SFoodie has been previewing this Saturday's Street Food Festival, but public gluttony is only the splashy half of the event. On Sunday, Aug. 21, and Monday, Aug. 22, La Cocina has also organized a National Street Food Conference, which is bringing many names from the local food scene, as well as nationally known chefs and writers, to Fort Mason. There, they'll talk about the appeal of street food — as well as the conflicts it is sparking around the nation.
The conference opens on Sunday, the more general-interest day, with a brunch prepared by Suvir Saran, best known on the West Coast for his Top Chef Masters appearance, who will work with local talent like Wise Sons Deli.
In the afternoon come the big guns. First, a group of local chefs and writers (Zaré's Hoss Zaré, Asian Dumplings author Andrea Nguyen) talk about the world's best street food. They're followed by a panel on writing about street food, which will bring to the stage Pulitzer Prize-winning Jonathan Gold, Gilt Taste features editor Francis Lam, and San Francisco writers Karen Leibowitz (the Mission Street Food cookbook) and Niloufer King (My Bombay Kitchen).