Elementary education and tamales are not that different from each other. Both involve learning, skill and craft; both nourish children and help them grow; and both are important to The Mission. Luckily we at Mission Local aren’t the only ones that think so.

The 3rd Annual Best Tamale SF Contest, taking place on Mach 16, from 6-8 pm, at the Roosevelt Tamale Parlor, combines Mission food and charity by raising funds for Marshall Elementary School with a culinary contest.

Chefs in this tamale throwdown will include parents of school students, as well as neighborhood participants. Prizes for the best tamale will be awarded, with the Marshall Elementary PTA receiving the remainder of funds raised. This money will “fund areas that are not covered in the school budget, to include (but not limited to) technology for the classrooms, science-based field trips in support of the school’s innovative Ocean Month program, and funding for organized team games and peer leadership during outdoor play,” according to the school.

Tickets can be purchased here or at or “from Ms. Vicki in the front office” of Marshall Elementary, 1575 15th Street.

Roosevelt Tamale Parlor

2817 24th Street

$25 advanced

$30 at door

$5 rice and bean plate for kids