San Francisco Film Society Culinary Luminaries Banquet, New Anthony Bourdain Show & More

Alice Waters and Cecilia Chiang in a scene from "Soul of a Banquet.'' (Still courtesy of the San Francisco Film Festival)

Alice Waters and Cecilia Chiang in a scene from “Soul of a Banquet.” (Still courtesy of the San Francisco Film Festival)

Mega-Benefit Banquet by the San Francisco Film Society

If you’re an aficionado of Chinese banquet galas, you will not want to miss this stellar one by the San Francisco Film Society at Yank Sing in San Francisco, 6 p.m. April 10.

Among the noted guests who will be in attendance: Bay Area culinary legends, Alice Waters and Cecilia Chiang; acclaimed food writer Ruth Reichl; and noted film director, Wayne Wang, who will be showing a sneak preview of his newest film, “Soul of a Banquet,” his tribute to Chiang, who changed the face of Chinese food in America when she opened The Mandarin in San Francisco in 1961.

The event benefits Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project.

Tickets, which include the reception, film screening and dinner, are $288 per person. A table for 10 is $2,500.

Avant Garden Food & Art Fundraiser in San Jose

Celebrate all things local in the South Bay at the third annual “Avant Garden event, 7 p.m. April 19 at The Armory, 240 N. 2nd St. in San Jose.

Enjoy live music, crafts, artwork and plenty of food and drink by vendors such as Little Bee Pops, Good Karma Vegan Cafe and Cafe Stritch.

Event tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door. Food and drink tickets are $3 each and available at the event site.

The event, in conjunction with SJMADE, benefits Veggielution’s community farm, which offers community programs for San Jose youths and families centered around creating a sustainable food system. Its produce is sold at a low cost farm stand every Saturday. Additionally, 30 families in need receive farm boxes each week, filled with produce, for a nominal fee.


Get Ready for A New Anthony Bourdain Show

Fans of the sultan of snark will rejoice that a new Anthony Bourdain show will debut 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. ET) April 14 on CNN.

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” is a series of one-hour shows following Bourdain as he travels to visit little-known areas of the globe, where he’ll explore its culture and food.

The premiere episode takes him to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and until recently, very restricted to outsiders.

Future episodes will have him in Libya, Columbia, the Quebecoise side of Canada, Koreatown in Los Angeles, Tangier, Peru and the Congo.

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  • I love this ex-chef a lot!

    I watched a lot of his tv-series on the Belgian channels before & I love his style of exploring, cooking & eating too!

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