With Citizen’s Pop-Ups, Jennifer designs multiple course dining experiences for great causes. 25% of the proceeds from each dinner benefit a rotating line-up of charities. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she has cooked at top restaurants in Boston, San Francisco, Tuscany, Tokyo, and Cape Town.
Adiam was born and raised in Ethiopia, learning to cook from her mom. She attended culinary school in Italy and the US, and has been catering Ethiopian and Italian food for the last 12 years. She also makes healthy and gluten-free products like bars, cookies, and sauces.
Olajide learned the ins and outs of Creole cooking from his Louisiana mother and his way around a barbecue from his Texas father. He says he is “a city dweller with a country heart.” He loves breaking down classic dishes to rebuild them into something new.
Amanda was raised in Hawaii while Hoda grew up in the Bay Area, but they’ve combined their shared Egyptian roots into Red Cart Co. Together, they recreate the Egyptian comfort foods of their youth, like the quintessential street food koshary.
Jeffrey strives to bring Filipino food to a new audience with his Wooden Table pop-ups, which he has been hosting since 2011. Although his cuisine has Filipino flavors, Jeffrey includes South Bay influences as well – Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican and more.
Kaori Becker is the a chef, teacher, and owner of Kaori’s Cooking School. She draws on her Japanese roots, using recipes passed down from her grandparents. In her classes, learn how to make authentic ramen with local, seasonal, and organic ingredients.
Mariam was born in Tripoli, a small coastal city in Mediterranean. Meaning “three cities,” Tripoli’s culinary traditions have been influenced by Greeks, Persians, and Arabs. Mariam’s menus include the foods she grew up eating combined with what she has discovered through her world travels.
As food enthusiasts for over 15 years, Tomo and Vik bring authentic Japanese cuisine to SF. They are particularly interested in the high quality, healthy Japanese food not typically served in the US – like soba! At their pop-ups, taste handmade noodles with freshly milled buckwheat.
Born and raised in Bombay, Shiven to the US in 2009. He is a biomedical engineer and a food connoisseur, he loves new and global flavors. Shiven brings progressive, vegetarian Indian cuisine to his pop-ups — no tikka masala or naan here.
MasterChef runner-up Derrick Fox cooks in SF for one night only with MasterChef Canada alum Travis Petersen. Derrick is a drummer-turned-chef whose culinary career has taken him all over the country for competitions and high-profile events.
Mario Tolentino has been a professional chef for over 20 years, working in some of the finest kitchens of SF, Miami, and New York City. Beyond his Michelin-starred experience, Mario also won Food Network’s Chopped and Chopped Champions. Most recently, he was the culinary director of The Market in SF.
Hai Lam hails from Saigon, where he ran the family restaurant his grandmother opened 60 years ago. He and his husband Joe began Eating Saigon, a Vietnamese street food blog. Now, Hai brings his favorite recipes to the California dining community, like Bún Bò Huế.
Phong has 20+ years of cooking experience, originally inspired by his mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. He is from Hue in central Vietnam, but his cuisine combines influences from north and south Vietnam as well. For his pop-ups, expect vegan takes on classic Vietnamese dishes.
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Born and raised in Oakland, Thomas has cooked in a variety of Bay Area restaurants. His pop-up brings together influences from all of his culinary experiences, expressing his vision of American cuisine using local ingredients and creative twists.View Thomas’ Events
Marc is a self-taught pizzaiolo, perfecting the art of pizza in the home oven. He loves using fresh, local ingredients to make the best tasting pizza possible. At his workshop, he’ll teach you his pizza tricks and give you his special recipes. Come hungry!
Selin has cooked at top restaurants in LA and SF, like Spago Beverly Hills, Animal, and Central Kitchen. Originally from Istanbul, she was inspired by the all of amazing ingredients and talented home cooks. Join her for a family-style feast of lasagna, panna cotta and more.
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Sicily is a classically-trained chef whose cuisine intersects comfort and soul. She loves putting new twists on classics passed down from her great-great-grandmother’s kitchen. Enjoy dishes like simmered pork chops with grits, stewed chicken, and cream puffs.