OPENrestaurant at CCA

April 17, 2009

April 17, 2009


.For the Rising Tides conference at CCA, OPENrestaurant served DON’T BAKE ALASKA a Baked Alaska made with ingredients sourced from companies taking an active role in protecting the environment.


meyer lemons/Forage Oakland

Imagine gathering several friends for morning, midday, evening
or weekend foraged city bicycle rides through your neighborhood.
Rough maps are drawn, noting the forage-ables that can be found
at each location and ‘cold calls’ are made to your neighbors
asking if you can sample a fruit from their backyard tree.
You have the courage to introduce yourself
(despite the pervasiveness and acceptance of urban anomie)
and they reward your neighborliness with a sample of Santa Rosa plums,
for example.

cane sugar/Global Organics LTD

Cane is green harvested not burned,
saving 40,000 metric tons of CO2
and 13,419 metric tons of dangerous green house gases
(carbon monoxide, ammonia, etc.) emissions per year.
Green harvesting also saves 3.5 million liters of water per hour at the mill.

eggs/Soul Food Farm

We turn sunlight, grass, bugs, and high-quality domestic feed
into animals that live a healthy and humane life
— free to roam in fresh air and peck and take dust baths —
and then into delicious and healthy food.

flour/Full Belly Farm

Growing and marketing over 80 different crops;
providing year-round employment for farm labor;
using cover crops that fix nitrogen and provide organic matter for the soil;
developing innovative marketing strategies;
and planting habitat areas for beneficial insects and wildlife.
This set of strategies allows the farm to integrate farm production
with longer-term environmental goals.

milk and butter/Straus Family Creamery

The byproduct of anaerobic digestion is methane gas.
There is sixty percent methane, along with carbon dioxide
and a small amount of hydrogen sulfide that is produced.
The tarp that covers the pond captures the gases and they flow to a combustion engine.
The methane fuels the engine of the generator.
The generator then produces electricity.
Heat created by the combustion engine is also used to heat water for the dairy.
This 180-degree water is used for cleaning barns.

water/San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

We work with residents, businesses and communities
to recognize the importance of using water wisely
and offer a variety of water saving programs and incentives.


We also gave away candied lemon peels

Learn to make candied citrus peels here

January 06, 2009



Photo by mercedesfromtheeighties


OPENsoil: Beans & Greens is Tamar Adler, Sacha Bernstein, Martin Bournhonesque, Novella Carpenter, Dylan Carter,  Siew-Chinn Chin, Leif Hedendal, Howie Correa, Gordon Jenkins, Barbara Finnin/City Slicker farms, Chris Kronner, Christa Manalo, Oliver Monday, Moonlight Brewing co., Phipps Ranch, Stacie Pierce, Tartine Bakery, Jesse Schlessinger, Carl Sutton/Sutton Cellars, Vanessa Lavorato, Jerome Waag, Asiya Wadud, Sam White, Todd Williams








On TUESDAY January 06, 2009 at 7 pm, join us in association with Slow Food Nation for an evening of discussions around the question: “How do we make the urban landscape more productive?”

We will be hosting urban farmers, foragers, homesteaders, and members of Slow Food Nation who will be on hand to discuss and share their expertise and help us all start thinking towards spring and planning our spring gardens.

All this around a bowl of hardy greens, beans and (or without) ham stew, rillettes and a glass of wine.

Open and free to everyone. Meal and a glass of wine is $20. Wine and beer available.

More at:


On Thursday, November 20, 2008, OPENrestaurant butchered and cooked a pig in the SFMOMA’s kitchen for the reception following a lecture on visual performance art by RoseLee Goldberg.

Photos Aimee Friberg

Photos by Aimee Friberg

OPENbutcher is Devil’s Gulch Ranch, Howie Correa, Chris Kronner, Christa Manalo, Andrew Mariani/Scribe Winery, Nico Monday, Oliver Monday, Amelia O’Reilly, Stacie Pierce, Fanny Singer, Tartine Bakery, Vanessa Lavorato, Jerome Waag, Sam White


OPENcity at New Langton Arts

September 13, 2008

September 13, 2008



For OPENcity we cooked and served a meal with ingredients sourced  within the urban perimeter of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. The event included Marksearch’s Temescal Seed Swap cart, a large map for produce location, a bike powered ice cream maker and a live chicken coop.

