It was a classy and crowded evening of mingling, networking, and tasty cocktails by the pool at Chambers in San Francisco on August 1st, and for a great cause: Project by Project hosted a special preview event—a Happy Hour—for the San Francisco chapter’s 3rd Annual Plate by Plate Tasting Benefit on September 22nd at The Bently Reserve.
This centerpiece event features cuisines prepared by the Bay Area’s top chefs and beverages from elite wineries and wine distributors, attracting over 750 food and wine enthusiasts annually. VIP access will include an exclusive reception, early tastings, entertainment, and gift bags. Plate by Plate benefits a partner organization every year, and for 2012, the beneficiary is Project by Project itself in celebration of its 15th anniversary. Project by Project seeks to further brand itself as a leader within the non-profit community. by partnering with other organizations and generating awareness, capital and donations, and volunteerism. For the first year Plate by Plate took place, the partner organization was APA Family Support Services. Last year’s partner organization was OASES, the Oakland Asian Students Educational Services. Project by Project continues its collaborations with both organizations, having most recently worked with OASES on the students’ annual art show and auction.
What else will give this year’s Plate by Plate the edge? Well, just being in San Francisco gives it a one-up. “San Francisco is very unique in the food. We’re unfortunate to have such good food,” said John Chung, the Director of Partner Outreach at Project by Project. “A lot of organic produce comes from Petaluma, which is very close, and we’re right on the ocean, so the seafood is always fresh.” Amongst this year’s purveyors are CHAYA Brassiere, 5A5 Steak Lounge, Twenty Five Lusk, and St. Supery Vineyards and Winery.
“There’s going to be restaurants that you’ve wanted to go to but you haven’t yet, so you can try them out first and if you like it, then go there and try more,” said Chung.
At the Plate by Plate preview, guests had an opportunity to find out more about the benefit, purchase early bird discount tickets, and bid on silent auction items, such as tickets to the popular San Francisco revue Beach Blanket Babylon, vouchers for oysters from Tomales Bay Oyster Company, custom-made shirts from Park Couture, and a punchcard for classes at Krav Maga Institute.
Of course, Happy Hour would not be Happy Hour without the bubbly and treats. Guests enjoyed beverages at the bars, fruit drinks from Izze, and chocolates from Socola Chocolates while visiting with representatives from Project by Project, Taiwanese American Professionals, and the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)—which launched ticket sales for Gateway to Leadership, the 2012 NAAAP San Francisco Regional Conference.
Check out some photos from last year’s Plate by Plate, and purchase your tickets to this year’s Plate by Plate while they last. You won’t want to miss this luxurious opportunity to eat and drink to your stomach’s content, all while supporting great causes.