WE ARE SOLD OUT, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT! Hey everyone! Okay, Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to think about brisket! This Thursday November 30th, I am cohosting a fundraiser dinner with LE MARAIS BAKERY in the Castro, which is generously donating their charming space and event support. We’re calling the event Comfort Food: A Benefit Dinner for Wine Country Relief, and we have chef Michael Siegel, previously of the dearly departed Shorty Goldstein’s in the Financial District (RIP) cooking us a heartfelt, homey dinner. Yup, he’s going to be making his famous family brisket! Michael is a Sonoma County resident and wants to do everything he can to support his neighbors, so we put our heads and hands together to host this event!
It’s going to be a family-style dinner, cozy and friendly, a midweek meal that won’t have you out too late, but you’ll come home with a full belly and warm heart. The Le Marais Bakery Castro location is so inviting, have you been yet? It’s a happy place.
There are a lot of people who are not in a happy place right now, due to the horrific fires that ripped through Wine Country, leaving more than 100,000 people displaced and 9,000 homes destroyed. So much loss, so much devastation. Forty-two precious lives were taken. It’s hard to fathom, but fortunately the outpouring of support has been a bright light in all the darkness. Everyone has been so generous, with time, supplies, money, food, fundraisers, helping hands, spare bedrooms, and hugs. But we have to keep doing more, giving more, and showing up for our beloved Northern California friends. We have a long road ahead of us to assist in rebuilding, and every dollar is needed.
It’s the week after Thanksgiving, so let’s continue with that feeling of gratitude as we sit at communal tables with 60 of our neighbors and friends and break bread (like Le Marais’ wonderful levain)! Maybe you didn’t get to see your friends over the holiday, so why not invite them to get together at our fundraiser?
Michael’s fall-inspired three-course menu is as follows:
-Arugula salad with Fuyu persimmon, toasted almonds, chèvre, and preserved Meyer lemon vinaigrette
-Pot-roasted brisket (kindly donated by Newport Meat Company), creamy garlic mashed potatoes, watermelon radish and baby carrots, veal demiglace
-Mini fall tarts and cheesecake from Le Marais
We will also be pouring some lovely donated (and local!) wines with the dinner, including Pomebandit 2016 albariño (sustainably farmed in the Sierra Foothills—you may recognize the name from Duna’s wine list!) and Artesa’s 2014 Los Carneros pinot noir!
We will be hosting a silent auction as well. We have some fantastic auction items, including tastings for four at the following wineries: Repris, Texture, and Pangloss Cellars, plus Seven Stones Winery in Napa and a magnum of Burgess Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Napa. We have a $60 gift certificate from Little Star Pizza and a pair of tickets to this Saturday’s sold-out Fine & Rare crab feed!
We also have copies of perfect-for-the-holiday books: two copies of the brand-new Autentico: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way by Rolando Beramendi and the new book by Robin Sloan, Sourdough. Karen Solomon kindly donated copies of her books, Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It and Asian Pickles. And we have some 2017 olio nuovo and honey from Séka Hills. Thank you to everyone who has contributed!
All proceeds from our dinner will be going to the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund, which will be directed to North Bay community foundations, service providers, and government partners supporting the low-income communities hit hardest by the fires. Their approach has three phases: relief (3 months), recovery (3-9 months), and rebuild (4-12 months). You can read more here, and if you can’t attend, please consider donating!
Dinner is at 6:30pm, and tickets start at $50, all-inclusive of food, wine, service, and tax. We want everyone to be able to attend, but if you could possibly afford to buy a higher-tier ticket, please do! We want to raise as much as we can! Tickets are also listed at $65, $75, $95, and $150. We only have three tickets left!
If there is another amount you’d like to pay, please let me know! To repeat, it’s a 100 percent donation to Tipping Point’s Emergency Relief Fund. If you need to make your donation tax-deductible, do NOT buy a ticket on Eventbrite—we will need to make special arrangements ahead of time. (Just get in touch.)
Thanks everyone. We know there are a million fundraisers and holiday events to consider, but we’d so love to see you at our table! Let’s chow down on some brisket!
The welcoming and timeless space at Le Marais Bakery Castro. Photo: © tablehopper.com.
Thursday Nov 30, 2017 6:30pm Starts at $50, all-inclusive Tickets Le Marais Bakery Castro 498 Sanchez St., San Francisco