The St. Regis San Francisco and The Museum of the African Diaspora Announce the Second Annual Diaspora Dinner Brown Sugar Kitchen’s Chef Tanya Holland to be Honored

June 12 Dinner Benefits Artistic Programs and Features a Conversation Moderated By Community Activist Shakirah Simley

SAN FRANCISCO (May 21, 2018) – The St. Regis San Francisco, the city’s premier address for luxury and timeless elegance, is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) for the second annual Diaspora Dinner, this year honoring Chef Tanya Holland. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 12, and is open to the public.

Dinner will be prepared by Holland and the St. Regis culinary team under the direction of Banquet Chef Victor Parra. The dinner will provide guests with a rare opportunity to savor dishes created by Holland but not available at her renowned Brown Sugar Kitchen. The evening begins with a Champagne reception at MoAD, followed by dinner at the St. Regis and a discussion between Holland and writer and community activist Shakirah Simley, a champion of social justice and food equity.

“The St. Regis San Francisco is delighted to partner with the Museum of the African Diaspora to support its artistic programs and to celebrate the work of Chef Tanya Holland,” said Jacqueline Volkart, the hotel’s general manager. “We are so fortunate to be located in the heart of San Francisco’s center for arts and culture, surrounded by wonderful neighbors such as MoAD, SFMoMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and so much more. We are honored to welcome devotees of MoAD and Chef Holland to our banquet rooms for what is sure to be an elegant evening of incomparable dining and stimulating conversation.”

Chef Holland is the executive chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland. She is known for her inventive interpretation of modern soul food and comfort classics. A member of the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier, Chef Holland has taught at the Cambridge Culinary Institute in Massachusetts and serves on the Chef’s Council for the Center for Culinary Development in San Francisco. Holland has announced plans to expand her business and open additional restaurants in Uptown Oakland and in the San Francisco Ferry Building. At the dinner, Simley and Holland will discuss Holland’s culinary journey, growing food empire, and her thoughts on food, race and gender.

The second annual Diaspora Dinner takes place on Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets, available through Eventbrite, are $250 per person, which includes a signed copy of Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland. Seating is limited. Proceeds benefit the artistic programs of the Museum of the African Diaspora. The Champagne reception will be held at MoAD, 685 Mission Street, followed by dinner and discussion at The St. Regis San Francisco, 125 Third Street.

About The St. Regis San Francisco
The St. Regis San Francisco opened in November 2005, introducing a new dimension of luxury, uncompromising service, and timeless elegance to the city of San Francisco. The 40-story landmark building, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, includes 100 private residences rising 19 levels above the 260-room St. Regis Hotel. From legendary butler service, “anticipatory” guest care and impeccable staff training to the signature Remède Spa, luxurious amenities and interior design by Yabu Pushelberg of Toronto, The St. Regis San Francisco delivers an unmatched guest experience. The St. Regis San Francisco is located at 125 Third Street. Telephone: 415.284.4000. Website:

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