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San Francisco Supper Clubs

CHECKING OUT SAN FRANCISCO’S SECRETIVE SUPPER CLUB SCENE

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By PATRICK WONG

The term “supper club” evokes secretive, exclusive, and (sometimes literally) underground dining experiences that require you to know a password to get in. However, in a city like San Francisco, where good food and tech are abundant, some supper clubs are easier to find, thanks to tech ingenuity. In our roundup, you’ll mostly find supper clubs that are relatively easy to get into — just buy a ticket online. After all, eating good food shouldn’t be that hard… although there is some thrill in the chase.

 

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Naked Kitchen
Mission

Just look for that unmistakable, purple Victorian house in the Mission — it’s hard to miss the Naked Kitchen. This spot hosts up-and-coming chefs, giving guests a preview into their skills before they open up brick-and-mortars of their own. Prices vary per event, as do the chefs in question (Top Chef’s Elizabeth Binder has been here), and can range in size from just 10 people seated around a bar to one with 40 others in the dining area. Most recently, they hosted a dinner by Per Se alum and Michael Mina sous chef Anthony Yang, which included items like polenta cakes with lamb bacon, so you know you want in on this. The best way to attend is to sign up on their mailing list, which will get you on the invite list.

Ma’s

LAZY BEAR
Mission (& Potrero)
Feastly offers pop-up supper club spaces around the city for rogue chefs to show off their craft, and among the most popular is Chef Ma’s. Ma is a bus driver by day and a chef by night. Having grown up in Myanmar, Ma moved to San Francisco nearly three decades ago and actually cooked in the famed Burma Superstar kitchen before she decided to make it on her own.

Ma’s meals regularly change, highlighting different Burmese dishes and ingredients. Currently, bone broth noodle soup and paratha (flaky flat bread) are on the menu.

Ma’s dinners usually sell out (possibly because Ma, like her name, treats you like a mom and has been known to give you second and third serving, then send you home with leftovers). Visit the Feastly site to book a ticket.

Lazy Bear

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LAZY BEAR

LAZY BEAR

Mission
The Mission-based Lazy Bear is probably one of the most well-known San Francisco supper clubs. Originating about five years ago in self-taught Chef David Barzelay’s apartment in Duboce Triangle, Lazy Bear now has its own permanent space, where food is served on a long, large slab of American elm wood. Barzelay cultivates a conversational, laid-back, mingling atmosphere; the evening starts off with punch and snacks, followed by a communal dinner. Guests can expect 14 or more courses, including dishes like firefly squid yakitori and rabbit with snails, green garlic, and stinging nettles. Tickets range in price from $150-185, with an additional wine pairing for $85. Tickets are sold a month in advance, so plan ahead if you want to join in on the dinner fun.

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LAZY BEAR

 

Wild Kitchen Supper Club

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Wild Kitchen

Multiple locations
A relatively new venture, Wild Kitchen is a project out of ForageSF, which champions supporting local foragers and the San Francisco food community as a whole. A traveling supper club, each eight-course dinner includes locally foraged ingredients, like freshly picked porcini and seaweed. Their last dinner, held a few weeks ago at the Ferry Building, included Okonomiyaki with smoked wild caught California salmon with white horseradish, lobster reduction, and a sunny-side-up duck egg. A communal dining experience, the Wild Kitchen dinners can host up to 100 guests. Sign up on their email list to be apprised of upcoming dates, so you can be among them.

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The Clandestine Dinner Series/ Stag Dining

Underground Supper Clubs

Multiple locations
The Stag Dining Group has since grown from its supper club roots to high-profile events, partnering with the likes of Aloe Blacc, Reggie Watts, and Jacques Pépin. The location is often secret until the day before (hence, uh, the name), and can take place practically anywhere, from antique streetcars to World War Two battleships. Focused on sustainability and seasonality, the menu is always transforming, but you can sign up to their mailing list for an invite to their once- to twice-monthly events.

