Posted by: Florica
  • Where

  • St. George Spirits, 2601 Monarch Street, Alameda

  • When

  • November 13-14

Last year the experimental food art collective OPENrestaurant took over the halls of SFMOMA to host one of the most spectacular dinner parties this city has ever seen: a futurist banquet whose focal point was the live carving of a 800 pound spit-roast steer, right in the museum’s atrium! OPENrestaurant’s ode to Marinetti featured endless locomotion, beef heart grappa and panforte parachutes – launched from on high for a grand finale.

This year, OPENrestaurant is doing it again – but the theme this time around is: WATER. The event is hosted in conjunction with the launch of Rebecca Solnit’s poison/palate map which features food producers and toxic polluters living side by side in an ecosystem full of contradictions.

OPENwater will be a pop-up restaurant at St. George Spirits, an artisan distillery on a former naval base in Alameda, and will feature two days of culinary bonanza. St. George distillery itself will be transformed into an immersive environment featuring video, 3-D sound and a Think Tank. Explorations will dive into encounters with artists, fishermen, biologists, engineers and watershed preservationists in roundtables that tackle issues particular to our home in the Bay-Delta.

The two days feature two different thematic approaches:

Saturday, Nov. 13— The Hydrologic cycle:
The basic water, or Hydrologic, cycle moves through evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and run-off. This evening’s dinner will follow the winter storm pattern and take us from the ocean, across the Central Valley, to the Sierras, and back through the river and delta system.

Sunday, Nov. 14— The Chinook salmon run
The second dinner takes up the plight of the San Francisco Bay Chinook salmon, presenting a Chinook salmon dinner without any salmon.

Dinner is $65 and lunch is $30. See here for the full schedule of events.

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