A Taste of Potrero is returning to the city for its seventh year in a row, reuniting some of San Francisco’s most celebrated kitchens to benefit Daniel Webster Elementary School. This year, the line-up boasts local restaurant darlings like Liholiho Yacht Club, Lolinda, August 1 Five, and Beretta as well as coffee and dessert purveyors like Intelligentsia, Mr. Espresso, and Humphry Slocombe and Dandelion Chocolate. The event, which takes place on Thursday, May 4 at Pier 70, combines the talent of chefs, bartenders, winemakers, and more to create an evening filled with unparalleled flavors.
All event proceeds are donated to Daniel Webster, a Potrero Hill elementary school which faces closure every year due to an extreme lack of funding. A Taste of Potrero has become an integral part of the school’s financing — over the last six years, the event has provided the school with more than half a million dollars in classroom supplies, technological equipment, and funding for performing arts programs.
It also gives chefs a chance to experiment in the kitchen for a worthy cause. Many of those in attendance plan on teasing out dishes inspired by spring’s seasonal produce, like David Faro of The Alembic, who will be cooking up warm poached asparagus along with braised pine nuts, Meyer lemon, and soubise. Others, like Souvla founder Charles Bililies, will stick to tried-and-true menu classics, like the Greek eatery’s crowd-pleasing spit-roasted whole lamb from Superior Farms.
Aside from an opportunity to showcase their latest dishes, several chefs describe Taste of Potrero as an event that provides inspiration and an opportunity to connect with their community. Chef Sujan Sakar of SoMa newcomer, Rooh will debut at TOP and says that he hopes to “reach out to a broader set of potential customers who might not have experienced the food and drinks at ROOH before.” Others, like E&O Kitchen’s Chef Sharon Nahm, will be returning to the event for another year. “From the event participants to the neighborhood guests, our team felt overcome with gratitude for being part of the event,” Nahm said, “[It was] indicative of Potrero culture; a hospitable family. We’re extremely happy to be returning again this year.”