San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join Arline Klatte and Delfina's Craig Stoll as they present Porchlight's most anticipated show of the year. Get all the dirt from the top food people in this unapologetically food-obsessed town, as stories from the kitchen, the front of the house, and the food truck are told onstage.
Chef and TV personality Joey Altman
James Beard award winner, Slanted Door's Charles Phan
Author, St. Vincent owner David Lynch
Restaurant family scion, Il Fornaio co-owner Mike Mindel
writer and culinary tour guide Nina Tamburello
former private chef Zahra Noorbakhsh
Joey Altman is a San Francisco based Chef, Television Host, Restaurant Consultant, Cookbook Author, Food & Wine Educator, Public Speaker and on occasion a guitarist in a Chef-based band called the Back Burner Blues Band. In 1998 Altman launched Bay Café, a food-magazine television show Bay Cafe which has been recognized 3 times by the prestigious James Beard Foundation.
Prior to relocating to California in 2009, Sommelier and author David Lynch was the longtime Wine Director, then General Manager, of New York’s famed Babbo Ristorante — the flagship restaurant of Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich’s B&B Hospitality Group. During his tenure, he grew Babbo’s wine program into one of the nation’s best, winning a 2004 James Beard Restaurant Award for Outstanding Wine Service. He is now a restaurateur who oversees the Mission's beloved St. Vincent's restaurant.
Michael Mindel began his unofficial restaurant career at the age of nine, assisting his father with whatever chores he had for his son at Spectrum Foods, the renowned restaurant group the elder Mindel founded in the early seventies that ultimately included 16 restaurants throughout California, including Chianti in Los Angeles, Harry’s Bar and Prego in San Francisco, and Guymas in Marin County. In 1990, he reunited with his father at Il Fornaio, where he worked his way up from server to manager to retail director and finally to his current position as senior vice president, Marketing.. Mindel also serves as CFO of Repasado Partners, Inc., which operates Copita Tequileria y Comida in Sausalito, California. Mindel is also the founder and CEO of Restaunomics, a restaurant consulting firm and publisher of Restaunomics and Modern Pizza magazines on Flipboard.
Zahra Noorbakhsh is a comedian, writer, and actor. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one-woman show "All Atheists Are Muslim" a highlight of the Int'l New York City Fringe Theater Festival. Zahra is also a contributor to the NY Times Featured anthology, "Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women." Her newest solo-show "Hijab and Hammerpants" debuts at Stage Werx Theater in SF on Sun., June 22nd. She is a member of the SF Writer's Grotto and teaches courses there in storytelling, and comedy. More info at ZahraComedy.com
Nina Tamburello is a writer, storyteller and tour guide. Her writing has appeared on The Daily Muse, Mashable and The Scrib and she has performed at the LitUp Writer series. She's currently working on a collection of essays about her move to San Francisco and she's always on the look-out for a funny story.
Charles Phan was born in South Vietnam, but when his homeland fell to the Vietcong, he and his family moved briefly to Guam and then settled in San Francisco. In 1995, Phan opened The Slanted Door, a restaurant that broke the mold of the run-of-the-mill "ethnic" joint. "No one was doing a high-design, high-service Asian restaurant," Phan recalls. Instead of serving dozens of mediocre entrées at The Slanted Door, Phan concentrated on a small rotating menu of authentic home-style Vietnamese dishes. He highlighted fresh, seasonal ingredients from small local farms and paired his menus with a creative wine list.
When & Where
Porchlight, a Storytelling Series
For the past thirteen years, Porchlight has been San Francisco's premier storytelling series. Each month, co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people from different backgrounds to tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization. Past storytellers include some of the area's most entertaining school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musicians, authors, systems analysts, and social workers.
Join us, either in the audience or on stage, or hone your storytelling skills at Porchlight Open Door, a monthly open mic at the Hemlock Tavern.