As anyone who's opened up a magazine or a newspaper recently knows, the print publishing industry is in deep trouble. (When the New Yorker has not a single ad between the inside cover and the Table of Contents, that's kind of like walking into Chez Panisse at 7 on a Friday night and finding it half empty.)
Edible San Francisco, the magazine I work for part-time as deputy editor, is suffering as well — we've recently gone back to being quarterly — but we've come up with some creative ways to raise money in these difficult economic times. On Sunday night we're hosting the second of our Edible Pursuit series of food-themed trivia quiz nights. The first one, held at Terroir Natural Wine Merchants (see event photos) in January, sold out in a matter of minutes. Crack teams of food-trivia masters from Bi-Rite, CUESA, Chronicle Books, Straus Communications, and others vied avidly (and, I must say, rather drunkenly) for over $3000 in prizes. Judging from the noise level, a good time was had by all.
This time the event is even bigger, on all fronts. We've moved it to Acme Chophouse, which seats more than 200, and there are still a few tickets available for the March 15 edition; doors open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. Emcee Marcia Gagliardi of Tablehopper.com (at right) will test teams' knowledge in four categories: San Francisco's food scene, Kitchen Know-How, Sips & Sweets, and Food Politics. Be warned: the questions are tough, and no external resources like iPhones are allowed. Each round has a prize pack worth several hundred dollars, including restaurant gift certificates from the likes of A16, Boccalone, Piccino, and others; cookbooks; delicious gift baskets of coffee, chocolates; and more. (Check out the sponsors and prizes)
Tickets are $25 per person (buy here; you must play in teams). Acme Chophouse will be offering a select menu for purchase to sustain you during the match. So come eat, drink, and think with us — and help keep the Bay Area's smartest food magazine alive!