Chinatown Community Development Center partnered with photographer Andria Lo and writer Valerie Luu for Eat Chinatown 華埠 [人。情。味], a photo exhibit at 41 Ross that commemorates classic San Francisco Chinatown legacy restaurants, diners and bakeries. The exhibit profiled four eateries and their faithful patrons to understand San Francisco Chinatown’s food culture: New Lun Ting Cafe (better known as Pork Chop House), Capital Restaurant (home to salt and pepper chicken wings), Hon’s Wun-Tun House and Eastern Bakery.
Eat Chinatown exhibit and campaign was designed to promote local businesses, especially those that are impacted by the Central Subway construction. The exhibit was paired with a Fortune Cookie Giveaway, where customers could patronize the four eateries and select others, to receive a special fortune cookie message for a chance to win gift certificates at the establishments. Eat Chinatown’s personal narratives, present-day and historic photos and ephemera intended to highlight Chinatown’s unique neighborhood character and capture what eating establishments mean to the SF community, to generations of San Franciscans, and to people who simply love Chinese food.