Help me name my future restaurant! I'd love to hear what you think of some names I've come up with... and I'd be tickled if you'd share your suggestions for a name. EVERY DAY I'LL POST A NEW NAME. Please express your honest opinions in the poll and leave comments. Thanks for playing the Name Game!
Most of you are already familiar with our first contestant: Olallie.
The name Olallie comes from olallieberry, a favorite locally grown blackberry hybrid. Many locals, particularly in family-friendly Noe Valley, trek down to Pescadero every summer to pick the delicate, juicy berries directly in the fields. For many city dwellers, it is the one day they visit a farm each year. Naming my restaurant after the olallieberry highlights my restaurant's focus on forging a relationship between farmer and diner, the "field to fork" connection.
Places emphasis on "field to fork" connection.
Local. Olallieberries are almost exclusively grown in the Bay Area.
Fun to say. Sounds like a song. Feels like a smile. Lots of positive connotations. Pies. Jam.
Already established: associated as name for my restaurant for the past year.
Somewhat quirky. Generic word for "berry" in Chinook jargon.
Difficult to pronounce. May require pronunciation guideline on menus and website.
Confusion over correct pronunciation. o-LA-lee, o-LA-leh, or o-LA-la. (Never, however, o-la-LEE, which sounds vaguely French to my ear and recalls a rather silly Beattles song. You know the one. Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on....).
Difficult to spell. Often misspelled Ollalie.
Requires explanation: "Olallie, as in olallieberry, a type of local blackberry."
No connection to my cooking influences from Spain and her Mediterranean neighbors.
What do you think? Take the poll and leave your comments. And remember, each comment counts as a raffle ticket in a drawing for a free dinner for two at my future restaurant (scheduled to open mid 2008).