Matthew Kenney to Open Plant-Based Italian Restaurant in San Francisco
Celebrity chef Matthew Kenney will be opening his first San Francisco Bay Area restaurant in a few weeks.
BAIA Restaurant, a collaboration between Kenney and Kyle and Tracy Vogt was originally set to open in April. Due to the shutdown, the dine-in restaurant opening has been delayed, but the trio will be launching A TASTE OF BAIA in the interim.
A TASTE OF BAIA, located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, will offer takeout and delivery service starting August 1, and BAIA restaurant will open when it is safe to do so (in the same location). The restaurant building was the home of Jardinière—Traci des Jardins’ flagship restaurant for 21 years—an iconic San Francisco culinary landmark.
A TASTE OF BAIA is a plant-based Italian-inspired concept offering a selection of dishes that will eventually make their way onto the final BAIA Restaurant menu. Menu items will rotate on a weekly basis, allowing customers to explore its entirety, and to become familiar with the variety they can expect when the doors are fully open for dine-in service. Additionally, the takeout menu includes a sustainable Italian wine and beer program, to-go craft cocktails, and unique takes on classic pizzas, seasonal vegetables, and comfort Italian dishes. Diners can enjoy plant-based cheeses, fresh pasta preparations, and more. The service aims to offer an exceptional take-away dining experience for all guests, appealing to both plant-based eaters and omnivores.
A few of the menu highlights include: Caprese (cultured cashew “mozzarella” heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar), Cavatelli (Fresh creamy pesto and parmesan with toasted pine nuts), Cacio e Pepe Pizza (white pizza with black pepper garlic cream, mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta), and Eggplant Parmesan (layers of eggplant, mozzarella, and marinara with basil).
A TASTE OF BAIA is located at 300 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102 and opens August 1.
Mohini, a born and raised vegetarian from Chicago, initially went vegan when faced with a health issue, but stayed vegan for the animals. Whole food plant-based eating (inspired by traditional Indian culture) is her optimal diet. An advocate for mental health and lifestyle changes, she has a degree in Health Sciences from DePaul University.
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