Big congrats to Dontaye Ball, aka Mr. Gumbo, the chef-owner of GUMBO SOCIAL, who has the keys to his first brick-and-mortar location in Bayview (the former Frisco Fried)! Ball is an Outer Sunset farmers’ market favorite, as well as at the Soma West Farmers Market on Saturdays, and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Thursdays. He’ll be bringing build-your-own gumbo to this new location, as well as other soul food favorites, including five po’ boys, and vegan options, like his California Greens dish. He’s hoping to open in March 2023, and just launched a Kickstarter to help get some wind beneath his wings. Please read his personal note and support this Black-owned, family-operated business! 5176 3rd St. at Thomas.
I went to an event last week at the Italian consulate with Farming Hope, who announced some big news: REFETTORIO SAN FRANCISCO is moving from their location at the former Cala in Hayes Valley to their new permanent home: the former San Francisco Cooking School at 690 Van Ness! It will house their job training kitchen and community food hub, helping individuals overcome barriers to employment while feeding it forward to the community. In a follow-up email, they mention: “We’re so excited to shepherd Jodi and Tony’s amazing vision for the space into its new life helping train a new population of the community in the culinary jobs while feeding our communities in need. To help kickstart our fundraising for the move, we launched our Harvest Club and invite everyone to join as our founding members in support of Farming Hope’s work.”
They will probably be moving into the new space in January. In the meantime, get tickets for their next guest chef dinner on December 5th with Penny Roma and Flour + Water’s culinary team. Tickets are available here.
The former Mozzeria in the Mission is going to be ANGIE’S PIZZA, offering wood-fired pizza from John McCloskey, an alum of Pizzetta 211 and Pizza Hacker. Opening December 2nd. 3228 16th St. at Guerrero. [Via Eater]
Mr. Gumbo: Dontaye Ball of Gumbo Social is opening his first brick-and-mortar location in Bayview. Photo via Facebook.