Urban Farmers

SAN FRANCISCO: 700 Alemany BlvdStrawberries, Bush Beans, Basil, Tomatoes, Squash, Cucumbers, Kale, Salad GreensAlemany Farm ~ 18th st & Guerrero St-Salad Greens, Amaranth, Chard, Tomatoes, Bush Beans-Brooke & Caitlyn ~ 25th St & York StHerbs-Kim ~ Glen ParkHoney-Steven Cameron ~ Haight StBeerMagnolia Brewery ~ Folsom St & Sherman StNettles-Victoria Manalo Draves Community Garden ~ 7th StFennelJerome Waag ~ Golden Gate ParkBlackberry Jam-Amy Balkin ~ Mount SutroNasturtium RelishEl Fornio Historical Society ~ Ocean BeachSalt-Stacie Pierce ~ Point BonitaHalibutMonterey Fish ~ San Francisco BayAnchovies-Monterey Fish. OAKLAND: 16th St & Center St-NettlesCity Slicker Farms ~ OaklandPlum Wine-Found Fruit, Kim DiGiacomo ~ TemescalQuince, ApplesForage Oakland ~ McCall Steggs-Kelsie Kerr ~ Temescal-SeedsMarksearch ~ 28th St & MLKChickens, Rabbits, steven-cameron-his-bees-glen-park-san-franciscoCoppaNovella Carpenter ~ East 12th stRocket, Tomatoes-Ascend Garden ~ 45th StApples-Karen Matthews ~ 55th StPeppers, Tomatoes, ApplesThe People’s Grocery. noveladuck-copyBERKELEY: BerkeleyWineEdmunds St John ~ 4th StCoppa, Vin d’Orange, Fennel LiqueurEccolo Restaurant ~ Vine StCherry Tomatoes, Parsley, Mint-Oliver Monday ~ Monterey BlvdHerbsAlice Waters ~ Virginia StApples, Herbs-Samantha Greenwood ~ Claremont CanyonHoney-Whitney Ludwig ~ Alcatraz AveHops, Beer, FoccaciaDylan Carter ~ Essex StEggplant, Tomatoes, Shelling Beans-Adrea Tencer ~ Harmon StHeirloom TomatoesAyako Iino~ Roble RdTomatoes, Meyer Lemons, Eureka Lemons, Shallots, Eggs-M. Brenner ~ Delaware StPurslane-Jonathan Waters ~ Rose StGarlic, ChardEdible Schoolyard ~ Keeler AvePlums-Liu Baifang. EL CERRITO: Panama StBlack Krim Russian TomatoesJanet Hankinson. ALAMEDA: West Ranger AveSquash, MintAlameda Point Collaborative . MARIN: MarinCarrots, Chard, Lettuces-Vicky.


The menu included vin d’orange and coppa made by Chris Lee at Eccolo, Halibut caught outside the Golden Gate bridge and seasoned with salt made from seawater collected in the same area, rabbits raised in West Oakland and “pluot” plums foraged in the Berkeley hills


photos by squash


OPENcity was made possible by the dedication and passion of the Bay Area’s urban farming community


~ Thank you all!




photos by OPENrestaurant

OPENcity is also Claire Bell, Dylan Carter, Jed Cote, Suzanne Drexhage, DeeAnn Freitas, Jenny, Daniel Gallegos, Marisa Hockenberry, Ayako Iino, Kelsie Kerr, Chris Kronner,  Christa Manalo, Marksearch, Oliver Monday, Stacie Pierce, Roderic Ridgway, Tony Cutajar, Ian Gatt,  Jerome Waag, Sam White, Todd Williams

