San Francisco Chronicle: May 5, 2019
The making of a new holiday classic.
The guests in St. Anthony’s Dining Room inspire us daily. Faced with struggles, they display resiliency and versatility.
In that same spirit, we share this recipe — and the story behind it. Our chefs were preparing mashed potatoes one day, when they ran out of milk. Searching the pantry for a suitable substitute, they were delighted to discover gallons of donated eggnog that they immediately put to good use.
The joy of the holidays comes from being together. Around your dining room table and ours, people sit side-by-side to share warm, comforting dishes like this one — lifting the spirits of all.
Recipe classic: Chef Pepe’s Chili
It’s a joy for us to share this recipe for our Chef Pepe’s Chili. Hearty, filling, warming, and tasty, recipes like this have been served by us for decades and adapted in endless variations by Chef Pepe himself. Our Dining Room recipes are more than meals, they set the table for community and connection, and are sometimes the first step to making a lasting difference for San Francisco’s poorest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters.
When St. Anthony’s Dining Room prepares this recipe for thousands of hungry guests, we use 300 pounds of beans and 600 pounds of meat for a single day of serving. This version has been modified by a St. Anthony’s staff member, who carefully sourced the ingredients locally and scaled the recipe for the home cook. Prepared with care, intention, and love, she then photographed this lovely dish to share with all of you. We hope you try this recipe at home and share it with those you love and care for.
In February of this year, San Francisco’s Department of Public Health announced that the city was weighing the viability of piloting two Safe Injection Sites for intravenous drug users.
In this era of opioid crisis (to illustrate the magnitude of this issue with a single data point: in 2016 alone, drug overdose deaths numbered more than the U.S. death toll from the entire Vietnam War and the trend is worsening), leaders in many cities across the U.S. are considering evidence-based approaches such as Safe Injection Sites (that are already working in other countries) to contain the epidemic. In San Francisco, the Department of Public Health’s announcement comes less than a year after the Board of Supervisors appointed a task force to determine the feasibility of a Safe Injection Site operating in San Francisco. The task force found strong evidence in support of the idea.
San Francisco is poised to be the first city in the U.S. to open a Safe Injection Site. The event would have great significance for the communities that St. Anthony’s has served for more than 60 years. This month, St. Anthony’s is partnering with GLIDE Memorial Church, the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership, and a consortium of other local community organizations to present a full-scale, operational demonstration model of a Safe Injection Site here in our Tenderloin neighborhood. The purpose of the temporary installation is to showcase the ways in which Safe Injection Sites may save lives that would otherwise be lost to overdoses, provide a bridge to treatment, reduce disease transmission and hospitalizations, and contribute to public safety for the community in the surrounding area. The week-long exhibition of the Safe Injection Site model will provide education through interactive displays, experiential learning through guided tours, and community engagement through multiple events, including speaker panels and forums. The collaborative project will also illustrate the integration of a safe injection site into an existing multi-service organization (GLIDE as host organization) in the Tenderloin.
Just before New Year, CNN visited St. Anthony’s to speak with one of our youngest supporters, Walt, whose concern for homeless people in the Bay Area led to a huge viral fundraising campaign.
It’s officially San Francisco’s Fleet Week! This year, St. Anthony’s was fortunate to host over 30 Marine and Navy personnel from the U.S. and Canada.
Fleet Week’s day of service began with our Justice Education (JE) talk, which highlights the Tenderloin neighborhood as well as homeless and low income populations that St. Anthony’s serves. After orientation, our Fleet Week volunteers made their way to the Dining Room and Free Clothing Program to begin their shifts.
As service began, our volunteers got right to helping out by getting meals ready, delivering trays, and bussing tables. Through the shift, it was apparent that volunteers were doing much more than serving meals and sorting clothing—they were spending time with our guests and becoming part of our community.
Volunteers and guests smiled, shared stories, and enjoyed each other’s company—all in all, it was a great way to celebrate Fleet Week and connect with our global community.
Interested in learning more about St. Anthony’s? Watch a short clip about our Dining Room, which serves 2,400 meals every day of the year.