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Monday, September 15, 2014

Girls Inc of Alameda County Fundraiser Dinner

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Chef Dominica Rice-Cisneros's lamb birria. - SAMANTHA GREENLEE
  • Samantha Greenlee
  • Chef Dominica Rice-Cisneros's lamb birria.

Girls Inc. is a nonprofit that helps girls in underserved, high-risk communities  by providing developmental programs in various areas such as leadership, health and fitness, academic achievement, positive risk-taking, and more. Last Saturday, the nonprofit’s Alameda County chapter hosted a fundraiser event called Taste.

More than 400 people attended a four-course dinner prepared by an all-star lineup of inspiring East Bay female chefs that included Kim Alter from the Daniel Patterson Group, Dominca Rice-Cisneros from Cosecha, Preeti Mistry from Juhu Beach Club, Sophina Uong from Picán, and ten others. 

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Speed Rack: Cocktail Challenge for Breast Cancer Charity

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Last year's winner, Jill Webster - COURTESY OF SPEED RACK
  • Courtesy of Speed Rack
  • Last year's winner, Jill Webster

This Sunday the Oscars aren't the only show worth watching. Go cheer your favorite nominees for leading female bartender in a bar drama at the second annual breast cancer fundraiser Speed Rack. The competition is the first nationwide competition designed to highlight up-and-coming women in the cocktail industry, and give back to those impacted by breast cancer.

Starring an all-star cast of leading bartending ladies, this cocktail-studded event makes the perfect pre-game for your Oscar viewing. Set the TiVo on the Oscars, and go do a little good.

See also: SF Female Bartenders Breaking the Speed Rack Barrier

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Drink on for BuildOn: A Happy Hour to Feel Good About

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:30 PM

  • Soda Popinski's

What feels better than a few drinks after work with some friends? Simultaneously making the world a better place while doing it.

This Thursday (Jan. 31), Soda Popinski's in Nob Hill will host a happy hour benefitting buildOn, an organization that mobilizes urban youth to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through community service and education. BuildOn's San Francisco Young Professionals board will be guest bartending from 6 to 8 p.m., and offering two-for-one drinks between 6 and 7 p.m. All tips during the event will be donated back to the organization's work in the Bay Area. In addition to the drink specials, a free can of beer goes to each person who donates a coat to the cause.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Top Chefs and Restaurants Come Together for Two Charitable Events

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

  • Wine and Wishes

Share Our Strength Dinner

Where: Spruce, 3640 Sacramento (at Spruce), 931-5100

When: Tues., Jan. 22, 6 p.m.

Cost: $250

The rundown: Give us the chance to see celeb chefs (including Food Network alum Amanda Freitag) and taste a sweet chocolate cremeaux from Belinda Leong and we'll find a way to put together $250 for a charity dinner. Then there's the "good cause" feel good effect: Share Our Strength is a fiscally responsible charity that raises funds to end childhood hunger. Tasting food from Craig Stoll, Anthony Strong, Jason Berthold, Mark Sullivan & John Madriaga only sweetens the deal. (This writer is a longtime volunteer and one time project manager for SOS).

See also:

- Food & Farm Film Fest Screens at Roxie Theater in March

- Schulzies Bread Pudding Readies for Opening, Seeks More Funding on Kickstarter

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Food & Farm Film Fest Screens at Roxie Theater in March

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Food & Farm Film Fest takes place on Mar. 29-31 at Roxie Theater. - FLICKR/THOMAS HAWK

Food & Farm Film Fest

Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087

When: Mar. 29-31

Cost: $90 for full festival pass and opening party at Four Barrel (purchase in advance via Brown Paper Tickets)

The rundown: The slate of six screenings that will make up the first-ever Food & Farm Film Fest has yet to be announced, but full festival passes are now on sale for those earlybird types (events will be sold separately closer to the date as well). Public submissions of short films under 30 minutes are still being considered, with the winning selections to be notified at the beginning of February.

