There are some here in the SF Weekly offices still ― at 6 p.m. Friday ― recovering from Thursday night's DISH event (for a pixel primer, see Gil Riego Jr.'s beautifully shot slideshow posted here on SFoodie). The annual event ― which raised some money for the nonprofit Streetsmart 4 Kids ― concentrated dozens of restaurants and other food businesses, 10 wineries, a few spirits makers, and well over a thousand of the hungry and cocktail deprived to the Metreon. Though, as Michael Procopio reports at Bay Area Bites today, a good number of the hungry and cocktail deprived no doubt left that way.
The lines were very long for some of the more popular vendors. In fact, it was nearly impossible to distinguish one queue from another in some cases. I waited in one line for sushi only to find that I'd somehow taken a wrong step and wound up with a tiny cup of tomato bisque (which was lovely, by the way). I made my way to the less crowded booths which, in hindsight, wasn't the brightest approach. At the Gussie's Chicken and Waffles table, I was informed by a charming and very apologetic woman that she had recently been so swarmed by the ravenous that she'd temporarily run out of food. Disappointed, I walked over to the almost-equally crowd-free Lark Creek Steak table in search of a little protein, which I received in the form of... butterscotch pudding.It was that kind of night. But, because he totally seems like a sweet guy, Procopio contextualizes his way out of being pissed:
I was actually really glad to know that SF DISH was as crowded (and successful, one hopes) as it was. It meant that they were going to raise a lot of money for something I consider a very good cause. The irritation I felt had nothing to do with SF Weekly's event, but rather with the choices some of the vendors made themselves. And with the crowds. But who in their right minds is going to limit the number of people they let into an event when there's a good cause at stake. I thought about all this as I made my way home. And then I decided to go out for pizza.Me? I'd be well pissed had I been in Procopio's place (as it was, I was busy working with our video guy, Jason Jurgens, for a DISH report we'll post Monday). After all, even if some event proceeds were going to a good cause (Weekly publisher Josh Fromson tells me it's policy not to disclose the exact dollar amount that'll go to Streetsmart), I'd still expect to get a damn chicken wing.
But then, I'm not as nice as Procopio.