Meals That Make a Difference


Show Dogs 49’er corn dog; photo from Facebook by Sara Kraus Photography.

It’s always a plus when you can eat well and do good at the same time, and you’ll have quite a few opportunities coming up to do just that at Show Dogs, Patxi’s, and La Boulange.

Gayle Pirie and John Clark of ~SHOW DOGS~ have launched their Rescue Dog Days event series where they raise awareness and funds for a local charity while offering guests unlimited beer, wine, and bites for just $20. Beers on tap include Speakeasy Prohibition Ale, Black Butte Porter, Scrimshaw Pilsner, and 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, plus red and white biodynamic wine. Bar bites include homemade lamb merguez sausages, 49’er corn dogs, house maple bacon pork sausages, house chicken curry dogs, mini Field Roast vegetarian dogs, barbeque fries, onion rings, and more. On Friday June 24th from 6pm-8pm, the beneficiary is Project Night Night, which distributes free “Night Night Packages” to over 25,000 homeless children each year to ease the anxiety associated with shelter living. Each package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal. Then on Thursday July 7th, eat up for Friends of the Urban Forest, which promotes a larger, healthier urban forest as part of the urban ecosystem, offering assistance to individuals and neighborhood groups who want to plant and care for trees.

As part of Patxi’s 52 Weeks of Giving program, all three ~PATXI’S PIZZA~ locations in SF have quite a few fundraiser days going on in June. Here’s just a few of them. On Tuesday June 14th, 10% of total sales from the Fillmore location (3318 Fillmore St. at Lombard) will go to First Graduate, a San Francisco-based college access program that helps students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college. On Wednesday June 15th at the Noe Valley location (4042 24th St. at Noe), you’ll be supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, and on Wednesday June 22nd at all Patxi’s locations, support the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. See the full schedule of fundraising days here.

~LA BOULANGE CAFÉ & BAKERY~ has also introduced a fundraiser dinner program one Friday a month at their Pine Street location, with the next installment scheduled for Friday June 17th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Owner/baker Pascal Rigo and chef de cuisine Alain Bourgade will present a three-course, oven-baked dinner for which guests are asked to pay what they will, and the money raised will be given to a local charity. La Boulange will match the donations up to $5,000! Here’s just a snippet of last month’s menu: Champagne, foie gras crostini, sea salt and herb-crusted snapper, and canelés de Bordeaux. This month’s dinner will benefit La Cocina, the non-profit incubator kitchen, and there are only 16 seats, so be sure to email now to reserve your spot. 2325 Pine St. at Fillmore, 415-440-0356.