The Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) never flags in its commitment to local, seasonal produce and the brilliant minds who turn it into delectable morsels. Nor, it seems, do they ever tire of throwing really good parties.
Even in drought-stricken California, late spring and early summer are still the best season, and everything at CUESA's Summer Celebration will come from five families of the plant kingdom: berries, leaves and flowers, cucurbits (melons, squashes, and cucumbers), stone fruit, and alliums (onion and garlic). Some invasive guests, like fountain grass and ice plant, caused a commotion last year and were specifically disinvited.
But even better the cornucopia of nature’s bounty, there will be some 40 chefs, restaurants, wineries and farms. The list is impressive, from Pink Zebra’s Jesse Koide to Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman of Wise Sons to Chris Cosentino of Boccalone and Cockscomb, along with Magnolia Brewery, Distillery No. 209, and Kivelstadt Cellars. Tickets are $125, of which $85 is tax-deductible, and there’s a raffle. Even if you don’t win anything, you can probably eat quite a bit more than the cost of admission if you skip brunch first.
Proceeds benefit CUESA’s education initiatives (among them, cooking demos, kitchen skills classes, the Schoolyard to Market youth entrepreneurship program and sustainability scholarships). If you’ve ever been to a CUESA event before, it’s pretty much all smiles in a beautiful setting, for a good cause. So how can you not go, really?
CUESA’s Summer Celebration, Sunday, June 14, 6-9 p.m., at the Ferry Building.