Two Benefits Near to My HeartNovember 16, 2012
One Warm Coat
Most of the fundraisers I participate in I don’t blog about but I am involved with two this month that are important. Well they are actually all worthy but with Hurricane Sandy news still fresh, the cold weather in the Bay Area, and the holidays approaching these are really near to my heart.
The first is a benefit dinner for The Red Cross and Hurricane Sandy victims on Thursday November 29th at 1300 Fillmore. It’s a dinner collaboration with David Lawrence chef/owner of 1300 Fillmore and Hoss Zaré of Zaré at Flytrap. I barged by way into this event. I happened to be sitting at my computer just when the SF Eater announcement popped on to my screen. I immediately emailed them both to ask if I could join in and prepare dessert. It’s a good cause plus these are two chefs I like, respect and haven’t had a chance to cook with before. It will be a fun evening with good food and wine. I will be serving my Double Chocolate Napoleon. Its cocoa nib tuiles stacked with Hawaiian Milk Chocolate pudding, and served with coffee crème anglaise and salted peanuts. Guittard Chocolate has been kind enough to donate the chocolate, cocoa nibs and cocoa powder.
To entice you more here’s the menu for David and Hoss’ savory food with the wine pairings:
Pistachio Pork Meatball w/Red Harissa, Honey, Pomegranate
Barbeque Shrimps and Grits
Buttermilk Fried Quail Salad Poached Quail Egg, Bacon-Creole Mustard Vinaigrette 2008 Miura, Pinot Noir, Monterey County
Classic Southern Persian “Ghalieh Mahi” Clams, Mussels, Prawns, Crispy Saffron Rice Cake Chateau Musar juene viogner, Vermentino & Chardonnay
Pan Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast Caramelized Onion Yam Potato Rosti
Huckleberry Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate Gastrique Sauce, 2010 1300, Tempranillo, Tejada Vineyard, Lake County
To buy tickets go to: sfchefsfoodwine.com/events/11/29/soulful-supper-club. Please come. New Yorkers are hardy people and will endure this tragedy but they need our help.
The second charity is a coat drive I have organized between One Warm Coat and San Francisco Pastry Chefs. It runs from November 26th through December 10th. For every coat donation you drop off at any of the participating restaurants the pastry chef will give you a little something sweet. It’s not really necessary to give a reason for this drive. Everyone deserves to have a warm coat. Clean out your closet and bring us those coats you haven’t worn in a year and deep down you know you never will. Not only will you feel better when you do, you’ll get a sweet reward. All coats will be donated to Glide Memorial Church. Participating restaurants are:
Name Address Donations
One Market 1 Market Street Noon-9 PM
Tartine Bakery 600 Guerrero 8AM-6PM
La Folie Restaurant and Lounge 2316 Polk Street 10AM-10PM
Farallon Restaurant 450 Post Street 5PM-10 PM
Waterbar 399 The Embarcadero 11AM-10PM
Goody Goody Cream & Sugar 1830 Harrison 8AM-3PM
Kitchen 1750D Cesar Chavez 9AM-3PM
Range 842 Valencia 6PM-10PM
Town Hall 342 Howard 11:30PM-6PM M-F
Brasserie S&P Mandarin Oriental 222 Sansome 7AM-11PM
Bourbon Steak 335 Powell, 13th Floor 9AM-5PM M-F
Zare’s Flytrap 606 Folsom 9AM-5PM M-SA
COCO500 500 Brannan 11:30AM-10PM
Prospect 300 Spear St 4PM-10PM
Absinthe Pastry 201 Ivy 9AM-5PM
Tout Sweet 1750 Cesar Chavez, Unit D 9AM-3PM
Noe Valley Bakery 4073 24th St 7AM-6PM
1300 Fillmore 1300 Fillmore 4:30PM-9PM
Baker and Banker 1701 Octavia Street 9AM-5PM W-SU
If you are not in San Francisco go to onewarmcoat.org and you can find coat drives in your area.
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving filled with good food, family and friends.