How To Support California Wildfire Victims This Holiday Season and Beyond!

In October, residents of a number of Northern California counties battled some of the most destructive wildfires in California history. And sadly, in early December, another series of enormous wildfires broke out in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Los Angeles counties, of which the Thomas Fire continues to burn and threatens to become the largest blaze in state history.

So many of our neighbors and fellow Californians have lost so much and if you’d like to support their efforts to rebuild and recover, we have listed a few ways to do so below. In addition to helping those immediately affected by the fires through donations and volunteer efforts, we have also included ways in which you can support the local economies the affected areas depend on.

Northern California:

– Wine Country Strong: Wine Country Strong’s mission is to provide the affected communities with monetary relief:

– Rebuild Wine Country: In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County to rebuild homes in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake and Mendocino Counties:

– North Bay Fire Relief: Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, Inc., in partnership with Redwood Credit Union (RCU), The Press Democrat, and Senator Mike McGuire, is accepting financial donations to assist fire victims and aid relief efforts. 100% of the tax-deductible donations will go directly to support those affected.

– Wines That Are Giving Back: To purchase wines that are giving back, here are some from wineries supporting fire relief efforts and these wines will also make excellent choices for all manner of holiday tables:

– Shop Local, 10 Iconic Sonoma Foods: Sonoma County is renowned for so many incredible food items, many of which will make any holiday meal that more memorable while supporting the local economy which needs it so much:

Southern California:

– Thomas Fire Fund: 100% of proceeds goes directly to the fund. United Way of Ventura County, United Way of Santa Barbara County, the American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s office of Emergency Services have formed a strategic partnership that will be vital in helping the community recovery.

– Humane Society of Ventura County: More than 100 animals are being housed at the Humane Society location. They’re in need of alfalfa hay, Timothy hay, cat food, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses and power generators, as well as snacks for their volunteers.

– California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation: The California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation has set up this website  to accept donations to help people and horses affected by the Southern California fire that destroyed much of the San Luis Rey training center:

– Thomas Fire Pop Up: This is a temporary pop up “store” created by donations from community members for the victims of the Thomas Fire. It is 100% free for survi

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Scared of Dark Paint? Frances Merrill of Reath Design Goes Over to the Dark Side With The New York Times!

Dark paint can be intimidating and sometimes can seem like too big of a commitment. Frances Merrill of Reath Design, known for her bold and fearless use of color, pattern and texture, talked to The New York Times recently about why we should embrace the dark:

“A deep, rich color goes an especially long way in a room without a lot of natural light, as dim rooms look particularly dull in lighter colors,” said Frances Merrill, the founder of Reath Design in Los Angeles, who painted her children’s room Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon gray. “It makes the small space feel finished and gives definition to the ever-rotating collection of artwork.”

In the playroom, she used Templeton Gray from Benjamin Moore. “Every surface in this room is usually covered in a layer of Legos and half-finished science experiments,” she said. “I find that the deeper colors mask the chaos.”

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Adventures in San Pedro

What started as a trading post by Spanish missionary monks, the San Pedro Bay was first used by Spanish ships starting in the 1540s. With a rich maritime history, and an Ethnically diverse community, we were thrilled when our longtime clients and friends Greg & Yunnie Morena told us they were continuing to grow their brand by opening a new restaurant in “Pedro.” With 30 years of entrepreneurial ventures between them, including their wildly successful restaurant, The Albright, the longest-running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier, Pappy’s menu emphasizes sustainable and local seafood, sourced fresh from the Port of Los Angeles. In addition to meal a Pappy’s, here are a few of our favorite other places not to miss in Historic Downtown San Pedro. 

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Frances Merrill of Reath Design Talks Fall Design Inspiration With The Wall Street Journal

Frances Merrill of Reath Design recently spoke with The Wall Street Journal about fall design updates for the home. To add some coziness, not to mention an incredibly durable surface, Frances loves to upholster furniture with antique and vintage rugs and heavy textiles. People often have rugs and other textiles just sitting around not being used so upholstering with these items is not only cost-effective and sustainable but their often beautiful faded colors and texture offer a worn in, casual luxury that brand new fabrics do not!

Expert tip from Frances: for family’s with young children, she often will upholster the living room coffee table which provides high impact style while doing away with potentially dangerous sharp corners.

You can check out the full story here:


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Grand Opening of Pappy’s Seafood in Downtown San Pedro

Our client, Greg Morena, was featured on the cover of San Pedro Today for the opening of his new restaurant, Pappy’s Seafood!

Pappy’s menu emphasizes sustainable and local seafood, sourced fresh from the Port of Los Angeles. Classic seafood fare and an assortment of house-made drinks are made from high quality, fresh ingredients. Highlights include shrimp cake sliders, fish & chips, a clambake party, Brazilian Moqueca Stew, and a customizable, fresh fish grill. Eater LA writes, “the Morenas should have no problem bringing seafood and craft beer and a casual vibe (complete with live music and events) to the address. After all, they’re already the owners of The Albright on the Santa Monica Pier.”

