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Chef Pepe’s Chili

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. Chef Pepe’s Chili Ingredients 1 15-oz can black beans 1 15-oz can kidney beans 1 15-oz can white navy beans 1 lb sweet Italian sausage 1 lb ground beef 1 lb ground pork 1 tbs cooking oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 4-6 cloves garlic, minced 1 6-oz can tomato paste 1/4 cup chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 3 tbs chili powder 2 tbs paprika 2 tsp dried oregano 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp onion powder 1 tsp dried thyme 2 bay leaves 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce 1 1/2 cups chicken stock 4 tbsp masa harina... read more

Safe Injection Site Demonstration Project in San Francisco

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... read more