The Den, the newest offshoot of super-modern, super-cool Bay Area-area bakery Craftsman and Wolves, soft-opened on Monday. On the menu: Its famously-photogenic pastries like Japanese milk bread and kougin amann, plus a curated menu of sandwiches and salads. But as beautiful as the food is, the most striking thing about the new spot is the decor. One entire wall of the small space is streaked with vibrant shades of blue, a custom mural by Bay Area painter Heather Day. Food & Wine chatted with the artist about how to design a café in the age of food photography, plus what to order when you go to The Den.
How did you get involved with this project?
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William Werner, the chef/owner, found me on Instagram. He left it very open-ended and told me that he loved my work and was going to just trust me on it. When I take on a commission, it has to be with someone with an open mind because ultimately my work is unplanned and they don’t totally know what they're going to get. And that's the beauty of it. When I start to plan, it can kind of fall flat, it's less energetic. It's just missing kind of its soul.