Tickets to the San Francisco Museum Of Ice Cream, $38 per person, are predictably gone in a flash this morning. They went on sale at 9 a.m., and less than an hour-and-a half later, all had been snapped up through an online queue. The tickets were first offered to American Express cardholders earlier in the week, and on day one, 10,000 interested customers were reportedly lined up online to purchase them at the moment they went on sale. This morning, 50,000 would-be ticket buyers arrived in the online queue, according to a museum representative. Another, also sold-out run of the “MOIC” in Los Angeles has been extended twice, so eager customers may have more chances to get tickets — or their hopes dashed again.
Take a walk on the Wild Side West
The SF Bay Times has compiled a great, thorough history of Bernal Heights’ lesbian-founded and continuously lesbian-owned neighborhood bar The Wild Side West. When the bar opened in 1962 — to the east, in Oakland, under the original name The Wild Side — it was illegal for women to be bartenders in California, making the very act of East Bay lesbians serving beer behind the bar revolutionary. It’s been quite a ride since then, but the bar’s no-nonsense, women first attitude persists.
Former Atelier Crenn Chef opens new Monterey restaurant
The Monterey area doesn’t want for charming eateries — for 17 examples, see this list. Now, diners can add to the mix a new oyster bar and restaurant centered around live-fire cooking. Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette opens at Sanctuary Beach Resort on August 31, and David Baron, a former chef de cuisine at Atelier Crenn, is tending to the fire there. Baron, it should be said, is no stranger to the Monterey peninsula: Previously he was executive chef at Carmel’s Casanova.
In food justice movements, The Black Panthers’ tail is long
This week, Berkeleyside’s Nosh traces the lasting history of food justice movements in the East Bay, observing that 23 community-run services there have roots in The Black Panther Party. “Any food security movement is born out of the [Black Panthers’] free breakfast program,” argues Kanchan Dawn Hunter, co-director of Berekeley’s Spiral Gardens in Berkeley. The Panther’s Free Breakfast for Children Program started in 1969, as party members served full breakfasts to school-aged children at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Oakland.