Vinay Patel Arts Advocate
is tough to get ahold of
Neighborhood: The Mission
Gig: Director, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
What do you get obsessive about here in SF? The arts scene! We have it so good here, from the larger institutions to the amazing diverse cultural scene.
What are you up to these days? Professionally, I am working a few jobs in the arts world and love doing it. It gets very crazy leading up to the Spring when we do most of our programming. Personally, it's raising my 3 your old son with my wife and getting him accustomed to all that is SF! He loves the public transportation system so we take him on Bart and Muni to spots all over the city.
What's your favorite under-the-radar SF restaurant? Emmy's Spagetti Shack. Probably not so under anymore but love going there when I get a chance.
Where would you have your last meal on earth? I gotta go with Pancho Villa. It's been like a second kitchen to me for all these years. If I have to go with somewhere other than mom's cooking... it's Pancho Villa.
What would you change about SF? Nothing. This city is constantly changing - demographics, politics, art, culture, food - and that's what keeps it relevant. What I love about San Francisco the most is that we have a global mind and a local heart.