The comfortable yet upscale dining experience appeals to families and happy hour-goers. Owners Yunnie and Greg Morena celebrate the motley heritage of the historic structure through the restaurant’s new design, creating a classic, seaside atmosphere. Influenced by the mix of San Pedro’s new and old cultures, Pappy’s décor pays homage to the city’s vintage L.A. roots. The interior space is anchored by a reclaimed brass bar from the old Fisherman’s Market at The Ports o’ Call, which serves craft beers on tap, an assortment of local wines, and will soon offer a selection of signature cocktails.

Pappy’s Seafood is located at 301 West 6th Street in Downtown and is open Sunday through Thursday, 11:30am – 10:30pm and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 to 1:30am.

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Historic San Francisco Home

Nina Hatvany of Pacific Union Real Estate in San Francisco is thrilled to be representing this incredible new listing, 3500 Jackson Street, a historic, Tudor-style mansion in Presidio Heights. Built in 1909 for Leon and Elizabeth Roos, 2017 marks the first time this property has ever been on the market. The 10,313 square-foot home has undergone some updates but the amazing original architecture and unique design elements remain untouched. It is included in the National Register of Historic Places and is listed for $16 million.

Designed by renowned architect Bernard Maybeck, this Gothic-style home comes complete with gargoyles, original velvet door panels and dark oak furnishings. Living areas throughout the home boast 30-foot ceilings, old-growth redwood panelling and leaded glass windows. A 16-foot stone fireplace with a custom metal pot anchors one of three living spaces and enhances the truly old world charm of the home while each window affords magnificent views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the neighboring Marin skyline. This iconic property offers an unparalleled sense of history while also being a comfortable and warm family home. 

This unique listing was featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Pursuits, San Francisco Chronicle, Robb Report, San Francisco Business Times, SF Gate, Mansion Global, Curbed and The Mercury News.

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30 Lazy Summer Dinners to Make Every Night in June

PureWow’s round-up of  “30 Lazy Summer Dinners to Make Every Night in June” includes two mouth-watering recipes from Weeknight Society. Check out the delicious and easy-to-make recipes below.

Spicy Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos

Spicy bean and sweet potato tacos. They’re vegetarian and packed with protein, so it’s the perfect option for Meatless Mondays or Taco Tuesdays.



2 tablespoons butter

1 sweet potato, diced

1 onion, sliced

1 can black beans, drained

1 can pinto beans, drained

1 teaspoon chipotle powder

2 teaspoons cumin powder

1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds

1 package soft tortillas

½ cup sour cream

1 avocado, sliced

1 lime, cut into wedges

1 bunch cilantro, chopped


1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the sweet potatoes and onions. Sauté until slightly browned, about five minutes.

2. Add the beans and spices. Cook over medium heat until the veggies have softened, about 10 minutes.

3. Smash the beans with the back of a spoon until the mixture has thickened slightly.

4. Scoop the bean mixture into soft tortillas. Top with sour cream, avocado and cilantro to taste. Serve with lime wedges.

One-Pot Orecchiette Ragu

It’s ready in 30 minutes, and there’s only one dish to clean after. Total win.



1 pound Italian pork sausage

1 cup chopped red onion

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup diced carrots

1 cup diced celery

3 cups chopped dino kale

1 pound dry orecchiette pasta

6 ounces tomato paste


1. In a large saucepan (at least 4 quarts), cook the sausage until browned. Remove from pan, reserving the rendered fat of the sausage.

2. In the same pan, cook the onion, garlic, celery and carrot in the rendered sausage fat until the vegetables are slightly softened.

3. Add the kale and cook until softened.

4. Add the tomato paste and 1½ cups water. Bring to a boil. Return the sausage to the pan and add the noodles.

5. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

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CAP UCLA Teams Up With Theatre at Ace Hotel

Beginning in September, CAP UCLA, the organization known for presenting contemporary, often experimental, live performances is partnering with the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles to bring a third of its programming to the center of the city. The crosstown collaboration will include the Los Angeles premiere of Taylor Mac’s critically acclaimed “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” a Pulitzer finalist and one of the most buzzed-about pieces of performance art this year. The 2017-18 season for CAP UCLA launches in September and will feature about 50 main-stage acts. Fifteen will appear at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Highlights include a mid-career survey of the work of sound artist Ryoji Ikeda, who “basically creates poetry out of binary code,” Edmunds said; Oakland-based jazz vocalist Goapele; Meow Meow, the “cabaret diva of glamour and goodness,” with musician Thomas Lauderdale; and visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra in a conceptual talk about growing up across the street from the brothel that “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” was based on. That event will feature actress Lili Taylor on guitar. Then there is theater artist Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.” The epic show is a cycle of four music, dance and spoken-word plays, each six hours long, that challenge an establishment culture rooted in sexism, racism and homophobia. The themes are explored through 246 popular songs from 1776 to 2016.

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New Client Update: Weeknight Society

It’s been a busy spring at Malloy & Co. so far! We are excited to bring on a new and incredibly talented client: Alexandra Hedin of Weeknight Society

Lifestyle expert, Alexandra Hedin, created Weeknight Society to help busy parents, like herself, prepare delicious, healthy and manageable weeknight meals for their families. Every Saturday, weekly menus are uploaded to the custom app, complete with step-by-step photography and an aggregate grocery list, which allows you to check off items as you shop. Calling for seasonal ingredients found at a local farmer’s market or grocer, these meals help you take advantage of the freshest flavors of the season!

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Intern Spotlight

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