Eats by E

Eats by E

Eats by E

 

EATS BY E

Mission (& Potrero)
It was just too hard to choose only one supper club meal from the Feastly platform, and Eats by E is so delicious and established — Chef Eric has garnered nearly 1,000 perfect reviews from diners. Born in the Bay Area, Chef Eric spent a lot of time in Hawaii with his grandparents, and his regularly changing menu consequently involves influences from both Hawaii and his family’s native Philippines… although he’s been known to throw some curveballs in there with a few Peruvian dishes to boot. With every one of Eric’s meals, you’re always going to be treated to a lumpia course, so you have that treat to definitely look forward to, but otherwise, the menu can be derived by any number of influences; right now, Eric’s menu is inspired by his mother, as well as produce preservation — or using produce that is “too ugly” for general consumption. Outside of his job as a real estate agent, Eric is also a co-founder of Oakland’s The Lumpia Company — and you’ll get to taste test custom flavors at his dinners.

S&M Vegan

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Multiple locations
A collaboration between Shane Stanbridge and Marie Chia, S&M Vegan serves flavorful vegan food, and while their supper club rotates themes, the dishes are typically centered around the co-founding chefs’ heritages, with Asian and European flavors taking center stage. You can expect dishes like Png Kueh dumplings, grilled romaine in pea brodo, and (nut) cheese and salad plates. The team hosts recurring weekly and monthly pop-ups at venues in Oakland and San Francisco but visit the event calendar on their site to check their upcoming schedule.

NOMMERY SUPPER CLUB

Nommery
Multiple locations
Nommery straddles the supper club line  because it takes place at restaurants that you could get into normally… if you’re willing to wait hours or make reservations months in advance. Originally a dining club intended to help folks meet each other and share meals, Nommery remains a community experience (one married couple even met through the service) but it’s also a platform that allows folks to host dinners at a variety of restaurants, and enables guests to reserve a seat at difficult-to-book venues, including the line-around-the-block Mensho Ramen, and the always sought-after State Bird. With Nommery, you pay a flat fee to eat family style with a group of anywhere from four to 50. The nice supper club twist: the restaurants will usually develop a custom meal, with some excellent off-menu items. Recently, members enjoyed a secret happy hour event at Modernist, where they snacked on dishes like truffle macarons with foie gras ganache and strawberry mousse.

Phoenix Supper Club

Phoenix Supper Club

Phoenix Supper Club

Multiple locations
Phoenix Supper Club’s diners are actually whisked off to their secret destination via limo — a Champagne-filled limo at that — to enjoy their nine-course wine pairing tasting menu for the night. Jazz performances usually accompany the dining experience. If you’re looking for a more immersive visual and audible experience outside of the food, requests for the “Mephisto” are also doable, which offers entertainment like “fluid sounds and visual enchantment” (yeah, we’re not sure on that one, either), as the main entree, along with a seven-course wine pairing.

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Patrick Wong recently started writing for Thrillist. That’s not a secret  because he doesn’t like secrets; they can stop him from eating really good food sometimes. @peewong

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Explore SF Blog: Hidden Gems Of San Francisco

Neighborhood Holes in the Wall

Although it seems to be changing, one of the more prominent features in any just about any San Francisco neighborhood, was the human scale of the neighborhood itself.  Buildings were rarely taller than 5 stories, usually 3, so the sky was where it should be, right above. The buildings would have main floor retail, usually one business, and a few residential flats above. One would walk to do their shopping, and might catch transit to run errands out of the neighborhood. Not only would you know your neighbors, but you’d know them well, thin walls  have made their lives easy to be a part of.

But even in this type of neighborhood, every now and then you pass a small business that you have never noticed before. A small hole-in-the-wall, something so unique, and special that once you’ve found it, the neighborhood just seems that much more special from then on. And you think to your self, God I love San Francisco. Here is a list of a few holes in the wall to help you better appreciate our wonderful city.

Please submit your own favorites and I will post them in a couple weeks!

Colorbox Salon

J & M Sandwiches

Cordon Bleau

Le Mediteranean

Golden Natural Foods
Golden Natural  Produce

These two stores are not really holes in the wall, unless you compare them to Safeway and now Whole Foods. Both of these corporate behemoths seem poised to suck the life out of neighborhood businesses and deliver the bodies to Scott Weiner’s front door.

