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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Taste Marketplace Seeks Vendors for Foodie Fundraisers

Posted By on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM

click to enlarge Sandbox baker Surangrat Chulasuwan (Nute's Cupcakes) plans to sell mini cupcakes at the Nov. 27 event. - NUTE'S CUPCAKE/FACEBOOK
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  • Sandbox baker Surangrat Chulasuwan (Nute's Cupcakes) plans to sell mini cupcakes at the Nov. 27 event.

Maybe only Brooklyn can vie with the Bay Area to boast the nation's stiffest concentration of home-based food talent. Then again, maybe the opportunities for DIY sales just happen to be thicker here, from the flea-market scene of the Underground Markets to impromptu Friday-night food pods on Valencia.

This month witnesses the birth of San Francisco's latest food pop-up, the New Taste Marketplace. Two are scheduled (Nov. 27 and Dec. 18), both fundraisers for The Food Pantry, a weekly, um, food pantry at St. Gregory of Nissa Episcopal Church in Potrero Hill (500 DeHaro, at Mariposa). Admission to the pop-up markets is free, though you'll be encouraged to make a donation to the pantry. New Taste Marketplace organizer Elianna Friedman hopes to sign up 30 vendors for the November pop-up. Who's on board so far?

There's Nute's Cupcakes, the after-hours mini-cupcake project by Sandbox Bakery's Surangrat Chulasuwan that's been setting up Sundays near the Blue Bottle kiosk on Linden. It'll also be the public debut of Goat Hill Granola, creatively spiced offerings (including Indian Spice: ginger, cashews, and garam masala. East Bay vegan ice cream maker Sarah Smart of Rocket Ship is on board for scooping. And since Friedman's husband is Beer & Nosh's Jesse Friedman, expect the blogger's ginger ale, made from fresh ginger, lemons, and organic sugar, served on tap.

Interested in becoming a vendor yourself? E-mail Elianna Friedman at newtastemarket@gmail.com. If you'd rather eat than sell, check back for details on when and where to haul your appetite.

Follow us on Twitter: @sfoodie. Contact me at John.Birdsall@SFWeekly.com

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