Friday Events: Off the Grid Returns, International Women's Day

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Mission Street Food will be at Off the Grid! Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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The spiffy Cubert signage (at an Off the Grid preview event). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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Donne di Pizza/Donne di Cuore. Photo courtesy of Italian Cultural Institute.

On Friday March 8th, Off the Grid returns for their ninth season at Fort Mason Center. Every Friday night from 5pm-10pm, you’ll find over 30 food creators, with newcomers such as Horn Barbecue (Texas barbecue, every other Friday), and Lobsterdamus from Southern California, as well as the return of the OG street food trailblazer, Mission Street Food (check out my pics here). Look for a rotating roster of talent from BiteUnite in their dedicated Cubert space, as well as chefs from Instrucktional, Off the Grid’s 24-month mobile food incubator in partnership with Google—Soul Skillet, helmed by Oakland-born Ikeisha Fields, is first in the lineup. Returning faves Bini’s Kitchen, El Porteño, and Señor Sisig will also be there!

Keep cozy in sheltered Cubert lounge spaces, plus heat lamps and communal fire pits will help keep you warm (cocktails from Rye on the Road also help). In celebration of International Women’s Day, Off the Grid’s Tasting Ticket ($25 for four tastes from participating creators) will feature all female creators! Tasting tickets can be purchased in advance here, or at Off the Grid. One last incentive for Friday March 8th: take 20 percent off one ride to or from Fort Mason with Lyft using code OTGLYFT19.

This Friday is International Women’s Day, and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, Donne di Pizza/Donne di Cuore (a team of seven Italian pizzaiolas—female pizza chefs—coordinated by television personality and food writer Francesca Romana Barberini), and the Consulate General of Italy have organized three events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

~A16~ was the first SF restaurant to really publicize Festa Della Donna, and this Friday they will be hosting a Donne di Pizza takeover, with pizzas prepared by the visiting chefs! They will be serving four kinds, a regina: tomato, burrata, proscuitto di Parma; la gricia: fior di latte, guanciale, pecorino, black pepper; montarina: tomato, grana padano, basil; and Giovanna: pear, smoked pecorino, fior di latte, crema di cipolla, arugula. Shelley Lindgren will also be pouring wines made by women, and donating a portion of profits to La Cocina—the regular A16 menu will also be available.

The Donne di Pizza will also offer a cooking class at Bite Unite in SF on Saturday March 9th (10am-12:45pm), and will be offering a special pizza menu at Terún in Palo Alto on Sunday March 10th.