October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association, in partnership with Upstream and the San Francisco Department of the Environment, is hosting a free, interactive livestream event on Thursday October 28th at 2:30pm to demonstrate why Reusables Win in San Francisco!

Joining host Marcia Gagliardi (yours truly!), restaurant owners Rocco Scordella of Tootsie’s at the Stanford Barn, Vanick Der Bedrossian of La Méditeranée, and Anh Nguyen of Cam Anh as we talk about how switching to reusables was one of the best decisions they made for their customers, the planet, and their own bottom lines. Those interested can register here.

Participants will also hear from Paul Birkmeyer of Dishcraft and Maia Tekle of Dispatch Goods, whose companies offer brilliant systems allowing food service businesses to incorporate reusable containers in their take-out and delivery operations.

Additionally, Grace Lee of ReThink Disposable will share details of the organization’s assistance program that helps restaurants vastly reduce waste, increase efficiency, and achieve enormous savings, too. This Bay Area-based nonprofit has helped over 250 restaurants switch to reusables while achieving significant savings and reducing waste.

Help us spread the word! If you know any food service operators in the Bay Area, send them this link and encourage them to join us (if you are one, please sign up!). You can also visit @tablehopper’s Reusables Win post on Instagram to tag a favorite Bay Area restaurant. Not only will it inform them of the event, it will help them understand that customers are eager to see business owners take the lead on environmental change.

Register today! I really look forward to “seeing” you there! We must diminish the sea of plastic foodware we’re all drowning under.

All registered participants will be emailed a link to join the livestream prior to the event. Reusables Win in SF is presented in partnership with Upstream, an organization dedicated to finding real world practical solutions to plastic pollution.


Grazie mille to everyone who entered the giveaway for tickets to The Tastes of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a four-day celebration October 21st, 27th, 28th, and 29th at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club.

The giveaway has ended, but you can still get tickets to learn and taste more about Friuli, a vibrant region bordering Austria and Slovenia, where hearty mountain dishes meet Mediterranean plates; where Latin meets Germanic and Slavic; where Italy meets her neighbors.

Explore this hidden region of Italy during our four-day series at the SFIAC: The Tastes of Friuli-Venezia Giulia:

Thu 10/21: World premiere of Harvest 2020, with Q&A from director Maurizio Gigola. Heavy appetizers and wine included with $50 ticket.

Wed 10/27: White wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia tasting (ribolla, malvasia, friulano) plus international (pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot bianco) by Friuli Italian Wines. (Tickets: $40.)

Thu 10/28: Wine dinner with chefs Donato Scotti and Gianluca Guglielmi. Their Friulian-inspired menu is going to be a special experience! (Ticket: $150 per person, includes wine pairings.) Ticket sales benefit North Beach Citizens.

Fri 10/29: Red wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia (schioppettino, refosco, pignolo) plus international (cabernet sauvignon and merlot) by Friuli Italian Wines. (Tickets: $40.)