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Friday, May 24, 2013

The Making of a Charitable Food Movement: May 31 at SFMOMA

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM


Pause your Netflix cheating ways and take in some live food/art -- Nucky Thompson and all his gun play and illicit hot sex can hold! The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is serving up a too-tempting multimedia free exhibit with the Kitchen Sisters called "The Making Of..." which has 100 artisans making everything from hotrods to kimchi, violins to submerged turntables throughout the museum. Since SFMOMA is shuttering for renovations, "The Making Of..." is something of a til-we-meet-again fiesta.

On Friday May 31, there will be an added spectacle that even has the potential halo effect via "The Making of a Charitable Food Movement" which provides real sustenance for folks that need it. Mission Street Food's Karen Leibowitz says their event is definitely an experiment. Originally she talked to Kitchen Sister Davia Nelson about participating and thought they would do a pop-up restaurant. It was quickly obvious that something bigger made sense. Anthony Myint explains how their personal business philosophy is at play, "We've been involved with restaurants with a charitable agenda. I suspect that if we didn't have a charitable agenda, and lowered prices, people would still be interested."

See also: Art and Food Join Forces at SFMOMA's Collaboration With Hip S.F. Restaurants

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To access "The Making of" next Friday, turn directly right at the museum's street level entrance to the Charles Schwab auditorium, where demos include La Cocina's Caleb Zigas talking about opportunity; Tartine Bread God Chad Robertson demystifying bread; and Central Kitchen's Ryan Pollnow likely getting everyone drooling on their sleeves over the making of cured meats. Once properly starving, pony up $5 a pop for snacks from Bar Tartine, La Cocina, Mission Chinese Food, Stag Dining Group, Tacolicious and Wise Sons Deli -- with $1 of each sale going to meals for those in need.

Or, consider going big: buy a $50 restaurant gift certificate at and a full $5 goes to the food bank; the certificates can be bought that one day only and Myint says they are something of a "win-win" for the restaurants involved. All gift certificates can be used at spots like Atelier Crenn, Coi, State Bird Provisions, Sons & Daughters, St. Vincent & a slew of others. is the philanthropic platform created by a local developer named Simon Huynh, who is a friend of Leibowitz and Myint. If at least 50,000 meals get funded through The San Francisco and Marin Food Bank, then will continue after May 31. And presumably Huynh et al will be busier than ever.

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