New Zealand native Anna Weinberg, named “Restaurateur of the Year” (San Francisco Magazine, 2012), is the owner and operator of Marlowe. An industry veteran steeped in experience from iconic New York restaurants such as Danube and Barbuto, as well as San Francisco staples Town Hall and Ame at the St Regis, Marlowe was Weinberg’s third restaurant venture: previously she owned Stella in New York (2001) and South in San Francisco (2007).
Marlowe replaced South in 2010 and swiftly earned a coveted Three-Star Rating from the venerable San Francisco Chronicle Food Critic and Executive Food Editor Michael Bauer, along with kudos in dozens of local and national media. Weinberg also is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Inside Scoop. Weinberg lives in SoMA with her husband James, a venture investor and technology executive. Her family still lives in New Zealand where they produce wine in the legendary Hawkes Bay.
Jennifer Puccio is the Executive Chef of Marlowe. A native east coaster, Puccio’s culinary credits include working with acclaimed chef, author, and James Beard Award winner Anna Sortun of Oleana (Cambridge, Mass.), where she learned the art of creating balance while working with bold, bright Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors. Prior to opening Marlowe, Puccio served as executive chef of San Francisco’s Cortez, where she earned a highly coveted three stars from San Francisco Chronicle Food Editor and Critic Michael Bauer, an honor she earned again in April 2010 while at the helm of Marlowe and a third time at sister restaurant Park Tavern.
When she originally relocated to the Bay area with her husband Ed, who works in restaurant management, Puccio spent time adjusting to the west coast culinary scene by working in several kitchens, including Daniel Patterson’s former restaurant Elisabeth Daniel (San Francisco), Rivoli (Berkeley, Calif.), famed vegetarian restaurant Ubuntu (Napa, Calif.). When creating the cuisine concept for Marlowe, Puccio was inspired by simple but delicious dishes that she enjoys on her days off.
Wine director Sarah Varley, also a Kiwi-native, has assembled a strong edit of international, eclectic wines that spotlight lesser-known grapes and regions that she loves. The lineup features a selection of 10 reds and 10 whites by the glass, and 60 by the bottle picks, all chosen for their high quality and value (glass prices range from $7-14, bottles are primarily priced under $50).