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253 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA, 94133
United States


Solutions for private events of under 40 people: a downtown San Francisco venue, event services, and a sharp collection of rentals.


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Garbage Disposals for Event Venues or Homes

Jen Wu

We have installed two garbage disposals at Cookhouse, one 10 years ago and another a few years ago, and they're still both in use. There's a huge difference between them in price and experience. The first one, by Franke, is powerful enough to break down chicken bones, has never broken, doesn't get smelly, and can be run quietly in the middle of an event - even though it's located in the middle of our kitchen event space! The second one, an Insinkerator, has a top-flap design that needs constant maintenance to deter flies from settling in, has broken a number of times, and makes harsh sounds - it's in the butler's pantry so it doesn't disturb guests.

3 Tips:

  • If you've got leftover lemons or lime slices, throw them into the disposal after you're done cleaning everything else for a nice fresh scent.

  • Or, use Earth Enzymes. We renovated the plumbing a few years ago, and our plumber noted that our old pipes looked like brand new shiny copper on the inside. Given that we're a kitchen that sustains heavy use, I'd credit using Earth Enzymes after every event. It also gets rid of odors and discourages flying insects from hanging out in garbage disposals. Home kitchens would probably need to use it much less often, but it is helpful in prevention of gunk and grease buildups before they become problems.

  • Get an Alligetter! It's so helpful for when you've got a cherry pit or bottlecap that somehow made its way into the disposal. It's cleverly designed with a little light and a ring to hold the top flaps open so you can find the item. Then, you just use the serrated pinchers to get it out, without endangering your fingers.

"We carry into our future at least as many responsibilities as we do rights." - Obi Kaufmann

Jen Wu

“We carry into the future at least as many responsibilities as we do rights.  This is our charge.  We have the right to extract, but we have the responsibility to replenish.  We have the right to develop, but we have the responsibility to restore.  We have the right to inhabit, but we have the responsibility to set aside.  Stewardship is the active management of leaving the more-than-human-world to its own functioning devices.”  - Obi Kaufmann

It’s going to be a beautiful day tomorrow. If you live in the Bay Area and are looking for a day trip, naturalist, artist, and author Obi Kaufmann will be at Poet and/the Bench in Mill Valley for a talk followed by a meet-and-greet Sunday September 8, 1:00-3:30pm.

Join Obi, the author of The California Field Atlas and the just released The State of Water, for what should be an inspiring and hope-filled conversation about the natural world that surrounds us right here at home in California.

Great for all ages, but especially enjoyable for nature-lovers ages 10 and up. Please register for the event here, as bites and tea will be served.

Our company is made up of nature enthusiasts, and we appreciate any effort to help us connect with the floral and fauna around us.

Please note: This event is not at Cookhouse and is not affiliated with Cookhouse. (We’re just admirers.) It will be at Poet and/the Bench, 11 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941.

The Magic of Floral Tape

Jen Wu

Here's a neat trick professional florists use. Floral tape creates a grid at the opening of your vase, so that stems stay where you want them, for lush and full-looking arrangements. Here's how to use it.

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Time for an update!

Jen Wu

The past year has been a momentous one.  

We've added rentals - both the beautiful kind and the basic kind - for both onsite and offsite events.  We'll have a separate post about it after we're done with the dishes, literally and metaphorically.

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