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- Weird and Random Glimpses of Food on Film

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Friday, December 28, 2012

San Francisco Baking Institute Seeks Signatures for Survival

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

A birds' eye view of graduation at San Francisco Baking Institute. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • A birds' eye view of graduation at San Francisco Baking Institute.

Eater brings the unfortunate word that San Francisco Baking Institute, which has trained many local professionals and armed them with the skills to open their own businesses, may have to remain closed while it is mired in state red tape to get their application for license renewal approved. The renewal was prompted by a change in state law. The 16-year-old school was ordered closed on December 21 as the application has yet to be processed.

Founder Michel Suas, a chef and author who also operates the Castro bakery Thorough Bread and Pastry, is considered a consummate bread god. He's helped colleagues like Thomas Keller, Alice Waters, and Nancy Silverton perfect the rising art. And now it's time to help him.

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- S.F. Rising: Epi From Thorough Bread and Pastry

- Sweet Beat: Thorough Bread and Pastry's Chocolate Bread

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Celebrate the End of Movember With a Mustache-Waxing Party at Comstock Saloon

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM


Whiskey Waxing Mustache and Beard Competition

When: Weds., Nov. 28, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Comstock Saloon

Cost: $10 donation at the door; food at menu prices.

The rundown: If you or someone you know is growing a majestic mustache for Movember and feel like getting some credit, head over to Comstock Saloon. Next Wednesday, the North Beach bar will be hosting a competition to see who has the best mustache and beard, as well as who has the best whiskey-drinking style. Whiskey-themed prizes will be awarded to first place, second place, and honorable mention.

See also:

- Donate One Warm Coat, Scarf a Sweet Treat

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Donate One Warm Coat, Scarf a Sweet Treat

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Goody Goodie's old-school chocolate chip cookies. - FLICKR/MARKEVNIC

From November 26 to December 10, 18 local pastry chefs will reward your donation of a coat to their One Warm Coat charity drive with a nice bite of dessert. For example, Prospect is giving out its addictive sea salted and cocoa nibbed caramel corn, Farallon is making walnut caramels and chocolate raspberry macarons, COCO500 has a chocolate peanut butter layered truffle, and Goody Goodie Cream and Sugar is offering an old-school chocolate chip cookie.

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- Tout Sweet: Get a Sugar Rush at Union Square's New Patisserie

- San Francisco's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

- San Francisco Chefs Want You to Eat Your Vegetables for Dessert

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Saturday: Magic Curry Kart Makes Burgers Appear at Fabric8

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Magic Curry Kart rides again. - BRIAN KIMBALL
  • Brian Kimball
  • Magic Curry Kart rides again.

Three and a half years after the birth of a street food business on Linda Street in the Mission, Brian Kimball has lately concentrated his Magic Curry Kart activities on putting his two chili sauces and trilogy of curry pastes on Northern California shelves. But on November 17, he'll pull his hand-crafted spice bicycle cart out of the garage to cook burgers at Fabric8 from 2-6 p.m.

The occasion is for a launch party to support the Mission art gallery's Kickstarter initiative to fund their new whimsical cityscape parklet designed by Ursula X. Young.

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- Magic Curry Kart Introduces Yellow Curry Paste

- Whole Foods Unveils S.F. Street-Food Line: Sauces from Magic Curry Kart

- Magic Curry Kart's Latest Specialty: Panties

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Help Sandy Victims by Eating Cupcakes

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 1:15 PM

If buying delicious salsa to support Sandy relief efforts isn't your thing, maybe you'll like this sweet deal: Now through Sunday the 11th, local favorite Kara's Cupcakes is selling a Red Cross Tuxedo cupcake ($3.75) -- chocolate cake with bourbon-vanilla frosting -- and donating proceeds to the Red Cross.

See also:

- Google's First Exec. Chef Raising Money for the Red Cross

- Buy Salsa, Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

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