If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is an embarrassment of local food events you could attend. And many of them are billed as sustainability this and eating local that. Here’s one that is worth the ticket price: CUESA’s Sunday Supper. CUESA is the organization that runs the SF Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, without which our collective pantry would be a lot less bountiful. On Tuesdays and Saturdays the Ferry Plaza heaves with seasonal produce and products brought to you by knowledgeable farmers and artisans (June Taylor’s jams and Chris Cosentino’s salumi alone are well worth the trip).
It takes a lot of work from a very small, very dedicated staff to pull the markets and sustainability-focused events together week after week, and the Sunday Supper both celebrates what CUESA does all year and fuels funding for the year to come. More than 50 Bay Area chefs—too many to call out, but you know their names—come together to serve a five-course meal in the Ferry Plaza: hors d’oeuvres and cocktails downstairs first, then a family-style meal upstairs in the Grand Hall. Each table gets a dedicated team of three chefs to create the meal, and what your table is served will be different from what the adjacent tables will eat. Necks will crane, bites may be shared between tables. The grass is not necessarily greener.
Tickets are still available for CUESA’s Sunday Supper, taking place October 5, 2008. The reception starts at 6 p.m. in the Ferry Building Marketplace, supper at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferry Building Grand Hall. Tickets for the reception only are $60; tickets for the reception and supper are $200.