Last Chance to Get a Ticket for Our Asian Fundraiser Feast This Wednesday Evening!


Bhel puri from Indian Paradox, ready to be paired with many quality wines we’ll have at the event from Chambers & Chambers. Photo courtesy of Indian Paradox.


One of the cocktails will be the White Tiger (almond butter-washed The Botanist gin, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Cocchi Americano, five-spice bitters). Photo courtesy of Dominic Alling.

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Cassava is serving their barbecue pork ribs with Indian spices! Photo courtesy of Cassava.


B. Patisserie will be bringing their black sesame kouign-amann, plus some other treats! Photo: @bpatisserie.


Big smiles during a Pencils for Kids backpack delivery in Thailand. Photo: ©

Hey gang! It’s your last chance to get a ticket for our amazing event tomorrow (Wednesday January 17th)! Don’t miss the chance to win a pair of tickets to Hong Kong on the inimitable Cathay Pacific (see below)!

As an Honorary Chairperson and Ambassador for Pencils for Kids, Inc., I curated all the restaurants and wine and spirits for their fundraiser event in San Francisco: Small World. Big Flavors. We’re hosting the event at the stylish Cambria Gallery in SoMa (the same fab place where I hosted the fundraiser for Mexico last October!). I’m so excited for us to be back there; it was the perfect party pad!

Think of it like a seven-course dinner that is a walk-around tasting, with local restaurant partners making all kinds of delicious Asian dishes for the event. You ready for the lineup? YES! We have the new Perle Wine Bar of Montclair joining us (chef Rob Lam is making his amazing oxtail stew with soft Hodo Soy tofu…bun bo Hue style!); the charming Cassava is serving their barbecue pork ribs with Indian spices; and Indian Paradox (one of my favorite hidden gems on Divisadero for Indian street food—and they just launched brunch!) is making a classic street food dish of bhel puri (crispy crackers and puffed rice mixed with jaggery and mint chutney, tomatoes, potatoes, and mango served in a cone) and warm masala peanuts. The Burmese Grocery Cafe (which has a new location in Jack London Square in Oakland) is making their rustic mango chutney pork stew with creamy coconut rice (it’s a crowd-pleaser!). We also have Cambodian Nyum Bai joining us—Nite Yun will be serving her Khmer banana blossom salad (she is opening her brick-and-mortar location soon!). And you can check out a flavorful Thai-Laotian dish from the new Esan Classic (from the Lers Ros team)—they will be making spicy turmeric sausage (ground pork, turmeric powder, chile, lemongrass), and Thai iced tea to cool you off.

You’re definitely going to want to save room for dessert, because Belinda Leong of B. Patisserie is going to be making black sesame kouign-amann and milk tea macarons. The fine folks at HelioRoast are going to be offering coffee service—you’ll get to taste their local microroasted coffee!

There will be fab cocktails: the White Tiger (almond butter-washed The Botanist gin, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Cocchi Americano, five-spice bitters) and House of Painters (The Botanist gin, Cointreau, shiso, lime, kumquat shrub, served fizzed), both courtesy of our generous sponsor Rémy Cointreau, plus beautiful wines kindly provided by Chambers & Chambers (those of you who came to the SF Loves MX fundraiser remember those two gorgeous French rosés!).

We will also have a silent auction and raffle with some fantastic items (like how about two round-trip tickets to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, are you kidding me?) and a goodie bag!

Tickets are only $75 (the event is 6:30pm-9:30pm), and you’ll be well fed (and beveraged, heh) while doing a whole lot of good. I really hope to see you—let’s have a full house!

As many of you already know, I visited Northern Thailand last May to be a part of the 10th anniversary mission of Pencils for Kids, Inc. It’s an amazing nonprofit that raises funds to deliver backpacks filled with school supplies and uniforms to children in Myanmar, Indonesia, and Thailand every year. In 2017, PFK delivered more than 2,200 backpacks to children in need!

My visit to the villages in Chiang Rai to help deliver backpacks was incredibly moving, and as someone who cherishes my education and independence, it felt good to help encourage access to education for others who are less fortunate. And it’s why I’m helping Pencils for Kids with their annual fundraiser in San Francisco this year, with 100 percent of the event proceeds going directly to supply children with backpacks.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, please visit PFK’s donation page! You can donate a backpack for a child for $50, which will contain school supplies and their school uniform. Thank you!

Event Info

Wednesday Jan 17, 2018
Cambria Gallery
1045 Bryant St. between 8th and 9th streets