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Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen Partners with Another Planet Entertainment to
Provide Meals to San Francisco Bay Area Live Music Professionals Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
San Francisco, April 7, 2021 -- The Touring Professionals Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit that supports crew members working behind the scenes in the live music industry, is bringing the highly successful Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen to the Bay Area in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, the largest independent promoter in the country. Over the last several months, the Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen has teamed with nationally-renowned chefs and restaurants in leading music cities across the nation to serve chef-prepared, high-quality, take-home meals to live event industry professionals whose work has come to a complete halt due to the pandemic.
Through its partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, the Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen will expand its scope in the Bay Area beyond touring industry professionals and provide meals to also include theatrical labor, bartenders, security, catering, staging, sound, lighting and video companies and many more. Another Planet Entertainment estimates that the live entertainment industry employs tens of thousands of Bay Area residents, the majority of which have been unable to return to their work and craft for more than a year.
“We remain hopeful that touring will resume later this year with all the necessary COVID-19 precautions to keep fans, artists and crew safe,” said Jerome Crooks, co-founder, Touring Professionals Alliance and tour manager for bands such as NIN, Tool and Soundgarden. “While we are all anxious to get back to the work we love, we remain focused on the immediate needs of our touring brothers and sisters who have now been out of work for more than a year. We are grateful to Another Planet Entertainment and our Bay Area restaurant partners that enable us to expand and provide some small measure of relief to music industry crew members.”
“The dedicated professionals who work behind the scenes are the backbone of our business, and we are honored to collaborate with the Touring Professionals Alliance and contribute to their efforts,” says Mary Conde, Senior Vice President, Another Planet Entertainment. “Partnering with Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen allows us to help our friends, offer support, and a glimmer of hope as our industry comes back to life.”
Beginning Tuesday, April 20, the Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen will operate twice weekly and continue through Thursday, May 13.
Meals will be provided on both sides of the Bay through our notable restaurant partners listed below:
Registration will occur on a weekly basis.
Register for week 5 & 6 meals NOW
Chef Kyle Itani
1915 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
DATES: MAY 20 & 27
TIME: 2-6 PM
Tucked away on the outskirts of Uptown Oakland, between The Fox and Paramount Theaters, Hopscotch quickly became a Town favorite after opening nine years ago.
Chef Kyle Itani's cooking is inspired by his Japanese heritage and training as well as his interest in regional American fare. Hopscotch is as known for its fried chicken as it is for its raw oysters. Co-owner Jenny Schwarz oversees service as well as the beverage programs - focusing on local, sustainably sourced wine and spirits and always seeking balance with the food.
We know plans change. If you can no longer make your reservation date, please cancel within 48 hours to all for other crew to receive meals.
Chef Jason Halverson
432 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
DATES: MAY 11
TIME: 2-6 PM
This guy’s resume is impressive… Under his belt, or should we say, under his chef’s coat, includes working with some of the best chefs in San Francisco, in some of the most revered kitchens.
Studying under Roland Passot at La Folie, one of the historic four-star restaurants in San Francisco, Jason developed a strong foundation in French/California cuisine while understanding the needs and tastes of his guests in the charming Russian Hill neighborhood.
As an up and coming talent rising the ranks in San Francisco’s culinary scene, Halverson was offered the opportunity to work with Chris L’Hommedieu at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square at MICHAEL MINA. Halverson was an integral team member that contributed to the restaurant garnering two Michelin stars. As his career progressed, he moved on to open MICHAEL MINA at 252 California Street in 2010 and continued to grow his talent and skills under Ron Siegel, ultimately becoming Siegel’s Executive Sous Chef before leaving to start Hi Neighbor with a young, dynamic crew of other Mina Group alums, including Ryan Cole and Tai Ricci.
Rooted in the culture and discipline of these award-winning kitchens with an appreciation for simply prepared, California-centric cuisine, Halverson strives to provide consistently craveable food in an environment that matches his personality, which he describes simply as – FUN! He currently brings this energy and delectable cuisine to the kitchens at Stones Throw, Corridor and Trestle, a two-time Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient and San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 restaurant. These restaurants center on going back to the dining basics by offering great value, high- quality food, a convivial atmosphere, and an elevated level of service.
Halverson was named Eater’s Best Chef in San Francisco for 2015.
Chef Silvia McCollow & Cory McCollow
Silvia McCollow oversees the kitchen while her husband Cory directs the dining room and operations. Many of the dishes are based on recipes passed onto her by her mom. A couple of times a year her father even treks to Mexico to his farm, to bring back dried mangoes, plums, and heirloom beans which are lovingly incorporated into dishes at the restaurant. NIDO's BackYard opened in late 2019 with a dream to expand their small kitchen at NIDO and to welcome the community to their festive outdoor space. "Mi BackYard es tu BackYard!"