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Wrecking Ball Coffee Offers a Brunch Pre-Game That Won't Ruin Your Day

It's a little coffee and food pairing to keep you alive til you get a table

Wrecking Ball HQ
Wrecking Ball HQ
Pamela Ocampo

The title of "pre-gaming" is usually applied to the small gathering that occurs before a big night out on the town (often to mitigate the high prices of cocktails at the bar). Now it's taken an a new, less hung-over meaning at Wrecking Ball Coffee Roaster's new "Brunch Pre-Game."

Wrecking Ball co-founder Nick Cho says that he and partner Trish Rothgeb have based the idea on a pop-up they attended on a trip to Auckland, NZ last fall, called "Popped Culture." Now they've adapted the idea (with permission) to fit the Bay Area's culture, pairing food from talented, newcomer chefs with coffee. It's just enough food to keep you alive before waiting an hour in line for brunch, which is the San Francisco way.

The first iteration of the series takes place on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, featuring the creations of Krista Allvey and Kari Shaughnessey (both former pastry chefs at Marla Bakery). The duo will offer a sweet and savory toast, plus a "breakfast salad," paired with two coffees. And, because San Francisco, they've even curated a playlist to accompany the whole shebang, which goes from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

It's a ticketed event (available for purchase here), and will take place at Wrecking Ball's "micro-roastery" at Folsom and 12th. And the pre-game even offers diners a little redemption for whatever debauchery occurred the night before, donating 10 percent of all profits to Seven Tepees Youth Program. The remainder of the profit goes to the featured chefs— a refreshing departure from the constant pressure for industry people to offer their services for free at many events.

The event takes place from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5.