Can't-Miss Events: SF Chefs Unite to Help Japan (and Others)


It’s not often you get to experience the workings of a great lineup of top San Francisco chefs in one meal like you will at ~SF CHEFS UNITE~ on Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th at Technique Restaurant (350 Rhode Island St. at 16th St.) at the California Culinary Academy, all to benefit the JCCCNC’s Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Each evening begins with a 6pm cocktail reception, and at 7pm, a six-course, Japanese-inspired meal with beer, sake, wine, and cocktail pairings, plus a silent auction for local goodies. Featured chefs include Chad Newton, FK Restaurants and Hospitality; Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food; Richie Nakano, Hapa Ramen; Michael Black, Sebo; Robbie Lewis, Bon Appétit Management Company; Jordan Grosser, Stag Dining Group; and Jake Godby, Humphry Slocombe. Cocktails, beer, and wine will be courtesy of Scott Baird and Josh Harris, the Bon Vivants; Jesse Friedman, Beer and Nosh; Erik Ellestad, Underhill Lounge; Alex Fox, Bar Tartine; and Alex Finberg, Farm Wine Imports and Beer & Soul Selections. (Follow updates on Twitter).

Tickets are $150, all-inclusive, and go to support a cause that continues to be urgent (the tremor we had yesterday is so very little compared to the aftershocks they’re experiencing in Japan). The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California’s Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund donates 100% of its proceeds to local nonprofit and community service organizations in Japan for citizen-to-citizen relief efforts.

No time for a formal meal? The Larkin Street location of ~WHAT’S UP DOG~ is offering a special “Hapa Dog,” from which $1 of every purchase also goes to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. The dog comes topped with nori shavings, furikake, grilled onions, wasabi mayo, and a pineapple teriyaki sauce. 528 Larkin St. at Turk.

No time for a meal at all? You can still help the people of Japan at ~TRUE SAKE~’s drive-through event this Saturday April 23rd. They’re calling it “Can” You Help? Day, and all you have to do is drive by True Sake between 1pm-6pm, and they will run out to your car! Donate over $10, and receive a can of sake. You can come into the store too, of course. 560 Hayes St. at Laguna.