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March 22nd, 2018 San Francisco Taste of the Nation
Palm Beach's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry
Taste of the Nation San Francisco presents its sponsors the opportunity to engage affluent, well-educated, charity minded individuals, as well as entertain key clients and stakeholders in a fun and dynamic environment while working together to end childhood hunger. To partner with us please contact Kathleen P. Talbot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our 2017 National Sponsors
Thanks to Our 2017 Local Sponsors
Thank you to our 2017 Restaurants:
M.Y. China - Tony Wu
Central Kitchen - Thomas McNaughton
Commonwealth - Jason Fox
Aatxe - Ryan Pollnow
flour+water - Evan Allumbaugh
FARM at Carneros - Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli
Tacolicious - Armando Garcia
Boulevard Restaurant - Nancy Oakes & Dana Younkin
Perbacco - Staffan Terje
Scala's Bistro - Kimberly Bugler
Tosca Cafe - Josh Even
The Slanted Door - Charles Phan
Lord Stanley - Carrie and Rupert Blease
Hakkasan San Francisco - Chef Terry Wong
Jardinière - Audie Golder
The Commissary - Rogelio Garcia
Arguello - Robert Hurtado
Terrain Cafe - Patrick Boyer
Michael Mina - Raj Dixit
DOSA - Anjan Mitra
Souvla - Tony Cervone and Charles Bililies
UMA CASA - Telmo Faria
Waterbar - Parke Ulrich and Justin Baade
EPIC Steak - Parke Ulrich
Spruce - John Madriaga
Mayfield - Louis Salvatore
The Village Pub - Orlando Pagan
Pizza Antica - Bradley Ceynowa
The Saratoga - Brandon Clements
Grand Lake Kitchen - David Wasem
the girl & the fig - John Toulze
Smitten Ice Cream - Robyn Sue Fisher
One Market Restaurant - Mark Dommen
ichi sushi - Tim Archuleta
Craftsman and Wolves - William Werner
Teleferic Barcelona - Teleferic Barcelona
Wayfare Tavern - Scott Quinn
Bluestem Brasserie - John Griffiths
Salt & Straw - Tyler Malek
E&O Kitchen and Bar - Sharon Nahm
Dirty Habit - Thomas Weibull
Nomica - Hiroo Nagahara
Gelateria Naia - Trevor Morris
Presidio Social Club - Rene Cruz
Fiorella - Dante Cecchini
MICHAEL MINA/The MINA Test Kitchen - Raj Dixit
Thank you to our 2017 participating beverages:
Your company can gain marketing exposure through our auction and know that you are contributing to help end childhood hunger. Donate an item to our auction! We are seeking unique experiences such as tickets to concerts, musicals and museums, hotel stays, spa experiences, paddle boarding lessons, and private flight in a personal jet. Also, physical items such as a beach cruiser, Yeti, outdoor grill, purses,etc. Contact Sherri Graham if you are interested in donating.
Thank you to this years' Chef Chair Melissa Perello (Executive Chef/Owner, Octavia and Frances) and Josh Evan (Chef/Co-Owner Tosca Cafe)
Chef Melissa Perello
Perello has been an avid cook since childhood. Spending summers in the kitchen with her grandmother, Frances, in Northern Texas, the young chef was influenced by culinary titans like Julia Child and Nathalie Dupree. Following her passion by working in a kitchen at a local country club during high school, she later attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.
Upon graduation, Chef Perello moved across the country to San Francisco to begin working at Aqua, where Michael Mina was both a teacher and an important influence on the rising star chef. After her time at Aqua, Perello moved to Charles Nob Hill, working alongside Ron Siegel. Shortly after, Chef Perello ascended to the position of Executive Chef. Under her culinary leadership and guidance, she helped garner critical acclaim from local and national outlets, and was named one of San Francisco Chronicle’s Rising Star Chefs in 2002. She also earned three consecutive James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef nominations from 2002-2004, and was lauded as one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in 2004.
In 2005 Perello took the helm at the highly respected Fifth Floor restaurant located in downtown San Francisco. The Fifth Floor already had a reputation as one of the country’s top restaurants, however, with Chef Perello’s arrival and talent, she managed to improve upon that reputation, winning the restaurant a coveted Michelin star in 2006.
Chef Perello then took a hiatus from the San Francisco restaurant industry. She took this time to travel and refocus on food, with the ultimate goal of opening a restaurant and making a mark on San Francisco that was completely her own. And in 2009, Frances was born, named for the grandmother who had nurtured her young talents. It was no surprise Frances quickly gained effusive praise and glowing reviews, both nationally and locally, from such institutions as the James Beard Foundation, Bon Appétit magazine, Esquire magazine, as well as earning a Michelin star.
Chef Josh Evan
Josh Even, a Long Island, New York native, prides himself on having the dedication required to lead a busy restaurant kitchen. As head chef and co-owner of the revived Tosca Cafe, Even collaborates with Chef de Cuisine, Joyce Liu, on an Italian menu at the iconic San Francisco mainstay.
Even was first introduced to the restaurant industry when he moved to San Francisco after graduating from college in New York in 2001. He worked as a bartender at Kansai, a Japanese karaoke restaurant in the city’s Japantown. Even later decided to return to NYC and waited tables for two years at The Odeon, the legendary brasserie in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. The sous chef noticed Even’s genuine interest in food and suggested that he pursue a culinary career.
Two years later, Even went on to work at Le Gigot, a French bistro in the West Village, where he made the transition from server to cook. During his time there, he toyed with the idea of pursuing a PhD in sociology or American history but chose to trust his instincts and attend culinary school. After a year of hands-on experience at Le Gigot, Even enrolled in the French Culinary Institute to develop a stronger foundation for his creative talent.
After graduation, Even worked as a cook at The Laundry in East Hampton before accepting a line cook position at Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s West Village gastropub, The Spotted Pig. Bloomfield’s passion and commitment to the restaurant impressed Even, who rose to become the sous chef under her guidance.
Even continued on as sous chef under Bloomfield at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room at the Ace Hotel, and when the duo decided to open The John Dory Oyster Bar next door, they offered Even the chef de cuisine position. At The John Dory, Even collaborated with Bloomfield to develop the boldly flavored seafood-focused menu which garnering critical acclaim, including two stars from The New York Times.
In 2013, he moved back to San Francisco to help Bloomfield and Friedman reopen Tosca Cafe with a brand new, Italian-inspired menu. At Tosca Cafe, Even is inspired by the Northern California produce and works with his Chef de Cuisine, Joyce Liu, to create the Italian-inspired menu, a process he compares to finishing each other's sentences. Since opening in October 2013, the team has garnered critical acclaim from The New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle, where it was awarded three glowing stars in May 2014 and, again, in July 2016.
When not at the restaurant, Even hangs out with his wife Katie and son Walter. They are expecting there second child in early December 2017.