East Bay Pictures International, a production company based in Berkeley, California, filmed the event for their upcoming feature documentary Edible City

OPENcity: invitation

August 30, 2008

OPENcity at New Langton Arts – Saturday, September13, 2008

This time around, as a way to include as many people as possible, the dinner will be held in two parts:

-First part: reservation only, three course dinner for 50 people at $65, with reservations available at 7 & 7:30 pm. For reservations please subscribe to the New Langton Arts email list to get updates at:

– Second part: an open seating, no reservations, after the first seating starting around 8pm. We will serve Tapas style smaller plates at $5 each, available to anyone throughout the restaurant.

We encourage everyone to come by, dining or not, starting at 6:30pm. The bar will be open, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks plus plenty of extra seating in the bleachers all evening.

East Bay Pictures International, a Berkeley based production company, will be on hand to get some footage for their upcoming documentary on urban farming, Edible City.

photo by Novella Carpenter

OPENrestaurant’s new project, OPENcity, looks at the urban environment as a site for the production of food. Scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2008 at New Langton Arts, we are planning a dinner made entirely of produce harvested, foraged or crafted within the Berkeley-Oakland-San Francisco perimeter. This event will be a way to showcase the many aspects in which the city produces food, from urban farming to foraging to community and private gardens. We hope to include a wide variety of practices so if you are a gleaner, gardener, forager, farmer or anyone involved in urban food production contact us at

You can participate by providing produce that we will purchase at market price or through a contribution to your organization, but of course any donation is welcome. More importantly we look forward to further forms of collaboration as a way to engage the audience about what you are doing. Let us know if you are interested in a more active participation and we will find a way to make it part of the event. There will also be large black boards with information as well as a map for locations.

This event will be an alternative and informal way for people involved in urban food issues to meet, exchange ideas and get exposure as well as experience the many flavors of the city and it is open to everyone.

The center of the meal is a ratatouille, a summer vegetable stew, which will be made from the largest amount of sources possible as to give a true flavor of the area, for the rest local chef will improvise with the large variety of produce collected.
We are looking for seasonal vegetables including PEPPER, TOMATO, EGGPLANT, ZUCCHINI, CUCUMBER, GREEN and SHELL BEANS, SALAD GREENS, ONIONS, HERBS, GREENS but also CHICKENS, EGGS, BUTTER, OIL; anything you would like to share is welcome since we are going to do a lot of improvisation.

OPEN will be part of a panel discussion at YBCA on sustainability: and is collaborating with the Artist Jesse Schlesinger on ”SEED: proposal for a new branch of the San Francisco Public Library” a project at the Grove st Gallery of the SF Art Commission scheduled to open on Aug. 29.

OPENsoil is Eli Berland, Art Berliner, Cannard Farm, Chez Panisse, Rachel Cole, Howie Correa, Knoll Farm, Devils Gulch Ranch, Catalan Farm, Suzanne Drexhage, DeeAnn Freitas, Angelo Garro, Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Kelsie Kerr, Marian Lever, Carrie Lewis, Magnolia, Christa Manalo, Nico Monday, Amelia O’Reilly, Laura Parker, Alison Pebworth, Stacie Pierce, Ann Rich, Nate Rippey, Chris Sollars, Asiya Wadud, Jonathan Waters, Zack Wiley, Work of Art Catering. photos by Don Alderon.

OPENsoil: invitation

February 6, 2008


OPEN is coming to New Langton Arts on Friday, March 28, 2008.

We are starting from the ground up, so the first event will be all about soil, with the participation of Laura Parker, Tairwa’-Knoll Farms and Cannard Farms.

There are two seatings: 6:00/6:30 and 8:00/8:30 pm by reservation.

The menu is a three course dinner for around $35.

For dinner reservation contact New Langton Arts at 415 626 5416

The bar with extra seating will be open from 6:00 to midnight for beer, wine.

OPEN is part restaurant, part installation, part performance so feel free to come by at any time and enjoy the show!

New Langton Arts
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco,
CA 94103