September is full of special events, from a fried chicken feast on the patio at Starbelly, to the immersive and artistic Nightfishing dinner, to a visiting chef from Oaxaca at August (1) Five, to Oakland Cocktail Week. You can also read about the perfect all-day menu at Noon All Day.
Enjoy a Surrealist Evening at Nightfishing: An Immersive Art and Dining Experience
Looking for a memorable dining experience, one that will remind you that bohemian San Francisco is still alive and well? The Midway in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood has been hosting some unique events that intersect art, food, music, and technology. On September 12, The Midway resident artist Isis Hockenos is hosting an autumn harvest version of her seasonal Nightfishing art and dining experience. It’s more than sitting at a table for a three-course dinner: it’s more like climbing inside one of her paintings (Isis transforms one of the galleries into a three-dimensional, life-sized painting). Crawl through peacock-colored foliage, smell the lanolin of a freshly sheared, crown-wearing sheep, and taste the meat cut lovingly from a rose-colored hog.
Isis' work contains many references to her experience in food production, particularly through a feminist lens, and to her upbringing in West Marin. The Midway Culinary team will execute a menu carefully curated by Isis, using locally sourced food from her community of oyster farmers, cheesemakers, and ranchers. Expect a healthy dash of surrealist delight.
August (1) Five Hosts Spice Knows No Borders, Celebrating Mexican Independence Day with Oaxacan Guest Chef Julio Aquilera
August (1) Five
524 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
Thursday, September 13–Sunday, September 16
Dinner: 5pm–9:30pm (open until 10:30pm Fri–Sat)
Tasting menu: $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity)
Brunch Sat–Sun: 10:30am–2pm
Reservations: (415) 771-5900
Looking for another unique dining experience? From Thursday, September 13 to Sunday, September 16, the contemporary Indian restaurant August (1) Five is celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a chef collaboration series called Spice Knows No Borders. Chef Manish Tyagi is hosting chef Julio Aquilera from the modern El Destilado in Oaxaca (Julio was executive chef at La Urbana and has also worked at Saison and Waterbar, so he is no stranger to SF). The two chefs have collaborated on a five-course, family-style tasting menu. Highlights include BBQ Carrots with carrot mole, coconut crumble, housemade ginger-nut milk, pickled ginger; Chintextle TUNA tartar with chile pasilla Oaxaqueña, citrus; naan crisp; and Pulpo Negro with squid ink, tare, honey, habanero, kashmiri chile powder, and chile oil.