These 2 fantastic stores are family owned and have been here for decades. They have the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices. And for the love of God, Whole Food just opened  so if you  value independent businesses, good food, neighborhood businesses, or all things San Francisco, SHOP HERE NOW  BEFORE YOU CAN’T

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TUESDAY JUNE 2 – WE NEED YOU ALL IN CITY HALL

TOMORROW- TUESDAY JUNE 2ND, 1:00- 5:00PM or later…

TUESDAY!!!   WE NEED YOU ALL AT CITY HALL!!!

NEW ALERT:  A MONSTER ON BRYANT!!!

FROM THE PLAZA 16 COALITION

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THE MISSION TAKES CITY HALL PART 2

Last time they feared us. Maybe this time they will do as we say.

SUPPORT THE MISSiON LUXURY MORATORIUM

Tuesday June 2nd 2015

 

1:00 pm :: Come early to guarantee a seat in the Chambers
1:30 pm ::  Rally on Steps of City Hall
3:00 pm ::  Hearing begins on moratorium at Board of Supervisors, Room 250 at top of grand staircase.

Hearing may last until 6pm or much later. Join whenever you can!

FOR UPDATES on day of hearing: 

Text to 415-710-8908

or follow on Twitter: @PlazaSixteen

or follow our Facebook page

– Seniors and parents with children will be granted priority in speaking at hearing and do not have to wait in line.

– Children welcome!

– Food provided!

– RSVP and stay tuned on the event page.

:: SUPPORT the LUXURY MORATORIUM for the Mission! ::

This temporary moratorium would allow time for a community-based plan for truly affordable housing. It would temporarily stop all market rate projects within the covered areas in the Mission, including the Monster at 16th and Mission.

Luxury housing accounts for 93% of the housing being built in the Mission. The SF Planning department has determined that only 13 sites remain in the Mission for the development of affordable housing. The very limited property left in the Mission must be prioritized for affordable housing, not luxury condos unaffordable to the majority of San Franciscans.

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SCOTT WEINER IS A DICK

SALVE EL BARRIO LA MISSION

MARTES 2 de Junio en la Alcaldía de SF
1:30 PM MITIN en las gradas de la Alcaldía
3:00 PM LEVANTE SU VOZ en la mesa de los supervisores

La audiencia durara hasta las 6:00pm o más tarde. Alcancenos cuando puedas. Evnvie un mensaje al 415-710-8908 para manternerlo informado o signalos en twitter @PlazaSixteen. Niños y familias son bienvenidos.

:: AOPOYE un ALTO a la CONSTRUCCIÓN de CONDOMINIOS ::

Este alto temporal nos dara tiempo para crear un plan comunitario que ofresco viviendas de bajos ingresos.

Los espacios limitados en la Mission deben de ser una prioridad para vivendas de bajos ingresos y no para condominios de lujo.

 

 

 


:: ALERT!  ::  Breaking News! ::

ANOTHER LUXURY MONSTER SLATED FOR THE MISSION!
Save our Cultural Spaces and family-run legacy businesses!


We have just learned that a huge, 274-unit development of mostly luxury housing, proposed for the 2000 Block of Bryant Street, will be coming before the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 18th. We will need a very big community turnout at this meeting! This Wednesday, June 3rd we will have an organizing meeting to begin the fight against the Monster on Bryant Street.

This project would allow for the demolition of:

  • three (3) rent-control dwelling units 
  • Tortilla Flats, a Legacy, family-run Business
  • Businesses employing Union and blue collar workers at the A.C.T. prop, a music studio, and an auto repair shop
  • Inner Mission (formerly Cell Space) artist space, a Mission cultural institution 
     

ORGANIZING MEETING TO STOP THE MONSTER ON BRYANT

Wednesday, June 3 at 6PM
Inner Mission (fomerly Cell Space)
2050 Bryant St. between 18th and 19th

Please join us for this meeting to get the ball rolling on fighting the Monster on Bryant Street! It’s a perfect “next step” after the Mission Takes City Hall Part 2.

 

 

:: We Need You! ::
PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING FOR THE MONSTER ON BRYANT

Thursday, June 18th at 12 noon
City Hall Room 400

We will need a very big community turnout for this hearing. Please join us and please help spread the word to anyone who cares about the affordable housing of the Mission and the preservation of our city’s priceless cultural institutions and legacy businesses.

 

More info on the website: Plaza16.org.

Join and endorse the Plaza 16 Coalition.

Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

   

 

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