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The Examiner spotlights good people and good work on its daily Kudos page. Here’s a look at Bay Area residents who are serving their community, reaching milestones, making discoveries and celebrating accomplishments.


“Saving seeds of special things to eat — heirlooms — is fun and deeply rewarding.”

Occupation: Vegetable and fruit grower, seed conservationist, author

Home: Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Achievement: Dedicated to preserving endangered plant strains, the grower who cultivates heirloom vegetables at her farm and chairs the Seed Savers Exchange board of directors will speak at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club at noon Sept. 10.

Jackie Patterson

“‘Cocktailian’ bartending gives me the opportunity to be creative and bring people unexpected happiness through new tastes and flavor combinations.”

Occupation: Bartender

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The mixologist at San Francisco’s Orson restaurant won Plymouth Gin’s Pour Off Competition with her recipe for “Mint Condition”: 1½ ounces Plymouth Gin; three-fourths ounce La Gitana manzanilla sherry; half-ounce lemon juice, and five mint leaves plus one for garnish.


“Helping other small Web business owner-operators who have a passion for their work is the main reason I have a passion for mine.”

Occupation: President, R3R.com

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The young Web business consultant recently completed an overhaul of a niche web business — DUI.com — turning it into one of the most prominent players in its industry. The site’s rapid growth resulted in a successful sale of the company.


“When my brother and I opened our shop, we were told we would never make it at that location. There was no foot traffic, not much car traffic and no freeway.”

Occupation: Owner, Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Home: Hillsborough

Achievement: The ice cream maker and his brother Jack opened Mitchell’s Ice Cream with 20 American flavors 55 years ago. In the 1960s, they were the first to make mango ice cream in the Bay Area.

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