Food Bank’s One Big Table Gala is Another Huge Success

October 1, 2018

(San Francisco – September 29, 2018)  Twenty two of the finest chefs in the Bay Area showed off their sterling culinary skills on Saturday, September 29th as part of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s annual “One Big Table” gala. Led by Chef Tyler Florence of the Wayfare Tavern, the all-star lineup of chefs (see list below) served up a series of amazing appetizers, and signature three-course meals to close to 400 guests inside the Food Bank’s Potrero Hill warehouse.

This year’s Community Partner Honorees were Jack and Joann Bertges, and Dr. Rita Nguyen.

Jack Bertges has worn many hats for the Food Bank, including board member and fundraiser. For the past 20 years, the Bertges’ annual golf tournament has raised over $600,000 to help feed our neighbors in need.

Dr. Nguyen has been instrumental in the launch of our innovative Food Pharmacy program, in which food is used as medicine for diabetes and hypertension patients at local health clinics. Data is forthcoming, but early reports indicate that patients are seeing blood pressure and blood sugars lowered as a result of eating healthy food from the Food Bank.

Generous supporters at One Big Table on Saturday helped the Food Bank raise enough money to create well over a million meals, which will go a long way towards the Food Bank’s mission to end hunger in the community.


Nicollete Manescalchi – A16
Ryan Mcilwraith – Bellota
Jesus Escobar and Kelsey Coulson – Barbacco + Perbacco
Michael Whiteman and Lori Baker – Bluestem Brasserie
Dominick Maietta – Coqueta
Jason Halverson –Corridor
Larry Finn – Credo
Melissa Reitz – Locanda  
Raj Dixit – Michael Mina 
Mark Dommen – One Market 
Daniel Capra – Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Pujan Sarkar – Rooh 
Francisco Baca and Brandon Clements – The Saratoga
Teague Moriarty – Sons and Daughters 
Mark Sullivan – Spruce
Charles Phan – Slanted Door
Parke Urlich and Justin Baade – Waterbar 
Tyler Florence – Wayfare Tavern

Mark Seelig
Public Relations Manager – SF-Marin Food Bank
(office) 415-282-1907 ext. 270; (cell) 415-246-9146


About San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four neighbors is at risk of hunger. We envision a community where everyone is able to obtain enough nutritious food in a dignified manner to support the health and well-being of themselves and their families. We address hunger head on: from our pantry network and home-delivered groceries, to our nutrition-education classes and food-stamp enrollment, we work in many ways to nourish and empower neighbors in need. Every week, 30,000 households count on us for food assistance. Nearly 60 percent of what we distribute is fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more at