: John O'Connor, center, checks his name tag for his speed-dating number, which will allow Tony Andrade, left, to contact him via e-mail once the event is over. When I received the e-mail announcing there would be a speed-dating event in San Francisco, I thought that might be the only route I haven't tried, save hanging upside down from a tree limb with a sign around my neck reading, "Single and fabulous. Were my Mavi jeans and baby blue T-shirt too tight? The line waiting to register was longer than I expected. White guys, black guys, Filipino and Latino guys, tall, short and in between, muscular and wide-in-the-waistband. I eyed a few cutie pops, so I knew there was potential. I went up to the bar ordered a Calistoga water with lime.
Chronicle photo by Kat Wade less Hey, what's your number? I chitchatted in line with a guy who said he was a retired therapist. 2 and would have to wait an hour to get in on the fun. I used the time to mingle with other single fellows and find out what made them try speed dating.
Most, however, were drawn there by the allure of a rarer delicacy: a reliable man.
"I wanted to meet people who were more sophisticated and grounded, men who enjoy the finer things in life," said Van Dao, owner of Embarcadero bakery Biscuit Bender.
Gagliardi has recently begun hosting singles events revolving around food and wine.Creating an atmosphere that is at once casual and comfortable. For those that prefer the same simplified experience in matchmaking we offer our 'Date Nights' free of contracts or commitments.It's as simple as selecting your package, telling us your preferences and allowing us to arrange the evening. Sought after for our popularity, the personal service we offer and an unparalleled selection of daters you want to meet.(8-11-17)Former University of California, Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks will continue to collect his executive level pay, even though he's not returning to the classroom right away as originally planned.The Chapel hosts a special evening paying tribute the music of British rock greats The Who Saturday night with this benefit concert featuring appearances by current Who drummer Zak Starkey, Flamin' Groovies founder Cyril Jordan, Earthless guitar hero Isaiah Mitchell and much more.