. Here were my favorites, sorted in alphabetical order by the vendor. If you’re lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, pay these lovely chefs a visit and sample their creations yourself. Sweet Potato Dumpling by Azalina’s (@Azalinamalaysia) My oh my, Azalina’s did it again. Topped with basil, fresh blueberries and stuffing, these deep-fried, melt-in-your-mouth dumplings stole the day. Bursting with freshness, flavor and color, they exemplified Azalina’s signature approach to delightful, delicious food. Word on the street is that she’s opening a restaurant soon...
By on Aug 19, 2014

Street Food Festival returns to San Francisco's Mission District this Saturday

  For the sixth year in a row, the mouthwateringly fantastic San Francisco Street Food Festival returns to the Mission this Saturday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. With more than 80 vendors and an expected 80,000 hungry attendees, this year’s edition will be the last on Folsom Street – with the future host location still unknown. The festival will take place on Folsom St. from 20th to 26th St. and on 21st and 25th St. from Treat St. to Shotwell St., as well as in the Cesar Chavez Elementary School parking lot, Parque de los Ninos Unidos and Jose Coronada Playground. For me, this will be my third festival in four years, and I couldn’t be more excited to see some of my favorite familiar faces in food and to meet some new ones. After a fantastic preview dinner for the media last month, here are the dishes I’m most looking forward to this year, in alphabetical order by vendor name. As with...
By on Aug 14, 2014

Smashing Pumpkins look forward and bring the noise to SF's Bill Graham

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has always insisted that his band’s reunion is anything but a nostalgia act. Half an hour into the show at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last Friday, Corgan joked with the crowd, “We’ll play some classics, like ‘Jeremy,’ ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ ‘Black Hole Sun,’ that Dave Matthews Band song ‘Crash.’ Would you like that?” Corgan knows that critics view him as a has-been, and this tour—in which the band starts each show by performing its new album, “Oceania,” in its entirety—aims to silence those critics. As any Pumpkins fan knows, the band isn’t quite what it used to be, in the most literal sense—Corgan is the only original member of the group still left, with Jeff Schroeder replacing James Iha on guitar, Nicole Fiorentino replacing D’arcy Wretzky on bass and 22-year-old Mike Byrne replacing veteran Jimmy Chamberlin on drums. Corga...
By on Oct 13, 2012

ad:tech conference comes to San Francisco and Allvoices

The 2012 ad:tech marketing and technology conference begins Apr. 3 at San Francisco's Moscone West. As an official media partner with ad:tech, Allvoices has already begun to cover the exciting expo, which features some of technology's biggest movers and shakers, like Garage Technology Ventures' Guy Kawasaki. Can't wait? You don't have to. You can already read about the coolest ad:tech parties and scrappy start-ups, and you can let us convince you that this year's ad:tech will be the best yet. We'll keep posting about the conference as it happens, including some upcoming video interviews with a load of cool exhibitors and speakers. There are a few ways for you to stay up to date on the latest news from the conference: --Check out allvoices.com/adtech --Follow @allvoices, #adtech on Twitter --Join the discussion on our ad:tech news LinkedIn group or Facebook page --Subscribe to the RSS fee...
By on Apr 02, 2012

Obama's visit to San Francisco sparks protests against Keystone Pipeline

Local San Franciscans gathered in the city's Financial District this afternoon to protest the arrival of President Barack Obama, who is in the city for a fundraiser at the W Hotel. Although demonstrators waited at the intersection of Howard and 3rd Streets for a glimpse of the presidential motorcade and a chance to make their voices heard, Obama entered the building from a side alley not visible to the protesters. The biggest contingent of demonstrators voiced their disapproval for the Keystone Pipeline, a proposed project that would create a pipeline to transport oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas. The pipeline woud "unleash massive devastation in Alberta" and "speed global warming," said Elijah Zarlin, an advocate with the progressive Credo organization that distributed "Stop Keystone XL" signs to hundreds of protesters. "These are some of [Obama's] biggest supporters because he inspir...
By on Oct 25, 2011