Posts Tagged ‘Project Open Hand’

Oh Sweet Jesus! SFMTA Chairman Tom Nolan Used To Take Over $300k Per Year from Project Open Hand?

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

All right, babe, you tell me if I’m doing this wrong (.pdf*)

How is this** possible?

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For this kind of money, POH could probably lure Thomas J. Nolan, the real deal, up from Los Angeles as a kind semi-retirement deal.

And then the Executive Director of Project Open Hand would have some backbone.

END OF LINE.

*Bad things happen after I try to read pdf’s these days, so this news sounds appealing to me: Oracle Joins Adobe, Microsoft in Giant January Patch Tuesday.

**Mike Petrelis, the reason why people think you were trying to “peak” at the “weiner” of an elected official mostly has to do with what you yourself wrote on your blog.  You’re just digging your hole deeper every time you  harp on this issue, however obliquely.

15th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival a Huge Success Under the Pouring Sun

Monday, September 13th, 2010

If you’re into chocolate and free swag, then the 15th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival would have been for you.

The line for a Kara’s Cupcakes mini-cupcake from their iconic truck was just insane on both days. Kara’s was the first exhibitor to run out of goods and it happened fairly quickly. Oh well.

Anyway, see the photos, and take a look at this full trip report from Garky Eats and/or Ewok1993

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The wait for Kara’s might have gotten up to 15 minutes for a while there on Sunday. They had a sign denoting the flavors on the truck for part of the time anyway…

Liquid choco with Bailey’s:

And wouldn’t you just love a bangle full of mini-macaroons? Of course the macaroon is The New Cupcake, don’t you know.

See you next year!

15th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival Continues Today, Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Our 15th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival continues today until 5:00 PM.

Get all the deets about this year’s effort at Chowhound, where you’ll learn how Kara’s Cupcakes, The Cheesecake Guy, Tea-Infused Chocolates and GudFud marshmallows performed yesterday.

So, get on up there to Beach and Larkin where they’ll soon be selling tickets. The SF Romance Travel Examiner(!) hasn’t steered you wrong yet, am I right?

Imagine this says “15th Annual” and it’ll save us both some trouble:

“YOU MAY PURCHASE TICKETS AT THE EVENT AT THE CORNER OF BEACH & LARKIN STREETS BEGINNING AT NOON ON SUNDAY”

See you there.

Ana Mandara
Be A Gourmet
Biscotti Di Suzy
Bo’s Best Pancakes
The Bread Project
Café-Razzi
Carolyn Tillie Designs
CC Made
Ciao Bella Gelato
Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon
Delise Dessert Café
Desserts On Us, Inc.
Earth Friendly Distilling Co.
Eat My Love For You
The Frosting Queens
Funky Monkey
Ghirardelli Chocolate
Gingerbread House Estate
Goodytwos Toffee Company
Granola Gourmet Energy Bars
GUDFUD
Infinite SF
Kara’s Cupcakes
Leadbetter’s Bake Shop
Leonidas Fresh Belgian Chocolate
Lori’s Diner
McCormick & Kuleto’s
Organic Pastures Dairy Company
Project Open Hand
Plumeria Flours
Reuschelle’s Cheesecakes
Skinny Water
Sterling Confections
Sugar Bowl Bakery
Sweet
The Tea Room
Youngs Brewery

“SF Chefs Food Wine” Festival Coming to Union Square August 6-9, 2009

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Step right up and get your tickets, cause the Golden Gate Restaurant Association will soon put on their big August festival.

San Francisco is abuzz. Check it:

SF Chefs. Food. Wine is a four day food and wine event celebrating the unique flavor, diversity and bounty of Northern California. The main tasting tent will be in Union Square, where chefs, wine makers and distillers will offer an exploration of taste featuring local products. Classes and seminars will offer interactive opportunities for the public to participate with local farmers, ranchers, chefs, winemakers, distillers, media, luminaries, authors, vintners, mixologists and culinary experts in an entertaining forum.

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Event Dates: August 6-9, 2009
Location: Union Square and surrounding hotel and retail spaces as well as restaurants throughout the city.
Guests: 1500 attendees per day
Tickets: Go on sale Friday, May 22nd. Click on the ticket icon about for more information. Children free at Sunday family activities.

The Cause. The event supports four charities. San Francisco Food Bank (a member of Feeding America) provides food to over 133,000 people every year through more than 600 community programs. Meals on Wheels provides food and meal delivery especially to seniors and others with mobility issues. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation provides funding for culinary and hospitality students based upon economic need. Project Open Hand provides Meals with Love to people living with HIV/Aids in San Francisco. All four charities will receive funding from the weekend’s activities.

And all your favorite  celebrities will be there, like Thomas Keller, Chris Cosentino,  Martin Yan, Hubert Keller, Cindy PawlcynMichael Chiarello, Joanne Weir and Top Chef-ers Jamie Lauren, Jennifer Biesty, Elizabeth Falkner and Ryan Scott.

See you there!
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7th Annual San Francisco Avon Walk for Breast Cancer a Huge Success

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

More than 2700 walkers raised more than $6 million this weekend in the 7th Annual San Francisco Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Sign up by tonight for the 2010 walk and save $20 off the registration fee.

Here’s a team in Golden Gate Park. Click to expand:

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And here’s the finish line at Speedway Meadow, the place where the 2009 Golden Gate Renaissance Faire won’t happen this year. Check the photos.

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Each walker raised at least $1800 in donations from friends. If they didn’t come up with all the dough, then they committed to pay the remainder from their own credit cards. Thusly:

“If you have not yet met your donation minimum you may choose the deferred commitment option to guarantee the minimum donation amount.  A deferred commitment is your promise to fundraise for two months after the event in order to meet your minimum of $1,800.”

(That’s a lot of commitment.)

Speaking of which, check out the Yelp ratings – five stars each from the eleven committed alpha females of course, but only three stars from the sole dude, who points out a little history of the event involving Dan Pallotta and Pallotta Teamworks:

“Litigation lasted until 2005, w/ Avon being awarded $19,525,639.00 of it’s $20 million counterclaim. The court determined that Pollatta had lost money running some of the AIDS Rides & used the profitable Breast Cancer Walk money to pay for losses. A few days after the news the company abruptly laid off its entire staff nationwide & closed the doors.”

Hmmm. Rumors, accusations, and finger-pointing abounded when people found out how much of the money raised was being used to pay Pallotta Teamworks for organizing events all over the country. Of course, Mr. Pallotta defended his thesis about how ya gotta spend money to make money, or something like that. Regardless, there was a backlash against Pallotta and his Lexus and his large HQ, and so, Pallotta Teamworks ain’t putting on the show no mo. Anyway…

Congratulations to all the walkers! See you next year!

More deets after the jump. 

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