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Friday, August 21, 2009

Monday Night Food Parties at 111 Minna Merge Clubbing and Grazing

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge The crowd outside 111 Minna: Hungry for seasonal, locally sourced eating? - THOMAS HAWK/FLICKR
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  • The crowd outside 111 Minna: Hungry for seasonal, locally sourced eating?
In a time of scarce investors, it sucks for chefs itchy to be out on their own. Or maybe it doesn't -- in this time of food carts and other work-arounds to the traditional brick and mortar, chefs are finding creative ways to find you.

Tommy Halvorson wants you bad. On August 31, the chef is launching a Monday night dinner and club series at 111 Minna Gallery (111 Minna at Second St.) that aims to merge the sociability of a cocktail mixer with the scarfing potential of a street-food party. Called EAT, the events will feature a full bar, live music or a DJ, and food stations where you'll be able to score what Halvorson calls good California cuisine: maybe house-made sausages, sliders, and other dishes made with ingredients the chef sources from farmers' markets and other local suppliers. Dishes will be priced at from $5 to $10.

"We trying to get people to come in on Mondays, pay a little bit of money at the door, hear some music, eat, and come out for a complete evening for like, $30," Halvorson said. The kickoff event on August 31, 5-10:30 p.m., will waive the $5 entry charge. RSVP to, and you'll get your first plate of food free.

A veteran of catering kitchens and of Bix, Chez Panisse, Gary Danko, and Berkeley's Adagia, Halvorson is also starting a series of roaming dinners next month. Phoenix Supper Club is launching two categories of fine-dining events: five-course Mephisto dinners, and nine-course Loretto parties. For more information, check out the Phoenix Web site.

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