Culinary Events Include Foodwise Summer Bash, Guest Chefs at Greens and Turntable, Marlena Pops Up for the Summer

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The Grand Hall will be open for the Foodwise Summer Bash! Photo courtesy of Foodwise.

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The view at Greens. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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A dish from Marlena’s Summer Camp at Hotel Zeppelin menu. Photo: Garrett Scafani.

It’s great to see events continue to return, and a big one is the Foodwise Summer Bash (formerly CUESA) on Sunday July 10th. Among their 30 food participants (including Causwells, Delfina, Mi Comedor, Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement, Prubechu, Reem’s California, Shuggie’s, and Sister), they just added a few more food partners, including Hilda and Jesse and Pomella. Beverage partners (15 in all) include Brucato Amaro (love), Far West Cider, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Hangar 1, Wildhawk, and more! Peak-season produce will be in the house!

After two years apart, the event is going to be both outside in front of the Ferry Building on the sunny Embarcadero promenade and upstairs in the Grand Hall for the first time ever, making for a gorgeous and spacious experience. Beyond being a delicious party, this fundraising event supports Foodwise farmers markets and raises critical funds for free food access and education programs, such as Foodwise Kids and Foodwise Teens, which serve more than 3,000 SFUSD youth each year. A portion of the proceeds also underwrite the costs of their participating restaurants.

Tickets are $165, but tablehopper readers get styled with a 15 percent discount code: tablehopperfriend. See you there! 5:30pm-8pm, Ferry Building.

Recently, ~GREENS~ announced their new executive chef, Katie Reicher, the fourth female chef to helm the San Francisco icon (since 1979!), who is implementing a new menu every month. And now, they just announced a guest chef summer dinner series, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Foodwise! The guest chef lineup includes Crystal Wahpepah of the Native American (and James Beard-nominated) Wahpepah’s Kitchen (June 28th), Heena Patel of Gujarati Besharam (August 9th), and Adiam Tsegaye of Oakland’s Ethiopian Mela Bistro (September 28th). Greens’ chef Katie Reicher will collaborate with the all-female trio on vegetarian menus made from locally sourced ingredients. Tickets are $120 per person, plus tax and fees. Seating is limited; book soon before the dinners sell out.

I am super-excited to hear James Beard Award winner chef Melissa Martin (of Cajun Mosquito Supper Club in New Orleans) will be at ~TURNTABLE AT LORD STANLEY~ for a month-long residency in August! More info/book here, and you can read an interview with her here.

While ~MARLENA RESTAURANT~ is waiting for their Bernal Heights dining room to finish being remodeled, they’re hosting a pop-up in Union Square: Summer Camp at Hotel Zeppelin, through September 3rd. The Michelin-starred, husband-and-wife team of chefs David Fisher and Serena Chow Fisher have created a variety of menus designed to be a playful celebration of summer adventures in San Francisco (no, they aren’t bringing in a fog machine). There’s a seven-course tasting menu ($125) in the main dining room, with dishes like pea panna cotta with soft-boiled quail egg and chive tuile (pictured) and plankton pappardelle with salt spring mussels and a beurre blanc sauce, plus optional wine pairings for $85, as well as a selection of à la carte offerings (including roasted black cod with Coachella corn broth, morel mushrooms, and fava beans) in the 32-seat lounge for walk-ins, plus a list of bespoke cocktails from in-house team Fernando Becerra and Luis Padilla. Open Tue-Thu: bar opens at 4pm, dinner 5pm-9pm (Fri-Sat until 10pm). 545 Post St. at Mason.