Online Chef, Food, Storytelling, and Cooking Events That Also Do Good

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If you’ve ever managed to get a ticket to La Cocina’s storytelling event series, Voices from the Kitchen, or maybe you never got to attend because it always sold out, here’s your chance to watch on their YouTube channel on Thursday October 29th at 5:30pm. It will be available to viewers nationwide for free, with a suggested donation starting at $10.

“The theme of this year’s program is ‘Choices’ through the lens of food: choices that arise during a pandemic, those that voters will make this election season, who gets to choose, and what choices get our collective attention.” The lineup includes Fernay McPherson of Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement, Jenny 8. Lee, Mayukh Sen, and many more.

Additionally, there will be an option for Bay Area residents and national viewers to purchase food boxes prepared by La Cocina chefs to enjoy at home while watching the virtual event ($75-$150). Registration for the event, donations, and food box orders: click here.

Beyond Differences, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire middle school students all across the country to end social isolation and create cultures of belonging, is thrilled to announce a new spin on fine dining, in your house!

You’re invited into the kitchen of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top chefs to enjoy a cooking class with them—all from your own home. Each class comes with a menu, food shopping list, and a one-hour lesson on how to prepare the meal. Check out this awesome lineup: October 7th, chefs Ulrich, Land, and Baade of Waterbar; October 14th, chef Heena Patel of Besharam; October 21st, chef Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana; October 28th, chef Hoss Zare of Cuisin; November 11th, chef Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen; and November 18th, chef Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn.

Each class costs $99 and all proceeds go to support Beyond Differences’ signature school program, No One Eats Alone! To sign up, visit beyonddifferences.org.

Hoopes Vineyard is hosting a virtual cooking class series with some renowned chefs, and a portion of proceeds from each class will be donated to various charities. October 3rd: Michelle Minori, October 24th: Reem Assil, and more coming soon. Details here.

And next week, Cochon555 is kicking off a series of Zoom dinners with top local chefs. Guests cook along for one course, while the rest of your meal is either picked up or delivered, with pre-mixed cocktails, wine, and more. Wednesday October 7th is with chef Lorenzo Caamal of Merkado; Thursday October 8th is chef Kim Alter of Nightbird; and Friday October 9th is chef Dirk Tolsa of Epic Steakhouse. For further information and to purchase tickets, go here. [POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER]