Craftsman and Wolves (CAW) is an award-winning contemporary patisserie in San Francisco with three storefront locations including CAW Valencia in the vibrant Mission district; CAW Pacific in the growing Russian Hill/Nob Hill neighborhood; and The Den in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood. CAW also has a farmers’ market stand at the venerable CUESA Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and an online retail shop shipping nationwide.
With a nod to classic French technique and an emphasis on seasonal change, CAW offers pastries, cakes, confections, confitures, breads, desserts, as well as savory fare and signature drinks. The name represents the craftsman and the numerous challenges that he or she faces when pursuing their craft (the wolves).
For Chef/Partner William Werner, Craftsman and Wolves is the pursuit of fifteen years’ experience in restaurants and hotels on both the East and West Coast during which he has refined techniques for pastry and chocolate work, honed in on his presentation style, and expanded his palette of flavors.
Since opening the first location in 2012, Werner has garnered praise both locally and nationally in publications, including New York Times T magazine, Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Esquire, Food and Wine, and Bon Appétit. GQ magazine named his famous “Rebel Within” as #6 on "The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now.” He is a 2015 and 2016 James Beard Foundation “Outstanding Baker” finalist; one of Dessert Professional’s “Top Ten Pastry Chefs of America 2015”; The Passion Company’s “2015 Most Passionate Chef/Restaurateur in San Francisco”; and San Francisco Magazine’s “2014 Best Pastry Chef.”
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