Dine with Mark Bittman, Marion Nestle, Michael Pollan, and Ruth Reichl to Benefit Civil Eats | Civil Eats

Dine with Mark Bittman, Marion Nestle, Michael Pollan, and Ruth Reichl to Benefit Civil Eats

Join us in San Francisco on Monday, November 13 for our second in-person benefit.

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Back by popular demand, Civil Eats will host its second annual celebration on Monday, November 13 in San Francisco at the Pearl.

Civil Eats is a non-profit, independent news and commentary site. We’ve never taken advertising and rely on subscriptions, donations, and grants to pay our writers and editors. Since 2009, our tiny team has worked hard to bring a diverse array of perspectives to the forefront while shining a light on the food system stories that matter most.

From sustainable agricultural practices, food justice, and nutrition to state and federal policy, Civil Eats has reported on the most important food and agriculture stories of our time. We’re proud to be a trusted news source producing meaningful, nuanced content, breaking down complex policy changes, and shining a light on underreported people and ideas. We’re honored by the recognition and awards our work has received, and we can do even more with your support.

This annual benefit is an opportunity to show up for our work, meet our writers, editors, and community, and experience what many considered one of the best community gatherings of the year. There will be delicious food from S.F.’s top chefs and stimulating conversations with extraordinary change makers. Presented by Annie’s Homegrown, guests will taste creations from some of the Bay Area’s best farmers, producers, and chefs, including:

Alta CA | Alter Eco Chocolate | Bi-Rite Market | Brown Sugar Kitchen | Chef Tu David Phu | Community Grains | Cowgirl Creamery | Earthbound | Equator Coffee | Firefly | June Taylor Jams | La Quercia | Left Coast GrassFed | Llano Seco | Lundberg Family Farms | Magpie | Miyoko’s Kitchen | Namu Gaji | Nopalito | Oliveto | The Perennial | Piccino | Pie Ranch | Healdsburg SHED | Sweetgreen | Siren Fish Company | STEM | Straus Family Creamery | Tartine | Veritable Vegetable


Several leading food thinkers are also donating their time by participating in our exclusive live auction, to be led by Roots of Change President Michael Dimock. Some highlights include:

• Lunch for two with author and journalist Mark Bittman at Gramercy Tavern in NYC and a collection of his signed books.

• Lunch for two with acclaimed professor and author of Food Politics Marion Nestle at Mario Batali’s OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria in NYC and a collection of her signed books.

• Dinner for two with author and journalist Michael Pollan upstairs at Chez Panisse in Berkeley.

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• Lunch with famed editor and author Ruth Reichl for two in San Francisco at Mourad and two tickets to attend her in conversation with Alice Waters at the JCCSF in February 2018.

We will be announcing even more amazing live auction items at the event; our silent auction packages are equally exciting, with just a few listed here:

• A two-night stay at Straus Home Ranch in Tomales, California and a tour of Cowgirl Creamery for a tasting, lunch, and a Cheese 101 class for two. Includes a copy of Cowgirl Creamery Cooks.

• A year of dining from the Bay Area’s best food establishments including, Cotogna, Gather, Izakaya Rintaro, Jardinière, La Note, Pizzaiolo, Pizzeria Delfina, Tartine Manufactory, and more.


Every part of this event is donated and offered on discount, including the generosity of our host location and our all-volunteer event team. The chefs will be donating their time using ingredients provided by many generous local and organic producers. We’re thankful for the vital support of our event sponsors: 11th Hour Project, Agriculture Capital, Annie’s, Blue Apron, Better Food Ventures, Chelsea Green Publishing, Enlisted Design, Gary & Meg Hirshberg, Good Earth Natural Foods, Healdsburg SHED, Late July, New Resource Bank, Niman Ranch, Once Upon a Farm, Redwood Hill, Stonyfield, and Walter Robb.

We hope to see you there. If you can’t make it, please consider making a donation. This year your donation will go twice as far: Civil Eats has just been selected to participate in the News Match program from the Institute for Nonprofit News. Now through December 31, 2017, every individual donation up to $1,000 will be doubled by News Match partners, including Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. You can donate here or on our news match page. You can also sign up for a subscription and share our Facebook invite.

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