Three Fantastic Events That Deserve Your Support

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Enjoy a night of springy, market-fresh cocktails at First Bloom: Spring Cocktails of the Farmers Market. Photo: Amanda Lynn.

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The 15th annual CHEFS Gala fundraiser is May 2nd at Bespoke. Photo courtesy of ECS.

There are some upcoming events from important SF organizations that could use your support—and you’ll have a great time being there. Thanks for taking a look.

You feeling some spring fever? You won’t want to miss First Bloom: Spring Cocktails of the Farmers Market on Wednesday April 24th. Edible flowers, herbs, and ripe spring berries will be in full force at this cocktail party from CUESA and the United States Bartenders Guild at the Ferry Building. Expect innovative craft cocktails from 13 of the Bay Area’s hottest bartenders highlighting the freshest picks from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and bites for you to enjoy too (from 15 Romolo, 25 Lusk, Far West Fungi Kitchen, Horsefeather, Oyna Natural Foods, Precita Park Cafe, Waterbar, and more).

And tablehopper readers get $5 off with code: tablehopperfriend. Tickets are $60 (through April 19th), and then $65. 5:30pm-8pm. San Francisco Ferry Building.

City College of San Francisco’s (CCSF’s) Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies Department is holding their 19th annual fundraiser, now called City Cooks, on Sunday April 28th from 4pm-7pm. Join students, faculty, and Bay Area chef alumni (including Francis Ang of Pinoy Heritage, Samantha Kharma of Champañeria Kharma, Juan Torres of Lolinda and El Techo de Lolinda, and Luis Villavelazquez of Les Elements Patisserie) for small bites, wine, and live jazz, plus an online auction. It all goes to help educate our future chefs! Tickets: $85. 

City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus, Statler Wing 50 Frida Kahlo Way (Phelan Avenue).

And then on Thursday May 2nd is the 15th annual CHEFS Gala fundraiser (6:30pm-10pm), held at Bespoke, atop Westfield Centre. Chef Martin Yan is the emcee, with Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem as auctioneer, so it’s going to be a lively night!

Many generous Bay Area restaurants, wineries, and breweries are rallying behind ECS and its mission to help homeless San Franciscans. CHEFS is an organization very near and dear to my heart. Guests will enjoy bites from top San Francisco restaurants, including Sorrel, Octavia, Nopa, Louie’s Gen-Gen Room at Liholiho Yacht Club, Smitten Ice Cream, Boulevard, Delfina, Rooh, and more. Cocktails will be provided by Tonic Beverage Catering, as well as Maven, Petrichor Wines, Bonny Doon Vineyard, and Pond Farm Brewing.

CHEFS Gala seeks to raise awareness of ECS’s vital programs, including the marquee CHEFS program. This 10-12 week culinary training program provides people impacted by homelessness and poverty with technical and professional skills through classroom instruction, hands-on kitchen training, and a local food service internship. Since its founding, over 1,000 formerly homeless and very low-income students have participated in the CHEFS program.

Tickets start at $170, and be sure to visit the auction. 845 Market St. at 5th St.