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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Old Mint Rolls Out Three Weekends of Culinary Events

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 5:37 PM

click to enlarge Some events you won't be able to afford. Others cost just $10.
  • Some events you won't be able to afford. Others cost just $10.
The Old Mint is closed to the public and only sporadically open for private events, but the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society has planned an exhibit and series of events to give unprecedented access to the gorgeous and ornate interior we were lucky enough to glimpse last December at SFMHS' holiday high tea. Fortunately, it's all centered around local food.

The festivities kick off on May 13 with "Cookin' the Mint," an epic dinner, reception, and dessert after-party honoring culinary notables Nancy Oakes, Bill Niman, Charles Phan, Judy Rodgers, and Bill Fujimoto. Tickets are steep for those of us who don't happen to be minted (actual cost: $500 and up), but will preview an ambitious public program to come in May that will be ten bucks a day.

"From Earth to 5-Star: The Bay Area's Innovations in Farming and Food" will be open for three weekends, and features a historical timeline told in photos and artifacts along with talks from scholars, producers, and purveyors, all focusing on regional specialties such as chocolate, coffee, seafood, wine and produce. We're particularly interested to see the "Predictions Gallery" to see what they think might be the next wave of ideas to emerge from here. There will also be twice-daily tours of the Old Mint, which includes adventures into old vaults as well as a discussion of the Mint Project and how SFMHS has big plans for this space as a future museum and cultural gathering center.

Event details:

From Earth to 5-Star: The Bay Area's Innovations in Farming and Food

Date: May 15-31, noon to 5 p.m.

Location: The Old Mint, 88 Fifth St. (at Mission)

Cost: $10 ($5 SFMHS members)

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