Philip Andrew Hall

I tell stories. That's what I do. 

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in sociology, I spent seven years working in feature and independent film development for some of Hollywood’s biggest producers (Garden State, Devil Wears Prada, SWAT, Beyond Borders, Alvin & the Chipmunks). While reading screenplays and manuscripts, writing coverage, negotiating option rights on new material, and schmoozing and pitching studio execs, I began writing my first book Memoirs of a Gaysha Punim. Before my soul turned to tar and I pulled out my last remaining patches of hair (thank god for Propecia), I took a leap of faith and quit “the biz,” moved to San Francisco, and went back to my roots—eating and telling stories!

Today I'm a professional storyteller and the founder of I'm a freelance writer and photographer in the food, beverage and tourism industries. Several days a week I also give private and public tours of San Francisco’s hippest neighborhoods as a culinary guide for Avital Tours.

My novel (Tightly Knit) and memoir (Memoirs of a Gaysha Punim) are available for publication. Literary agents and editors interested in reading pages, can contact me for details. 

Some Recently Published Material


Publication: Distiller Magazine

Title: United We Thrive


Publication: Distiller Magazine

Title: America's First Sweet Potato Vodka

Publication: Spirited Magazine

Title: Kava 101: What is this tropical intoxicant - and is it safe?


Publication: 7x7 Magazine

Title: 5 Bay Area Distilleries That Lift Our Spirits


Publication: Distiller Magazine

Title: Paving the Way: Meet Three Women Shaping American Craft Spirits


Publication: 7x7 Magazine

Title: How One Restaurateur Is Crushing it in America's Most Competitive Food Town



Title: various pieces from November 2012 to present


Publication: Echo Magazine-August 2017

Title: Tying the Tuscan Knot: Gay Destination Wedding Do’s and Don’ts 


Publication: Adelante Magazine-July 2017

Title: Raving About the Russian River: Your Guide to a Wine Country Weekend


Publication: Solar Professional Magazine-March/April 2016

Title: Solar Marketing in the Digital Age


Publication: Adelante Magazine-August 2017

Title: The World’s Hottest Destination

Subtitle: is Covered in Ice


Publication: The Gayly-October 2017

Title: The Goblin Eye Cocktail