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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rosie Branson Gill Talks 18 Reasons' 18th Hour

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM


If you've found yourself drawn to the steadily expanding food scene between Guerrero and Dolores on 18th, you've wandered past the swanky, relatively new digs of Bi-Rite's 18 Reasons. Following the footsteps of its former incarnation, the dapper space is used as an assortment of things: classroom, event space, even makeshift restaurant when needed. 

Events at 18 Reasons are, for the most part, ticketed affairs, allowing a few people the chance to immerse themselves in small, personalized programs but leaving more than a few unlucky foodies looking in from the outside. With these folks in mind, 18 Reasons Program Director Rosie Branson Gill initiated the 18th Hour nights, a weekly collaboration between Bi-Rite and 18 Reasons open to the public. 

"18th Hour is an event we created so that people can simply come and hang out at 18 Reasons over tasty food," Branson Gill told SF Foodie. "Also, 18th Hour differs from our other events because the proceeds from it support our youth classes and community service work." 

For 18th Hour, the Bi-Rite Market staff has selected an assortment of items that help to highlight what's happening at the narrow grocery store. "People have a chance to taste cheeses, wines, and meats at their peak," Branson Gill said. Foods at the event are picked with one thought in mind: "We just try to offer something delicious -- a cheese that is oozingly ripe or a beer that we are excited about at the moment. Everything rotates weekly depending on what tastes fantastic!" 

18th Hour occurs every Thursday at 6pm and has in the past offered dishes like a freshly cut cheese plate as well as Mushroom Mozzarella Empanadas. Take a night off from the crushing line of the Bi-Rite Market and saunter your way over to 18 Reasons for a little taste of what just might be in season.

All of 18 Reasons events can be found here.

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