Isla Vida, the only Afro Caribbean restaurant in San Francisco with a custom built wood fire rotisserie grill, will open their doors for business on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 11am, in the historic Fillmore neighborhood (1325 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115). Isla Vida’s menu is inspired by the islands, people, and lifestyle of the African diaspora. Pulling inspiration from New York, Miami, and Cuba, these places helped the Isla Vida team to re-imagine what soul food in the SF/Bay Area, and more specifically in the Fillmore neighborhood could look and taste like. Expect wood-fired meats like jerk rotisserie chicken, tostones, authentic Cubano sandwiches, made to order churros, plus Caribbean inspired smoothies and cocktails. Isla Vida is Chef Jay Foster’s exploration of soul food, the next chapter in his journey as a chef and restaurateur.
Kultivate Labs and SOMA Pilipinas are proud to announce funding to promote and celebrate San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District. The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development are supporting the economic development of SOMA Pilipinas. Together they have awarded $316,250 to help fund a seasonal night market and support emerging entrepreneurs in San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District.
Bridge and Delta Publishing in partnership with The Filipino American Center of the San Francisco Public Library will host a book launch for its first book entitled, “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong.” This children’s book, written by the late and great historian Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Ph.D. with Gayle Romasanta, and richly illustrated by Andre Sibayan, tells the story of often forgotten United Farm Workers cofounder, Larry Itliong, his migration to the United States, and his lifelong fight for a farmworkers union. This is the first nonfiction illustrated children’s book about Filipino American history and the first book ever written about Larry Itliong. To celebrate Bridge and Delta Publishing’s inaugural publication, a book launch, free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 1:00-3:00pm at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (151 Third St. in San Francisco).
UNDSCVRD SF is showcasing emerging female talent from the Bay and beyond with its Pinay Power lineup, featuring rising Hip Hop star Ruby Ibarra, raptivist Rocky Rivera, LA-based rapper Klassy and award-winning poet Faith Santilla who collaborated on Ruby Ibarra's Island Woman anthem, "Us" that will be performed at UNDSCVRD. Joining the line-up is soulful and vocal powerhouse Tracy Cruz, rotating DJ for the Golden State Warriors, DJ Umami, and Chicago’s DJ King Marie.