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18 Reasons: Community Dinner: A Celebration of Spring

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

A one-plate dinner with beer and wine available for sale. This is not a cooking class. This seating is limited to 35 guests. See our registration policies here and our rules for in-person events here.

This month 18 Reasons welcomes back Annie Obermeyer to present her food in a very intimate expression of her feelings about the season. This Community Dinner is a celebration of all things Spring, of new life and possibility. The bounty of Spring produce is our muse. In honor of her late grandfather, Donald Kahn – affectionately known by his family as “Pop”, Annie and friends will be preparing a glorious vegetarian lasagne inspired by him and the Hebrew name he gave her “Aviva” which means “Springtime.” Partnering with master farmer, Martin Bournhonesque, this evening we will offer you a menu showcasing Spring’s bounty.

Perhaps Tom Waits sang it best:

You can never hold back spring
You can be sure that I will never stop believing
The blushing rose, it will climb
Spring ahead or fall behind
Winter dreams the same dream every time
Even though you’ve lost your way
The world keeps dreaming, dreaming of Spring
So close your eyes, open you heart
To one who’s dreaming of you
‘Cause baby you can never hold back spring
Remember everything that spring can bring

Note: This ticket page is for the first seating from 6-7 pm. We do not have reserved seating and dining will take place at communal tables. We are limiting the capacity of this seating to 35 guests (if you attended Community Dinner in the past, we used to fit 40 people in each seating). We also have an option for guests who prefer to take their meal to go: click here to reserve a plate for pick-up only. For our second seating at 7:30 pm, please click here.

Aviva’s Spring Lasagne with Arugula Salad
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

This menu contains the following common allergens: wheat, dairy, eggs If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail info@18reasons.org before purchasing a ticket.

A San Francisco native, Annie Obermeyer grew up in a family who loved to eat and cook in this vibrant food mecca of a city. Since childhood, storytelling, food, and Zen Buddhism were the three legs of Annie’s barstool and remain so to this day. While working at the Public Theater in New York, Annie started her own private chef business called Impossible Tomato, the name her Italian teacher gave her as a child – the shoe fit! Shortly after that, Annie lived, studied, and cooked at San Francisco Zen Center for three years. There, she learned what cooking mindfully truly means. Annie spent the summer of 2018 as a guest cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. This past fall she cooked for a group of spectacular playwrights as resident chef at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist in residency program on the grounds of a 223-year-old working organic farm in Putnam County, New York. Annie believes that food has the power to transform, heal, unite, and delight. She is thrilled that nourishing others allows her to explore life fully through myriad lenses. By gathering around a table, we discover the world, ourselves, and each other.

Martin Bournhonesque is a small organic farmer who has sold directly to restaurants in the Bay Area, from Chez Panisse and Gather to Foreign Cinema and Nopalito, for three decades. When the pandemic lockdowns hit, he decided to sell directly to home cooks: a demographic who he feels in this precarious moment in time, needs to have good, healthy ingredients to make food at home. On his farms, Martin grows salad greens, alliums, root vegetables, pole beans, and more. He also works with some other local farmers and companies to offer a wide assortment of add-on items such as Bernard Ranch, a no-spray citrus distributer in Riverside, and Louie Iacopi of Half Moon Bay, providing the most delicious dried white butter beans. Martin hopes you enjoy the produce as much as he and his team do.

Once a month, we open our doors to friends new and old, welcoming all to our share a table and a delicious meal. Every month is something different, but tickets are always $18 and always tasty. Wine and beer are for sale at the event. Kids welcome!


June 22
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


18 Reasons
3674 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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(415) 568-2710
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