Review: Canvas Underground

Founded by Chef Peter Jackson (who is not associated with the Lord of the Rings trilogy), Canvas Underground aims first and foremost to bring people together under unique circumstances and in an inspirational environment. The small supperclub parties are about enjoying quality food, interesting people, and art in ever-changing venues.

Canvas Underground, a member of Ghetto Gourmet (a social network of sorts for “guerrilla dining” experiences), is all about community. Locals offer up their homes (or lovely gardens) as venues, amazing chefs produce gourmet dishes sourced from local purveyors, and ingenues from around the Bay provide entertainment, from live music to literary readings.

Past events have included a Soul Food Farm Benefit, Extreme Dining, and Depression Dinner: Eat like it’s 1935. Visit the website for upcoming events and to RSVP.

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Venues change frequently. Check the website for locations.

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A twenty-something Colorado native, Alison Kjeldgaard is an aspiring editor, avid reader, and obsessed tango dancer. She lived in Los Angeles for four years where she enjoyed running and lounging on the beach. She graduated in 2009 from Occidental College with two journalism internships under her belt, an English Literature degree, and a national economic crisis. Despite this, Alison has paid the bills working odd jobs and taking every chance she can to travel. So far, she has been to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Austria, Costa Rica, and Argentina. Alison recently moved to San Francisco from Denver, and is a freelance writer with a love of hiking, biking, caving and gold panning. Check out her magazine at