Maiden Lane in San Francisco on Wednesday at 12:30 was swarming with people chowing down on really affordable organic lunch boxes. The event was sponsored by the Edible Schoolyard and Levi's and went something like this: get in line, grab a lunch for a suggested donation of $5, eat at long farm tables, maybe buy a book or t-shirt and scoot off back to work.
Lines, farm tables...
Only $5! And it goes to education.
The box consisted of a sandwich crafted on an Acme bun, with Soul Food Farms chicken, Dirty Girl Farms shallots and tomato, La Tercera piccolo fino, cucumber and radishes, Happy Quail Peppers, Knoll Farm figs, Little City Gardens herbs and mustard greens, and Lagier Bronx Grapes.
The sandwich had a very agreeable taste with the baby frilly greens adding a nice textural touch to the lightly aioli'd chicken.
Sandwich monster attack
These were perfect
I enjoyed the event for its simplicity and focus on feeling good about the food you are eating. Sure, there was a short speech by the president of Levi's and Alice Waters, but it was a brief parting of the clouds made of conversation and jazz-rock throughout the event.
Alice Waters and Robert Hanson President, Global Levi's® Brand
The limited edition Levi's brand t-shirts were designed by Sofia Coppola, David Byrne, Dave Eggers, and Maira Kalman. All proceeds from the event and t-shirt sales go to the Edible Schoolyard Foundation which educates students on farming and cooking.
Tomo with her "event-face"
*Events celebrating Chez Panisse's 40th anniversary begins today. This entire weekend will be filled with events, with proceeds going towards the Edible Schoolyard Project.