Plate by Plate San Francisco 2018

What is Plate by Plate?

Plate by Plate is an annual tasting benefit hosted by Project by Project. Every year, more than 35 top food and beverage vendors come to share a taste of what they do best to over 500 guests well-dressed in cocktail attire. In addition to trying all these great vendors, guest have an option to purchase VIP tickets for a seated 3 course tasting, and a chance to lounge in the VIP area while sipping their VIP cocktail. There’s also an extensive silent auction to browse and bid on as well. 100% of the net proceeds from the event will go towards the partner of the year.

Who is Project by Project?

Project by Project is a nationwide 100% volunteer based organization found in New York in 1998 whose mission is to develop leaders through innovative philanthropy to empower the Asian American community. They have chapters in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Every year, PbP selects a different theme and each chapter chooses another Asian American non-profit in their community to partner with. This give members the opportunity to utilize their leadership skills through direct work and engagement with the partner through fundraising, community outreach and public awareness efforts. For 2018, the theme was immigration. Past themes have included LGBTQ, housing, and mental health.

Do you want to network, have an opportunity to develop skills that you wouldn’t have the chance to at work, or simply just want to give back to your community? They’re always looking for more awesome and dedicated volunteers to join the Steering Committee every year! Click here for a description of the different teams you can join. Submit your application for 2019. Deadline is January 2019. (I’m totally bias in this push for more volunteers since I was the Director of Volunteers for 2 years, hahaha).

Immigration Partner

San Francisco’s partner this year is the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (VACCEB). “VACCEB has been a refuge and resource for low-income, Southeast Asians and other underrepresented immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. VACCEB provides a variety of support services including access to nutritional meals, senior programs, housing assistance, immigration legal and education services, ESL classes, and employment development.”

San Francisco’s Plate by Plate

This September, San Francisco’s Plate by Plate was held at the gorgeous San Francisco Design Center Galleria – with high ceilings, multiple levels and natural lighting. During the day it’s a restaurant called Perry’s (their filet mignon sandwich really tasty!) and on some nights, it transforms into an amazing event center.

Behind the Scenes

Throughout the year, the Steering Committee finds a partner to collaborate with, and spends months reaching out to local restaurants and beverage vendors to donate to the event.

On the day of, volunteers from the local and visiting steering committees spent their entire Saturday setting up tables and furniture, printing signs, making sure vendors get their supplies, delivering ice, setting up the lighting, loading in vendors and everything it takes to this event.


From a venue full of boxes to a venue ready for an event!

Ready for the doors to open!

The team that made it happen:

Volunteers from the SF, LA, and NY chapter dressed up in their fancy attire and ready to host Plate by Plate. (Photo taken by PbP photographer Corissa)

Let the Party Begin!

Doors open at 6pm for VIP guests and at 7pm for general admission. Once guests come through the doors, they can take a picture in front of the step and repeat and then fully enter into a night of beautiful people, delicious food, and amazing drinks while supporting a great cause.

Meet the Partner

Everyone gets a chance to meet the partner VACCEB at Plate by Plate. It’s a great opportunity to chat with the people at the organization that they’re benefiting.

Silent Auction

Ever wanted a party on private yacht with your friends or take a cool tour of some local wineries/breweries or some new art? Guests can head over to the silent auction and bid with each other for amazing items and experiences. All net proceeds goes to the partner.

50+ items and experiences to bid on!

Interactive Art

One thing that was super cool this year was the interactive art. To really highlight the immigration theme, guests can check out and interact with some of the art displayed throughout the venue.

Immigration timeline instructions: 1. Take an m&m for each member of your family 2. Drop your m&m into the tube that corresponds to when your family member arrived in the United States

Photo Booth

It’s not really an event until there’s a photobooth! Located upstairs, guests can pose with silly props and commemorate the night with a fun photo.


This event can’t happen without the Bay Area’s top-notch restaurants and beverage vendors that donated their time and delicious food and drinks!

Woohoo! Thank you vendors! (Photo taken by PbP photographer Corissa)


For those who purchased a VIP ticket (sold out this year), they were able to experience a seated 3-course meal by Salt House, cocktails mixed by Pacific Cocktail Haven, and was able to lounge in the upscale furniture provided by Bo Concepts. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to check out what they were serving, but I heard that is was on the menu:

Salt House

  • Uni Panna Cotta with Tsar Nicoulai Caviar
  • Korean Braised Short Rib with Kimchi Fried Rice and Pickled Asian Pears and Furikake
  • Black Pepper Pound Cake with Foie Gras Chantilly Cream and Maple Roasted Almonds

Pacific Cocktail Haven

  • Kung Fu Pandan – Japanese Whiskey, Sake, Salted Pandan, Citrus, Candy Cap
  • Thrilla in Manila – Bourbon Whiskey, Absinthe, Calamansi, Coconut, Shiso, Li-Hing Mui
  • Miso Old Fashioned – Miso-Honey Butter Washed Bacardi 8yr Rum, Pommeau, Bitters
Creeping on the 2nd floor trying to get a glimpse on what’s on the menu for VIP tasting.


