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Cheers to Change Makers: CUESA Toasts the Launch of The Food Change

Thanks to everyone who raised a glass with CUESA at Cheers to Change Makers: Winter Cocktails of Farmers Market! On January 30, 2019, CUESA and the Northern California chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild hosted a party at the Ferry Building to toast the launch of CUESA’s new public art installation: The Food Change.

Launching in January 2019, The Food Change is an innovative educational project championing the awesome people in our Bay Area community who are making real progress in the way we grow, make, and share food. The Food Change photographer Anne Hamersky and many of our featured Food Change Makers were in attendance among 500 guests to celebrate.

Using produce from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, San Francisco’s top bartenders and chefs transformed winter produce from CUESA’s farmers markets into delicious cocktails and bites inspired by the themes and people featured in The Food Change. Some audience favorites included:

Favorite Cocktail

  • Market Matchmaker by Rhys Alvarado of Pacific Cocktail Haven with Spring 44 Old Tom Gin

  • Golden Legacy by Jeremy Vadurro & Will Young of Beer Baron with Monkey Shoulder Scotch

  • The Great Bay-ond by Napier Bulanan of FOB Kitchen & Jackalope with Sagamore Spirits Straight Rye Whiskey

Favorite Bite

  • Cochinita Pibil Crostini by Laurance Gordon & Roque Mendoza of Magnolia Brewing Co.

  • Root Down Farm Chicken Pâté en Croûte by Nicolas Delaroque of Nico

  • Ensalada Talong by Brandi Dulce of FOB Kitchen

Favorite Table Decor:

  • Don’t Stop Be-LEAF-ing by Madison Kaviyakoen of Mourad with St. George Spirits Bruto Americano

  • The Doctor’s Order by Debi Cohn of Asiento with Loch & Union American Dry Gin

  • TIE: Bountyful Prospects by Debora Fernandez of KAIYŌ with Bounty Premium Gold & Spiced Rum / The Kitchen Sink by Ramon Piñon of Forgery with Royal Dutch Distillers Rutte Old Simon Genever

Thank you for celebrating what is good and working in our world. Proceeds from this fun fundraising event support CUESA’s work to grow family farms and healthy communities, and the USBG’s professional development programs.

Stay tuned for future Food Change events at and!

Photos by Katelyn Tucker /