As if we didn’t get pummeled enough with the SF Chefs event, now it’s time to prepare for another weekend of majorly delicious eating at the SF STREET FOOD FESTIVAL from La Cocina. This event is La Cocina’s single biggest fundraiser, allowing the organization to continue to provide affordable commercial kitchen space and technical assistance to low-income entrepreneurs as they launch their food businesses.
There are a variety of events, starting with this Wednesday August 18th at 7pm, there is a three-course Around the World Bistro Dinner, which is only $35 with wine included!
This year, the Street Food Festival will encompass five blocks and a park in the Mission, with over 40 vendors, three bars, live music, and more—and the organizers are taking measures to help keep it from being as crazy-crowded as last year’s event. You can check out the menu items of all the participants here, from Kitchenette to Hapa Ramen to Aziza to 15 Romolo to all of La Cocina’s incubator businesses. And there will be boozy drinks (Alembic, Beretta, and Rye on the Road will all be participating). The Festival runs from 11am-7pm, and will take place on Folsom Street from 24th to 26th Streets, 25th Street from Treat Street to Shotwell, and Treat Street along Garfield Park.
When the event wraps up Saturday night, there’s an After Party at Cafe Cocomo, with music, dancing, and more food vendors, from 6pm-2am ($10 presale, $15 at the door). And there is a Sunday brunch, an all-you-can-drink Bloody Mary/Champagne affair at Americano on the waterfront.
One thing to consider is buying a Passport, which ranges from a $25 value (and includes one free “secret” snack from a street food vendor), all the way to the $150 pass—passports can be shared among friends and family. You can use cash at the event, but La Cocina receives a percentage of passport sales, so everyone wins.
Sunday and Monday are all about the Street Food Conference at the Hotel Vitale, with a variety of panels, including John T. Edge as a moderator, a variety of food writers, chefs, cart owners, and more. Scholarships are available from Union Bank; email for more details.
And hello, have you looked at the Silent Auction? Yours truly has partnered with Carried Away to offer a night on the town with me: two winners will join me to visit four places around town for an appetizer, main course, dessert, and post-prandial cocktails. Carried Away will provide a Champagne start to the evening, as well as luxury transportation. Let’s hit the town (you can bid here)! There are also cooking classes, front-of-the-line passes for RoliRoti’s porchetta, butchery classes, make your own ice cream with Three Twins, even “chef for a day” at Chez Panisse. Dude. I know, there are something like 50 experiential items to choose from, which make excellent and unique gifts for any picky gourmands in your life.
Saturday Aug 21, 2010 – Monday Aug 23, 2010