At 5 p.m. on a recent Tuesday, chefs Albert Gee and Dennis Martinez, along with restaurateur Francisco Sanchez, huddled around the kitchen counter at Flavor in El Granada. The culinary trio was preparing for a special evening: Pigs and Pinot Night.
Sanchez and co-owner Devon Grant teamed up with local disc jockey Marcus D. to organize the event to raise funds for community nonprofit Coastside Hope. Also an employee at Miner Family Winery in Napa, Marcus — a longtime patron of Flavor — chose Coastside Hope as the beneficiary of the pork extravaganza and the nonprofit was delivered the news only a day before the big night — July 17.
Following the popular trend of pairing pinot noir wine with pork, “Pigs and Pinot” was a meaty addition to Flavor’s “pop-up” style portfolio that has been drawing locals since it opened its doors almost two years ago.
For $70 per person, the Coastside’s fashionable foodies were served up five courses, such as Tijuana Pork Belly Tacos, Braised Masami Pork Belly and an “Oink Oink” Bacon Sundae — each paired with pinots sourced from area wineries.
“We all sat there amazed at the food that was being brought out to us. It was good food and good wine for a good cause,” said Pacifica resident Mabelle Artz. She called the bacon-infused whipped cream on the homemade ice-cream sundae the most surprising offering.