Make Your Cake and Eat it Too While Helping Local Charities

The Chef for a Day program at Kuleto's and Ponzu in San Francisco gives food lovers and aspiring chefs the opportunity to cook like a professional for a day. For a donation to a local hunger-fighting organization, guest chefs dress in chefs' whites and shadow Executive Chefs at either Kuleto's or Ponzu.

Chef for at Day at Kuleto's
Learn how to prepare contemporary Italian dishes with Kuleto's Chef Sharyl Seim. Chop up vegetables for the Baby Spinach Salad, prepare all the fixings for the Roasted Alaskan Halibut with Sautéed Beans, Yukon Potatoes and Tomato Salsa and bake Crisp Cannoli Pastry Shells. Guest chefs can "work" a 4-8 hour shift. At the end of the shift, the participating "chef" and a guest are treated to a meal prepared by Chef Seim in Kuleto's dining room. Guest chefs also receive a Kuleto's cookbook and a signature bottle of olive oil. The cost for participation is a $150 donation to the San Francisco Food Bank. The Chef for a Day program at Kuleto's began in December 1999 and has raised $16,000 for the San Francisco Food Bank. For more information or to sign up for the program, contact Lance Shorr at 415-397-7720 ext. 11. Chef for a Day at Kuleto's is available 7 days a week.

Chef for a Day at Ponzu
Cook modern Asian dishes alongside Ponzu Chef John Beardsley and help raise funds for Project Open Hand. Slice and dice lime leaf, crispy shallots, and Thai basil for the Bangkok Melon Salad, barbeque up Korean Red Hot Flatiron Steak, stir-fry "Kung Pao" Chicken and make Coconut Cream Pie Puffs. At the end of the shift, participating "chefs" are invited to indulge in a dinner prepared by Chef Beardsley. The cost for participation is a $100 donation to Project Open Hand. For more information or to sign up for the program, leave a message at 415-447-2444 ext. 226. Chef for a Day at Ponzu is available Tuesday - Saturday.

Kuleto's is located at 221 Powell Street, in the heart of Union Square just off the Powell Street cable car line. Kuleto's Italian Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Caffe Kuleto's is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Kuleto's Italian Wine Bar is open from 4:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Monday- Sunday. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (415) 397-7720.

Ponzu is located at 401 Taylor Street at O'Farrell in San Francisco's historic Theatre District. Dinner is served Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. The lounge is open Tuesday - Saturday from 4:30 p.m. - midnight. For reservations or additional information, please call (415) 775-7979.

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