After a months-long break due to the pandemic, San Francisco's Palette has reopened with bold plans to continue blurring the line between art and food. Due to stricter restrictions enacted over the weekend due to rising COVID levels, dining is currently available outdoors, while the gallery remains open to the public.
And it's the gallery that immediately makes Palette stand out. The restaurant, community and art space debuted in October, featuring some of the region's best food photographers with an exhibit called Flavors of Photography. Having worked with some of the photographers directly, chef-owner Peter Hemsley wanted to celebrate the caliber and diversity of local talent. He sought to explore two questions: Where do food and art intersect? When does an image stop being an advertisement and can it be a piece of fine art?
Flavors of Photography features 19 different artists and 85 photographs in the newly renovated space, with new gallery lights and a shiny black floor. The variety of color and styles is truly a visual feast. Each artist brings their own creative approach and individual perspective of food, exploring ingredients, cultures and places.