The Dinner Party Project, a Series of Pop-Up Dinners for SF Chefs
By: Marcia Gagliardi "The Tablehopper"
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Some of the most exciting chefs in SF are getting together for dinner. You’re invited. What do you do? Say yes, of course. SF Chefs 2012 presents the Dinner Party Project, a series of one-night-only pop-up dinners with chefs who are not just collaborators in the kitchen, but friends outside the kitchen too. Each dinner also includes a Campari aperitif and beverage pairings.
Sign up for dinner on Thursday June 21st to see the Stars Realigned: Jan Birnbaum (EPIC Roasthouse), Mark Franz (Farallon), Parke Ulrich (Waterbar), Emily Luchetti (Waterbar), Pat Kuleto, and special guest chef Jeremiah Tower. These friends will start dinner at 6pm at Waterbar with hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, and a Campari aperitif, then move to EPIC Roasthouse for a six-course meal. Witness a reunion straight out of California culinary history, with Narsai David and Cecilia Chiang also joining in. Yeah, this one will be extra-special. 6pm. $350.
399 The Embarcadero at Folsom, 415-284-9922.
On Thursday June 28th, friends and neighbors Mark Dommen (One Market) and Staffan Terje (Perbacco, Barbacco) are cooking up the Two Chefs, One Beast dinner at One Market, featuring their signature whole-animal cooking styles, using Rossotti Ranch goat. 6pm. $125.
1 Market Plaza at Steuart, 415-777-5577.
Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn) and Jason Fox (Commonwealth) will bring together their molecular techniques and modernist aesthetics in what’s sure to be a well-composed dinner on Sunday July 8th. More details coming soon.
Have a Modern American Picnic with Lori Baker and Jeff Banker (Baker & Banker) and Nick Balla (Bar Tartine) on Monday July 9th at Baker & Banker. Get picnic faves like fried chicken and mac and cheese paired with local beers on tap—without the pesky bugs. 6pm and 8pm. $135.
1701 Octavia St. at Bush, 415-351-2500.
Jen Biesty (Scala’s) and Alicia Jenish (Grand Café) are cooking together on Monday July 16th for Family Night: Going Basque at Grand Café. They’re serving up a family-style Basque feast, a cuisine they formed a friendship over. 6:30pm. $85.
501 Geary St. at Taylor, 415-292-0101.
Telmo Faria (Tacolicious), Ryan Farr (4505 Meats), and Alex Ong (Betelnut) are collaborating on a Street Feast on Thursday July 19th at the Tacolicious Mission location. They’ll be roasting a whole pig and offering up family-style Asian- and Mexican-inspired platters. Look for Farr’s pork auction to benefit CUESA: he will carve a whole animal before the meal and his cuts will be auctioned off, along with a chef dinner for 10. 6:30pm. $95.
741 Valencia St. at 18th St., 415-346-1966.
Must be 21 and over to attend dinners. Advanced ticket purchase required. All prices inclusive of beverages and gratuity. Visa Signature cardholders, look for additional discounts. A portion of the proceeds from each dinner will benefit local nonprofit CUESA.
Marcia Gagliardi writes a popular insider weekly e-column about the SF dining scene, “the tablehopper.” Subscribe for free at www.tablehopper.com.
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