It all started in 1981, when friends asked Stuart Gordon to invest in a new Napa Valley restaurant, Auberge du Soleil, which quickly rocketed to fame among Napa Valley's fine-dining venues. Two years later, the famous Swiss-trained Japanese chef of Auberge du Soleil decided to open Masa's in San Francisco and Stuart agreed to back that start-up as well. Like Auberge du Soleil, Masa's enjoyed great success, quickly becoming one of the city's top eateries. Over the next three decades, Mr. Gordon has continued to invest in dozens of upscale California eateries, amassing an impressive portfolio including Gary Danko, The French Laundry, Epic Roasthouse, and Home.
In the Spring 2010 issue of Transcript magazine, published quarterly by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Mr. Gordon's alma mater traces his record of success from a star Cal baseball pitcher, the president of his law school class and the highest grade earner, to one of the Bay Area's most prominent restaurateurs and litigators. Noted for his "five-star service," Mr. Gordon was also recognized for recently receiving the Boalt Hall Alumni Association's "Citation Award," the highest honor bestowed on Boalt alumni for his dedication to public service, his contributions to the legal profession, and his support of Boalt Hall.
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