The Taste of Nob Hill returns in all of its glory on Saturday, May 21.
Participants include Chocolate Dude, Olo Dessert Studio, Soo Bak Seoul Bowl, Two Fools Tavern, Flying Star Cafe, Slice Parlor, Tractor Brewing Co., M’Tucci’s Bar Roma, Ajiaco Colombian Bistro, Scalo, Lizard Tail Brewing, Little Bear Coffee Co., Cinnamon Sugar & Spice Café, Gather/3128 Social House and the list continues to grow. The event will take place on Silver Avenue SE, between Tulane and Amherst.
“We’re really excited this year, to be able to go back to the 2019 version of how we did it,” says Valerie Osbourn, executive director of Nob Hill Main Street. “… You can purchase the tickets for $15 and that will give you 15 tickets that then you can go around to the various restaurants and breweries and get a sample of their food.”
Food samples are one to two tickets each, beer or cider samples are three to five tickets each, and nonalcoholic beverages are one to three tickets each. Advance general admission is $15, plus fees, and $20, plus fees, the day of the event. General admission includes 15 sample tickets. Additional sample tickets are available for purchase for $1 each.
For a more catered experience, eventgoers can purchase VIP Lounge Entry tickets for $75, plus fees. Guests will receive 40 sample tickets and entry into the VIP Lounge area with close proximity to the music stage, comfortable seating and table service for food and beverages.
“You can just hang out there and have the samples brought to you and you don’t have to walk around and it will be shaded,” Osbourn said. “So that’s a nice little VIP experience. We’re just really excited to let people know that Nob Hill is still here and great things are happening. There’s new restaurants moving in and I think that this is a really exciting time for Nob Hill. We just want to celebrate that and get everyone together and get these restaurants some exposure.”
The event is sponsored by Shamrock Foods and a portion of the proceeds benefits Nob Hill Main Street. The organization, established in 2009, is a grassroots collaboration of dedicated residents, small businesses and community organizations working together with local government agencies to revitalize blighted areas in the Nob Hill urban community, according to its website.
Taste of Nob Hill was forced to change its format to a walking passport version in 2020 and 2021.
“I began this job as the executive director basically right when the pandemic started,” Osbourn said. “I’ve just been emailing people and so having all these restaurant owners and managers and bars coming together as this community, it was really nice. I think people are stoked about it. And I hope that it’s as successful as it was in 2019 because that was a banner year for Taste of Nob Hill.”