August 01, 2012 12:40 ET

INFORUM Presents "Climbing the SF Food Chain"

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 1, 2012) - The Commonwealth Club's INFORUM will host a panel discussion with some of the city's most diverse and innovative chefs on Thursday, Aug. 9th followed by a guerilla-style popup dinner at SF Foodlab courtesy of Blair Warsham's graffEats. The meal is open exclusively to our INFORUM guests, and each course will be created or inspired by one of our all-star panelists including Craig Stoll of Delfina and Locanda, Anthony Myint of Mission Street Food, Mission Chinese and Commonwealth, Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen, Iso Rabins of Forage SF and The Underground Market, and Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan of Rice Paper Scissors.

San Francisco's food scene is robust and vibrant; it takes a diligent reader (and eater!) to keep up to date with the ebb and flow of talented cooks and innovative eating spots. In our food-saturated city, what is an aspiring Thomas Keller to do? Though the excess of local food culture might seem like an access barrier for future food stars, our all-star panelists are proving that with creative business models, unflagging passion and open minds, success in our over-stuffed city is not out of reach. At the one-hour panel discussion on Aug. 9th our gustatory gurus will dish on their journeys to the top, what you'll need for the climb and how they define success in today's food scene.

After the panel, join us for INFORUM's first guerilla dining experience, courtesy of graffEats and hosted by Katie Kwan of Rice Paper Scissors. We'll be chowing down on a surprise menu inspired (and created) by our food chain panelists at Foodlab, SF's new commissary kitchen and pop-up venue. Guests will enjoy 3+ delicious courses, wine pairings and great people. Tickets are limited and include the all-inclusive pop-up dinner, drinks and admission to the panel beforehand.

Whet your appetite with INFORUM, graffEats and San Francisco's culinary climbers:

Craig Stoll, is the executive chef and co-owner, along with his wife Annie, of a mini empire of San Francisco's top Italian eateries including Delfina Restaurant, Pizzeria Delfina and Locanda Osteria and Bar. He is also a James Beard Award-winner for Best Chef: Pacific in 2008. 

Anthony Myint is the chef and founder of several innovative local spots including Mission Street Food, Mission Bowling Club, Mission Chinese Food and Mission Burger. He is also the co-owner of Commonwealth, a progressive American restaurant in the Mission where, among other things he coordinates the restaurant's charitable models.

Richie Nakano, is the chef and owner of Hapa Ramen, a staple of San Francisco's pop-up and farmer's market scene and soon to be brick-and-mortar restaurant on Fillmore. Richie is also a prolific user of social media and writes a much-beloved blog under the name Line Cook.

Iso Rabins, is the leading man in San Francisco's foraging community, having founded Forage SF and Forage Kitchen, a new food incubator and hub for artisan food makers and the entire Bay area food community. He is also the founder of The Underground Market and Wild Kitchen, a roving underground supper club.

Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan, are the dynamic duo behind Rice Paper Scissors, a popup café serving Vietnamese streetfood. Valerie and Katie each previously worked as independent street vendors, founding Little Knock and Kitchen Sidecar respectively.

graffEats Guerilla Dining is a non-profit, charitable dining and arts endeavor, founded by Chef Blair Warsham.

The panel program takes place at the SF Club Office on 595 Market St., 2nd floor in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. PT. The popup dinner will take place at SF Foodlab, 1106 Market Street, San Francisco that same evening at 8 p.m.

Regular (panel discussion only): $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Premium (includes the all-inclusive graffEats dinner and admission to panel) $75 standard, $60 members.
For more information and to register for tickets, call (415)-597-6705 or register online at

Media interested in attending should please RSVP to:

Erin Collins, INFORUM Associate, (415) 597-6732,

Enies Burton, INFORUM Public Relations Chair,

Please bring a business card to the event.


The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum -- since 2002, INFORUM, a division of The Club created by and for people in their 20s and 30s, has spent the past decade stirring things up with a mission to inspire debate around civic issues. INFORUM has played host to a variety of ingenious speakers, with upcoming guests like Van Jones and Rachel Maddow, and has reached beyond the traditional model, presenting events that range anywhere from spirits tasting to an exploration of the revolutionary music scene with the founder of Burning Man.

Contact Information

  • For more information:
    Erin Collins
    (415) 597-6732
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