Two Benefits Near to My Heart

November 16, 2012

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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 

First Course

Buttermilk Fried Quail Salad Poached Quail Egg, Bacon-Creole Mustard Vinaigrette  2008 Miura, Pinot Noir, Monterey County

Second Course

Classic Southern Persian “Ghalieh Mahi” Clams, Mussels, Prawns, Crispy Saffron Rice Cake Chateau Musar juene viogner, Vermentino & Chardonnay

Third Course

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.

One comment

  1. A very kind gesture. My Father use to donate his “gentler older clothes” to the homeless, and I also follow in his footsteps. I like knowing someone will feel warmer and better about themselves.
    Good goin’ Emily!

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