This wouldn’t really be a complete post if I didn’t post about food. Check out all the amazing vendors (including 2 Michelin starred restaurants this year!) that came that night and what they brought (in no specific order):


Akkiko’s | Zuke (Soy Cured Tuna) with Seared Sea Urchin
Konjoe Burger | Poke Tostada
Dos Pinas | Mini Taco Bar – Pollo Asada, Carnitas, Carne Asada, Santa Fe Salad (Veggie)
Tsar Nicoulai Caviar | Blinii with Creme Fraiche and Caviar Serve with Traditional Accouterments
Farallon | Chipotle Tuna Tartare with Avocado & Spiced Chip
25 Lusk | Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Whipped Burrata and Basil
Asian Box | Vietnamese Hot Chicken
Campton Place (Michelin Starred) | Tandoor Smoked Eggplant Sausage with Tomato Jam and Eggplant Essence
Mozzeria | Eggplant Parmigiana
Peter’s Kettle Corn | Classic, Cheddar, Sea Salted Caramel
Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack | Emmys Famous Meatballs
Hashiri Sushi (Michelin starred) | Nigiri – Wild Amberjack, Makimono, Wild Bluefin Tuna, Wild Salmon
Noodle Theory Provisions | Spicy Pork “Dan Dan” Noodles
Hazel Southern Bar and Kitchen | Andoullie Sausage & Chicken Gumbo
Noodles Pho Me | Khao Poon (sweet creamy coconut milk broth served with vermicilli rice noodle), Khao Soy (freshly made ground pork in fermented soybean and tomato. served with flat ho fun rice noodle), C) Nam Khao (Lao crispy rice salad (lettuce wrap). Seasoned crispy rice mixed with shredded soft pork skin. Crunchy, sweet and tangy), Thai iced tea 
3rd Cousin | Cavatapi with Smoked Octopus and Heirloom Tomato
ALX Gastropub | Beer Can Chicken Skewers, Milk and Cookies (not pictured)


Seven Stills | Fluxuate, Whipnose, Czar
Upper Room Milk Tea | Black Milk Tea, Coconut Milk Tea, Sweet Tea
Grgich Hills Estate | Chardonnay, Napa 2014 & Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa 2014
Sno-Crave TeaHouse | Organic Green Milk Tea with Boba, White Peach Green Tea, Double Matcha Snow
Koval | Dry Gin, Barreled Gin, Bourbon, Four Grain
Black Medicine Coffee | Nitro Coffee, Iced Latte, Iced Mocha, Lavender Latte
Hard Frescos Brewing Co. | Guava Citrico, Spicy Jamaica (Hibiscus), Tancy Tamarindo, Pepino y Limón (Cucumber + Lime)
Beam Suntory | Suntory Whiskey Toki Highball
Asahi | Premium Amber Lager, Asahi Dry Black
Riboli Family Wines | Stella Rosa Prosecco, Stella Rosa Rosso, Stella Rosa Moscato D’Asti, Maddalena Cabernet Sauvignon, San Simeon Chardonnay, Opaque Darkness
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers | Big Daddy IPA, Safehouse Saison
Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer | Ginger beer in extra spicy, mango, lemon lime
Kikori | Kikori Old-Fashioned, Rashomon (Golden Chrysanthemum)
Raff Distilleries | Bummer & Lazarus Gin, Emperor Norton Absinthe, Barbary Coast Rhum Agricole

Not pictured:

  • Coca-cola | Dasani Water, Fanta Orange, Sprite Tropical Mix, Dunkin Donut Coffee Cookies n Creme
  • Noodle Theory | A Sip of Saigon
  • Barrel Head Brewhouse | Brother Harker Patersbier, Clothes Off Pose Off Kolsch

Best Dish and Best Beverage

When guests check in, they get 2 tickets – one to vote for their favorite dish and one to vote for their favorite drink until 9pm. The winner get a golden plate (best dish) or golden goblet (best beverage) signed by all the vendors. This year’s best dish winner was Akkiko’s Zuke (Soy Cured Tuna) with Seared Sea Urchin and best beverage winner was Noodle Theory Provisions’ A Sip of Saigon cocktail.

Event Recap

Overall, it was another successful Plate by Plate hosted by the San Francisco chapter. If you missed it, I would highly suggest you check it out next September! There’s nothing more fulfilling than eating and drinking your way to help support a great cause.

KRON4 Media Coverage

Fundraising event supports immigrant communities

People are coming together to support immigrant communities in the Bay Area thanks to the San Francisco chapter of Project by Project.

Posted by KRON 4 News on Saturday, September 15, 2018

Plate By Plate

The San Francisco chapter of Project by Project SF hosted its 9th annual Plate by Plate 2018 fundraising event that supports local immigrant communities. My story tonight.

Posted by Gayle Ong KRON4 on Sunday, September 16, 2018


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