Author Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) is gracing the Bay Area with two appearances to present At Home on the Range, her great-grandmonther Margaret Yardley Potter’s narrative cookbook, coming out in a new edition from McSweeney’s. Your first (and free) chance to meet Ms. Gilbert is on April 28th at 1pm at Book Passage in the Ferry Building. Then on April 29th, you can join her at LEFT BANK up in Larkspur (507 Magnolia Ave at Ward St.) for a “Cooks with Books” dinner featuring dishes from At Home on the Range. 6:30pm. $115, includes meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. Dinner proceeds and all the author’s book proceeds benefit nonprofits 826 National and ScholarMatch.
Coming up on Thursday May 10th, the second annual TASTE OF POTRERO food and fundraising event for Daniel Webster Elementary in Potrero Hill is sure to be another sell-out night, so get tix now. Gathering together at the SOMArts Cultural Center will be SF mixologists—Homestead and Comstock Saloon will be giving lessons in mixology while giving out cocktail samples—and at least 15 restaurants. Ame, Tacolicious, Hapa Ramen, Poquito, Skool, Piccino, Magnolia, Dynamo Donuts, Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, Nojo, Local Mission Eatery, and many more are signed up, including gourmet Vietnamese food truck Mama Cass. Check out the silent auction and Wine Wall while you’re there. 6pm-10pm. $75 and up. 100% of proceeds benefit Daniel Webster Elementary. 934 Brannan St. at 8th St.
You can also eat and do good for SF’s Ida B. Wells High School by joining their LONG TABLE DINNER on Thursday May 3rd, presented by Heat of the Kitchen’s work-based learning class. Students will make and serve a multi-course meal featuring ultra-local produce from their farm-at-school collaboration with nopa. Dinner will include with a soup, braised chicken tagine-style (chickens kindly donated by Laurence Jossel), sautéed spring greens, salad, and almond cake with mascarpone cream and fruit, plus elegant but non-alcoholic beverages. Dinner at 6:30pm (art show at 3:30pm). $35, advance tickets only. 1099 Hayes St. at Pierce.
Not a fundraising event, but did want to share this with the teachers out there: Lark Creek Restaurant Group is once again offering to pick up tab on the first $10 spent by each Bay Area teacher or school employee at participating locations during the month of May for Teacher Appreciation Month. No restrictions on how many teachers (with valid ID) may dine together, how often they may dine, or how much money they need to spend to receive the gift (excludes tax, alcohol, and gratuity). Participating restaurants include One Market, LarkCreekSteak, and Cupola Pizzeria in San Francisco; The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur; Lark Creek Walnut Creek; Fish Story in Napa; Parcel 104 in Santa Clara; and the three Yankee Pier restaurants in Larkspur, at Santana Row in San Jose, and Lafayette.
Saturday Apr 28, 2012 – Thursday May 31, 2012