President’s Message


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Immediate Past President, Leslie Stiles, for the countless hours spent leading our group through a year of memorable events. Her guidance, support, and tireless enthusiasm—always seasoned with a healthy dose of good humor—made each and every other Board member’s job that much easier. We owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude, and wish her all the best as she enjoys some well-deserved “down time” in 2017. The next time you see Leslie at an event, I urge you to thank her in person.

As we set plans in motion for the coming year, I am privileged to serve as your new President. Daunting as this may sound, I am confident that our newly elected Board members, paired with the returning Board members, will execute their jobs with the characteristic blend of fresh ideas, creativity, and efficiency. And we still plan to have a lot of fun in the process!

Here’s a sneak-preview of one of the many things we have to look forward to this year: You will want to reserve Sunday, August 20, for some first-class foodie fun in the sun. This year’s annual SFPFS summer bash and fundraiser will be held at Cornerstone Sonoma, the home to Sunset Gardens + Outdoor Test Kitchen. With its numerous tasting rooms and unique retail shops, you’ll want to spend the entire day exploring this trend-setting outdoor marketplace—so plan to make a day of it! To get an early taste, visit their website; it is indeed a “… a place to shop, sip, eat, play and explore.”

More immediately, we have the Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Thursday, February 9, at City College, San Francisco. If you haven’t already signed up, do so soon. Check out the agenda and menu on the SFPFS Facebook page.

Meanwhile, please know that you can always express your thoughts and suggestions to me or any of the Board via phone or email. And to maximize your membership benefits, get involved! It’s never too late to join a SIG or committee, or too early to set your sights on joining the Board in 2018.

René Matthew
President, San Francisco Professional Food Society