12 NIGHTS OF CHOCOLATE – 2018

Our 6th Annual Fundraiser in support of the SF-Marin Food Bank

This December, we’re excited to bring you the sixth annual 12 Nights of Chocolate—our yearly sweet and savory celebration of all things chocolate. Each year, Dandelion Chocolate invites chefs to take over our factory to create a unique holiday culinary experience for charity. And there’s only one rule: use Dandelion chocolate on the plate. Each evening is unique in that we ask chefs to create a menu that is entirely their creation – from elegant seven-course dinners to chocolate beer, concretes and sliders! All proceeds from the event go to the SF-Marin Food Bank. In 2017, we helped to raise over 65,000 meals.

This year, we’ll be hosting all of the night, with exception of Movie Night, in a beautiful space on the second floor of our soon to open chocolate factory on 16th and Alabama Street. Our annual Willy Wonka movie night will take place at our Valencia café.

All proceeds go to benefit the SF-Marin Food Bank. Donation bins will be located at both our our café on Valencia Street as well as the Alabama location for the duration of the series. Please stop by to drop off cans and non-perishable food anytime during this holiday series, and if you purchase tickets, bring a can or two!

Sunday,
December 2
David Nayfeld (Che Fico), Angela Pinkerton (Theorita/Che Fico)
Voted America’s Best New Restaurant in 2018 by Bon Appetit magazine, Che Fico is one of the most critically-acclaimed San Francisco restaurants of the year. David and Angela describe their approach to the table as, “warm Italian-style hospitality and food served with local California ingredients.”
Drink pairing by Che Fico
Sun, 12/2 – 7pm
$95
Seated event
SOLD OUT
Monday,
December 3
Shawn Gawle (McGuire Moorman Hospitality), Rupert Blease (Lord Stanley), Nick Muncy (Toothache Magazine), Erik Anderson (Coi), Josh Gaulin (Michael Mina)
This night will surely be a fun culinary feat! Five outstanding chefs (and good friends, to boot) crowd together in the kitchen to collaborate on a character-driven menu of innovative and seasonal ingredients that feature chocolate at its best.
Drink pairing included
Mon, 12/3 – 7pm
$95
Seated event
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Tuesday,
December 4
Alex Hong (Sorrel), Matt Kammerer (The Harbor House Inn), Bryan Oliver (SHED)
Those who follow the local culinary scene will want to taste the culinary exploits of three rising star chefs in one night. This delicious evening will feature Alex Hong from San Francisco, Bryan Oliver from Healdsburg, and Matt Kammerer from Mendocino.
Drink pairing included
Tues, 12/4 – 7pm
$95
Seated event
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Wednesday,
December 5
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Movie Night
Dandelion Chocolate’s Valencia Street café and factory will become a movie theater and an Oompa Loompa-filled Land of Pure Imagination as we screen the classic film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Cafe treats and hot chocolate will be served as you enjoy the show.
(Note that this event takes place at our 740 Valencia Street factory and cafe.)
Wed, 12/5 – 7pm
$25
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Thursday,
December 6
Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière), April Bloomfield (Tosca/The Hearth & Hound), Belinda Leong (B. Patisserie), Kelly Fields (Willa Jean), Jen Pelka (The Riddler)
Robust, refined, and real, this evening’s multi-course menu features a powerhouse trio of women chefs behind the stoves. April Bloomfield is widely considered one of the best chefs in the country. Pair her cooking with chefs Traci Des Jardins, Belinda Leong and Kelly Fields, this is sure to be a highlighted culinary experience.
Champagne by The Riddler
Drink pairing by Jardinière
Thurs, 12/6 – 7pm
$95
Seated event
SOLD OUT
Friday,
December 7
Tyler Malek (Salt & Straw), Mark Rosati (Shake Shack), Ryan Farr (4505 Burgers & BBQ), Justin Catalana (Fort Point Beer)
Salt & Straw, Shake Shack, 4505 Burgers & BBQ and Fort Point Beer in one evening? Yes indeed, and it’s going to be SO MUCH FUN! Enjoy great music, delicious bites with lots to eat, a sneak peek of Shake Shack’s famous Chocolate Concretes, and a special Fort Point Dandelion beer using Dandelion Chocolate only available for this event.
Fri, 12/7 – 7pm
$65
Standing event
SOLD OUT
Saturday,
December 8
Val Cantu (Californios), Rogelio Garcia (Spruce), Gonzalo Guzman (Nopalito)
Chef Cantu is excited to collaborate with chefs Garcia and Guzman to create a modern Mexican menu of elegant and classical dishes that spotlight chocolate center-plate.
Drink pairing included
Sat, 12/8 – 7pm
$95
Seated event
SOLD OUT
Sunday,
December 9
Juan Contreras (Atelier Crenn), Ramon Perez (Puur Chocolat)
If Chef Contreras’ extravaganza last year is any indication, this year’s event is going to be immensely creative, flavorful, and memorable. When Chef Contreras goes into the kitchen with his very good friend, and longtime 12 Nights collaborator, Chef Perez, culinary sparks will fly!
Drink pairing included
Sun, 12/9 – 7pm
$95
Seated event
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Monday,
December 10
Chelsea Olsen (Frances), Gaby Maeda (State Bird Provisions), Harry Flager (Birdsong), Roman Licea (Dandelion Chocolate), Robert Hernandez (Octavia), Kim Hirota (Mister Jiu’s)
Six rising stars from six of the best restaurants (and a chocolate factory!) in San Francisco get together for this single evening, bringing all of their best skills and creativity with them. The menu may be TBD, but the craft, skill, and kitchen chops from some of the SF Bay Area’s finest restaurants will surely inspire and delight.
Drink pairing included
Mon, 12/10 – 7pm
$95
Seated event
SOLD OUT
Tuesday,
December 11
Mourad Lahlou (Mourad/Amara), Kim Alter (Nightbird), Brett Cooper (Aster)
We’re excited to have chefs Cooper and Alter back again this year, and with Chef Lahlou joining them with dishes from both Mourad and the upcoming Amara, this evening is going to be insane!
Drink pairing included
Tues, 12/11 – 7pm
$95
Seated event
SOLD OUT
Wednesday,
December 12
Reem Assil (Dyafa), Heena Patel (Besharam), Guadalupe Guerrero (El Pipila), Rosa Martinez (Origen), Tina Stevens (A Girl Named Pinky)
La Cocina is one of the most important food organizations in the Bay Area, and we could not be more excited to have five of their amazing chefs joining us this year. It’s going to be a meal of incredible flavors from all over the world.
Drink pairing included
Wed, 12/12 – 7pm
$95
Seated event
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Thursday,
December 13
Avery Ruzicka (Manresa Bread), Mikiko Yui (Stonemill Matcha), Sean Ehland (Marla Bakery)
Gluten lovers, rejoice! This evening will focus on both sweet and savory baked goods from some of the Bay Area’s most notable bakeshops.
Drink pairing included
Thurs, 12/13 – 7pm
$65
Standing event
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