Guest Chef Dinner Series and other Events

Farming Hope’s Guest Chef Series celebrates food as a pathway to independence by inviting influential chefs to cook out of our community food hub, Refettorio San Francisco (RSF). RSF is a gathering space that addresses food security in a full-circle, community driven model. We offer paid, transitional job training to community members facing employment barriers such as homelessness or recent incarceration. These Apprentices then cook nutritious, culturally relevant meals free of charge for food insecure families.

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Chef Tu David Phu 

Oakland native Top Chef Alum

Monday August 8, 2022
7:00 – 9:00pm
149 Fell Street

Chef Tu David Phu is an Oakland, CA-born first-generation Vietnamese-American chef who was a featured contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef in 2019.

Phu cut his culinary teeth in the kitchens of some of the nation’s top restaurants, including Daniel, Acquerello and Chez Panisse; and across a wide range of cooking cultures – from the American culinary greats to classical European traditions. But it was what he calls “the memory of taste” that pulled him back to his roots: the practices, ingredients, techniques, and flavors of Vietnamese cuisines.


September Guest Chef Dinner

Chef Siska Silitonga

Monday September 12, 2022 
7:00pm – 9:00pm
149 Fell Street

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Chef Siska Silitonga has been profiled in Bon Appetit Magazine and CNN for her Californian adaptations of Indonesian cuisine. As a child in Jakarta, Siska began her culinary journey as an assistant to her mother and mentor, a professional chef. In 2005, Siska moved to the San Francisco bay area. Since her arrival she has used both her talents and passion to not only raise awareness, but also appreciation and understanding, of Indonesian food and culture throughout the Bay Area as well as the culinary world

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