Kudos: Gardening, building and seduction by food

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.

KRISTEN NATOLI

“The exciting part of this position is working in planted exhibits alongside living animals.”

Occupation  Horticulturist

Home  San Francisco

Achievement  The career gardener has planted a lifelike swamp in the Everglades exhibit in San Francisco’s new California Academy of Sciences building. She will tend the plants in the company of three alligators when the museum opens later this month.

JOHN LUM

“[With my work on green construction projects], I hope green features become an affordable norm to the general public.”

Occupation  Architect

Home  San Francisco

Achievement  The architect’s environmental commitment to think efficiently and consume smartly is reflected in his distinctive designs and his volunteer efforts for the San Francisco  Museum and Historical Society board of directors.

TONY WILKINS

“I decided to write this book because, as a single man, I believe in romance and the art of seduction through food.”

Occupation  Author

Home  San Francisco

Achievement  The serial entrepreneur and author wrote a book titled “The Single Person’s Cookbook — Lessons in Life, Love and Food,” which offers a culinary sampling of Southern, Italian and rustic cuisines.

CHLOÉ HARRIS, FRANKIE FRANKENY

“As LGBT people, we live in a country where we have the same freedoms but not the same rights as our straight friends and siblings. When it comes to marriage, we just want the same rights to love and family as everybody else.”

Occupation  Writer and photographer/marketer, respectively

Home  San Francisco

Achievement  The couple raised more than $40,000 for the San Francisco Leadership Council of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to help further and support GLAAD’s culture-changing work toward LGBT marriage equality.

Dickens House Tour offers design ideas, preview of holiday boutique

The Dickens House Design Tour is back due to popular demand. The  designer showcase will be held at an exquisite Hillsborough estate boasting elegant aesthetics, from art and architecture to fine furnishings. Tours run Thursday through Monday and Sept. 18-22.  Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The tours also represent a preview event to the Dickens House Holiday Boutique, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and will run from Oct. 18-Nov. 2. The boutique is the home of holiday treats, ornaments and gift items.

Proceeds from 2008 Dickens House events go to students and programs of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School in San Mateo.

The Dickens House is located at 333 Uplands Drive in Hillsborough; tour tickets are $40 general, $150 for a preview opening Wednesday. For more information, call (650) 548-6700 or visit www.dickenshouse.com.

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