Anniversary of Greens

San Francisco’s iconic vegetarian restaurant Greens will celebrate its 40th Anniversary this year with a Chef Dinner Series.

Greens sprung to life in 1979 in order to provide an opportunity for Zen students to extend their practice to the workplace. Over the last four decades, it has remained true to the fundamental vision and practice of its founders, the San Francisco Zen Center, providing guests from around the world attentively prepared and seasonally-focused cuisine.

For many years, the entire staff at Greens were Zen students. Founding Chef Deborah Madison was a student at Zen Center herself for 18 years where she held various kitchen positions. In 1981, Annie Somerville joined the restaurant and began training with Madison. Since then Somerville, who became Executive Chef in 1985, has continued to work closely with local growers, cheesemakers, Purveyors and foragers to serve and celebrate the edible  bounty of the San Francisco Bay Area.

San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm, a longstanding model of regenerative farming practices, continues to provide the restaurant with its organic produce.

Launch of the Dinner Series begins on July 9 with Reem Assil (Reem’s California)

In celebration of its anniversary Greens has organized a Chef Dinner Series designed to highlight the six core values of its practice: Generosity, Patience, Virtue, Energy, Focus, and Connection. Partnering with six acclaimed Bay Area chefs the restaurant will be offering different vegetarian four-course prix fixe meals inspired by standout menus of the last four decades. Each menu will be offered at $85 per person with optional wine or beverage pairings. Tickets can be purchased via  

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 — Reem Assil  (Reem’s California)
Monday, August 5, 2019 — Alice Waters  (Chez Panisse )
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 — Suzette Gresham (Acquerello)
October 7, 2019 — Kim Alter  (Nightbird )
Monday, November 4, 2019 — Tanya Holland (Brown Sugar Kitchen)  
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 — Pam Mazzola  (Prospect)  

Along with the milestone 40th Anniversary, Greens’ forthcoming 40th anniversary guest chef dinner series celebrates the ecosystem of local diners, chefs, farmers, and regional purveyors that has been the foundation of Greens since its inception in 1979.

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