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).
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!
The team that made it happen:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
- 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
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):
- 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.
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.