We had a fun conversation with Clark as he tells us about his fascinating journey as a waiter on the railroad, working eighteen-hour days on the line from Oakland to Chicago, managed a cheese and wine shop at the base of Nob Hill, opened the San Francisco branch of the Oakville Grocery and retooled the original Napa Valley store. He knows just about everyone in food including a lasting friendship with the legendary James Beard. He was the first to retail Laura Chenel’s California Chevre and spent countless hours finding and sampling foodstuffs with the likes of Marion Cunningham, Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, Jeremiah Tower and Catherine Brandel.
He splits his time between New York and Guernville in Sonoma County and happens to be one of Sonoma County’s biggest advocates for farmers and the incredible Sonoma bounty.
Clark Wolf has been a food business consultant for 30 years, working with developers, restaurateurs, whole towns or resort properties. He is the founder and President of Clark Wolf Company, a New York-based food and restaurant consulting firm. He helped found the nation’s first Food Studies program, at NYU, he writes and talks about food on radio and tv and continues to help build successful enterprises large and small. He is a contributor for Forbes Magazine and his radio show is called ‘At The Table with Clark Wolf’ on KSRO. He authored the book “American Cheeses” published by Simon & Schuster in 2012.
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