Back by popular demand, Civil Eats will host its third annual Celebration on Tuesday, November 13 in San Francisco at The Pearl. This is the one time each year that we gather to raise critical funds for our work and we need you, our community, to help us meet our fundraising goals. If you haven’t done so already, please consider buying your ticket today!
If you read Civil Eats regularly, you know that we are a nonprofit, independent news and commentary site. You also know that 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. In the past year, we’ve covered in great depth the stories that don’t make it into other national publications: a groundbreaking series on rural environmental and agricultural issues; a spotlight on indigenous communities to defend and reclaim their traditional foodways; in-depth reporting on the 2018 Farm Bill; a focus on innovative farmers nationwide; highlighting the perilous state of food and farm labor today; and so much more.
We’re proud to be a trusted news source producing meaningful, nuanced content, breaking down complex policy changes, and shining a light on under-reported 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 consider one of the best community gatherings of the year. There will be delicious food from the Bay Area’s top chefs and stimulating conversations with extraordinary change makers.
Presented by Cienega Capital & the #NoRegrets Initiative, the event is also generously supported by the Bay Area’s best farmers, producers, chefs, and restaurants, including:
Besharam | Bi-Rite Family of Businesses | Boochcraft | Community Grains | Cowgirl Creamery| Emily Luchetti/Cow Marlowe | Equator Coffees & Teas | Foreign Cinema | June Taylor Jams | La Quercia | LeftCoast GrassFed | Llano Seco | Lotus Foods | Magpie | Miyoko’s Tomorrow’s Creamery | Namu Gaji | Nopalito | Noon All Day | Oliveto | The Perennial |Piccino | Pie Ranch | Reem’s California | Real Good Fish | Positively Groundfish | STEM Kitchen & Garden | Stemple Creek Ranch | Straus Family Creamery | Sweetgreen | School Night | Tartine
New this year, we’ve taken our auction online to reach our national audience—and bidding starts today! Even if you can’t join us in person in San Francisco, you can support our work by bidding on the incredible, one-of-a-kind experiences with the leading thinkers in food, including:
• Four guests will head to Minneapolis to join Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, at his kitchen studio for a delicious meal prepared by Andrew. Includes airfare and a two-night hotel stay.
• Lunch for two in Los Angeles with famed Gourmet editor and author Ruth Reichl at Pizzeria Mozza.
• Lunch for two with acclaimed professor and author of Food Politics Marion Nestle at Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery in NYC and a signed copy of her latest book, Unsavory Truth.
• Dine at Dyafa in Oakland with Nik Sharma, author of the San Francisco Chronicle column, A Brown Kitchen, and the blog, A Brown Table, and take home a signed copy of his first cookbook, Season.
• A rare brunch reservation at famed Russ & Daughters in NYC with Kat Kinsman, senior food and drinks editor at TIME Inc.’s all breakfast website, Extra Crispy.
• A year of dining from the Bay Area’s best food establishments including Cala, Chez Panisse, Farm Burger, Gather, Izakaya Rintaro, La Note, Liholiho Yacht Club, Maum, Nopa, Pizzeria Delfina, and SPQR.
We have so much on offer, including: The Ultimate Heritage Foods & Bi-Rite Thanksgiving Basket | A Dig Inn Friendsgiving | A Hudson Valley Seed Farm Stay & Tour | A Good Food Awards Gift Basket & Marketplace | A Straus Ranch Getaway & Cowgirl Creamery Class | Curated book selections from Chelsea Green Publishing | Two gift packages from Rancho Gordo Beans
Every part of this event is donated and offered at a discount, and our event team is largely made up of volunteers. The chefs are donating their time using ingredients provided gratis by many generous local and organic producers. We’re thankful for the vital support of our event sponsors:
Cienega Capital | Healdsburg SHED | Prairie Organic Spirits | 11th Hour Project | Once Upon a Farm | General Mills Natural & Organic | Organic Valley | Niman Ranch | TomKat Ranch | Blue Bottle Coffee | Walter Robb | Will Rosenzweig & Carla Fracchia | Agricultural Capital | New Resource Bank | The Goods Mart | Fresh Peaks Capital | Better Food Ventures | Stonyfield | Straus Family Creamery | Good Earth Natural Foods | Amy’s | Redwood Hill Creamery & Farm | Chelsea Green Publishing | Beneficial State Bank | Gary & Meg Hirshberg | World Centric | Small Planet Fund
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We hope to see you there. If you can’t join us please consider making a donation. This year, your donation will go twice as far: Civil Eats is participating in the NewsMatch program from the Institute for Nonprofit News. From November 1 through December 31, 2018, every individual donation up to $1,000 (including Celebration tickets and auction items) will be doubled by NewsMatch 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 NewsMatch page. You can also sign up for a subscription and share our Facebook invite.
Please join us to help fund our award-winning reporting. In a media landscape that often rewards entertainment over critical thinking, we count on your support to help us continue to do this critical work. Thank you from all of us at Civil Eats!