A romantic mood will envelop the 1898 Ferry Building Marketplace on Valentine’s weekend. Providing a rare opportunity to experience the magic and beauty of the waterfront at night, our annual Food From the Heart event will kick off on Friday night, February 10th, in the romantic Grand Nave.
Merchants and restaurateurs at the Marketplace will offer chocolate tastings and seasonal hors d’oeuvres, and local Napa Valley Vintners will pour wine. The event is free with nominal charges for food and wine samples. Marketplace shops will all be open from 5 to 7:30pm for Valentine shopping on Friday night. There will be tango dancing and classical music to serenade visitors. There will be delicious hors d’oeuvres for $2-6 each, and vintners will pour wine for $4 per taste.
Proceeds from purchases of wine and hors d’oeuvres will benefit Slow Food San Francisco’s programs such as the School Garden Projects. Tickets will be available the night of the event at tables throughout the Marketplace. Marketplace will be open until 7:30 p.m. for Valentine shopping.
We just do not know who we’d be without CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) and their incomparable Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Having been around since 1999, CUESA joined our community when we reopened as a marketplace in 2003. And that was the first year they had their annual fundraising gala, Sunday Supper. And what a gala! This fundraiser to end all fundraisers, really.
And this year is no different: thirty five top chefs, one fabulous four course feast, rubbing elbows with the farmers who feed us, and of course the very special food luminary Ruth Reichl will be mingling with guests and providing opening remarks. We are so excited to have friendly folks from State Bird Provisions/The Progress; Cala; Mister Jiu’s; Prospect; Michael Mina; Bar Agricole; Eng of Bix; and about 30 more. And let us not forget the silent and live auctions.
A few live auction items will include:
A Private Party at McEvoy Ranch prepared by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Dinner at Stemple Creek Ranch prepared by Zuni Cafe
Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krazinski of State Bird Provisions & The Progress cook in Your Home
Please join us October 16 in celebrating and encouraging one of the best organizations around.
“CUESA’s Sunday Supper is unique because it truly highlights the deep relationships between Bay Area chefs and their farms,” says Executive Director Marcy Coburn. “The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is arguably the most chef-driven farmers market in the Bay Area, and Sunday Supper is where attendees get to experience the best of the Bay Area food scene and farming community in one spectacular evening.”