On Thursday April 19th, head to Root Division in the Mission for an artful evening of food, cocktails, music, and, well, art. It’s TASTE 2012, Root Division’s annual fundraiser held at their gallery and studios from 7:30pm-10:30pm.
The evening’s cuisine will be donated by generous SF restaurants and culinarians. The menu includes garbanzo bean crêpes filled with crescenza cheese, mushrooms, and truffle from Beretta’s Ruggero Gadaldi; housemade smoked boudin blanc and mortadella with Peppadew pepper from Maverick’s Emmanuel Eng; roasted porchetta sandwiches on grilled flat bread with chile sauce from Starbelly’s Adam Timney; and shrimp and squid tostadas with citrus and avocado from Tacolicious’ Telmo Faria. Additional participants include Chiefo Chukwudebe of Chiefo’s Kitchen, Gabriela Guerrero of Delicioso Crêperie, Constanza Ortiz of Maite Catering, Pronto by Bar Bambino, Mission Minis, and Bi-Rite Market.
Grab some art-inspired cocktails from the likes of Melissa Boyd, Beretta; Duggan McDonnell, Cantina Lounge; Lenny Gumm, Dosa; Mark DeVito, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem; Hog & Rocks; Josh Forth, Mosto; and Jon Gasparini, Rye; additional refreshments from BridgePort IPA, Buttonwood Farm Winery, Distillery 209, Eric Kent Wine Cellars/Sarapo Family Wines, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Shiner Bock, Shoe Shine Wine, and Trumer Brauerei. And there’s art for your ears too in the form of live music by Go Van Gogh and Under Water.
Other event perks to look out for: a wine chest raffle, and a silent auction for gift certificates from Bay Area restaurants, spas, salons, and other venues, and small artworks by local artists. Veeps, you’ll get early access to watch Ragazza’s Sharon Ardiana make passatelli pasta, plus a limited-edition, artist-designed tote filled with goodies and gifts.
Get tickets by April 16th, and they’re four for $250, or four VIPs for $400; otherwise, $75 general admission, and $125 VIP. Root Division is an arts and arts education nonprofit providing subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. 3175 17th St. at S. Van Ness, 415-863-7668.
Photo of Taste 2011 courtesy of Root Division.