The SFMOMA, poised for its renovation. [Photo: universeist/Flickr]
As you may or may not have heard, the SFMOMA is closing its doors this weekend to begin a two-and-a-half-year expansion and remodeling. Before they go, however, they're throwing a massive Countdown Celebration, featuring a big program called The Making Of... with NPR's Kitchen Sisters. A number of local chefs will be appearing in the program (more on that below), but the main thrust of the effort is The Making of a Charitable Food Movement, spearheaded by Anthony Myint and Karen Lebowitz of Mission Street Food, Mission Chinese Food, and Commonwealth fame.
As longtime supporters of the SF Food Bank, with a portion of the proceeds from each dish sold at their restaurants benefiting the organization, Myint and Lebowitz have now enlisted some of the city's best restaurants (actually, pretty much all of them) to join them in giving back via gift certificates. The process is simple: visit sharetable.org tomorrow between 10 am and 6 pm to purchase $50 gift certificates to a host of the city's best restaurants. For each gift certificate purchased, the sponsoring restaurant will donate $5.
As if that wasn't enough, a number of local restaurants will be selling bites at the museum during the same interval, including Wise Sons Deli, La Cocina, Mission Chinese Food, Tacolicious, and Stag Dining Group. All eats will be $5 apiece, with $1 from each dish sold going to the Food Bank as well.
While you're there, check out the demo series, which will feature bread-making from Tartine's Chad Robinson, pasta-making from Flour + Water's Thomas McNaughton, and ice cream-making from Jason Fox of Commonwealth, among others.
Here's the full list of restaurants selling gift certificates tomorrow (it's a doozy):
Bi-Rite Market (both locations)
Café Des Amis
Flour + Water
Local: Mission Eatery
Mission Bowling Club
Mission Chinese Food
Sons & Daughters
State Bird Provisions
Wise Sons Deli
And here's the schedule of demos:
11:30am – "The Making of Opportunity" – Caleb Zigas of La Cocina
12:30am – "The Making of Bread" – Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery
1:30pm – "The Making of Charcuterie" – Ryan Pollnow of Central Kitchen
2:30pm – "The Making of Pasta" – Thomas McNaughton of Flour + Water
3:30pm – "The Making of Ice Cream" – Jason Fox of Commonwealth
4:30pm – "The Making of Umami" – Jesse Koide of Mission Chinese Food